Frankie Jade’s Birth Story

Photo by Free Spirit Photography

Frankie Jade Bertuch Haynes was born 5:50pm on Tuesday Feb 27th 2018, weighing 2.8 kgs, measuring 47.5cm long, with a 33.5cm head circumference. After a three hour all natural labour and birth, she arrived healthy, pink, and with loads of hair! This is our birth story….

It was the last stretch of summer days and the morning had been drenched in sunshine. We woke, had brekky and got ready for our 16 month old daughter Mia to spend the day at Nanna & Malpa’s, as she does every Tuesday. I had also awoken to the calendar marking this day our due date, and the 40th week in my pregnancy. Since I was 40 weeks and feeling good, I decided I felt up to a walk around the corner with Mum, Mal & Mia. It was too nice a day to be stuck inside. On the walk, I bumped into Nonna (my step-Mum Elisa) who asked how I was feeling… I said “pretty good, no labour signs yet though”. Through the last week I had been having a few treatments such as acupuncture and massage to nourish my body and prepare for birth. Some people mentioned they thought I was still a week away…. I tended to agree, although I was conscious not to attach to any expectations of dates or timelines. It was going to be when it was going to be! This little lady would, of course, come when she was ready.

I walked home from Mum & Mal’s on my own and had a thought of the women I had read about in Ina May Gaskin’s book “Guide to Childbirth” on how when they walked outside in labour they had a sense of heightened awareness for everything around them: light, colour, how the sun lit up leaves and flowers and whatever it touched and made it glow that much brighter. Everything seemed a little more vivid and high definition. I could relate to this and although I wasn’t in labour at that stage, I mused on whether today would be the day.

Once home I moved about the house a little aimlessly, just pottering. I had been having plenty of lower back pain and discomfort for days and wondered if that was a sign along with some period pain like cramps. I guess they were signs. By 2pm I was feeling pretty uncomfortable with cramps. I started to take a bit more notice. We put the last of the bits and pieces into the hospital bag that I had been meaning to finish packing for weeks! By 3pm I needed to start timing the surges as I had decided these where in fact real contractions I was having. It had started a little more subtly than with Mia’s labour and I hadn’t had my show or waters break.

As this was going on, Gary had been sleeping on the couch, and luckily we hadn’t gone out to the movie we had considered going to in town on an afternoon date together. I let Gary sleep though I was starting to think “we need to get this show on the road, literally!”. It was a 45 min drive at best to the hospital and the question “when to go” was always a looming one. Gary woke to see me bent over the couch and asked if I was ok…. I reported that my surges where 3 mins apart by then and lasting about 1.5 mins. Walking around made them more intense but I couldn’t stay still. I tried to call the Community Midwife Program (who had kindly provided our pregnancy care) but had no answer so I said it was time to get in the car and go!

On the drive over, I wasn’t looking forward to having to sit still for nearly an hour knowing the surges were as close as they were and how much I wanted keep moving. I closed my eyes as we drove and tried to ignore the rapidly approaching rear ends of vehicles as Gary swiftly navigated the highway and it’s afternoon traffic. I opened them occasionally to check and see which towns we had made it past like a checkpoint in a competition! I did not want to have this baby on the side of the road like a few friends had experienced (brave hearts and wonderfully capable Goddesses they where). I called the CMP and got Sally. “Hi Sally, it’s Kylie……. (pause)” “Hi, she said. You’re in the car”. “Yes” I replied, and explained where I was up to. “How exciting! We will see you soon” she said. I was pleased to hear Sally’s bubbly voice on the phone. We had met her the week before on our check up and thought she was lovely, as were all the CMP midwives. Dianna our assigned midwife would have been at our birth, though she was off sick. So we got Sally, who apparently wasn’t giving us up for anything when she knew we were on our way in. She later explained that she had wanted to be at our birth after meeting us, and there she was.

My breath and the car door handle where my absolute focus. I hummed my way down the highway through every surge, starting to feel the “labour land” affect getting deeper and more intense. I had to bounce my foot the entire way to shift some energy and channel some sort of movement. I kept the hypnobirting affirmations track on repeat in my head as I checked in with my mental checklist: deep breaths, deep hums, soft jaw, relax my body, relax my face, passed the next town, tick!

We got to the hospital safely and walked on up to the ward. We saw Kate (another CMP midwife) in the foyer and were guided to our labour room. It was a different room to last time. I was a hoping there was going to be the pool, ready for us to labour in as I had hoped that for Mia’s birth too but there wasn’t enough time to set it up. No pool. I would have to do without. Sally greeted us with a smile and Gary put down the bags and started to get things ready. From the moment I walked in the room, I wanted to get close to the ground. I just wanted lie flat on my belly, but that obviously wasn’t an option. An overwhelming sense of being drawn down closer to the earth took over slowly but surely and I sat in the chair for a bit, then put a mat on the floor and got on all fours. After a few surges, I managed to get back up and move around a little. I went to the toilet and discovered I had had my show while in the car. I knew we weren’t going anywhere now. I walked back to the chair. Gary got busy setting up a few things from our bag: my water bottle, oils diffuser, some snacks, a little speaker for some music. I moved and breathed, hummed and did my best to find a relaxed position. I stood and lent on Gary for a bit. But soon enough needed to return to the floor.

Sally asked me to lie on the mat so she could check how far down in my pelvis our little bub was. As she checked, she couldn’t feel her head down low in my belly and mentioned that she wasn’t really engaged, that she was “kind of sideways”. I thought I had a long way to go after hearing that. But my surges suggested otherwise. I returned to all fours and then Gary asked for the bean bag with a belly whole. It was my saviour! I had used it during Mia’s birth and loved it. I could lean on it and rest more effectively between surges, though there was only seconds between them by that stage it seemed.

My surges progressed, my breath and hum got deeper and louder. I had crazy back pain so Sally offered some water injections to relieve the pain. As I didn’t want drugs, I questioned what they where. She explained and eventually I said yes as my back pain got even worse and she said the nurse would come in and do them during the next surge. She said they feel like bee sting… so I waited, but they never came. I was in transition.

Gary gave me a back massage which was great. It provided a little relief. I had completely surrendered to the surges by this stage. Gary suggested I get up and walk around a bit, but I wasn’t going anywhere. My surges got stronger, my moans got louder and suddenly my waters broke with a gush of warm liquid. I breathed on, feeling the intensity build and having absolutely no other choice but to roll with it and breath and trust. I wondered if I could cope as the intensity built. But I just kept replaying the positive affirmations and trusting the fact that I had done it before, I knew I could do it again. I had wondered if my body had the strength as I felt I had spent a lot of time resting in the final weeks of my pregnancy and not doing much exercise (as much as you can rest chasing a toddler all day…). But I had the strength. The surges where strong and effective. They were happening to me but where almost as if they where coming from a deeper more universal force. There was plenty of energy in my body to perform them and have them do exactly what they needed to: bring our baby safely into this world. The rest between surges was very brief but very appreciated. Gary and Sally continued their support and encouragement. I breathed on.

Before I knew it I was ready to push. I kept thinking it was too soon, that I was still to get up and have a shower (because that is what I did last time….) but she was ready to come out. Frankie had done some serious moving in that time. I pushed for all of 5 mins maybe…. As she crowned, Sally asked Gary if he wanted to feel her head first, which he did and I knew she was very close to being born. I felt her head come out and panted to avoid any tearing as that was something I wanted to avoid if I could. Sally asked if I was still in the surge, I couldn’t really reply with words, but a grunt of a yes came as I used the last of that surge and out came her body with a whoosh! Those few pushes where so incredibly powerful I wasn’t sure I could breathe my way through what my body was doing. But I could and I did. Out she came and Gary caught her and handed her to me through my legs. I could hear her cries and had an instant grin of relief beam across my face. At some point a doctor had entered the room and watched the birth. To which he then commented at the end “you guys should open a birthing centre, that was pretty amazing!”.

I looked down at her and wow, she had loads of hair!! She was tiny, 2.8kgs (6.2lbs) smaller than Mia by a whole pound. I was so grateful she was out safely. We had been there nearly an hour. Wow, I was pretty happy with that!! I laughed, I cried, I hugged our little girl, I kissed my husband. I sat back and relaxed against the bean bag and held onto Frankie as she latched beautifully for her first feed.

About 5-10 minutes later, my placenta came out effortlessly on it’s own. Gary cut the cord and we moved to the bed to relax before being fixed up and moved to our next room. Sally was beaming, she was so stoked and happy and amazed at what she had just witnessed. She kept saying that was one of the most amazing births she had ever seen. I forgot to ask how long she had been a midwife but it wasn’t a short time. I knew that. I was blown away and damn proud of myself and our little birthing team. I had managed to avoid a major tear and only needed a few precautionary stitches to help everything heal a little better.

Frankie fed from both sides well and we soaked up some precious skin on skin time before having a shower and settling into our new room. Time to relax and rest. She remained nameless until the morning as we had left the night to think it over after seeing her. But it was pretty clear over night that she was Frankie Jade. We rested up that night and left the hospital to return to our home the next morning. It was wonderful to bring our little girl home. We couldn’t wait to see Mia’s reaction when she met her new little sister.

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Being in labour and delivering a baby from your body is one of the most magical, intense, attention demanding, life changing, core shaking, gob smacking experiences we wonder women can have. I have now experienced two incredible natural births and I am eternally grateful for how they unfolded. Was breath my key to everything during those hours? Absolutely! Every breath was my rock, along with my husband, our baby, and trusting my body. My deepest gratitude to the teachings, love & support I received that helped shape these experiences: My husband for his ongoing and unwavering support; my baby girl; her big sister; my body; my teachers; my yoga practice; my doTerra essential oils for supporting me naturally; Ina May Gaskin for all her work as a midwife and for writing “Guide to Childbirth“; our midwives Dianna (through our pregnancy) & Sally (who was present) & the Community Midwife Program of Northeast Health Wangaratta; the maternity ward staff at Wangaratta Hospital; the on-shift doc who watched our birth and promptly told my husband and I that we should open a birthing center; our hypnobirting coach Emma Matthews of Indigo Gentle Beginnings for all her wonderful energy and birth knowledge; our dear family, friends and loved ones…. thank you all. Thank you also to Ailsa at Free Spirit Photography for her stunning pre & postnatal photo shoots; Katie Stephen Kinesiology; Elyse Murphy at Bright Community Acupuncture; Kristy Corcoran at Ovens Valley Physio & Pilates and Catherine McInerny at Pregnancy Massage Australia, Molly Barbara Hair from Molly’s Body Therapies & Mobile Day Spa Bright for my pregnancy care treatments; Emily Rose at Emily Rose Yoga for her prenatal yoga guidance. 💜 This photo was taken by my husband Gary moments before he delivered our little Frankie Jade earth side, Tuesday evening on Feb 27th 2018, at 5:50pm.

Frankie, we love you so much and are so grateful you have joined our family. I look forward to savouring every moment with you on our journey.

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A weekend of transformation!

We are excited to announce the release of our schedule for our upcoming Alpine Summer Yoga Retreat, taking place Feb 16-18 2018.

These activities have been compiled to create a weekend of supported transformation, along with beautiful new connections, in a stunning part of the world we have the pleasure to call home: The Ovens Valley of Victoria.

We will practice daily yoga and meditation, paired with powerful intention setting, journalling, nutritious whole foods, essential oils,  adventure activities and more.

RETREAT SCHEDULE (TBC)

FRIDAY

2pm – Arrive and check in. Chai and snacks available.

3pm – Opening Circle in the Yoga Studio

3.30pm – Slow Flow Vinyasa Class (90 mins)

6pm – Dinner

7.30pm – Evening meditation and Journalling Workshop part 1

10pm – Bedtime

SATURDAY

5:40am – Wake Up Bell

6am – Meditation, Pranayama and Vinyasa Yoga class

7.30am – Breakfast

8.30am –Prepare for Mt Buffalo activities

9am – Bright Adventure Company pick up

10am – Abseiling or hiking at Mt Buffalo National Park

12:45pm – Arrival at Lake Catani, Mt Buffalo for picnic lunch

2.30pm – Arrive back at 215 Mt Buffalo Retreat for free time to swim, walk, journal, nap….

5pm – Restorative / Yin Yoga class with Essential Oils

7pm – Dinner

9pm – Evening meditation and reflection

10pm – Bedtime

SUNDAY

5:40am – Wake Up Bell

6am – Meditation, Pranayama and Vinyasa Yoga class

8am – Breakfast

9am – Journalling Workshop part 2 – Creating Change

11am – Free time for swim, walk, reflection

12pm – Lunch

1pm – Free time for packing and reflection

1:45pm – Hatha flow class

2:30pm – Meditation

2:45pm – Closing circle and sharing opportunity

3pm – Check Out.

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Please contact us if you feel that this weekend would be something you would find replenishing in more ways than one. Places are currently still available.

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Want to explore doTERRA and go in the draw to WIN?

I am reaching out to find some wonderful hosts to spoil in the coming months!

WORKSHOP HOST GRAND PRIZE DRAW:
Anyone who hosts a workshop at their house between now and mid Feb will not only get spoiled with some special host gifts on the day, but will also go in the draw to win a grand prize of a Rose Touch Roller & Jasmine Touch Roller (valued at $225 retail).

The winner will be drawn in March.

Contact me to book in your date asap! You only need 5-8 friends, a few hours to enjoy and explore, and a place to do it. There are awesome specials available this month, and I am really excited to share how these oils can help change your life for the better, naturally.

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Essential Oil Workshops January 2018

Jan 2018 workshops

Come along and join us at one of these locations this January to find out more about doTERRA essential oils. We will be offering samples, sign up information, oils usage info, prizes and much more. Find out how these beautiful certified our therapeutic grade essential oils can help support you on your journey through life.

Also, anyone who hosts a workshop at their house during Jan with Kylie will go in the draw to win a grand prize! Contact me to book your workshop at your home or office today.

Alpine Summer Yoga Retreat 2018

16 – 18 2018, Arrive: Friday 2pm – Leave: Sunday 3pm | Alpine Summer Yoga Retreat | 215 Mt Buffalo Retreat, Porepunkah |

BOOKINGS NOW AVAILABLE!

Join Kylie Bertuch Haynes from Ginger Ki Yoga & Emily Rose from Emily Rose Yoga for a weekend retreat in the beautiful alpine town of Porepunkah, just 9kms from Bright, Victoria.

This summer take an opportunity to harness the energy of the sun, create a positive vision for your future and become your best self by stepping outside your comfort zone. We will explore vinyasa, yin & restorative sequences, meditation practices and some optional adventure activities in neighbouring Mt Buffalo National Park (think abseiling, paddle-boarding and hiking with expert local guides) to assist you to create positive energy in your life.

This retreat is specially designed for people of all experience & ability levels.

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Our stunning private retreat location is set at the base of Mt Buffalo at the luxurious property of 215 Mt Buffalo Retreat. Surrounded in bushland, this property consists of one main house where all our meals and gatherings will mostly take place, one pool house (yes, there is a beautiful pool!) with 2 extra rooms, one on site yoga studio and one king suite where our teachers will stay.

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There are four different accommodation options across the two houses. Space is limited. First in, best dressed.

  1. Main House Twin Share with Ensuite Bathroom $800 per person Early Bird [Full price after 1 Jan 2018 $890]
  2. Main House Twin Share with Shared Bathroom $750 per person Early Bird [Full price after 1 Jan 2018 $840]
  3. Pool House Private King Room with Shared Bathroom $1300 Early Bird *Price is for room and could be shared by a couple. [Full price after 1 Jan 2018 $1450]
  4. Pool House Twin Share (bunk and double bed) $750 per person Early Bird *Three friends could share this room – please contact us for triple share rate. [Full price after 1 Jan 2018 $840]

***BOOKINGS NOW AVAILABLE ***

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

*2 nights accommodation with all bedding included
*All meals, drinks and snacks from check in until check out – home cooked nutritious whole foods (all dietary requirements can be catered for so please let us know upon booking)
*Twice daily yoga classes in the purpose built heated studio
*All mats and props for the practice (bring your own if you like though)
*Guided meditations each morning and evening
*Workshops around the theme of creating positive change
*Essential Oils workshop
*Adventure activities at Mt Buffalo (a choice of hiking or abseiling with renowned local guides Bright Adventure Company)
*Free time to enjoy the pool or walk in the nearby bush
*Some added extras that we will keep secret!

WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE PREVIOUS ALPINE YOGA RETREAT:

Pauline“In true love and caring spirit, Kylie & Emily gave us their mind, body and soul at their Inaugural Alpine Spring Yoga Retreat, We, in turn, were beautifully stretched and nourished. There is now a renewed ‘spring’ in my step which I am enjoying immensely. I would sincerely recommend their dedicated teachings to all.”
~ Pauline

GOT QUESTIONS, ASK TODAY

 

7 Easy ways to deepen your yoga practice.

Yoga is such a personal journey that is ever evolving. I find that I have times when I love every moment on my mat feeling deeply connected to my breath, my body, my heartbeat and the moment. Other times, my mind is running the show again and again, and I must become aware of drawing myself back to my breath over and over. And so the cycle goes… The Human Experience blesses us with an incredible yet mischievous mind and yoga provides us with tools to help quiet the ‘monkey mind’ and reconnect to our inner Self. Our True Self. Our True Wisdom.

Some of the most useful ways I find myself enriching my practice and giving my monkey mind something to focus on, thus enriching my yoga practice by deepening the connection to my bod;:y, my movements, my breath and my inner voice are as follows:

  1. Set an intention: This is a powerful and I think and a most important step in your practice. Whether you are coming to your mat for a 5 minute flow to shift some energy and wake yourself up from an afternoon slump, or you are on your mat for a few hours, setting an intention speaks to the Universe about what you would like to invite in. It might be a bigger picture goal or it might be something very simple just for that day. it might be for yourself or it might be for someone else who you  know could benefit from having some cultivated loving energy directed their way. Whatever it is, use positive language and say it/think it/feel it with your whole Self. Yoga is a powerful practice and intention setting a powerful part of manifesting the life that you would like to live. It is also a powerful way to give back, to yourself or to others.  The Lilypad_300
  2. Add essential oils: Whether you use them in a diffuser or apply them topically, essential oils can enhance your practice quite powerfully. When you use pure certified therapeutic grade oils such as doTerra, you know you are applying the highest quality oils to your skin or inhaling them into your precious lungs. Oils can help alter your mood, help change your brain chemistry, help repair damaged muscles, help improve your respiratory system, support your lymphatic system & nervous system, they can help boost your immunity, support you through emotional ups and downs and so much more. Depending on what you want the oils to do, this is a sure way to enhance the benefits of your yoga practice. For more info on what oils are good for what ailments, contact me and we can have a chat about what will suit you. balance_oil_gkyw_300
  3. Ground down your feet: Grounding your feet in a post helps deepen your connection with the Earth. Helps you build a more stable base of support. Helps you gain better balance through the pose, and helps you connect to your deep core lines, strengthening your feet, drawing energy up from the Earth to grow the pose with integrity. Grounding your feet also sets you up for a sturdy journey through your practice and thus, into the rest of your life. It helps you become sure of yourself, have confidence in your movements, to grow tall in your stride and be your best self. Tree_Pose_Silouette_Ginger_Ki_Yoga_300
  4. Connect to your deep core: Whenever you move on your mat, take the time to ensure your are connecting/moving from your core. You can do this a number of ways. Spread your toes every time you reach your foot away from your torso or plant it into your mat, or flex your toes back to wards your face in seated poses, activating your inner core lines which help switch on your deep sore muscles. These muscles help support your spine when you move, so you are moving from a far more integrated and supported place. Drawing your belly button toward your spine and up towards your heart as you move helps activate the deeper core muscles along with the more superficial core muscles to work together to provide a more stable movement. This can otherwise be known as activating uddiyana (‘flying up lock’ – in your stomach) and mula (root lock – anus/perineum) bandhas (internal energetic locks) to enrich your practice, support your physical movement and build and hold internal energy flow.eight_limbed_pose_gky_300
  5. Listen to your inner voice: Whatever your iceberg looks like that day and how ever much of the tip is showing above the surface, only you can really explore and know what is below the surface… Take time at the beginning of your practice to stop, sit or stand still, close your eyes and tune in deeply. Listen to what your body has to tell you that day. Listen to what your breath has to tell you. Then as you begin to practice,  continue to tune in. If you notice yourself getting pulled back into the multitude of thoughts that can so easily distract us, you would human and that is perfectly OK. Take a moment and stop again, tune in again, listen to your body and your breath, then start your next move from a more connected space.yoga_self_300
  6. Expand the pose in every direction: When you think about the full expression of the pose (whatever that looks like for you that day on your mat), think about how you can expand the pose in all directions. Spread your toes and ground through your feet, grow the pose from the ground up. Extending your heart forward/upward, extend your crown forward/upward helps you stay light in your torso, lengthening your spine and creating space for your lungs to expand and your spine to move more freely. Reaching your finger tips further expands the energy of the pose to the furthest point. It brings the pose to every cell of your body, not just your main body and muscles, but switches on all the muscles along the way and creates a felling of fullness. Breathe through every pour on your skin, rather than just through your nose. Feel as though your cells themselves are expanding with breath and the practice will reward you a 1000 fold.warrior3_300
  7. Be patient with yourself on the journey: This is one that we often need to remind ourselves of. Being patient is a constant practice. Yoga helps us cultivate patience, not only with ourselves on our yoga mat, but this then flows off our mat and into our lives and a greater peace is brought into the way we live. If one day you can do a pose to it’s fullest expression, then the next you find yourself falling out of a balancing pose, or fatigued and not able to find the strength you have had another time, or perhaps you have been working on a pose for a while and ‘progression’ is slow, be patient with yourself on the journey. Yoga is not a quick fix, it’s a life long practice that will continue to evolve as you do, always giving back in ways that sometimes are not as obvious as others.  Enjoy the process and be in the moment with your breath. You will enjoy the practice far more when you are not so busy raising that bar.

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Alpine Summer Yoga Retreat 2018

16 – 18 2018, Arrive: Friday 2pm – Leave: Sunday 3pm | Alpine Summer Yoga Retreat | 215 Mt Buffalo Retreat, Porepunkah |

SAVE THE DATE!

Join Kylie Bertuch Haynes from Ginger Ki Yoga & Emily Rose from Emily Rose Yoga for a weekend retreat in the beautiful alpine town of Porepunkah, just 9kms from Bright, Victoria.

This summer take an opportunity to harness the energy of the sun, create a positive vision for your future and become your best self by stepping outside your comfort zone. We will explore vinyasa, yin & restorative sequences, meditation practices and some optional adventure activities in neighbouring Mt Buffalo National Park (think abseiling, paddle-boarding and hiking with expert local guides) to assist you to create positive energy in your life.

This retreat is specially designed for people of all experience & ability levels.

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Our stunning private retreat location is set at the base of Mt Buffalo at the luxurious property of 215 Mt Buffalo Retreat. Surrounded in bushland, this property consists of one main house where all our meals and gatherings will mostly take place, one pool house (yes, there is a beautiful pool!) with 2 extra rooms, one on site yoga studio and one king suite where our teachers will stay.

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There are four different accommodation options across the two houses. Space is limited. First in, best dressed.

  1. Main House Twin Share with Ensuite Bathroom $800 per person Early Bird [Full price after 1 Jan 2018 $890]
  2. Main House Twin Share with Shared Bathroom $750 per person Early Bird [Full price after 1 Jan 2018 $840]
  3. Pool House Private King Room with Shared Bathroom $1300 Early Bird *Price is for room and could be shared by a couple. [Full price after 1 Jan 2018 $1450]
  4. Pool House Twin Share (bunk and double bed) $750 per person Early Bird *Three friends could share this room – please contact us for triple share rate. [Full price after 1 Jan 2018 $840]

***Bookings open Monday 20 November. ***

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

*2 nights accommodation with all bedding included
*All meals, drinks and snacks from check in until check out – home cooked nutritious whole foods (all dietary requirements can be catered for so please let us know upon booking)
*Twice daily yoga classes in the purpose built heated studio
*All mats and props for the practice (bring your own if you like though)
*Guided meditations each morning and evening
*Workshops around the theme of creating positive change
*Essential Oils workshop
*Adventure activities at Mt Buffalo (a choice of hiking or abseiling with renowned local guides Bright Adventure Company)
*Free time to enjoy the pool or walk in the nearby bush
*Some added extras that we will keep secret!

WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE PREVIOUS ALPINE YOGA RETREAT:

Pauline“In true love and caring spirit, Kylie & Emily gave us their mind, body and soul at their Inaugural Alpine Spring Yoga Retreat, We, in turn, were beautifully stretched and nourished. There is now a renewed ‘spring’ in my step which I am enjoying immensely. I would sincerely recommend their dedicated teachings to all.”
~ Pauline

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TODAY

 

Restorative Yoga

Come along Sunday afternoon Nov 19th for a relaxing, restoring practice that takes you on a journey of deeply nourishing, supported, minimal poses, long holds, moments of silences and stillness. Let yourself stop and hit the reset button. This practice leaves you feeling peacefully restored from head to toe, and nourished on every level.

We will take our time, beginning with a guided mediation, then move slowly through poses using props and and breath to take us deeper.

All levels welcome. Limited spaces available.

Sunday, 3pm – 5:30pm, Bright Bootcamp & Co, 73 Churchill Ave, Bright VICTORIA.

Cost: $40 pp. For more information contact Kylie at Ginger Ki Yoga & Wellness on 0413479483 or BOOK HERE: EVENTS

What is in a doTerra HOME ESSENTIALS Kit?

So what is actually IN a HOME ESSENTIALS KIT? These are the 10 most essential oils in on super awesome kit, that ALSO comes with a diffuser so you can start using them in your home in the 3 different ways: aromatically (inhaled via diffusion or straight from the bottle), topically (either diluted and applied to the skin or applied neat – make sure you know which are safe to do so!), internally (ingesting the oils by using them as flavouring or for remedies by taking in a glass of water or in a capsule).

WHAT ARE THE OILS you ask? All come in a 10ml bottle (except for Ice Blue as it’s super potent). That’s around 200 drops in each bottle!!

– Lavender: Pain relief, de-stress, sleep support, calm your kids,
– Peppermint: Tummy friend, anti-nausea, freshen breath, uplift mood, reduce headaches.
– Frankincense: reduce headaches, bring in focus, centre yourself, grounding oil, great for skin, great for sleep.
– Oregano: Immune boosting, food flavour enhancing, anti-septic, antibacterial
– Tea Tree: antibacterial, antiseptic, purifier, anti itch, great for pimples/blemishes, perfect in your facial toner, kills odours.
– Lemon: immune boosting, antibacterial, anti-fever, antiseptic, natural air purifier, glass cleaner, degreaser.
– On Guard: Immune support for the whole family! Awesome support for the snot season and makes your house smell amazing!
– Easy Air: respiratory support for the whole family! Great support for the snot & hay fever seasons.
– Ice Blue (5ml): Aches & pains support for muscles and joints.
– Digest Zen: stomach and digestion support for the whole family! Helps with upset tummy.

Yes, all of these and so much more! Every one of these oils can do so much to support your family’s health naturally.

It’s $330. An investment that will change your life for the better!. It includes your wholesale membership with doTERRA PLUS points that you can spend later on buying more oils! That’s a win, win, WIN!

THIS IS THE KIT to start with! If you want, you can order a larger kit that has more amazingness in it if you like, and you just get more bonuses, but this is a great place to start!

AND if you sign up before the end of June (yes, 2 days left), you get an extra $200 worth of FREEBIES included!!! (See previous post).

CONTACT ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS! I am here to help.

SIGN UP INSTRUCTIONS: https://gingerkiyoga.com.au/doterra/

Kylie x

Chakras – What are they and how do they affect us?

Have you ever heard the word “Chakra” and wondered what the heck they are and what do they have to do with you? Have you heard the word and thought “Gee, that’s nice but chakras are not really my thing”. Actually it is the mystery behind the chakras that I felt made them “inaccessible” or “not my thing” to me when I first heard the word. I didn’t know what they where or really how I could understand them so instantly thought “they weren’t for me”. It wasn’t until I read Caroline Myss’s “Anatomy of the Spirit” as part of my level one teacher training & through the practice of yoga that the mystery started to dissolve and they became accessible for me to understand.
Us humans are remarkable creatures and are made up of far more than what meets they eye, such as our physical bodies. In a nut shell, chakras are spinning “wheels of light” (as the Sanskrit word translated suggests). Essentially, there are 7 main chakras in the body which interact with our endocrine and lymphatic systems to feed in good energy to nourish and support us, and discard of unwanted energy that no longer serves us. When the chakras become blocked, this can affect our physical, mental and emotional state and can even bring about “disease” in the body.

Below is a brief outline of the Chakras:

1. ROOT (Muladhara) – located at the base of the spine

Colour: Red
Seed sound: Lam
Element: Earth
Relates to: Physical family, security, tribal power, all is one, loyalty, justice, honour.

Yoga poses: virabhadrasana 1 (warrior one), trikonasana (triangle pose),  garudasana (eagle pose).

2. SACRAL (Svadhisthana) – located at the pelvic area, hips, genital region

Colour: Orange
Seed sound: Yam
Element: Water
Relates to: Creativity, relationships, money, sex, ethics, honour one another.

Yoga poses: parivrtta trikonasana (twisted triangle pose), utthita parsvakonasana (extended side angle pose), natarajasana (dancer pose).

3. SOLAR PLEXUS (Manipura) – located at the core, 3 fingers below your belly, at your centre

Colour: Yellow
Seed sound: Ram
Element: Fire
Relates to: Self esteem, personal power centre, responsibility of making decisions, honour ones self.

Yoga poses: gomukasana (cow face pose), ardha matsyendrasana (seated twist), ustrasana (camel pose).

4. HEART (Anahata) – located at your heart

Colour: Green
Seed sound: Yam
Element: Air
Relates to: Love is divine power, open heartedness, to love & be loved, forgiveness & compassion, hope & trust.

Yoga poses: bhujangasana (cobra pose), urdhva mukha svanasana (upward facing dog),  janusirsasana (head-to-knee forward bend), matsyasana (fish pose).

5. THROAT (Vishuddha) – located at the throat

Colour: Blue
Seed sound: Ham
Element: Ether
Relates to: Self expression, power of will, communication, ability to speak one’s truth, using personal power to create.

Yoga poses: dhanurasana (bow pose), simhasana (lion pose), paschimottanasana (sitting forward bend).

6. THIRD EYE (Ajna) – Located at the third eye, between the eye brows

Colour: Purple/Indigo
Seed sound: Om
Element: Light
Relates to: Power of mind, open mindedness, seek only truth, emotional intelligence, symbolic sight, intuition.

Yoga poses: halasana (plough pose), adho mukha svanasana (downward facing dog),  padmasana (lotus pose) with mudra (interlaced hands behind back) and forehead (third eye) to floor.

7. CROWN (Sahasrara) – located at the crown of your head

Colour: Violet or white
Seed sound: Om
Element: Universal energy
Relates to: Our spiritual connector, live in the moment, ability to see the larger pattern, faith & inspiration, connection to Spirit.

Yoga poses: salamba sirsasana (headstand), bakasana (crow pose) to sirsasana (headstand), sarvangasana (shoulder stand).

Vinyasa Yoga in the Vines at Ringer Reef – 2017 Series

Vinyasa Yoga in the vines at Ringer Reef returns this summer with 6 dates in total.

 

The first 2 where both wonderful evenings, seeing a return of some previous years students and some new faces joining us to enjoy the incredible views, great Ringer Reef wines and of course, soul nourishing yoga! I love this event because not only do we get to breath and flow together for an awesome 1.5 hour yoga session, we then get to sit down and engage with each other, share a common space, enjoy the post yoga buzz while in the surrounds of the stunning mountainous skyline of the majestic Mt Buffalo and surrounds.

The wine is delicious! The food is delicious! The people are fascinating and the views are memorable.
4 dates left:
Jan 8th – SOLD OUT
Jan 23rd – SOLD OUT
Feb 26th
Mar 12th
Mar 26th
Apr 2nd
Follow this link to book your ticket. Space is limited for those who are quick.

She is here!

Hello there! It has been a while since I wrote a newsletter. We have had a very exciting spring indeed. I hope you have had a wonderful season of yoga, breath, connection and fulfillment. Spring is such a rich time of new beginnings, cleansing out the old energy and inviting in the new. Allowing the new cycle to emerge and unfold. This is certainly the case for us. My husband and I welcomed the arrival of our gorgeous little girl Mia Grace, born October 24th.
Those of you following on social media will have noticed Mia is the the focus of our daily lives right now. I could not have asked for a better birth, everything went very well. For those of you who would like to read Mia’s birth story, you can find it here on Indigo Gentle Beginnings Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2gaDfWy. We are so grateful to Emma Mathews for our Hypnobirthing guidance and support during and leading up to Mia’s birth. I highly recommend this to any couple who are pregnant and want to support themselves and their baby with a positive birth journey.
On the yoga front, I am hoping to return to regular teaching early next year. However I will start with my annual Vinyasa in the Vines events at Ringer Reef winery on Jan 8th. Tickets are available here. My regular classes will hopefully recommence shortly after. Keep your eyes and ears pealed for information.

I would like send a BIG thank you Gianna who has been looking after the yogi’s in Harrietville for the past 4 months while I have been away. A new teacher to the valley will take over in the next few weeks. Emily Rose has moved from Melbourne to Wandiligong and will fill in while Gianna takes a holiday away with her family. Also starting her own yoga classes in Wandi, Emily comes with a wealth of experience and I personally am very excited to welcome her to the Alpine Valley community.

Summer is a very full time of year in the valley with events happening every other weekend. Christmas and New Year celebrations often mean our regular routines and practices fall by the way side and wait to to be picked up when the “the dust settles” in the new year. Although this is a busy time, this is a great time to celebrate the year that has been and let go of anything that has not served you to the fullest. The new year brings an opportunity to set new goals and intentions and manifest the next chapter of our lives, whatever that might be for you. A very powerful practice is to take some time to sit down quietly and review the year that was. Look at what worked and what didn’t. Celebrate the successes and learn from the challenges. Writing it down gives us the opportunity to “get it out” of our heads and our bodies, creating space for new goals, intentions and opportunities to plant their seeds. The next step is to water them and watch them grow. Be sure to bring these new intentions into your practice on your mat and let them soak into your cells as you breath and move.

A tool I find incredibly useful is a “workbook” by Leoni Dawson. Check out the information here. These workbooks prompt me in so many wonderful ways to help get my goals on paper and keep track of them. They are full of wonderfully positive prompts and practices that help enrich and nourish your journey into the new year. They make it fun and enjoyable to dream big and provide tools for you to make those big dreams come true!

So for now, I wish you a love filled Christmas and New Year! May summer be a time of joy, filled with time for relaxing, playing, enjoying, manifesting, creating, being in the moment, and inviting in an absolutely sensational 2017.

Much love, light & laughter,
Kylie. x