What is SUP Yoga & why you should try is this summer

Never tried yoga before? Never tried SUP before? This summer I challenge you to give them both a try on my floating yoga studio. Get out of your comfort zone and onto the beautiful waterways of Noosa with me!

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I am Enough, You are Enough

Over the past few months I have learnt a lot of lessons, some have come naturally and some I have been reminded of through beautiful gestures and fate.

One of those lessons was learning that I am in fact enough.

In the lead up to my first luxury SUP Yoga Retreat I was so excited, grateful and inspired due to the success of selling it out in 2 weeks (I know right!!) that I really wanted to provide each of my beautiful guests a gift to say thank you from the bottom of my heart and to provide a small memory they could take away with them to remember those blissful moments on the beach or the water when ever reality as taking over.

My quest for some small, thoughtful gifts opened a network of conscious, gorgeous companies and people who I loved connecting with to try find that special something I could pass on to my guests.

One company in particular was Violet Gray Design, who are a sister duo on the Gold Coast in Australia that hand make divine jewellery. As it turned out Frances and Alex were at Wanderlust Festival which provided the perfect opportunity to talk about my welcome gifts and whether there was some way to work together.

As we got talking about the retreat and the gifts and my explanations as to why I was searching for something so meaningful, Frances looked at me and with a completely open heart said  “do you need to provide gifts? You need to remember that you are enough, everyone is coming to this retreat because of what YOU are offering.”

And she was right, my guests booked on to the retreat to spend the weekend with me, finding bliss on the beach and on the water and enjoying the luxurious surrounds that Noosa Heads has to offer.

So why do I continue searching for more? Why is it necessary to always be finding that next best thing, chasing a new memory, becoming more than we are meant to be at that exact moment. Why can’t we just be satisfied with exactly who we are and what we have achieved from what we have put out into the world?

I accept that if we did not try new things, or try to pursue the things that we are passionate about then how could we feel that we are enough, because we will not feel fulfilled.

As it happens, on the retreat one of my gorgeous attendees Chloe brought her lovely jar of hearts which she had lovingly prepared for moments and occasions like the SUP Yoga Retreat to share kind words written on a love heart. Each person put their hand in the jar to choose a heart. The heart I chose said ‘You Are Enough’ and it took my breath away.

Not only was it the exact message that Frances had said to me with such passion but as fate would have it the message was being reinforced by way of a loving set of words, written on a love heart from a person who had no idea how or why it meant so much to me (she does now).

These messages, written and verbal were a reminder that I think we all need.

I am now choosing to remember that I Am Enough.  

When we pursue our passions and strive to be what we are meant to be and choose to do this for ourselves, the world will recognise and things will fall into place.  We just need to be patient, recognise who and where we are at this present moment and be content in the fact that this is where we are meant to be and eventually life will fall into place. 

Trust in yourself, and the world will trust in you too.

As we got talking about the retreat and the gifts and my explanations as to why I was searching for something so meaningful, Frances looked at me and with a completely open heart said  “do you need to provide gifts? You need to remember that you are enough, everyone is coming to this retreat because of what YOU are offering.”

And she was right, my guests booked on to the retreat to spend the weekend with me, finding bliss on the beach and on the water and enjoying the luxurious surrounds that Noosa Heads has to offer.

So why do I continue searching for more? Why is it necessary to always be finding that next best thing, chasing a new memory, becoming more than we are meant to be at that exact moment. Why can’t we just be satisfied with exactly who we are and what we have achieved from what we have put out into the world?

I accept that if we did not try new things, or try to pursue the things that we are passionate about then how could we feel that we are enough, because we will not feel fulfilled.

As it happens, on the retreat one of my gorgeous attendees Chloe brought her lovely jar of hearts which she had lovingly prepared for moments and occasions like the SUP Yoga Retreat to share kind words written on a love heart. Each person put their hand in the jar to choose a heart. The heart I chose said ‘You Are Enough’ and it took my breath away.

Not only was it the exact message that Frances had said to me with such passion but as fate would have it the message was being reinforced by way of a loving set of words, written on a love heart from a person who had no idea how or why it meant so much to me (she does now).

These messages, written and verbal were a reminder that I think we all need.

I am now choosing to remember that I Am Enough.  

When we pursue our passions and strive to be what we are meant to be and choose to do this for ourselves, the world will recognise and things will fall into place.  We just need to be patient, recognise who and where we are at this present moment and be content in the fact that this is where we are meant to be and eventually life will fall into place. 

Trust in yourself, and the world will trust in you too.




Wanderlust Wrap Up

By Kat Harding

What an amazing, incredible, eye opening, awe inspiring, laughter filled, zen weekend…

From SUP Yoga to backbends, to Wanderlust videos and photo shoots, braids, flash tattoos, catsuits inspiring passionate speakers, music and more. You can’t possibly find a better array of wellness classes and experiences than at Wanderlust.

The venue was stunning, passing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, cruising the vast Sydney harbour lined by beautiful houses, walkways and parks you finally arrive at an island which from the outset looks small but is full of character from an era gone by. Surrounded by beautiful blue waters Cockatoo Island has ample green grass, shady areas and a mixture of beautiful industrial buildings that create incredible backdrops for photos, yoga and live music.

I took a leap and went alone for the weekend, and within minutes of being on the island I had met with a friend who I had previously only spoken to online and as more yogi’s and wellness gurus arrived on the island my network of smiling, happy faces around me began to grow.

Throughout the weekend I was spoilt for choice with so many styles and forms of yoga and movement that it was really hard to schedule for. Whilst I had picked the classes that I wanted to attend over the weekend in advance it became difficult to stick to ‘the plan’ as I met more teachers, experienced different styles and classes and learned to listen to what my body was telling me I was capable of.

The beauty of it for me was that there was not one person that I had either met in person or knew at Wanderlust and not one teacher who I had experienced a class with before. The weekend was one of many firsts for me and the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and to get inspired were everywhere I looked. 

Tiffany Cruikshank and Duncan Peak were amazing teachers, I resonated with everything they were saying and their flows and am so glad to have had the opportunity to be there in that moment with them for what was truly inspiring yoga. Living on the Sunshine Coast (QLD) we don’t often get the opportunity to have teachers like Tiffany and Duncan visit us in order to soak up their wisdom on asana, anatomy, compression vs. tension, handstands, arm balances, headstands, hip openers, yoga flows. The experience left my mind buzzing with information and inspiration and ready to take my practice and my teaching to the next level.

The community that I felt throughout the whole weekend can only be described as incredible. You could almost guarantee that if you stopped to chat with any person that was there you would be greeted with a smile, a run down on their favourite moments so far, recommendations on where to go next and would share a laugh about the weird and wonderful experiences that Wanderlust has created for them.

Reflecting on a weekend that could only be described as liberating brings back incredible memories and a smile that you will not be able to wipe off my face.

I thought I would share with you all my 6 key learnings from the weekend that you will see more about in a series of blogs I’m going to post during the coming weeks…

  1. Inversions take more than just strength, it is equal parts balance, flexibility and strength  (Tiffany Cruikshank)
  2. Consider whether an Asana isn’t for based on Compression Vs. Tension (Duncan Peake)
  3. The space in between asana’s is just as important (Kate Kendall)
  4. Dance is the hidden movement of the soul (Yoga For The Bass)
  5. You attract what you fear. You repel what you want (Melissa Ambrosini)
  6. You are enough (Franny & Alex from Violet Gray Design)

The Wanderlust experience is a must do for anyone who simply wants to break free for a weekend of wellness, ‘ah-ha’ moments and yoga, and it’s not jut for yogi’s it’s for everyone who wants to feel part of a global community. See you at the next one!

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