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  • Love your Courage

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    Interview with Madonna Williams Jocelyn McGillvray is a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, author and artist who loves yoga! I fell in love with Joss the moment she opened her heart to me and shared her honesty and vulnerability a few years ago. As with many students who share, I feel deeply honoured to hold this space. They also become my greatest teachers.  Today Jocelyn radiates love and strength. She has become a shining light for her family, friends…

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  • We love Alysa Michelle!

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    by Madonna Williams I met Alysa Michelle when she started attending Yoga classses at Zen Soul Life in 2016. Her dedication, focus and charismatic energy is infectious! When I found out she was a yoga teacher,  I smiled! 'You're hired!' M ~ Why did you decide to be a Yoga teacher? A ~ It's not exactly a profound answer. My Mum was a yoga teacher and I always admired her individuality. When I was studying nutrition I needed some extra…

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  • Summer Love Salad

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    Serves 4-6 Ingredients:1 1/2 cups pumpkin, leave skin on if organic and cut into 2.5 centimeter cubes1 tablespoon rosemary, finely choppedDrizzle of macadamia nut oil, enough to very lightly coat the pumpkin 250gms mixed baby salad leaves1 large beetroot, grated in food processor1/4 cup mint leaves1 organic lemon, for zesting (optional)1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved or quarter whole tomatoes1 avocado sliced 1/4 cup basil leaves1 small red onion, finely sliced1 cup sunflower sprouts1/2 cup activated pepita seedsPomegranate seeds for garnishing (optional)edible flowers for…

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  • We love KATE CADDLE

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    I met Kate Caddle a few years ago when she attended my Yoga classes in Paradise Point. Kate’s transformation over the last few years has been intriguing, beautiful and uplifting to say the least. Formerly a successful make-up artist, Kate has shifted her artistic talents to her new creation katecaddle.com After being diagnosed with endometriosis – (a reproductive issue that causes all sorts of pain, blockages, scarring, and for many, infertility), Kate endured a period of time in selfloathing and…

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  • MINDFULNESS …the art of being turned on to life itself!

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    After many years of teaching and practising yoga and meditation, I often feel liberated with mindfulness rich days and my classes are always enriched with mindfulness training. The practise of mindfulness has changed my life in so many ways from calming and balancing, regulating mood swings, optimising health and weight, feeling less reactive, enjoying more energy, making better food choices...the list goes on! If you feel that this blog seems beyond you, then consider simply starting with the exercises below…

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  • Sweet Potato, Kale & Beetroot Soup

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    Rich in anti-oxidants, blood cleansing, heart warming and absolutely delicious! Recipe and image from Madonna Recipe : 1. Roast vegetables below in oven until cooked. 2 large sweet potatoes chopped 4 large beetroots chopped 2. While roasting above vegetables, fry ingredients below in pan until ginger crispy, spices become aromatic and kale softens. 2 Tbspn Ghee (warmup pan before adding Ghee and allow to melt before adding below). 1 tsp organic Cummin powder 1 tsp organic Fennel seeds 1 tspn…

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  • Toffee Latte Recipe

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    Instead of a coffee, try a Toffee! This tastes similar to coffee, its's yummy, supports the liver (great for energy), reduces inflammation (anti-ageing) and contains antioxidants, magnesium (good for heart, bones and muscle relaxant), sulphur (strong nails, improves skin). It also contains mood stimulants, Anandamide (bliss chemical) and Arginine an amino acid that helps to reduce blood pressure.So what's in it?Recipe and images from Madonna.Ingredients :1 tspn Dandelion (I like 'Roasted Dandelion' by 'Kintra')1 tsp Turmeric grated (or organic Turmeric…

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  • Chi Energy Happy

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    Madonna WilliamsLearning about the Chi energy cycle and making it a daily practise has been one of the greatest health, beauty and energy assets in my life. It was challenging at first and it took time to adapt but slowly thepaterns and rituals became more habitual and the impact on how I felt was phenomenal. I’m now a Chi energy cycle addict! I get more done than ever before, I feel energised and fufulled more often, I sleep deeper and have more passion for…

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  • Empowering MOTHERS through childbirth and beyond

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    We're so honoured when mothers share their journey with us at Zen Soul Life and we're so in love with this beautiful mum! Her commitment to yoga and meditation for own nurture has been a rewarding experience. Her intention to spread that vibe to her beautiful babes is a precious gift to her family.Why did you start Yoga?✨I had had my first child and was wanting to get back into some exercise other than just walking, and have some "time-out"…

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  • What is Meditation?

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    What is Meditation ? It actually means "to become familiar with" and is a way of turning inward and nurturing our inner selves.   'Turning inward to listen to the body, the breath and the sound of your own heart beating, noticing sounds, smells and sensations. Opening into the quiet bliss...' ('Zen Soul Your Life' )   Why Mediate? Calms and relaxes the mind Calms and relaxes the body Balances emotions Slows the ageing process Empowers true confidence & true…

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