Lighten Up | Yoga & Life Coaching Workshop

LIGHTEN UP for Christmas Retreat

Co-hosted by Grace x Strength & She Seeks

20 amazing souls showed up to this God-breathed event. Some for themselves, some to show us support, some for Jesus.  Whatever the motivation behind, we hope that each and every one of our guest walked away with a “lightened up” sprit and renewed heart for the season and new year to come.

Tucked away in the lower north shore suburb of Artarmon, Yoga Pavilion, we felt, was the perfect spot for our mini-retreat.  We divided the group into two sessions and grouped them based on the level of yoga experience that we knew or felt they would prefer. We hoped that each individual walked away with their She Seeks coaching booklet ready to take the world with their 2018 goals and some soulful moments on their mat in their yoga session.

As with all our events, classes and retreats, it is with trust and faith that we believe the day’s events and the people are answered prayers. Prayers from the hosts that:

1.Our hearts are postured humbly to bring Him glory through our passion do what we do.

2. He calls those to show up to show up.

3. He uses our being, our lips, our bodies to be the vessels to bring His message to those who need to hear and to be the heart to those whom He wants to touch.

The event filled our hearts. We are so thankful for the honest feedback, positive and tips for improvement (where there will always be).

Our gratitude goes to our guests who so faithfully stayed with us and practiced “being present”.

We are so pleased to be able to offer 10% of our ticket sales to help Holy Yoga’s Breathe Love Give Campaign, to being trauma-sensitive yoga training to parts of the world that need it. May You All be blessed.

With love and light,

Alyssa, Josephine & Joanne xx

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It has been such a blessing for me to be able to find capacity to co-ordinate and co-host this event with my soul sisters. This is a prime example of the power of our sovereign God. His provision is far greater than what you can see with your naked eye. Faith and trust in Him is all He asks and yet we find it so difficult time and time again, but yet so easy to be on bent knees seeking for His help when we need. 

So much I’ve learnt through the process of pulling this retreat together in such a short amount of time. Will you come and join us and experience for yourself, first hand, the grace of our Father in your life?

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Is God Doing Anything For You?

  We started this challenge with opening our hearts- through poses and meditation. To prepare our hearts for the Advent season, we wanted to first examine our hearts and see where we need His light to shine as we head into this time of preparing for the coming of our King.

As we near the end of the challenge, we bow in surrender to the great work He is faithful to complete in us.

The @naptimediaries advent devotional says, “God has already done it all, we simply have to engage in the freedom that has already been established for us.” What amazing freedom that is!! We don’t have to DO it. He only asks that we engage in what He is doing, surrender to the new life He is creating in us. “So friend, what is it in your life that God is doing? Take a minute to yourself and ask God what He is doing in your heart in this Advent season. What does He want to free you from? 

It is not in our doing, it’s simply engaging in God. The God who brings joy, peace and hope to every situation that He is apart of.” ❤

How Would You Describe Jesus

  Yesterday was day 12 of the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional. I didn’t have time to do it yesterday and wanted to honour the time for this devotional. So I did it today on day 13. It’s “drawing meditation” combined with Lectio Divina. 

Note: not sure what “adimarable” is in the picture but totally an example of where I’m learning to embrace “imperfection” where it is not required. 😜

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

To me, these words describe our King. Jesus. And it’s timely as we approach #advent… To think of all of the qualities that Jesus is and has. We often talk about trying to be more ‘Christ-like’. When I start dwelling on these adjectives, it was just like, “wow”. Just… wow… 

Would or can I use ALL those words to describe myself? Probably not yet… Probably never… Thankful I have my Saviour to look up to.

P.S. I also learnt about the meaning of the Advent Wreath so that’s what I was attempting to draw.. 😂

God Changes…that Make a Difference

  Today is day 11 of the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional. And today’s devotional comes from @naptimediaries Advent journal.


“Whenever the tides of change come, it is an opportunity to act rather than react.  When I align my expectations with God’s will, it becomes easier to embrace the change rather than fight against it.

As we embrace God’s will we are becoming more like Him. ‘And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.  For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.’ (2 Corinthians 3:18)

God isn’t throwing change at us to confuse us. God is molding us into His image. What changes are on the horizon of your life? How is God calling you to adjust your expectations? How is He shaping you to be more like Him? Are you ready to embrace the process?

It’s time. Open your heart, mind, and spirit to His way. He is good. He has a plan.”   -Heather Burris


If I had to pick between ‘change’ or ‘routine’, I would always lean towards the latter.  Not that I can’t cope with change.  I just don’t enjoy it.  I never have.  If I had to be honest with myself, it’s because I fear unpredictability.  I like predictability.  I like to know that things are within control.  MY control, to be specific.  Again, another learning in my spiritual life; that really, God is the one in control.  And I can totally learn to surrender and let him lead on changing fronts.  On every occasion that I’ve been faced with change, I always come out on the other side stronger.  In hindsight, I’ve always…hear me, ‘ALWAYS’, come out on the other side seeing how God has played a part.  I often struggle with the ‘surrendering’ bit but I’m getting a good grasp at it now.  That’s faith building inside me and I’m thankful for the opportunity to know it this way.  I’ve realised that when you stop acting like a control freak, that’s precisely all that changes.  You AREN’T the control freak.  The outcome is the same, except you have picked up and learnt the power of prayer, obedience, grace and peace along the way.  More recently, I have journeyed through changes in my life that have invited the Holy Spirit’s guidance.  And boy, has that made all the difference.  The BEST difference in my sense of peace, belonging and identity.

THAT, to me, is the change that God wants to see in us when He puts us in situations of change.

Host: @thaliasoulcare @mandajoyyoga @christian.yogi.love
Sponsors: @thaliasoulcare @holyyogaministries @getfaithbox @thefamilybox @heartfelthullabaloo

Living in a Mess

  Today is day 6 of the #PrepareOurHeartForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional. 

This passage in the Naptime Diaries Advent Journal:

“It’s Jesus’ greatest desire to be with us in the mess of our kitchen floors and the mess of our souls. How do I know? Fast forward to nine months after the Annunciation to Mary in the midst of the Nativity scene, surrounded by livestock, hay and dirt. I know she was welcoming the Lord into the mess, trusting in His promises of love and mercy.” Amen.

Oh man, do I dislike ‘mess’. All my friends who know me well will know how I despise clutter, mess, disorder in my life. But having Jesus in my life has helped me in that respect. The fact that being ‘orderly’, ‘clean’, ‘neat’ is my effort in controlling my own life and creating a facade for others. With Jesus in my life, I can trust that He has it under control and that He is with me, messy or not. That He is my priority. Not the mess.

Today’s dancer pose reminds me that I can ‘dance’ in my mess sometimes. While I’m dancing, might as well throw some of the clutter around and have a bit of fun, seeing Jesus is dancing with me anyways. 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 

P.S. I burnt my OCD away during the burning and oil ceremony at my Holy Yoga Retreat. And I’m so glad I did. 🙌🏻

Yearning for Him

  Today is day 5 of the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional, using the day 5 devotional from Nap Time Diaries’ Advent Journal.

“He longs for us to expect Him to show up. And if we’re not living lives with baited breath and goosebumps in anticipation of what God wants to do in our lives, then I think we are missing out on His best life for us.”  

Wow……….. WOW. This is a confronting one for me. Do I yearn for Him to show up in my life?  In my meditation, I was stuck on this word – YEARN.

This is a strong word and indeed, I find myself yearning for Him to show up in my life….when life gets TOUGH.  There seems to be a co-relationship between life’s struggles and yearning for Him.  The tougher it gets the more I yearn. It made me think about when life good.  Do I still yearn for Him.  Most of us will pray when the going gets rough.  How about on days when it’s all sunny and blue skies.  On those good days, do we still yearn for our God to show up in our lives?

Oh how this quiet time is sooo good.  It grounds me.  It reminds me that while my life is good, I must not forget to love Jesus, love my Father above, to thank Him for His mercy, for His grace.  To yearn for Him to show up in every minuscule moment of my life.

Do you pray in desperation?  Let’s ask ourselves a tough question.  If you’re praying in desperation, surely it means we believe that some things are beyond our human control.  Then why not, thank Him, when things are good?  Christianity is not a religion.  It is a relationship.  Surely in our human relationships, we don’t just ask for stuff when we’re desperate.  Surely we also nurture the relationship by speaking words of love, too…Food for thought.