7 Day Sadhana Challenge

You know how to look after your physical health…
but what about your mental and spiritual health?

Adding meditation to your life has many benefits, such as:

  • Stress reduction
  • Reduce anxiety naturally
  • Improve overall sense of wellbeing
  • Increase mental clarity
  • Bring peacefulness to the heart and mind
  • Reduce reactiveness and increase responsiveness
  • Develop mind awareness
  • Increase happiness
  • Increase creativity
  • Reduce and/or heal depression
  • Increase insights
  • Uncover your true self

A daily Sadhana (dedicated practice) is the perfect way to make meditation a part of your day so you can enjoy all these benefits, whilst providing a means to discovering your highest truth.

In this simple, straight-forward practice I will teach you how to add the practice of meditation to your life in a way that is maintainable for life, and not to mention enjoyable.
I’ve broken it down into 3 stages.
So if you only have 10mins available, just do the first stage.
If you have 20mins available, you can do stage 1 and 2.
And if you have 30mins – do the whole practice.

The challenge includes:

  • Your simple step by step meditation program
  • An audio file explaining what to do and how to do it
  • A bonus Ayurvedic Psychology cheat sheet to help you understand how your mind operates and how you can adjust your lifestyle to make your mind your best friend (not your worst enemy!)

This is the number 1 self care practice that all my clients and students are raving about!
Try it for yourself and experience the benefits!

Sign up here now – starts next week!! Share it with a friend and take the challenge together!

See you in the challenge!

 

How to Prevent Binge Eating


Beat the Binge with these simple tips!

Binge eating is scary. You can literally be fine, fine, fine all day and then BAM. All control is lost.
The entire contents of the fridge are gone.
And your thoughts are consumed by more food, heavy guilt, discomfort and then…

Escapism.

Whatever triggered you – those deep uncomfortable feelings – are not the problem anymore. Your problem has now become how full you feel, how angry you are at yourself, how you’re not going to do this again, how much exercise you need to do to work it off, how you’re not going to eat dinner now because you’ve consumed your days worth of calories in one hour, etc etc

The original ‘problem’ becomes everything but the problem.
You have managed to escape the problem.
Well… for now.

Sound familiar?
Yep, I know it well.
I’m in my tenth year of eating disorder recovery this year! So I’m speaking from experience. Recovery hasn’t been easy, but it’s definitely been worth it. I’ve never been happier!

Unfortunately, binge eating is on the rise and can impose serious complications on a persons life – including health, relationships and career.

What Can We Do About It?

The solutions are different for each individual, but I’d like to share 4 things that have really helped me to overcome and maintain my sanity around emotional eating. Even if you’re not plagued by bingeing as such, but you find yourself emotional eating on the odd occasion, I hope these tips help you take back control and keep you living every moment on purpose – awake, aware and free from fear.

1. Meditate.
Not only will meditation increase self awareness and mental clarity, helping you to make better choices, it will help you to feel more peaceful in general which will make it easier to identify when you’re feeling stressed or triggered (before it gets out of control).

Meditation is so more than quietening the mind. My spiritual teacher Jagad Guru teaches that, “real meditation is prayerful, and real prayer is meditative.” For me, this is such a simple reminder that our meditation practice also keeps us intimately connected to the Supreme; The Creator. So when we feel we have no one else to turn to, we can take our practice and turn within to tap into our inner well of love, guidance, and inspiration.

2. Know your triggers.
When we know our emotional triggers it’s easier to observe how they can prompt a binge. If you’re not sure what your triggers are, start taking note of times when you feel triggered (it may be experienced as very intense emotions of any kind) and look for potential causes. When we know the causes, we can prepare and strategize appropriately to prevent the onset of emotional overwhelm.
Also when you are familiar with the experience of feeling triggered, it’s easier to accept it for what it is, knowing that nothing in this world is forever. We can remind ourselves,

“I am not my mind or my emotions; these intense feelings will pass.”

3. Eat regular meals.
Keep your mind and body well fed to prevent ‘starvation mode’ kicking in. When your body is starving, it’s only natural that it panics and sends strong messages to our brain to seek out nourishment fast, and lots of it!
Try to maintain 3 balanced meals a day, with plenty of water, herbal teas, and fresh juices in between meals to help to keep your metabolism in check and your mind happy and relaxed.

4. Exercise.
Exercise is more than muscle building and fat loss. It helps to clear our head, relieve stress, improve your mood and regulate hormones.
The self-discipline exercise requires also helps us to develop mental strength to over come strong emotions and work through obstacles. Try starting with 30 – 60mins a day of your favourite way to move – whether it’s dancing, cycling, swimming, yoga-asanas or walking. Your mind will thank you for it!

Well wishes,

Ayurvedic Secrets For Living An Amazing Life

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Want to transform you health, mindset and life?
Ayurveda is THE leading health system for promoting lasting transformation. In this powerful afternoon workshop, learn the key factors that will promote lasting longevity, emotional freedom, and transformational healing.

The workshop will be broken down into 3 elements:

MIND:
– Learn about the Ayurvedic approach to pyschology.
– Discover how to balance your consciousness.

BODY:
– MYTHBUST! You will be shocked, but not suprised, when we myth bust some popular modern health theories.
– Take home a tailored strategy plan for living your ideal day, based on your unique body type.

SPIRIT:
– Learn the difference bewteen matter and spirit, and why this knowledge is CRUCIAL to healing.
– Enjoy a long and luxurious guided meditation, and take home a guide to help you implement your personal sadhana.

Includes a nourishing afternoon tea, plus a take home a copy of my Ayurvedic Transformation guide, and a bonus goody bag ♥

Cost: $49
Location: Gold Coast (at Boheme and Body Wellness Shala)
All ages welcome
Young adults and teens encouraged to attend with their parents at no extra cost.

Book Now: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ayurvedic-secrets-for-living-an-amazing-life-tickets-30771969790

Fresh Lemonade

samantha doyle healthy living lemonade recipe
5 lemons, squeezed
1 orange, squeezed (optional-just adds a little extra summery sweetness)
2 limes, squeezed
5 portions of stevia (either 5 sachets or 5 tiny ‘stevia spoonfuls’)
Water to taste

1. Combine the juice of all the fruits in a jar or bottle. Add the stevia and water to taste; shake until well combined.
2. Cool in the fridge and serve.

The Missing Pieces of Ayurveda

How My Marriage Breakdown Helped Me Breakthrough

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Hey Everyone 🙂 Just wanted to check in with all of you and see how you’re going? xx

About 5 years ago I went through a pretty tragic/devastating marriage breakdown that kind of catapulted me into a life on my own with 2 small kids, and another one on the way. I’ve never really talked about it much on social media because I’m not really sure why/how to talk about it a way that is of benefit to anyone. But anyway, here’s my first attempt! So bare with me and excuse any awkwardness :p

I guess one thing that became really apparent to me, and something that relates to health and what value it holds in my life, was how important it was to have healthy structure in my life. My routines and rituals got me through the hard times, so that I could stay on top of my health when it seemed the odds were against me. I had 2 babies, a new born and a 1 year old, and a just 3 year old in a small apartment. I was up and down through the night soooo much. And the stress of being the third wheel in my own marriage (to put it politely) was just so. much. to bare.

I was having bad day after bad day, till one day I stood in the living room like a zombie mama, watching the clock, watching the seconds tic by.
I broke down my mental angst into two options.

You can sink.
Or you can swim.

I was tired, drained, hurting and heart broken. But I did have a choice. To give up, or to pick up and get my life back on track.
I turned the kirtan up loud. Did a lap of the apartment. Put my crop top on and did a workout, through tears; through heavy gut wrenching sobs. I decided that no matter was going on, no matter how I felt, I was going to do stuff. I was 27, and I was going to start again. This would all pass. And I wasn’t going to allow myself to get swept away by it all.

My life is still pretty challenging in a positive way… I have 4 kids and run a biz, homeschool etc… but by living in harmony with the laws of material nature (Ayurveda and yoga-lifestyle), and by sticking to my daily rituals- exercise, yoga and meditation, good quality, balanced (not strict) nutrition, nurturing healthy relationships, service etc… i feel like these foundational activities have got me through everything, in a way that I can think clearly, make sound (no-reactive) decisions, build a community and a business, a new marriage… build a new life really.

It’s actually the SAME process that got me successfully through recovery. Pretty amazing, huh?

I guess that’s why I’m so, so passionate about giving it to others- healthy living has created such a huuuge impact on my life. And through coaching others and YUBG, I’ve seen it change the lives of so many other women for the better too. It’s just so exciting!

Healthy living is a gateway to living a life of growth and abundance! It’s so much more than workouts and losing weight!!! The challenges I went through helped me to get serious about my health so that I could cope with my stressful situation and still nurture my children. And then it became a means for developing my attitude- determination, commitment, focus…

We all have the same 24hrs in a day. We share many of the same pressures… and we can all choose to live a healthier life. I hope you will choose health in your own life- start small and gradually build on it. Changes take time, but the more you engage in new behaviours, the more they become an effortless part of your life 🙂

My mission, and what I hope to be our collective mission, is to help humanity heal in a way that promotes happiness, connectedness and heightened spiritual awareness.

Could use a little help breaking through your own stuff?
Register your interest via the link below and I’ll call you for an obligation free consult (valued at $250).

I know you have it in you to empower dramatic, lasting change – in your health, mindset and life.. But how do you create that change when you don’t know what you don’t know?

Let me help you break though to the next level.
Never underestimate the power of a single conversation! Here’s to making 2017 your best year yet!

<3 Sami
Book your free consult here: http://www.samanthadoyle.com/life-coaching

Lot’s of love,
sami

 

Stay Balanced Over Christmas With These Simple Ayurvedic Tips

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Do you LOVE decadent Christmas lunches and staying out late in the warm, balmy summer nights?

…But then dread that awful feeling of being totally out of balanced for a week or so, only to then declare your new years resolutions of ‘moderation’ and ‘vibrant healthy living’, purely from the guilt and frustration of overdoing it at Christmas?

I think we’re all guilty of going for it with sensory pleasures over the Christmas season. If only there was a way that we could ‘have our cake and eat it too’- to be able to indulge in the brunches, lunches and Christmas puddings, without overwhelming our bodies!

Thank goodness THERE IS a way we can STAY happy, healthy and vibrant while we enjoy all the festivities of Christmas. And to quote author of ‘the slight edge’, Jeff Olsen, staying balanced is “easy to do, and easy not to do.”

The simple key to staying balanced throughout the festive season is MODERATION.

Sounds easy, right? You knew that already, right?
Good! It makes sense.
So here are a few tips to help you implement moderation in the context of Christmas:

  1. Eat in moderation: not too much, not too little. An easy way to manage this is with the Ayurvedic rule of thumb for portion sizes: you simply cup your too hands together and the amount that you can hold in your hands is an appropriate amount for your meal. Remember to leave a little room for dessert!
    Another way to gauge how much is enough, is to leave one third of your stomach empty – this means signing off on your meal *before* you feel full. This will allow for proper digestion as it gives your belly plenty of room to move the digestive acids through your food and leaves room for vata to assist in moving everything through efficiently.
  2. Lemon water and exercise in the morning: Try committing to a morning routine that involves a squeeze of lemon in water, followed by some sort of exercise. This will assist with the process of elimination which will help you feel less bloated after a day of festive foods.
  3. Sleep: Try to stick to your regular sleeping pattern. It may be tempting to want to stay up late and sleep in, but this can throw your body out by upsetting it’s natural circadian rhythms. If you do need to catch up on sleep after a busy year, try going to bed earlier to get those extra ZZZ’s. This will help you to wake up fresh and won’t disrupt your body’s metabolism and natural, optimal waking time.
  4. Don’t stress about it: no use stressing over a little extra soda or a palm full of pretzels more than you should. A positive attitude allows for a clearer decision making process, and won’t get you hooked into the ‘guilt’ of indulging. Plus if you follow steps 1-4, there’s no reason to feel guilty! So kick back and enjoy sharing the spirit of Christmas with your loved ones. It’s only a short period of time, so don’t let your mind ruin it with food related anxieties.
  5. Stay on top of your meditation practices: This will help to moderate your mind and balance out the sometimes overwhelming excitement of socialising throughout the Christmas period.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe a balanced, holiday period!!

If you love Ayurveda and are curious to learn more about it, stay tuned as I have some cool new courses coming out early next year!
There will be a variety of options, from self study to professional accreditations. Very exciting!
If you’re keen, register your interest here.

Lot’s of love,
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How to Deal with Menstrual Cramps

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So you’re on your period, eh? Finding it hard to deal with the one woe of womanhood because of the incessant cramping?

I feel you.

Now, don’t go guzzling buckets of Godiva chocolates and candy bars, even though that’s a quick fix to your body’s feelings of pain; it isn’t the right move, girl!

We naturally crave chocolate when we have our periods because cacao is high in magnesium– the mineral that helps with easing muscle cramping!

No wonder I’ve devoured an entire pack of Loving Earth chocolate today.

But I’ve got some easy home remedies that can cure those cramps without the sugars

  1. Improve your diet!

If you are suffering extreme/unbearable cramping, it’s an indication of “ama” within the body. Ama in Sanskrit means: uncooked/undigested. In Ayurveda it a term that describes the half digested, un-metabolised food products circulating in the body as toxins. Ayurveda has named such toxins as “Ama.”

Women are fortunate in that they can be using the monthly cycle as a window into the state of their health. If our cycle becomes overwhelming­– physically or emotionally– it’s an indication we need to do some work on detoxing and balancing our body.

Reducing fat and increasing vegetable intake is a good step to take, says an ob/gyn at UCLA Health and professor of ob/gyn at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles. Maintaining a low-fat diet during your period decreases overall levels of inflammation.

Perfect time to do a detox!

And like I said before, add some magnesium to your diet, not in the form of chocolate: leafy greens, nuts, beans, bananas, fish and avocados, all have a high amount of magnesium.

  1. Exercise

Yep. Even though you may not want to, exercise is a great way to stop cramping. Hormone-like substances, called prostaglandins, which are involved in pain and inflammation, trigger muscle contractions in the uterus. When we exercise, our endorphins combat these prostaglandins and our body pumps more blood, reducing our cramps.

  1. Got a heating pad?

Number three is heat! Heat is a great remedy if you’re saying to yourself “no way. I do not feel like running or doing an exercise video right now.”

Instead, take a heating pad or something like it, and apply it to the area in pain. This helps relax the muscles that are contracting in your uterus!

  1. Open your spice/herb cabinet.

There are many home remedies using spices and herbs: ginger, basil, cinnamon, fennel and chamomile.

Literally add any one of these to a cup of boiling water and drink it.

These herbs and spices have anti-inflammatory, pain-killing, fatigue fighting and relaxing properties.

Have your own home remedies?? Send them to me on Facebook and comment on the article! We’ll add a follow-up blog with your home remedies!

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Get Your Green’s On

Everyday Greens Samantha Doyle

Animals eat grass and they thrive exceptionally! Heck, for some animals, that’s practically all they eat! If grass alone can sustain an entire cow, it must be exceptionally high in nutrients, right? That’s totally correct! Grass is amazing, but for us – not so much the regular paddock grasses.

Eating pure “grass,” like the stuff you’d pick up in your front yard, shouldn’t be your first go-to when thinking of picking up this very green habit. Regular grass actually has too much cellulose, so it’s very difficult for humans to digest. As a result, it provides very few nutrients to us. So cross that grass of your list!

What you should be going after in the fictitious “grass aisle” of your grocery store are “cereal grasses.”  Did you know that wheat, barley, oat and alfalfa grasses are actually the young green sprouts that grow into those cereals? It may seem obvious now, but crazily, until I put two and two together, I had no idea. Hopefully that just blew your mind, too.

Wheat grass… becomes wheat. Barley grass… becomes barley.

Keep in mind that the grasses are just the leaves. Not the grains. Gluten-free, ladies and gents! (Of course).

Anyways, these types of grasses’ nutritional profiles are great for us! They’re comparative to many of the dark green vegetables we’re supposed to be eating regularly, but unfortunately they cannot be eaten by chewing or swallowing. You may have noticed your local juice joint juicing wheat grass into “wheat grass shots,” or that barley/oat grasses most commonly come in powders.

Like regular grass, it’s still pretty tough for us to digest them whole, so we have to extract the juice or make them into a powder before their nutrients can be available to our bodies.

Once these nutrients ARE available in the right forms though, the benefits are ASTOUNDING.

Since barley and wheat grasses are in my Everyday Greens powder, I’ll explain a little bit more about how awesome those two are.

Barley grass contains more calcium than cow’s milk. 11 times the amount to be exact! And nearly five times the iron of spinach. It’s also jam packed with vitamins C, B12, potassium, magnesium, zinc, beta-carotene and the list goes on and on.

It’s been used medicinally for thousands of years, treating skin, liver, blood and GI (gastro-intestinal) disorders, too.

Wheatgrass contains literally all minerals known to man. Seriously! It contains more vitamin C than oranges and twice the vitamin A of carrots, as a side note. It’s also incredibly rich in protein and contains 17 amino acids. It detoxifies your blood, cleanses the liver, helps relive constipation and can improve your digestive system (like yee ol’ medicinal barley grass!)

But it doesn’t stop there.

Wheatgrass improves arthritis, helps keep hair from greying, can help treat skin problems like psoriasis, eliminates tooth aches, can cure a sore throat (by gargling wheatgrass juice), improves blood sugar problems and as an interesting fun little fact, can also be used as a douche for many feminine complications.

Get your supply of both wheat and barley grasses today by purchasing a pack of your Every Day Greens from my online store! Remember FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE when you purchase my Everyday Green’s as part of a Starter Pack (yep – my full range of supplement’s AND my 12 week Transformation Guide with FREE SHIPPING!)

Time to get your Green’s On guys!

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Well wishes,

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Need a massage? Give one to yourself! Here’s how and why to do it!

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Self-massage. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Maybe not, because we’ve all been told this is an act for someone else to perform (usually someone we don’t know at a salon we get our eyebrows waxed at), but, oh contraire! The self-massage is an old friend: self-abhy in Ayurvedic terms.
The word “abhyanga” is used to describe the general practice of massage, and self-abhy is a derivative. There are many forms of massage, but self-care is incredibly important.
Why self-massage?

Well it’s simple! Here are just a few of the many reasons:

  • It relives stress
  • Slows aging
  • Enhances circulation throughout your body
  • Increases endorphin levels
  • And releases toxins into the body for elimination

Like I mention in “Your Ultimate Body Guide,” the more you practice self- massage, the more your awareness of your body will develop; this will help you to become more intuitive to the needs of your body.

The process is simple and nurturing, and you can literally spend as long as you like doing it – whether you have 5mins (like me) or 15-20mins to work thoroughly into your tissues, both lengths of time are beneficial. It can be as simple as massaging warm oil into tender areas of your body, or you can follow a more prescriptive method that helps you reap maximum benefits.

If you’d like to learn more about self-massage, what types of oils are best for your body type, procedural notes, more benefits and other self-care exercises, grab a copy of “Your Ultimate Body Guide” today: http://www.samanthadoyle.com/product/your-ultimate-body-guide/ and Transform Your Life with healthy living!

Happy massaging!