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May News

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Pure Heart Yoga Retreat Chateau Farmhouse in France

Below is a little poem that a friend gave to me many years ago and strangely keeps popping up in the most bizarre spaces, especially when I really need to be reminded to BE THANKFUL

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to.

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times,
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes,
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

Be thankful for all you have,
Hold it in an open hand.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things, 
A life of rich fulfilment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive,
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings

Author Unknown

Check out this article on our Blog to remind yourself to occasionally slow down and reflect on what we have in our life to be Thankful.


Pose for this Month –  Warrior – Virabrasana

There is so much online these days that you can access to allow you to work with Yoga Poses either in a flow or specifically a particular pose for your home yoga practice.  Warrior is one of those poses that is promoted a lot, so start googling to find the video or sequence that suits you.  Pictured here is Warrior I with many extended options also available.


I thought I would talk instead about the internal benefits of mind & soul for this pose,  as this part of our yoga practice can sometimes be overlooked.  Have you given much thought to how you feel when you are in a pose – your breath, limbs, posture, tightness, pressure points.  What are you thinking as you stand in warrior?  Do you feel strong and steady, ready to take on the world?    Or do you just feel like your limbs are aching!

One of the most asked questions I have from ladies at my retreats and in classes is “how do I take yoga off the mat and into my life”.  Not always an easy one to answer, but when you draw back to how you feel mentally and intuitively during your yoga practice,  Warrior especially helps provide some insight.

We all have difficult people and situations in our lives and it is understanding which tools or ”weapons” to utilise if we need to take them on and fight.  Or also knowing when it is better to let it go, as some battles are just not worth it!  This pose is about building strength in body & mind which in turn increases our stamina, not just in physical situations but also strength of mind.  Being able to stand up for yourself, the Warrior.

As your yoga practice deepens you will begin to understand how & when to fight your battles with the proper weapons of a warrior.  Remember not all battles end in victory, & there will be times when we were wrong and must show compassion & forgiveness.  Warrior will help you accept and understand these moments in life. 


Essential Oils with Sharen Turner – Secret Scent Aromatherapy

Warrior Essential Oil Blend is an empowering blend of frankincense, lemon and cedarwood. Like the pose, this blend builds strength, courage and wisdom from within. The three oils vitalise the Crown, Solar Plexus and Sacral Chakra’s.

Frankincense-(Boswellia Carterii), a gift given to Jesus by the Three Wise Men & collected from the resin of the Boswellia Carterii Tree. This tree grows and thrives in the desolate conditions of Somalia and Pakistan. It has medative qualities that calm and ground, enhance spiritual wisdom and helps reduce anxiety. Perfect for protection.

Cedarwood-(cedrus atlantica) obtained by steam inhalation of the cedarwood. Known for strengthening community, promoting focus and willpower. A powerful tonic for the body to get the chi flowing!

Lemon Oil (citrus limoum) extracted from the rind of lemon fruit stimulates the mind, clears confusion, negative emotions and irritating behaviour. Lemon uplifts the spirits brings clarity and a tonic to the respiratory system.  

All combined to give us the confidence of a Warrior.

Namaste, Sharen

To see the full range of products click here through to Secret Scent beautiful new website


L’OPÉRA GARNIER Celebrates 350 Years

The Palais Garnier was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera.  It was called the Salle des Capucines, because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier, in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier.

The theatre is also often referred to as the Opéra Garnier and historically was known as the Opéra de Paris or simply the Opéra as it was the primary home of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when the Opéra Bastille opened at the Place de la Bastille.

 The Paris Opera now uses the Palais Garnier mainly for ballet & concerts.


French Chic Book Club

For those of you living in Brisbane Tuesday June 4 is the start of our French Chic Book Club so come along and meet up to chat about all things French.

Our first book to enjoy will be Coco Chanel, Sleeping with the Enemy by Hal Vaughan. When everyone was simply trying to stay alive during the war, this book delves into the story of Coco Chanel who was living in Paris at the time of the occupation. Did Winston Churchill really help her escape from retribution?

We also have a gorgeous Parisian coming along to share her stories on living in Paris and all things French. Meeting in June at Lutece Bistro & Wine Bar, 60 MacGregor Terrace Bardon at 7.30pm,

Finally, let me know if you would like to come along and join our FB Book Club.


Live your life passionately & with gratitude
Love with an open heart and mind
     Let go and embrace the life you were born to live


Beautiful Parts of the World

French Chateaus! Oh I love you, with BFF & my other love…The Gardens of Paris especially Luxembourg Gardens


I hope you enjoy our Newsletter this month & look forward to hearing your feedback.

Take care, dream big & let’s make this year above all one that we can all say we really made a difference.

Namaste, Maria

Maria Hayes Pure Heart Yoga Retreat

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