TEACHER & MENTOR
➳ Unlock codes for deeper levels of self-love, self-worth, & self-liberation. Amplify the resonant truth within your heart.
Have your eyes opened to new ways of living and thinking, that you know you need to explore and make some sense of?
Are you seeking some clarity around feelings of a lack of self-love or self-worth?
Are you perhaps grieving some sort of loss, feeling lost, and longing for something that is a new version of you, or a freedom that you feel isn't quite there?
What does self-liberation mean for you?
Are you wondering: how can I keep a much higher energetic standard for myself?
You are in the right place! These questions are very important to ask ourselves at certain times in our lives when we are on a journey of change and growth. I hope this space gives you the opportunity to find some of these answers.
I offer immersive 1:1 mentorship containers for women who are seeking spiritual and personal growth, and in particular, wish to heal their own story around self-love, self-worth, and self-liberation.
We actively participate in the journey of self-healing and self-liberation by tapping into and remembering the innate wisdom of the body. I share with my community the divine intelligence of the chakras as a tool to unlock the codes for deeper levels of self-love, self-worth, and self-liberation. The time has come for you to amplify the resonant truth within your heart, dear friend. Come as you are.
Learn more about my work here.
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Now is the time to come home in our bodies; to honour and respect our own temple, one another, and this beautiful Earth in which we live. We are at an evolutionary point in time where there are very real energetic upgrades happening to Mother Earth as she ascends into higher frequencies. Known as the Yugas in ancient yogic wisdom, we are nearing the end of the current 26,000 year cycle which is representative of a collective shift in consciousness. So I ask you, will you choose to evolve too, or stay trapped in the pressure cooker of your dense/heavy human body?
The Light in me
honours the Light in you.
And in this space,
we are ONE.
A little about me...
I am a traveller at heart. As a teenager and young woman, I had an impelling vision to travel and explore the world. With the same curious and adventurous nature, I love the inward journey that unfolds with yoga as a discipline and science of the mind and body.
At 23 years old, I was in an horrific car accident, compressing & breaking my spine in 6 places, crumbling the vertebra of my lower back. Along with whiplash and trauma, I also endured this process with all of my family. I realised very quickly that yoga offered me a sense of wellbeing, and most importantly, the greatest amount of relief from my pain and trauma in comparison to all the other therapy I was receiving. I was sold. This ancient practice empowered me to take charge of the outcomes of my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing for the rest of my life. It changed the trajectory of my life. As I've grown and evolved, yoga has always been my true compass to lead me in the right aligned direction. It allows me to live my life with reflection, contemplation, personal growth, and expression.
Today I live in Flaxton, on the mountains in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, with my husband and two daughters (and the cutest mini toy poodle ever called Stella!). I love the outdoors and adventure, culture, study of the Self, and my tribe! I also love solo time. I am truly passionate about watching people's lives change when they embrace a yogic life, as well as empowering my students and clients on their wellbeing and spiritual journey. As a Mentor, Qualified Yoga Therapist & Teacher, & NLP Practitioner, I offer a healing space to support you through transformation, illness, and everyday stress. I look forward to meeting you!
B.BUS | RYT | CYT | NLP
Senior Yoga Teacher & Therapist, Spiritual & Mindset Mentor, Chakra Educator, NLP Practitioner, Reiki Certified.
Traveller, wife, mum of two, lover of adventure and nature, curious mind, and bringer of peace.
My mission is to help you unlock codes for deeper levels of self-love, self-worth, and self-liberation, amplifying the resonant truth within your heart
I have dedicated my life to bridging the gap between modern and ancient medicine, to help make mind-body medicine more available to every day humans, and break down the illusion that ancient medicine and practices are 'woo woo'.
In the past five years, I have deepened my studies in yoga therapy, the chakra system, neuroscience, trauma awareness, embodiment, breath work & meditation. I have witnessed the power of these practices as they deeply transform the lives of my students and clients.
“Working with Liv was life changing. She came into my life at the right time. I was dealing with a lot of resentment, anger, and anxiety around a past relationship and the unexpected situation I found myself in having to singlehandedly raise my son physically, emotionally, and financially.
Liv took me on an incredibly supported journey where she held space for me to grow into and believe in my strength as a woman. Letting go of trapped emotions she helped me unlock these wonderful parts of me that were always there and that have now come to the forefront. At the end of our sessions, I felt so grounded, I was protecting where I put my energy and as a result started to feel abundance in all parts of my life.
I would say to anyone looking to instigate long lasting change in their life, to contact her. She is truly a beautiful human being, I trust her completely and I cannot thank her enough."
"I want to thank Liv for sharing her wisdom on the energy body, her extensive knowledge of yoga therapy and the tools of NLP that she put together in her course on the sacred. Liv is a wonderful teacher, very gentle way of teaching, but full of humour and passion."
"You are like a pause button. You remind me to stop, breathe, and reflect on myself, not everyone else, and that myself, right now, is the priority. You remind me that it is okay to do this; that I am as worthy as the next person for my time.....I don't always have to put myself in the back of a line- I can actually be first. As a yoga teacher you guide me to get to know my body and to trust myself in listening to it"
"Your commitment to ..teaching us the practice of yoga...has been an amazing inspiration to me. We have learnt so much from you. ...I especially want to thank you for taking us away on retreats. These retreats strengthened our inner being and helped us to be mindful of others. ... the student in us honours the teacher in you"
"Without your guidance I would not have the love and dedication to yoga and meditation that I have. It has been my one priority every week to turn up on a Tuesday and I will miss zoning out to your voice. Thank you for allowing me the opportunities to extend my practice. It has been a rewarding journey and I am so grateful."
WORKING WITH OLIVIA
TEACHER & MENTOR
Mentorship with Olivia encompasses all of her skillsets from over 20 years of study and personal practice. Below you can read about the neuroscience of yoga; neurolinguistic programming; chakras and the subtle energy body as well as yoga therapy, to deepen your understanding of how these tools intertwine to offer transformational effects on the human body at every layer. Having a Mentor who is holistically focused and recognises the absolute essential need to connect to your Higher Self, along with all the other aspects of your being including your physical body, mental body, your emotional intelligence, and your vital energy body, you can trust that your growth and evolution will be deep. In particular, Liv works with women who are absolutely ready to expand and stretch themselves into a higher level of self-love and self-care, self-worth and self-esteem, and feel more liberated as a result. These women are ready to invest in themselves and witness their lives change, because quite simply, it is costing them to stay where they are.
"I love to teach and mentor from a space that you are already this perfect soul, and that your experiences through this life and past lives leave impressions on your energy body that restrict the free flow of life force in your body. This results in energetic tensions, tethering you to 'things' that weigh you down. Our mindset becomes limited. The result is - we lose our sacred power."
Olivia's mentorship style is grounded in an inner knowing that through education, understanding and embodiment of wisdom and truth through the application of timeless yogic practices that extend far beyond your every day asana class, we begin the process of returning home. We peel back the layers and attune to trust, we sense and enjoy the world with freedom, and we move forward with clear knowing and affirmed, aligned, centred and easeful action.
Does this resonate for you?
1:1 Mentorship with Olivia is offered by application and is typically delivered via a 6 week container inclusive of either an intimate 3 night retreat OR a 1:1 VIP day. All programs offer tailored strategies and energetic upgrades to match the needs of the individual. Many clients who are very committed to lifelong change and up-levelling also go on to receive 6 month support which includes multiple VIP days and one or more transformational retreats. Please contact Liv via email, messenger or instagram to explore further.
THE NEUROSCIENCE OF YOGA
The neuroscience of yoga incorporates the emerging paradigm of brain science that explores neuroplasticity, systems thinking (biology), neural networks/whole brain participation, the notion of the embodied brain, and the exploration of the glial cells (non-neuronal/nerve cells that provide physical and nutritional support to the brain's neurons). Pretty fascinating hey! You may ask - and how does this relate to yoga?
"I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me." Albert Einstein
Yogas citta-vrtti-nirodhah. Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. Yoga Sutra 1.2
tada drastuh svarupe avasthanam. Then the seer can rest in its true nature. Yoga Sutra 1.3
The practice of yoga becomes very much an intention of returning to homeostatis and stability in our mind, body and spirit; and as such the truth of who we are or who I am arises.
With an understanding of the brain, we can select yoga practices to align us to our truth as a source of wisdom. In summary, the hindbrain is our most primitive part of the brain and controls automatic functions such as breathing and heart rate, digestion, blood pressure, unconscious movement, motor control and balance. Balance poses, inversions, digestive therapeutic practices like twists and forward bends, structural breath and pranamama are all great for the hindbrain.
Yoga can also support the midbrain (connects forebrain to hindbrain). The midbrain helps to process seeing and hearing and coordinate top down information with bottom up movements of your body. Think of all your habitual and addictive behaviours that could very much make use of some top down information to bring awareness into these and initiate positive change! A yoga practice that adopts an attitude of curiosity, that moves slowly and mindfully with awareness, and gives you the opportunity to notice the sensations in your body and hear the sound of your breath, all supports your midbrain. Being aware of what motivates you to practice, and how your body feels rewarded and supported by your yoga practice is exactly what we want.
The forebrain processes all your sensory information, plus your memory, reasoning and executive function. Ways that yoga can support the forebrain is by directing your focus on the movement, on the breath, and both at the same time. Movement with breath. Notice how long the movement lasts with the breath, and whether the breath initiates the movement. Does it guide the movement? How do you interpret the sensations in your body? Observe where your attention is drawn and the feelings that arise. Also consciously drawing your attention to places where you may not typically pay attention too - like the back body.
Yoga can also support other centres of the brain such as the limbic brain, cerebral cortex and corpus callosum with embodied cognition (approach your body with kindness and nurturing), and cross-crawl movements which help to to promote hemispheric integration. And finally, lets not forget that neuroscience encompasses both the central and peripheral nervous systems too. All of these examples give you an idea of the extent of our body's intelligence, and just how yoga very much supports every layer of our being!
Neuro-Linguistic Programming, NLP, was developed in the 1970s and today has become widely used to assist in helping people to bring about change in their thoughts and behaviour. It works on the notion that we function via internal “maps” of the world, the way that we have programmed ourselves through our conditioning to filter the world through our sensory experiences.
Our brain is nothing short of incredible! Every second, it processes over 2 million bits of information. The pre-frontal cortex filters this information so that only the most important stuff gets through. These filters include beliefs, values, your attitude, current mood, attention, your blood sugar levels, stress state, internal dialogue and the way your own language translates mental states into words and as such can delete, generalise, and distort information.
NLP utilises outstanding communication tools and skills to build rapport with the client, to 'chunk' ideas into broader or more specific focus so that we can connect bits of information or 'see' it differently; it uses metaphors, framing and reframing of thoughts and ideas. NLP facilitates emotional mastery by promoting a change in state, developing anchors to elicit change, and to build a 'neurological bridge' as one moves from an ineffective emotional state into a more effective one ie procrastination to action. There are also techniques that can be used to facilitate behavioural change by recognising triggers, routine, and reward. Powerful transformations can be achieved.
CHAKRAS - THE SUBTLE BODY
Chakras exist in our subtle body, or energy body, and are therefore intangible. It is important to note that chakra wisdom originates from the traditional tantric yoga system which sees the chakras as a microcosmic fractal of the cosmic elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether) within each of us. Chakras have also been utilised extensively across other fields and into the new age, and as such we have seen some adaptations or changes in the way chakras are expressed to the world. I love to take from all approaches as long as it draws us to truth.
Within tantra wisdom, chakras intelligently organise prana (life force) and facilitate subtle energy flow, providing a blueprint for the structure and function of the physical body, mind and spirit. When we practice yoga, it is the chakras that open the pathway for Kundalini Shakti, your inherent upward rising vibrational force, and unite you, the individual, with the universal consciousness so that you can have spiritual realisation. Therefore, by harmonising the elements in your body with those of the cosmos, your chakras will function efficiently and allow for your own awakening. Work with the earth element for root energy centre, water element for the sacral energy centre, fire element for the solar plexus, air element for the heart chakra, and ether element for the throat, third eye and crown.
To draw on a modern understanding of the chakras, I love Dr Joe Dispenza's definition of them:
"Think of each of them as an individual centre of information. Each has its own specific energy that carries a corresponding level of consciousness, its own emission of light expressing very specific information, or its own frequency carrying a certain message. Each also has its own individual glands, its own unique hormones, its own chemistry, and its own individual plexus of neurons. Think of these individual clusters of neurological networks as mini-brains. And if each one of those centres has its own individual brain, then each one also has its own individual mind."
Within the yoga therapy context, the chakras exist in the layer or vijnanamayakosha - the sheath or layer of our being where our intelligence is stored or impressed. There are five sheaths in total: physical, pranic/energetic, mental, emotional/intelligence, and ananda/bliss. A cute fact here regarding ananda. Your brain produces a bliss hormone/chemical called Anandamide. Cute fact number two: cacao (the raw version) also comprises of a chemical compound Anandamide. In Sanskrit, ananda transaltes to bliss, joy and/or delight. Thats a little off chakra topic, but a reminder nevertheless that beneath the layers we are all bliss!
By now I am sure you can see how awesome you are! You are divine, you are so perfect. You are a delight! Hungry for more?
If you would like to explore the chakras in more depth, check out my short self-paced course Chakras: Your Divine Intelligence here. After completion you get a Certificate. (WEBPAGE STILL NOT COMPLETED - EMAIL LIV FOR DETAILS ON THE COURSE)
Yoga therapy is a specialised area of yoga training
that is focused on the process of empowering individuals
to progress toward improved health and wellbeing
through the application of the practices of yoga.
All yoga is therapeutic at heart. Most of us have been exposed to some or all of the traditional yoga practices used over the millennia to tame the mind and ease the body. We know these as asana (posture), pranayama (breath), meditation, mantra, chanting, mudra (hand postures such as prayer position at the heart), ritual (self care routines, ceremony, church) and a disciplined lifestyle. With the guidance of a Yoga Therapist, the appropriate application of these practices can be prescribed to support a consistent yoga practice that will increase your awareness and sense of self, and engage your energy in the direction of your desired goals. If you are the kind of person that wants to be empowered by participating in your whole health and healing, then yoga, and yoga therapy, is for you!
My goal is to co-create a routine or lifestyle that is safe - physically, spiritually, and emotionally - and that you love. Together we work out what the symptoms are that are causing suffering and work at eliminating, reducing, or managing them; we work towards improving function (physically, mentally, emotionally); and ultimately we want to prevent the dis-ease or symptoms from reoccurring. This may require a multi-modality approach, and as such, referrals to other wellness professionals may aid in your health journey. What separates yoga therapy from many modern medical approaches is its capacity to change your relationship to your condition or state of being, and how you identify with it. You will feel at home again in your body - with all its life experience!
Yoga therapy also utilises methods from its sister science, Ayurveda.
Olivia Besson Yoga
Mobile: 0412 506 235
Flaxton, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD, 4560
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