Since we made #ActiveAbroad a thing, we have received an amazing response from sporty sisters all over the world with a thirst for wanderlust. Which brings us to the exciting news that we have teamed up with Yogi, Carly Flemming, who will be documenting her once in a lifetime trip to India to become a qualified Yoga Instructor. Like every active adventure, there’s always a back story, so to kick off the Yoga Diaries, we asked Carly to share a little insight into how she found herself in this moment in time, and why she will be inspiring you to finally follow your bliss!
My yoga journey has been stop and start since high school. I had almost deferred university to be a receptionist at a yoga studio that I was adamant I would one day teach at. The job appealed to me as the perks included sitting in on the classes. I didn’t get the job and alas, I went to university. As cliché as it sounds, I know this happened for a reason! Since university I have dabbled in yoga but have honestly struggled to find myself in a committed practice. It’s only since February this year, when I booked my yoga teacher training, that I solemnly swore to practise each day. Before this, you would only ever find me unrolling my mat at home once a week. Going from 1 to 7 days I instantly noticed a difference in my overall health and wellbeing… my whole approach to Active Living changed. I knew from that moment I was finally living my best life!
My MNB on a daily basis…
MOVE – I have finally understood that exercise and movement is so good for health, that I now dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to moving my body. I don’t have a rigid regime – generally I try and get outdoors for my move time. If I am in Brisbane I’ll go for a walk around Kangaroo Point, or do a 30-minute YouTube workout from home (great when I’m time poor), and of course my yoga!
NOURISH – Having studied nutrition at university, this is my jam (excuse the pun). I embrace a healthy nourish routine because I know how much better I feel when I do. I am also conscious of not doing so later in life. I always start my morning with a nutritious punch as this sets the tone for the day: I’ll have seasonal fruits, yoghurt and nuts with oats, or a delicious omelette full of goodness. Lunch is usually leftovers from the night before: this is not only cost effective, but helps when I’m time poor, know I need something nutritional yet sustaining, and also good for the environment! Dinner is always changing, but my favourite at the moment is gluten-free moussaka made with organic lamb, layered with eggplants, potatoes and zucchinis.
Wholeheartedly I can say I have never been tempted by fad or restrictive diets; moderation is simply the key to sustaining a good relationship with your diet. Food is so delicious, and I am so grateful that I can wake up every day and choose yummy, nutritious options that keep me alive, healthy and my body moving.
BELIEVE – Positive affirmations have been apart of my daily practise for years. I believe setting a positive frame of mind can equip you for life’s ups and downs – what’s a road without some potholes and detours?! I always start the day with my affirmation chanting. Not to mention I wake up to my Instagram feed flowing with good vibes. When quotes and affirmations particularly resonate with me, I make the effort to write them down and keep them on my bedside table or in my handbag for those times in need.
The moment I knew I wanted yoga to be a part of my life.
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to do my yoga teacher training, I just wasn’t sure when. The opportunity finally presented itself, so now there was nothing stopping me! Yoga to me is a daily practice that draws me into the present moment and gets my blood flowing. There’s a real beauty to having unearthed my daily practice as it provides me with an opportunity to connect and centre my mind, body and spirit. It is truly special, and is something only I can do for myself.
Thoughts + feelings about going away?
To be honest, I am feeling a little nervous about leaving my surrounding comforts. I am more concerned that I have left a steady job and a lease to delve into the unknown. Now my keyring is keyless. One of my best friends gave me a pack of motivational cards last Christmas, and the other day I was having a little freak out moment, along the lines of, “What are you doing Carly? Are you crazy?!’, and amidst this meltdown I pulled out one of the cards and it read… “And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more”. So that’s what I’m telling myself each time I look down at my poor (but happy) keyless keyring.
Love and Love,