Yoga in Bali
While in Bali Sally checked out a few Yoga studios she had dreamt of visiting! What a great idea for you to do if you have some time off, honor yourself and stretch yourself!The Yoga Barn
- is in a quiet part of Ubud, the run teacher trainings as well as retreats. This is a lovely place amongst rice paddies and close to the action of Ubud (the cultural centre of Bali) in the hills. The have a spa and healing centre and teach Ayurvedic philosophy. Not sure if accomodation is here or elsewhere.http://www.theyogabarn.com/Desa Seni
- this is close to Seminyak (the funky touristy part of Bali) and the beach. It is quite expensive but so gorgeous. This is where we had Reubens traditional Balinese birthday ceremony. Good food, glorious pool, friendly. You can either stay on site or choose some accomodation close by. http://www.desaseni.com/Rachel Zinman
- travels the world running workshops and retreats. I plan to study with her one day as her philosophy is very grounded and honest. http://www.rachelzinmanyoga.com/
Radiance Retreats - run by Jessie Chapman from Byron Bay, a more exclusively run retreat, very structured and a little expensive but she is very professional and experienced. http://www.radianceretreats.com/
posted 22nd April 2013
Featured Therapist - Tammy Guest
Tammy is the founder of the Inspirational Health Naturopathic clinic in Newcastle. Tammy is a naturopath and nutritionist with a background in medical science. We recently interviewed Tammy to find out how she got involved in the natural Therapies, what drives her to help others optimise their health and wellbeing and her passion for empowering others to educate themselves and take control of their own health...
To read interview click here...
posted 22nd April 2013
We caught up with good friend and caring spirit Sasha Wakefield the other day. Sasha is about to return to Bhutan to continue her work at the Phajoding Monastery assisting Khenpo Chimi Dorji (the Principal of Phajoding) and Lopen Namgay Tenzin (the head teacher) to provide a refuge within the monastery for orphaned and disadvantaged boys. For more information on the project click here...
GSG Free Northern Rivers held a pop up concert last weekend near a protest site west of Byron Bay. Musicians such as Xavier Rudd and Ash Grunwald gave their time to spread a very important message about an industry that threatens the future of our ability to live in a country with clean water and quality agricultural land.
Coal Seam Gas mining involves a technique called Fracking. Fracking involves drilling using high pressure fluid to fracture shale rock layers in order to release gas in coal seams or other reserves. The Fluid used in this process contains around 45 chemicals which many claim are toxic and lacking proper scientific studies to guarantee their environmental safety.
Visit the website Dangers of Fracking to learn more - http://www.dangersoffracking.com/
Jason Roebig - Academy Director of Axis Jiu Jitsu Academy
Jason Roebig has been involved in the field of Martial Arts for over twenty tears and is the Australian representative for Axis Jiu-Jitsu Academy Japan, 4 time All Japan Champions and representatives of Rickson Gracie International Jiu-Jitsu Association. Jason also coaches the Gold Coast Titans in grappling techniques.
Professor Roebig is one of those individuals who radiates strength and is renowned world wide. Nick recently interviewed him to gain an insight in what it takes to reach this level of excellence.
To read the interview click here...
Congratulations Joel 'Parko' Parkinson, 2012 ASP World Champ!
Parko has been a great supporter of the Six Sense Organic nutritional range we developed over the past year and we are so stoked with his acheivements.
Since it's inception in early 2012 we worked with Parko to create a vegan protein powder formulated specifically for the demands of professional surfing called 'Rise Pea Protein with Acai.
See the full range of Six Sense Organic products in our Online Store....
The Paleolithic Diet explained
Fast Food is out and real food is making a come back!
Many people are stepping back in time to reconnect with real food. To find the types of food choiceds that were available before mass production. And some are going even further back to the times before the agricultural revolution. The diet of the caveman is known as The Paleolithic diet, and it has helped alot of people with health and weight issues.
Check out the full size infographic card explaining the principles compiled byPaleolithicDiet.com
Lola Berry's new book out now!
Our mate Lola has a new book out called The 20/20 Diet and it looks very interesting.
Joel Parkinson places third in the Molokai2Oahu Paddle Board race!
Congratulations to Six Sense Team Rider and 3 x Hawaiian Triple Crown of Surfing Champion Joel Parkinson!
Joel and team mate Wes Berg placed third in the doubles division of the Molokai2 Oahu World Paddle Board championships. Joel talks about surf and paddle training and Six Sense Organic's Rise with Pea Protein and Acai.
Fusion Health's World Champ!
Congratulations to Deb, Fusion Health's Accounts Manager, and to her Dragon Boat team. They came 1st in both the 200 & 500 metres events at the Club Crew World Championships on the Hong Kong harbour over 5 days from the 4th - 8th of July.Deb and her team mates took Fusion Health Magnesium Advanced and Fusion Health Tienchi Ginseng for reducing muscle fatigue, optimising recovery and tissue repair, plus Fusion Health Energy Multi Advanced to give them energy to power on! Like Dragon Boat Racing, Tienchi Ginseng, is steeped in Chinese history, being considered by Chinese emperors to be more valuable than gold for its physical benefits. All Deb’s hard work and training certainly paid off, with some added benefits from Fusion Health products.
Louise O'Connor - Naturopath and Wellness Coach
Louise O'Connor is a highly regarded Australian Naturopath and founder of Wellnessworks®. Louise is a specialist in Thyroid health and produces a thyroid health formula that provides nutrients that may assist healthy production of thyroid hormones and improvements in general wellbeing.
Sally recently interviewed Louise. Read more...
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Don Tolman's Seven ancient principles of Vitality.
Sally and I went to see Don Tolman talk on the Gold Coast recently. It was great to see Don's passion for good food and natural living. Don is an advocate of the traditional ways to self-care, self-education and taking responsibilty for your own health and well being.
Don's Seven ancient principles of Vitality.
- Sleep - Get enough sleep. Don recommends dividing the day into 3 x 8 hr periods. 8 hours for working at what you love, 8 hours to be spent with family, loved ones and solitude time, 8 hours for lying down and resting.
- Air - fresh air is important for vitality. Don recommends to never sleep in a closed room and say's fans are great for circulating the air and reducing stagnation and fatigue.
- Clean water - the greatest gift of life.
- Sunshine - adequate amounts of sunshine help to prevent depression and improves immunity and metabolism.
- Walking - regular exercise helps prevent cardio vascular disease and improves energy and fitness.
- Wholefoods - Implement healthy and nutritious foods into your diet to ensure health and longevity.
- Non-toxic relationships - Don says if you've been in a toxic relationship for longer than 6 months, then you've got 24 hours to get out of it!
For more information visit Don's website - http://www.dontolmaninternational.com/
Autumn message from Fusion Health
Your mum was right when she told you to rug up, eat warm soup and get an early night!
A cold, flu, running nose and sore throat are the outcomes of a battle lost between our immune system and a potential pathogen. Who wins depends on a number of factors. On the infection’s side is the potential virulence of the pathogen. High virulence increases the potential for an infection. On the immune system’s side is our immune history. Previous exposure to the pathogen gives us an immune memory, ready to fight back. Infections also have a head start when the immune system is low.
Factors that deplete the immune system include exposure to cold, poor nutrition, poor sleep quality and stress. Herbal medicines are fantastic tools in giving your immune system a better chance in the fight. Many of the herbs in the Fusion Health Astra 8 formula are immune ‘trophorestoratives’. They work to strengthen and tone immune functions before a cold gets to chip the amour. It is the perfect time to prepare your body for the winter to come, and Astra 8 is the cardigan your mum told you to wear. Enjoy the cold snap :-)
Natural Health in the mining industry.
It looks like Abundance Health is proving the efficacy of Natural Therapies in the high finance world of mining and other corporate organisations. Naomi Gillespie and her team at Abundance Health have recently established a full time practise in the major mining centre of Karratha, Western australia. Abundance has lectured for Neways, Wenatex and Woodside Mining. Healthier employees results in higher work productivity, fewer accidents, fewer claims on insurances due to less injuries and quicker recovery times.
Abundance Health is a wellness practice that specialises in motivational health lectures to the corporate, sporting and business sector. Their philosophy is to teach how to be healthy using a range of easy to follow steps. Naomi Gillespie is the owner of Abundance Health Body and Lifestyle. Naomi is an experienced and qualified Naturopath and Acupuncturist also specialising in Remedial Massage and Muscle Manipulation. Naomi and her team work with professional sports people and corporate groups.
Christos 'Dorje' WalkerWell known Australian meditation teacher, Qi Gong practitioner and Somatic Psychotherapist Christos 'Dorje' Walker, known by many as 'Dorje' (a name given to him by a buddhist monk for his display of strength during practise) has recently returned from a three month sojourn through Asia, including a month retreat in Bhutan. Sally and I love hearing about Dorje's travels so we asked him to write about his experiences and his plans now he has returned home to Bondi...
Growing up as a surfer on the sunburnt beaches of the Gold Coast in Australia was a long way from where I would end up spending much of my adult life (in India and the Himalayas) studying various forms of meditation and spirituality. Read more...
Happy Year of the Dragon from Herbs of Gold!
5 Things about Dragons you May Not Know by Roger James Hamilton.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
We’re about to start the Chinese Year of the Water Dragon. Whether you follow the Chinese Zodiac or not, here are 5 things about dragons worth knowing in 2012:
1. Dreams to Reality: The dragon is the ONLY mythical animal on the chinese zodiac. It is the link between the imaginary world and the real world and has a special place in Chinese culture (In the same way you cannot deface a US flag in America, you cannot deface a dragon image in China). In 2012, what is the one dream you will bring into reality? Pin it up with a dragon image. Or copy Angelina and get a tattoo...
2. The Symbol of Flow: The dragon symbolises the protector of flow, and in Chinese myths is always controlling the waters, floods, seas and rivers. Its three joints represent the trinity of flow (creation, preservation, destruction). In 2012, what will you begin, what will you preserve, and what will you end to stay in flow?
3. The Power of Nine: The dragon is related to the number 9, the highest single digit number and Chinese symbol of celestial power. The chinese dragon has 81 Yang scales (9x9) and 36 Yin scales (9x4). Nine dragons was the symbol of the Chinese Emperor (and if you have ever been to Hong Kong, ‘Kowloon’ means ‘nine dragons’ in Chinese). The chinese character for ‘nine’ is the same as the word ‘forever’. In 2012, what part of you will you develop - a skill or quality that will lift you higher, and be with you forever?
4. The Celestial Messenger: The dragon has spread through all cultures, and today are found in everything from Shrek to Harry Potter. The English word comes from the Greek ‘‘drakan” which means ‘water dragon’, derived from ‘drakein’ which means ‘to see more clearly’. Up to modern time, the dragon is seen as carrying a secret or message that it protects and passes to the select few. In 2012, what dragon will you seek out. In what area do you want to ‘see more clearly’?
5. A Sign of the Times: 2012 is the year of the Water Dragon, which only comes around every 60 years. The last Water Dragon year was 1952 (the first year to see a return-flight of a passenger plane across the Atlantic), and before that was 1892 (The year Edison got a patent for a two-way telegraph. It was also the year of the first basketball game). In 2012, what will you invent? What will you create that will leave a legacy?
Where to start with these five questions? Grab a blank sheet and start with that - A white space of unexplored, virgin territory: The kind that old map makers would leave blank on their maps because no one had been there yet; The spaces on the map where there were no coastlines or land masses; Just empty space with the words “Here be dragons.”
Gong Xi Fa Cai. Wishing you a prosperous lunar new year!
Drawing by Nick.
HEAD, HEART AND HANDS HOLISTIC HEALING
David Ackerman - B.Sc, Master of Chiropractic
An expertise in Chiropractic, Craniosacral balancing and NeuroEmotional Techniques allows David to utilise the “Breath of Life” or Craniosacral Rhythm to help restore healthy function within the central nervous system. David's intuitive, gentle and hands on approach incorporates Chiropractic techniques, Muscle Release/Massage, Craniosacral Balancing, NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) and Lifestyle advice. David has also been achieving great results through NeuroCranial Restructuring (NCR) Read more....
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Tienchi Ginseng by Paul Keogh
Check out this Tienchi Ginseng article Fusion Health's technical director Paul Keogh wrote for Wellbeing magazine.
Tienchi ginseng's cardio-protective benefits are achieved progressively over weeks or months. Therefore, tienchi ginseng must not be viewed as an immediate substitute for conventional medication; rather it is an excellent complementary medicine for people working with their practitioner to improve long-term health outcomes and reduce their need for conventional medication.
Medicinal properties Apart from its anti-inflammatory, anti-haemorrhagic, anti-contusive, analgesic, anti-arrhythmic, anti-hypertensive (lowers blood pressure), cardio-protective (protects the heart), anti-lipaemic (lowers high cholesterol and triglycerides), hepato-protective (protects the liver), hypoglycaemic (lowers high blood sugar levels in non-insulin-dependant type 2 diabetes), metabolic enhancing (enhances cellular energy metabolism), adaptogenic (improves resistance to stress), mild anabolic and androgenic (stimulates protein synthesis and muscle development), antioxidant, chemo- and radiation-protective properties, tienchi ginseng also demonstrates anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal effects in vitro.
Herbal energetics In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), tienchi ginseng is considered to have an affinity for the liver, stomach and large intestine meridian systems. Its energetic qualities, or therapeutic properties, are said to enter the body via these channels. It is therefore not surprising that recent experiments show that where the portal vein is cut before oral ingestion, tienchi ginseng loses its effectiveness as a haemostatic (ability to stop bleeding).
Tienchi ginseng is sweet, astringent, bitter, dry, restoring and relaxing with a warm energy. Cooked tienchi ginseng does not have the blood-regulating action of raw tienchi ginseng and is considered a blood (xuè) tonic and yin tonic. Blood tonics provide substantial energy and nutritive forces to restore the blood, strengthen the body and improve its nutrition. Yin tonics are said to nourish, nurture and moisten the material aspects of the body.
A short film by Cyrus Sutton about Wayne Lynch's recovery from a heart attack.
This film from Cyrus Sutton of Korduroy.tv captures the thoughts of Wayne Lynch after his heart attack. In my opinion Wayne Lynch was the most stylish well known surfer from the 70's and this short film demonstrates an evolving awareness of his life, the same wisdom that must have contributed to the smooth flowing lines he chose thirty years ago...
Active Kids Books
Another ripping book from Active Kids Books has just come out!
Author Chad Kolze is a mad keen surfer/skater and ex pro snowboarder who writes books for kids that I wish someone had written when I was a grommet. The latest adventure for the rad bunch of rodents is called 'Surf Safari"
Byron Bay Surf Festival
Byron Bay will host a Surf Festival with a focus on the creative culture within surfing. Byron Bay is the perfect venue to showcase all that is unique and attractive about surfing, drawing from the rich local and national surfing heritage, the creative energy and natural surfing location that is Byron Bay.
Get your free Seasonal Food Calendar!
The surge of interest in people sourcing their food from the backyard veggie patch has Christine Milne and Bob Brown realeasing another Seasonal Produce Calendar for 2012.
As with last year the calendar is FREE. All you need to do is send an email including your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office on 03 6224 8899 and they will send one out to you.
A film by Chipotle
Coldplay's haunting classic 'The Scientist' is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, "Back to the Start." Download the song now available on iTunes. Label and proceeds benefit The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-scientist-single/id4...
The film, by film-maker Johnny Kelly, depicts the life of a farmer as he slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the errors of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future. Both the film and the soundtrack were commissioned by Chipotle to emphasize the importance of developing a sustainable food system