TEACHER & MENTOR
YOGA, PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Clarity in Perception, Truth in Expression, Joy in the Heart.
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ONLINE & SUNSHINE COAST
Our wellness community, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, are likeminded individuals who value health, holistic lifestyle, and connection.
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Yoga is from the sanskrit word 'yog' meaning to yolk, to unify. Not just a physical practice, it is a journey of aligning to centre, our true selves, and connecting more deeply and authentically with our loved ones and community.
Now is the time to come home in our bodies; unify body, mind and spirit; and embrace our Divinity. To honour and respect our own temple, one another, and this beautiful Earth in which we live.
Are you with us?
When there is light in the Soul,
there will be beauty in person,
Where there is beauty in the person,
there will be harmony in the home.
Where there is harmony in the home
there will be honor in the nation.
Where there is honor in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
Om shanti, shanti, shanti.
Peace, peace, peace.
"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."
Hello, i'm Liv
Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Whether you live on the Sunshine Coast or further afield, I hope this space gives you the opportunity to find connection, or some tools and reminders that speak to you and call for action.
My vision is to continue building a community who are aligned in the core values of the yamas and niyamas of the yogic tradition (positive virtues and morals - upholding a higher vibrational way of living), and who yearn to grow, evolve and heal. Throughout this site you can begin by checking out my yoga offerings on the Sunshine Coast, and my immersive online programs for women who are seeking spiritual and personal growth.
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 health 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 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 Qualified Yoga Therapist, NLP Practitioner, and Sacred Power Coach, 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 Coach, NLP Practitioner.
Teaching yoga since 2008, and studying holistic health since my early 20s, I have dedicated my life to bridging the gap between modern and ancient medicine. In the past five years, I have furthered my studies in yoga therapy, the chakra system, neuroscience, trauma awareness, embodiment, breath work & meditation. I have witnessed the power of these practices in empowering my students and clients to transform their lives. My mission is to support women to rediscover their sense of Self as a source of intelligence, truth, wisdom, joy and nourishment. From this place, they can shine their Light upon the world!
Bachelor of Business in Tourism - 1997
Train the Trainer - 1998
Cert. Freelance Travel Writing and Photography - 2000
Centred Yoga Foundations in Yoga (Ashtanga) 200hour - 2008
Mentorship with Senior Teacher Denis Juelicher 2008-2012
Zenergy Kids Yoga and Yoga Therapy - 2009/2010
Core Vinyasa Sadie Nardini - 2015
Charge and the Energy Body - Anodea Judith - 2016
Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy 650 hr - 2017
Yoga and Neuroscience Subtle Yoga - 2020
Life Coaching & NeuroLinguistic Programming Wild Success - 2020
Launch Business Program Wild Success - 2021
How can I be of service to you?
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SPIRITUAL COACH / MENTOR
Spiritual Coaching and Mentorship is my niche to the broader skill set of Life Coaching. A Life Coach will help you maximise your potential and achieve your desires. Part of this can be helping you to become clearer about your goals, and encourage action through accountability and ultimate personal responsibility.
However, in true alignment to my own unique skill set and many years of yoga study and personal growth, being a Spiritual Coach gets to the heart of it! As your Spiritual Coach, you receive the unique combination of all of my skills (the biggies I've described below). I love to teach and coach 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 can somewhat restrict the free flow of life force in your body. This results in energetic tensions, tethering you to some or many 'things' that weigh you down. The result is - we lose our sacred power.
My coaching style is grounded in an inner knowing that through education, understanding and embodiment of wisdom and truth, we begin the process of returning home. In this place, we 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? Click here to discover more about my online program called 6 Weeks to Sacred Power.
My three pillars to personal and spiritual growth are:
POWER - LOVE - WISDOM.
Working with me is a journey through these pillars.
I also offer online teachings and ceremonies for the heart, local workshops co-facilitated with other therapists, and one on one coaching to release emotions that act like a web over the energetic heart centre.
Every year in November, my once a year 4 night retreat Wise Woman will hold you in a divine space for the ultimate act of self-love and healing!
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.
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.
As we discussed in the information about NLP, 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!
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.