Meet Amanda! Amanda has been teaching Kids Yoga at The Space this year, and we are currently about to head into her last block before she moves to Perth with her family. This is a perfect time to get to know a little bit about her and if you have a 3-5yr old, be sure to book her last 4 week block starting tomorrow at 10.30am (13.11.18).
Today Cass is going to talk us through some of her favourite uses for Lavender and also give us a few insights into how she uses this oil.
Lavender is one of the most versatile oils and something I use in both my family home and the studio on a regular basis. Lavender is one of those smells that people either love or hate, and my husband is a hater. I am fairly neutral about the smell actually, so I guess I am the exception to prove the rule? I am not neutral about the oil itself though! Lavender was the first oil that I managed to create an emotional anchor for my son Archer. When he began daycare I applied Lavender and Balance on him everyday and would say 'You are brave, You are strong; You are loved'. I had plenty of guilt about sending him to daycare, so I honestly believe that the oil and the affirmation was as much for me as it was him.
Over time, Archer became a little older and he would then say his affirmation rather than me say it to him. Eventually he became so comfortable at daycare I kinda slowed down with the oils - sometimes I'd still add a drop of each on his shirt (or Lavender Peace in place of Lavender) but it wasn't a strict ritual anymore. About 1 year ago Archer did some clever art work with my bright red Mac lipstick. Mostly over himself which was pretty cute... but I quickly grabbed Lemon oil, put some on a wet washer and began to clean the lipstick off. Of course I forgot about some insect bites he had on him. As soon as the Lemon oil hit them he began crying! I then applied coconut oil to his skin and mixed a drop of lavender with FCO to soothe the irritated bites. As soon as Archer smelt the oil he placed his hand on my face and said 'Mamma, you are brave, you are strong, you are loved'. Oh my, I almost started crying. He was emotionally anchored to the smell of lavender!
OTHER WAYS I USE LAVENDER OIL:
Diluted with a carrier oil to soothe irritated skin.
Diluted and applied to the chest and neck to ease big emotions.
In the diffuser with Balance and Wild Orange.
In the diffuser with Easy Air.
In a massage balm.
Diltued and applied to the feet and shins to 'ground' energies.
15ml bottle $37.35
10ml Touch Roller $27.00
What drew you to working at The Space?
Growing up in Karratha I always wished there was a yoga studio to go to, especially when I started to really get into yoga. When I found out there was a studio finally in town I got super excited about the thought of working there, especially as I’d just finished my teacher training which I began without knowing where or when I’d work afterwards.
What has been the greatest lesson you have learnt as a teacher?
If I keep practicing and doing my own yoga every day, I will be able to explain what’s going on in a posture and understand the student’s experience more genuinely. If I keep practicing, then I actually have something to teach. Otherwise it’s superficial and inauthentic and not me.
What has been the greatest gift you’ve received as a teacher?
Developing my own regular practice and furthering my own spiritual realisation. It’s true that you learn by teaching. Before I taught I did yoga on and off, and now it’s a sustained and evolving practice that enhances my life.
If you could teach the world one thing, what would it be?
Care about others and care about yourself.
Describe yourself in one sentence.
INFP (For those who don’t know that is: Intuitive, Introverted, Feeling, and Perception on the Myers Briggs personality test)
JUST FOR FUN….
LAST THING YOU ATE – Tuna
LAST THING YOU DRANK - Water
LAST THING YOU LISTENED TO – Doin it Right – Daft Punk
LAST THING YOU READ – Everytime I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change it – Daniel Klein
LAST THING YOU WATCHED – Wiggles