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Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training – Part One

As I slowly merge my way out of last weeks Kundalini Yoga bubble, I’m feeling called to reflect on some things I’ve learnt up until this point, rather than bang on about details of the yoga training itself. There are some sweet lessons that I want to share with you – so first let’s back the truck up a little and start from the beginning.

I want to start off by saying this – over 18 months ago I planted a seed in my mind about becoming a Kundalini Yoga Teacher. It was one of those ideas that just dropped into my awareness one day, kind of out of nowhere. Until this point I had practiced yoga on and off, but I could never see myself as a yoga teacher – especially because the only fitness teaching I’d done up until now was being a Les Mills Body Attack instructor – which is pretty much the complete opposite end of the scale!

Yogi Bhajan - Kundalini YogaI had never heard of Kundalini Yoga until I randomly came across a class online and my curiosity was triggered. I found myself instantly drawn to learning more about this specific practice and the teachings of Yogi Bhajan (pictured) – Master of Kundalini Yoga. The more I read up on this powerful technology, the more I fell in love with it and knew in my heart that I’ve got to teach it some day in a new way. There was just something about it, and the more I practiced, the more my outside (and inside) World started to shift.  That very first day that I “randomly found it” (or should I say – it found me) a little seed was planted. And the thing with seeds is, first they are planted and although you can’t see them, you know they are there. You trust in them even before you see the full manifestation and before you have to figure out all the answers to ‘how and when’, just know that they will always blossom and come into fruition when they are meant to – it’s law. 

So I followed my curiosity and started doing Kundalini Yoga from home (yogaglo.com is the bomb) and soon hooked up with my first teacher in Perth, Rosie Rees. Turns out Rosie had just moved over from the East Coast and was starting her first ever 6 week Kundalini Yoga beginners course – of course this timing lined up perfectly because the Universe doesn’t mess around with alignment. First rule – when things show up effortlessly on your path, your job is to follow the crumbs. (more…)

Next chapter – Finding my feminine flow again.

The past month has been a really interesting and awesome one for me. I turned 25, went on a holiday to Bali with my soulies, attended the Beautiful You Coaching Academy’s Bali Inspiration Day dedicated to the Divine Feminine, finished up the first round of my 8 week Head to Heart ecourse and was out of the blue intuitively guided and drawn towards new teachers and tools (which I now understand why!).

April was going to be a big month – I could feel it. I had my to-do list ready and was fired up and ready to roll with ideas coming out my ears! However, as I went to get cracking on them, my energy for them just disappeared. Gone. Seeya later. No desire whatsoever. And this is very unlike me! At first I was confused because I am a fiery Aries that genuinely does like to get shit done, but something inside was giving me the nope, not this time pal feels.

This is what I know to be true – creation works in spirals, not straight lines. All we can do is follow the guidance we receive in each next moment – especially when it makes no sense at all. Follow the flow, right?

 
So as I look back on the last month, things are starting to make more sense. It all fell into place after I recently had an energy balance and the blocks were all on receiving, feeling nourished and more specifically on a physical level – my reproductive organs. These sacred parts of ourselves aren’t just a physical part of us – they house emotions, beliefs, energies and so much more. And this part of us for women in particular, is so darn wise and sacred. This part of my body had been guiding me and giving me the signs all along – I just wasn’t paying attention.

++ This may not make sense to you just yet, but I love sharing and I truly believe there are some of you out there who are feeling off, disconnected and confused with your energy, feelings and emotions as well, so why not open up the discussion about it! ++

For those familiar with the energy centres of your body, aka chakras, there is a beautiful wise part of us women called the Sacral Chakra. On a physical level it covers the lower abdomen, reproductive organs and lower back. It’s the home of our pleasure, passion, sensuality, abundance (relationship with money and receiving), emotions (also stores a LOT of shame, guilt and fear) and feelings (ability to be vulnerable and soft), intimacy and connection (to ourselves, others and the Universe). This energy centre determines how we allow ourselves to experience life through feelings and sensations. It helps you feel the juiciness in each present moment. And this very word here – pleasure – I’ve come to realise is what’s missing for a lot of us.

Even the word makes some people cringe and brings up fear and ickyness for many – know you aren’t alone and you aren’t a weirdo if either comes up for you. And for this exact reason, I’ve been called to explore more of this part of myself. I’m not talking about this topic in a sexual way, although that absolutely is a part of it, I’m talking more about the everyday pleasures of life that we are missing right before our eyes. You know, like actually slowing the frick down and feeling again. Not trying to be everything to everyone and serve from a depleted place because that’s where we serve noone. Knowing ourselves on a deeper level and connecting to wise parts of ourselves that we’ve been turning a blind eye on or suppressing for far too long.

I am so excited to learn more about this groovy part of myself and if this resonates I invite you on the journey with me and let’s explore together!

How I am currently working with my Sacral Chakra and awakening more of my feminine energy;

First up – connecting with yourself and this particular energy centre. Put your hands over your lower abdomen, hips or womb area, or even as a starting point just sit in meditation and hold your awareness there, and just close your eyes and feel. Does it make you feel weird? Emotional? Ashamed? Blocked? Sad? Happy? Alive? Peaceful? Buzzy? There is no right or wrong, the point is to feel. You are so safe to go there.  (more…)

Winning Emerging Coach of the Year

EmergingAward_TraceyWINNEROn Friday night I attended the first Beautiful You Coaching Academy Awards night in Melbourne, where I gratefully received the award for the 2014-2016 Emerging Coach of the Year (still soaking that in!) The whole night from start to end was absolutely amazing, and I’m still riding high from being in a room with such huge-hearted women that are stepping up into their power and leading the way for others in a BIG way. 

As I was flying back to Perth on Saturday, I was reflecting on all the incredible opportunities, connections and most importantly, the love that has floated on into my life over the past 12 months since graduating as a Beautiful You Life Coach.

But first, let’s back-track a little where it all started for me…

You can’t always connect the dots going forward – only looking back.

When I was little I always wanted to be a teacher, but not in the traditional sense. I knew that I wanted to teach but I never saw myself teaching in a school, which confused the crap outta me! I knew it was going to be something different and I just knew I wanted to help the World in some way. I also had a dream of being a radio-host and a singer, and would record myself speaking with a microphone at home (HAHA! I hope those tapes are long gone!) I somehow always felt the power and energy of using my voice hoping that I would be able to use it one day in a way that would inspire others. I also never realised until a few months ago that creative writing and my crazy imagination were always rewarded top marks throughout my subjects in primary and secondary school. Little did I know that writing would become a foundation for the way I expressed myself and helped others too – (P.S Putting it out there now, my book seeds are currently being planted and fertilised!)

First clue: NEVER limit yourself to the way things are ‘meant to look’. If you have an urge and a passion to do something in a new and different way – then DO IT. Create a new way for yourself. That’s YOUR gift to share with the world. Focus on what you love, and let the Universe take the wheel and work out the rest for you.

I soon forgot about those dreams and started listening to a voice in my head that told me to ‘get a real job’ because ‘only pretty, and famous people’ can live their dreams. So I went and did the Uni thing, because hey – that’s what everyone does (heads up: there is nothing wrong with that if it inspires the shiz out of you!)

12348436_10153355521853613_217465401_nUni is where I started becoming really disconnected from myself, and quickly got distracted from the work that I was truly meant to be doing for the World by partying up and falling into really unhealthy habits. I became disconnected from my true self in every sense of the word, and I thought that was just how life was meant to feel. I was chasing the ‘I should do this’ safe path rather than the one I knew in my heart I was actually meant to be doing. After having a sinking feeling in my stomach day after day, and just feeling like ‘is this seriously it? I just get a degree, get a house, go to work, tick off the lists… and that’s it?’ things started really bubbling up and getting uncomfortable for me.

Here’s the thing – you will get uncomfortable by your fears, but it’s nowhere near as uncomfortable as the feeling of not being congruent with your heart or reaching your full potential in this lifetime! (*EFF THAT!)


Limited beliefs and fear-based conditioning that had been ingrained into me suddenly started to crack once I realised that I didn’t actually want to go down the path I was on at the time. I didn’t want to keep feeling like crap, and just do the same thing as everyone else. 
It didn’t make me feel anything, 

Second Clue: If you aren’t inspired by the direction your life is going right now, then you have the power to change it! If what you are doing isn’t fulfilling or exciting to you, its OK! But this is your own red-flag indication that it’s not the besttttttt you’ve got to give in this lifetime. It’s not YOUR highest potential. 

Long story short – leaving uni, cleaning things up, and changing my own life through reading personal development books like they were going out of fashion, getting my health back on track and respecting my body again, and re-connecting with myself on a deeper level – I started working as a personal trainer and Les Mills instructor (funny how I was starting to use my voice and speak with a microphone on stage to instruct… getting warmer Trace!), I soon realised I was teaching and helping others in some way, but still not to my greatest capacity. Still not the way I deeply wanted to. 

After many hours of journaling and day-dreaming – I randomly (thanks angels) found the Beautiful You Coaching Academy, and holy shit has my life changed!! This is soo much more than just an academy for coaches!

Lead by the incredible CEO and Founder Julie Parker, this academy is creating a new blueprint of heart-driven coaches, teachers and leaders, and alongside the entire Beautiful You team, is changing the coaching industry not only in Australia, but the World.

The belief that the entire Beautiful You team pour into you, the ongoing support and growth, the regular inspiration days (umm by the way – I am off to Bali next month for the next coaching inspiration training day… pinch me?), the award nights, the personal development journey, regular contacts, the business support, the community of like-minded coaches cheering you on and all of the other countless opportunities that keep pouring in for you to step up and shine is just a smidgen of what you will receive from undergoing this life-changing course.  

And being completely honest – when I signed up for the course I didn’t even know what a ‘Life Coach’ was, but I knew I needed to do this course. I knew I had to help others in a way that felt like I could completely be myself, and write my own rules.

One year after graduating, I know that I am doing what I was put on this Earth to do, and it’s only going to get more fun from here 😉 

spencer_219If you are reading this, then maybe there is something in you that knows you are meant to help others in some way. You are born to be a leader, a teacher, a coach, a healer, or a lightworker, and maybe you just haven’t realised it yet, or you haven’t allowed yourself to believe you can actually do it in your own way. 

Here’s what I want you to know about chasing your dreams and following the vision that your heart holds for you and YOUR life – you don’t need to worry about the ‘hows’ – you just need to follow that invisible pull and show up for the first step. And who care’s if no-one else ‘get’s it’ – YOU get it, and more importantly you feel it. 

If you have an urge to coach, lead, heal, speak, teach, or just have a huge inner fire to serve and impact the lives of others but have no idea how or where to start – then the Beautiful You Life Coaching Course is your foundation, your starting point, and your absolute permission slip to follow that calling.

awardsWinning the 2014-2016 BYCA Emerging Coach of the Year Award leaves me beyond grateful, but what I am proudest of, as a result of undergoing training at the BYCA and being a part of this epic community, is that I am unapologetically emerging more as my true self. 

I am so grateful to be part of a coaching community who are dedicated to elevating the lives of those around them, and I am beyond proud to be called a Beautiful You Life Coach. This academy is changing the game for the coaching industry, and I am so excited to be a part of it.

I am a loud and proud affiliate of the Beautiful You Coaching Academy, and if you are hearing the call louder than ever to step up in your life, I highly suggest you get in touch with the Academy soon. There are only a few places left in their October intake (the final round for 2016) – and I absolutely know it will sell out in the coming weeks.

This course may be calling your name for a reason you can’t quite understand yet – just like it did for me when I first signed up in October 2014, yep – just over a year ago! 

If you take anything from this – coach or no coach – please just start saying YES to the most badass vision you hold for your life and start showing up for it today! If you can see it in your mind, and feel it in your heart, then you can absolutely create it for your life. Trust me on that. 

There is no way it can’t come true unless you just sit there stalking everyone else’s dreams and waiting for yours to show up.

Follow the pull, trust yourself, believe in your awesomeness, create your own story and just say YES and figure the rest out later.

And head’s up, it will be even better than you can imagine now. 

Trace Xx

If you want more information about studying with the Beautiful You Coaching Academy: CLICK HERE or drop me a line! 

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(Alongside the beautiful Jenny Orenstein, Naomi Arnold and Sarah Jensen)

Photographer: Fi Mims Photography 

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