• Chika Yamawaki

Happy International Yoga Day

Updated: Jun 21, 2020

“Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action ... a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi -

There is something really magical about yoga, don’t you agree? I've always found inner peace at the end of the yoga class no matter how crazy my life felt and that’s what made me go back to the class again and again. In fact, when I first discovered yoga in 2008, my life was a bit of mess! I was in the last semester of uni and I broke up with my long-term boyfriend who I was living together with (what a timing, I know!). So I was feeling pretty empty and trying to fill what felt like a massive hole inside me. Yoga played a big part in my healing and helped me feel like I was myself again and made me feel I was whole and complete (without him).

As per the word of the Indian Prime Minister, yoga is way more than just a physical exercise. Physical, mental and emotional benefits yoga have on your health and wellbeing are invaluable. We carry so much tension in our body whether it’s from sitting in front of screen, driving or carrying our little one. If we don't have skills to consciously let it go, we keep accumulating it in our body. Physical stress will also affect our mental and emotional states, as they are all interrelated. Once we feel relaxed in our body, our mind and heart relax as well. I feel yoga practice allows me to be more in tune with myself so I can be more in tune with others around me. It helps me have a better relationship with myself so I can have a better relationship with others including the Mother Earth.

Today, I practice yoga for different reasons. I go to my mat to be a better mum for my daughter. Being a mother is such a special and rewarding experience, but I must also admit it’s more challenging than what I initially thought. Being there for her, holding space for her to express her changing emotions while being fully present requires skilful attention. I see it more as an opportunity for my spiritual growth. I’m learning more about myself.

I’d like to take this moment to send my gratitude to all incredible teachers I had opportunities to study with – my very first teacher, Sarah Owen and her teachers, Sarah Powers and Allan Wallace just to mention a few. To say that yoga and mindfulness changed my life would be a complete understatement. I have no idea how I would have coped pregnancy, birth and beyond without all the tools I have now. It has become the way I live my life.

Going to a yoga class once a week, attending a workshop once a month, attending a retreat once a year is all wonderful but it’s when you make yoga and mindfulness a part of your daily ritual when real magic happens. There is always more power in what we do every day rather than what we do every once in a while.

So I have been exploring ways to support your home practice to help you embrace this way of living, and I’m excited to share with you that I now have 3 ways to support your journey online! The first way is through online membership called Mindful Mama Membership where I offer mindfulness meditation videos, virtual yoga class and creative inspirations including plant-based recipes on a weekly basis. This is the only way you can receive an ongoing support from me and I will be opening the doors from 25th to 30th June for this experience to commence on 1st July 2020! Isn’t it amazing that I can continue supporting your practice no matter where I am or where you are in the world!

I also have online yoga intensive course called Calm & Relaxed Mama and this is offered 4 times a year. The next intake is not until September 2020 but you can find out more details by visiting the link below.


Another way to continue your practice with me from the comfort of your own home is to join me for on-demand yoga & mindfulness experience via the program called the Self-care Toolbox for Mindful Mums. This is made up of 8 short, bite-sized pre-recorded videos including 3 yoga videos. (The doors open again in August 2020)


If you’d love to work with me online and unsure of the best way or want to find out when the doors open, send me an email at info@wayoga.com.au so I can help you find the right program for you.

Last but not least, I wanted to invite you to join me for the FREE online event that’s happening this Thursday. I’ve seen many mums struggle to find time for themselves and let go of mum-guilt so I’m going to offer my thoughts and ideas around self-care. I’ll be also sharing 10 self-care ideas that take 10 minutes or less to help you get inspired to come up with your own self-care menu. Hit the link below to find out full details and sign up today to save your seat! (The recording will be made available for limited time if you can’t attend live so make sure to sign up)

FREE online event

Self-care Masterclass for Mindful Mama

10-10-:30am on Thursday 25th June 2020 (AEST)


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