Newsletters

Would you like to join a newsletter that I email out on a monthly (or sometimes every 2 or 3 months depending on how busy life is)?

I share invitations for yoga, workshops, recipes, Aware Parenting tips and more. If you would like to join please, send me an email at [email protected]

Here are past newsletters:

Newsletter #1:

I’m so grateful, and also so happy that we can share this time of motherhood together.  I’ll share info about yoga, Ayurveda, recipes, Aware Parenting and events that are happening locally.

An INVITATION to join in a MUM’s CIRCLE:

Firstly, I’m so excited that in the coming month or two you are invited to join in for a small mums’ circle at our place in Modanville: to have some mumma time, do some yoga, fill up your cup, share how you are doing at the moment (whether it be about your little one or anything else in your life…  Everything is connected, so what happens in one part of your life effects other areas), and learn tips and resources about Aware Parenting (which I will explain more of below).   

We’ve just created a little temple space in a yurt in our backyard.  We will use the practise of yoga, meditation and Aware Parenting, and ofcourse some yummy treats, to relax and slow down, and to listen within and also to each other. The mums’ circle, which I would like to entitle: “Being Heard and Healing,” will be held one Saturday morning in July or August that suits all that is interested, ideally just mums (ofcourse babies can come, but it may be nice to have this space to be without them for this time). Cost: $10 

If this feels right for you, please let me know and book in, and feel free to invite others who may be interested.

[email protected]or 0415 533 311

Just wondering… have you had time lately to nurture yourself and/or contribute to your emotional and spiritual well-being?… 

1.    whether it’s through a nourishing practice for your physical body, or 

2.    maybe a way of releasing emotional tension by talking to a friend or 

3.    perhaps uplifting your spirit by connecting in with your special callings or talents, which is part of what makes you so unique and happy…

Here is a little offering with some tips for you to take some time to connect in with yourself and how you are feeling and needing.  Being totally present with yourself, even for just a few minutes, can help you be more connected and aware with your little one. Being a mum is not only a sacred time to be with a tiny one, but also a time to look after yourself.  The more you nourish and nurture yourself, the more you are capable of giving that compassion and love to your little ones.

YOGA:

Can you take a few minutes this week or weekend for yourself? Maybe to do a few minutes of yoga, like lying on your back, bringing your knees to one side and then the other for spinal twists, releasing any tension in the back, and also helping digestion.  Breathing deeply on each side.  While you’re on your back, maybe you can also come into bridge pose to release aches in the upper back and shoulder area from carrying little ones.

Maybe you’d like to rest in shavasana for a few minutes, letting go of the daily tasks and connecting in with yourself.  A few moments of relaxing the body fully, scanning the body to make sure there is no tension throughout the muscles of the body and slowing the thoughts.  Then be present with yourself and take time to respond to your feelings or to call a friend and share some experiences that are sitting in you.  Processing emotions is so important, having your voice be heard and feeling supported is exponentially beneficial.

AWARE PARENTING (AwP):

This leads to the next topic that I want to share more about: looking after the mums & bubs emotional well-being by emphasizing the needs for mums, little ones and babies to cry and be heard or to play, (releasing pent-up emotions through crying and laughter), and there is so much more to AwP.  The goal is to help our child connect with their natural inclinations of cooperation and contribution, and to help improve their sleep and rest states as they are more relaxed and free from bottled-up emotions.   

One of the most useful tools for me from AwP has been to decipher this toddler language.  For example, when my daughter acts out, it’s a sign, that she wants help, and that she needs my help.  Babies and children are full of love and do not want to cause pain to anybody.  They also do not want to repress or use aggression to handle their feelings. They need help directing their emotions toward a healthy path of release.  A strong reaction over a little event, like a child crying over a broken cookie, probably means that there is more than the broken cookie going on in with that little one. 

It’s been a very life-changing experience for me, having met my mentor, Marion Rose PhD (baby psychologist & amazing woman), in Mullumbimby over 2 years ago in a mum’s circle, and then afterward reading The Aware Babyby Aletha Solter.  My daughter was 6 months old at the time, and I hadn’t given her much opportunity to really cry.  Since then we have both healed and been heard so much. It’s been miraculous to see how light and relaxed she became once she had a good cry or laughed and is heard compassionately. Also, I have been able to be so much more aware of my emotions and hers, be more connected & present with her, be more harmonious with my family and be able to process & heal from patterns from my past.  

This approach to parenting really resonated with me. Ofcourse, there’s no one way or right way to parent, so listen to what feels right for you.  I’m studying now to be an AwP instructor with Marion Rose.  I have a background in Conflict Resolution & Mediation, facilitation and non-violent communication (aware communication) with a master’s degree from Tel Aviv University.  I am very committed to helping people find health, joy and peace in their lives.

RECIPE:

Before I end this newsletter, here’s a recipe for tahini cookies, high in iron and rasa energy J  (Rasa in Ayurvedic terms is joy, pleasure and sweetness).  I love the balance of bitterness from the tahini and sweetness from the jaggery.  And this recipe is easy to remember because of its simplicity: you just need 5 ingredients. 

A friend actually gave me this recipe years ago when I lived in Israel, and I used to make them often. Then over the years, I just kinda remembered how the cookies felt when rolling them up. I never measure, so here’s an estimate and please feel free to adjust and add to what feels right for you. 

100 gr butter

4 tblsp tahini

4 tblsp rappadurra sugar or jaggery

100 gr flour

1tsp baking powder  

makes a dozen

200degrees C for 10-12 min (until top of cookies become light brown and start to crack)

Have fun and enjoy!

I hope to see you next month at the mum’s circle, please let me know if you’d like to join, and feel free to pass on the info J

Much love,

Laura

Newsletter #2:

Welcome to newsletter #2! I’m so excited because next month we will start our mum’s circle. How does Sat., August 4 work for you at 10am?

Again, it will be held at our place in Modanville: to have some mumma time, do some yoga, fill up your cup, share how you are doing at the moment (whether it be about your little one or anything else in your life…  Everything is connected, so what happens in one part of your life effects other areas), and learn tips and resources about Aware Parenting (which I will explain more of below).   

We’ve just created a little temple space in a yurt in our backyard.  We will use the practise of yoga, meditation and Aware Parenting, and ofcourse some yummy treats, to relax and slow down, and to listen within and also to each other. The mums’ circle, which I would like to entitle: “Being Heard and Healing.” (Ofcourse babies can come, but it may be nice to have this space to be without them for this time). Cost: $10  

If this feels right for you, please let me know and book in, and feel free to invite others who may be interested.

[email protected] or 0415 533 311

Ayurveda:

Every thought and action either contributes or detracts from your health & well-being.  What is serving you? No longer serving you?

AwP: what triggers u? NVC

Being heard and healing

Laughter, NVC

Mom’s Moroccan Harira Soup

I do feel blessed to have a mom who is an AMAZING cook! She has an excellent hold on spices and textures.  This soup is so yummy and warming for winter. This recipe is vegan, but feel free to make it your way and add/adjust whatever feels right for u!

Ingredients:

1 onion diced

1-2 cloves of garlic

tofu 

root veggies (I used pumpkin from the garden, parsnip, potato, & beetroot)

1 can tomato paste

1 can of chick peas 

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp paprika

salt and pepper

a big bunch of coriander

Fry up onion, tofu, then add garlic, water and throw in veggies and rest of ingredients.  Simmer for about 30 min.  

So easy!  ENJOY ☺

I’d love to see you next month.  Just let me know if you’d like to join.  And feel free to invite friends ☺

Newsletter #3:

How have you been over the past month? It was such a pleasure to see some of you at the mum’s circle and to share experiences.  We’ll having another one on Sunday, September 9th at 10am.  So, if you’re free and keen, then please come and join. ☺

Welcome to newsletter #3!  I’ll be sharing some yoga tips to quiet the mind, AwP techniques relating to connection, Ayurvedic incite and a sweet recipe. 

Mum’s Circle:

Thank you so much to all who came to the last circle.  It was wonderful!. I’m so happy to open up a circle again.  The next one will be on Sunday, September 9th  at 10 am (which is also The Channon market day & it’s just a few minutes from us)…

The time flew by last time and we didn’t get a chance to do much yoga, so next month the circle will be from 10-12. If it’s too long, you do not need to stay the whole time.  I have found, though, that this time is valuable for you to recharge and to be able to be there more fully for yourself and family.

The circle will be held at our place in Modanville, in the yurt in the backyard: 56 Barrys road.  We will have some mumma time, do some yoga, fill up your cup, share how you are doing at the moment (whether it be about your little one or anything else in your life), and learn tips and resources about Aware Parenting.  The mums’ circle theme this time will be: “Connection and Compassion.” (preferably child-free), babies are welcome!. Cost: $10  

If this feels right for you, please let me know and book in, and feel free to invite others who may be interested!  Spaces are limited, so let me know when you can.

0415 533 311 or [email protected]

www.ljspeace.com for more info ☺

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Yoga:

One of the best parts about yoga are the many tools to quiet the mind, so that you can relax, heal and connect in with compassion…, , Here are just a few ideas to give yourself some quick yogi love…

  1. Pranayama (breathing techniques): try sitting in a comfortable position and breathing in and out very slowly… following the breath as it enters and exits the nostrils.  You can try this:

IN ~ OUT

DEEP ~ SLOW

SMILE ~ RELAX
BREATH ~ RELEASE

  1. Meditation: now that you have slowed your breathing, can you sit comfortably for a few minutes, starting with 5 minutes a day.  Then slowly building up a few minutes every week. Set a timer and remove distractions. It’s cool to get in the habit of meditating with a baby around.  Sometimes, toddlers, though, can be a bit tough to share the quiet space with. Don’t be shy to give it a try, though!
  2. Chanting with a mantra: I absolutely love singing! And what a joy that as mothers, we can sing, sing, sing. Chanting incorporates mantra and rhythm, for exponential benefits of health, happiness and connecting in the present moment.  It also has detoxifying properties, purification and the ability to remove impressions that are left in us. All mantras have positive meanings and by repeating them (even if the exact meaning is not known), will have a positive effect.  Just choose your favourite chant or mantra and recognize the purity and love that it creates.
  3. Yoga asanas (especially balances postures).  When balancing in tree posture, dancing posture, warrier 3 or any other favourite balancing posture, the mind had difficulty wanderer.  It’s a great tool to strengthn and balance the body, while slowing the thoughts.

Aware Parenting (connection, compassion and information):

Look at me. 
Everyday, for a few moments with the eyes of love.
Really look at me.
Let yourself be amazed and surprised by what you see.
Look at the way I move
my hands
my face
my hair 
my skin
look at me
and in these moments of seeing
time stands still
and your heart will be filled with love.

                                                                                                   -Vivian Viester

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Oh life, it can be so busy and we can forget the most important thing… to slow down and to enjoy! It’s so important to make sure you are feeling compassionate to yourself, taking the time that you need to connect with your feelings and needs and also creating that same kind of compassion and connection with your family (ie partners, parents and children).

I find that when my daughter is being most clingy to things or to me, that she is really just asking for closeness, connection and compassion.  It could also be a sign that she has pent-up emotions and needs a good cry or play. She may be needing some information, so talking very calmly and explaining what is going on is always helpful. Sitting together and following her lead as we play together is a great way to satisfy her need for closeness.  

Sometimes, ofcourse, there are times when I may not be able to sit with her at the exact moment that she needs.  Maybe I have not filled up my cup, or I need to slow down or I need to do something else at that moment. It’s perfectly fine to explain compassionately how I’m feeling and needing (even if it’s resting for a few moments by myself to connect in with what that is!).  Talking to our little people with respect, making eye contact and giving lots of information helps them process and relax.

Make sure, Mumma, that you are giving yourself the self-care and rest that you need, so that you can really enjoy these special days that we have with our children.

I’d love to hear how you go <3 I’m hoping you’ll feel more connection with yourself and your family and more enjoyment ☺

If you’re just joining the newsletters, then you may want to read more about AwP on my website: www.ljspeace.com

It’s a parenting approach based on Aletha Solter’s research that may or may not resonate with you.  It has helped me tremendously over the past years, so I’m happy to share these tools.

Ayurveda:

According to Ayurveda, repressing emotions can lead to disease and pain in the body.  The more we hold onto uncomfortable feelings, the more pain and blockages can build up.  Suppression can lead to overuse, misuse and no use of parts of the body, mind and sense organis.  Our bodies, mind and spirits are temples and healthy expression can lead to better health, energy, sleep and feeling happier. 

This is why it is so important to stay connected with who you are, your emotions, feelings and needs.  So, make sure to take a few moments every day to check-in and recharge when needed.

Super simple scrummy yummy chocolate chip cookies:

We can’t live without joy, right? In Ayurveda, giving into a sweet tooth is nothing to be ashamed about. If you’re wanting something, go for it! It’s in the same light, as we do not want to repress emotions.

So, here’s a childhood favourite cookie to satisfy a sweet tooth. 

Again, I’m not much of a measurer, so feel free to adjust to what feels right for you. (ie ingredients, size, time in oven).

Ingredients:

1 cup wholemeal flour

½ tsp baking powder

100gr butter

5 tablespoons rappadura sugar or jiggery

chocolate chips to your liking

  1. melt butter
  2. add sugar
  3. add flour and baking powder
  4. add choc chips and any other additions (such as oats, dried fruit, nuts)
  5. spoon out onto baking tray
  6. put in over at 190 degrees for about 10 minutes

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ENJOY ☺

I’d love to see you next month at the Mum’s Circle on Sept. 9th. There will be cookies 😉 

Just let me know if you’d like to join.  And feel free to invite friends ☺

Newsletter #4:

Welcome to newsletter #4 of these, including updates, tips, and recipes. 

How are you? It’s been a little while, and I’ve missed corresponding. 

In the time that I’ve been “away,” our baby has been born ☺ I’m so honoured and happy to introduce you to the newest member of the Shaz clan… baby boy Eliasz (Eli for short) who was born on October 28, at home, naturally! It was painful,… I’m not gonna lie,… but it was also beautiful and perfect. The family has been brought closer and I feel empowered.  I couldn’t have done it without the support of my amazing midwives and husband. And 3 months later, baby Eli is plump and smiley. He’s really a peaceful & sweet soul. We all feel very blessed. And I feel so lucky to have learned so much on my Aware Parenting (AwP) journey with Marion Rose and like-minded mummas to give Eli the best start in life that I can.  In the AwP section below I’ll write about techniques that I use with my 3-year old daughter and baby.

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Yoga classes &  Women’s Week in Lismore:

This month I’m starting up yoga classes again for general hatha yoga at the Channon Hall on Tuesday evenings, as well as pregnancy and mums & bubs yoga at the Lismore Birth House.

On Sunday March 3 from 10:30-11:30, I’m so honoured to host a free yoga class at the YWCA for mums & bubs (pre-crawlers) and pregnant women.  Please come and join if you fit into one of those categories and spread the word. Women’s week will be awesome! Look out for info in town.

Next MUM’s CIRCLE:

In March I will recommence facilitating a small Mums’ circle at our yurt in Modanville. The March circle is entitled: “Connect, Relax and Rest,” & it will be held on Sunday, March 10 (same day as the Channon market, which is around the corner from us) from 9-11am. 

You and your friends are all invited to learn more tips about getting enough rest for you and your little ones from an AwP perspective.  Please let me know for sure whether or not you’d like to come, so I know how to plan the time together. We’ll have a chance to do a bit of gentle yoga, meditation, sharing of how you are doing or questions and an offering of info from an AwP approach.   

Ideally just you mums come without your little ones (ofcourse babies can come, but it may be nice to have this space to be without them for this time). Cost: $10  

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[email protected] or 0415 533 311

YOGA & Ayurveda:

Rather than focusing on asanas (positions) this month, I’d like to ask you to slow down and tune in with what you need and how you’re feeling, so that you can be a happier version of yourself.  

Yoga’s main principle is really all about self-realization and getting free of suffering (or at least reducing it!).  So, as we slow down, we come closer in connection with ourselves, and in turn with all of those close to us and around us.  We come closer to our true self of love.

Life is so busy for me these days with 2 little ones.  So when I get a few moments to myself to perhaps practice yoga asanas, I find that I’m more drawn to tune into some aches & pains and my needs & feelings.

I like to take a few moments to connect with myself and so gently stretch or massage any part that needs nourishment and connection. It could be my neck and shoulders or temples (near the forehead).  It could be closing my eyes and breathing deeply. Sometimes I do find an asana that I’m really needing to relax and soothe myself, so ever so gently I connect in and go there.

Go on, give it a try.  Set the timer for 5 or 10 minutes and let me know how it goes.  

AWARE PARENTING (AwP):

I’m training to be an aware parenting instructor, which combines NVC (non violent communication) and a really compassionate approach to parenting to help babies and children (and mothers). I learned about it when Aya (my 3-yr-old) was a baby and it really resonated with me. I try my best to follow it and it’s such a beautiful approach to parenting.

AwP looks after the mums & bubs emotional well-being by emphasizing the needs for mums, little ones and babies to cry (in arms or closeby if at toddler + age) and to be heard or to play, (releasing pent-up emotions through crying and laughter. Through close connection and presence, we can help our children reallign with their natural inclinations of love, cooperation and contribution, and to help improve their sleep and rest states, as they are more relaxed and free from bottled-up emotions.   

I notice, for example, that when baby Eli communicates with me through crying (cause he can’t talk yet), and I actively listen, we form a deep connection and he feels relaxed and sleeps really well.  I tell him, “I’m here for you. I hear you.” This is ofcourse after I’ve made sure that there isn’t a need, like hunger or feeling unwell.  I take the basic principles that we need to be tired, connected and relaxed (ie after a cry for babies or after we’ve relaxed through connection or sharing) to have a good sleep. Sometimes I’ve had doubts and offered him breastmilk or rocked him, but overall he has option to let out all his emotions with me compassionately being there. 

For my 3-year-old, it’s been hard at times since Eli was born.  We had to create a new kind of connection in our relationship, and honestly I’ve found it difficult to give her enough attention and to meet the energy level that she desires. I do the best I can, and try to offer her understanding and compassion when she is going through a hard moment.  For example, her tantrums and “challenging” behaviour (ie petting Eli’s head roughly) are signs that she is having strong feelings and needs me to help her by being compassionate, understanding and present to help her release her emotions through crying, laughter or close connection (and not a scolding her for potentially harming the baby).  

Children are all love and I see my role as mother to see these red flags that scream, “Mama, I’m having strong emotions, please be there next to me and support me.”  After she has a cry or play together, I see her energy shift from darkness to light. And again, her natural inclination of love, cooperation and contribution shine, she sleeps well and she’s happier.

It’s not easy all the time. We all come with generations of different parenting styles. My initial instinct to my daughter is often, “stop it!” I want to protect the little one. I must also, though, support and help my 3-year-old, so I’m learning to be more gentle when she’s being rough because I understand that it is her cry for help, so that she can be more relaxed and loving.  In that process, I also heal and grow from my past, from probably being scolded when I just needed a loving hug.

RECIPE:

Shakshuka

A favourite for any meal~ brekkie, lunck or dinner~ from Israel. (I used to live around the corner from Dr. Shakshuka.  It’s good stuff!)

1.) Fry onion, garlic, capsicum, tomatoes, (or tinned tomatoes).

2.) Add paprika, salt and pepper to taste.

3.) Crack eggs on top of the tomato mix.

4.) Cover for a few minutes (5-10min) on low heat, depending on how you like your eggs cooked.

5.)Sprinkle green herbs from the garden on top. 

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I hope to see you next month at the mum’s circle, please let me know if you’d like to join ☺

Much love,

Laura

Newsletter #5:

It’s so wonderful to share this sacred mothering journey with you. Welcome to newsletter #5 of these, including updates, tips, and recipes. 

How are you? I’m happy for March to be here and looking forward to offering special events. I hope to see you there. 

Women’s Week in Lismore:

On Sunday March 3 from 10:30-11:30, I will host a free yoga class at the YWCA for mums & bubs (pre-crawlers) and pregnant women.  Please come and join if you fit into one of those categories and spread the word. Women’s week will be incredible.  

Next MUM’s CIRCLE:

On March 10, I will facilitate a small Mums’ circle at our yurt in Modanville. The March circle is entitled: “Connect, Relax and Rest,” & it will be held on Sunday, March 10 (same day as the Channon market, which is around the corner from us) from 9-11am. We will talk about how to get better rest for you and for your little ones.  Our lives are so interlinked with our little ones.

You and your friends are all invited to learn more tips about getting enough connection, relaxation and rest.  Please let me know for sure whether or not you’d like to come, so I know how to plan the time together. We’ll have a chance to do a bit of gentle yoga, meditation, sharing of how you are doing in a mum’s circle and/or questions and an offering of info from an AwP approach.   

Ideally just you mums come without your little ones (ofcourse babies can come, but it may be nice to have this space to be without them for this time). Cost: $10  

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[email protected] or 0415 533 311

Yoga in Mullumbimby:

Lastly, I will lead a pregnancy yoga class in Mullumbimby at WeMove studio on Monday, March 18, at 10:45 in the morning.  Please connect with the fb page “Byron Bay Pregnancy Support Group” if interested in more details. Marion Rose, my guru of Aware Parenting ,will be following the yoga class with a discussion.  It’ll be wonderful!

YOGA & Ayurveda:

Yoga feels like medicine for the body.  Asana is posture or positions. Yoga is comprised of many components to quiet the mind and connect in more with your true self of love. Breathing, relaxation and meditation are all important.  Also postures to strengthen and stretch the body are so important for health and healing.

Let’s go into down dog.  Feel your way into it. Starting slowly and gently, lifing one heal at a time & bending your knee, like peddling.  Take your time here. Keep your core muscles strong, head is relaxed and shoulders are soft (far from the ears.  

Next you can try lifting one leg up at a time and finding a nice stretch in the pelvic area.

Every moment in down dog is new and fresh.  Enjoy these moments.

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Food can be medicine for the body.  Understanding food and their properties according to Ayurveda lead to better balance & health. Do you know about the different tastes? There are sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. There are other properties of food, such as heating, cooling, oily and dry. Often when I’m cooking, I taste the food, think about the season and think about how I’m feeling to adjust what I make.  For example if I need to slow down, I eat ground, earthy foods, like a potato dish, and balance the tastes.

AWARE PARENTING (AwP):

Parenting is a joy, especially when there’s ease, understanding and compassion in it. I’m so passionate about supporting other mothers find more ease and understanding and to find healing in yourselves while you’re at it.

Being a mother is such an amazing gift, filled with miraculous moments and tremendous challenges.  Mothering became much easier once I found Marion Rose, understood the concepts of AwP and started implementing them into our lives.  Not only do my little ones heal and communicate, but I do, as well, through AwP and Marion’s techniques. I encourage you to find some of Marion’s online courses, there are even free ones. 

Here’s here site… https://www.marionrose.net/?fbclid=IwAR1JPad0dklTVH8hGPpkzNwjcacFSr5ey3xGfguh8BPEZpzIrOIlSsSNr-E

I’m training to be an aware parenting instructor with Marion, and I will offer mum’s circles and workshops this year to spread the message of AwP and to help create more ease, understand and healing for you and your children.  If the ideas of AwP resonate with you, I’d love to share and support you.

AwP looks after the mums & bubs emotional well-being by emphasizing the needs for mums, little ones and babies to cry (in arms or closeby if at toddler + age) and to be heard or to play, (releasing pent-up emotions through crying and laughter. Through close connection and presence, we can help our children reallign with their natural inclinations of love, cooperation and contribution, and to help improve their sleep and rest states, as they are more relaxed and free from bottled-up emotions.   

Something that I love about Marion is her creation of the Inner Loving Mother.  The divine loving mother of total compassion and everything that one may envision of mother.  Your ILM can help heal wounds that you may have felt as a child and unconsciously pass on. An ILM can remind you:

“I love you always.”

“I’m here for you.”

“I love you no matter how you are feeling.”

“I’m not going anywhere.”

“You are safe with me.”

“I am sending you gentleness and gentle words.”

I am healing from being yelled at as a kid. This is how my mother coped and tried to create order or communicate, I guess.  My ILM sends me gentleness and gentle words when I connect with these harsh feelings. I strive to break the pattern of harshness and be so completely gentle and understanding with me kids.

I follow the AwP techniques of listening to crying/pent-up feelings in arms, connect with play and laughter, set loving limits (which can then result in tears).

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I’d love to know if these ideas resonate with you, hear how you’re doing and if you practice any of these techniques.

Recipe:

As the seasons change here in the southern hemisphere, it’s time for some chicken soup to stay healthy.  We made a very yummy pot of chicken soup with veggie dumplings. It was quite a project, lots of funny and very healing.

We used a Tibetan momo recipe for the dumplings.

First bring a pot of chicken with carrots, leek and parsnip to a boil, then simmer for about an hour.

Next we used flour and water to roll out dough for dumplings.  We added in our filling, which was onion, garlic, ginger, potato, cabbage and mushroom.  It was a mess, but lots of fun and super yummy.

Here are pics (in the document) to show what we did.  Enjoy your cooking & eating ☺

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I hope to see you this month at the mum’s circle or at another event, please let me know if you’d like to join ☺

Please feel free to write me back and let me know how you’re doing

Much love,

Laura

Newsletter #6:

Happy Mother’s Day J strong, giving, compassionate woman J
It’s so wonderful to share this sacred mothering journey with you. Welcome to
newsletter #6 of these, including updates, tips, and recipes.
How are you? May is here and I’m so excited to offer an Intro to Aware Parenting
Workshop. Parenting is so intuitive, and ofcourse there is no right or wrong. I’d
love to offer, though, some tips in this workshop from the Aware Parenting
perspective, which helped me so much over the years. I’m attaching a flyer and
there’s info just below, too.

Intro to Aware parenting Workshop:
On Sunday May 19 from 10-1, I am offering an intro to Aware Parenting
Workshop… what does that mean? I’ll teach tools to help you and your baby
release emotions in a healthy way (rather than repression or aggression), so that
you can both feel more relaxed and have better sleep.
It’s also super helpful with toddlers to be more relaxed and cooperative.
Sometimes they can be really confusing, and aware parenting breaks down some
of the challenging toddler behaviour into deciphering what’s going on with these
little humans.
Understanding, compassion and ease are such an integral part of Aware
Parenting. Also, it helps us as parents on our healing journey.
If you’re interested to join or to have any questions, please let me know. I need to
know how many will join in order to plan the workshop accordingly and to make
sure that I have enough people to make it happen. It would be such a pleasure to
see you there J
………..
“Is he always this calm?” People often ask me about baby Eliasz. “Yes!” is my
answer. And “YES, we get great sleep!”
About 3 years ago, when my daughter was 6 months old, I learned about Aware
Parenting, and it completely changed the way that I parent, and the way that I
understood my child. I learned that crying helps babies and children release
tension and stress, so if it is not a need (like hunger or nappy change, for
example), tears and laughter and connection can be totally freeing for them.
Actually, stress-releasing hormones are emitted through tears, so physiologically
it correlates. And when we are there to listen to their crying (never leave a child
to cry alone), they will feel calmer (& more cooperative for toddlers/older
children) and have better sleep, which is a bonus for us adults, too.
A child’s natural inclination is to cooperate, be calm and be pure love. They “act

out in challenging behaviour” when they need help releasing tension. I notice
that when my daughter is acting “difficult,” (she is 3.5yrs old) and then I help her
to have a good cry, a tantrum, a laugh or a close connecting time with me, she is
transformed into a super relaxed and happy child who wants to help me and be
gentle.
I am now training to be a certified Aware Parenting (AwP) instructor. I’m super
passionate about helping other mums find more ease and joy in parenting. So,
I’m offering a 3-hr workshop + after the workshop, extra support. If AwP
resonates with you, please come and join me on Sunday, May 19th from 10-1.
Cost $60


Intro to Aware Parenting Workshop: SUNDAY, MAY 19, 10-1
(+ 2 FOLLOW-UP GROUP ONLINE CALLS)
Learn the many facets and techniques of Aware Parenting.
Find more joy, ease, compassion, understanding and healing.
At Our Yurt in Modanville
Please contact Laura for address and to save a spot, bookings essential
Cost: $60 (includes light lunch and snacks) Laura: 0415 533 311
WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN HOW TEARS, TANTRUMS, LAUGHTER AND
CONNECTION LEAD TO BETTER REST, SLEEP AND COOPERATION FOR YOUR
BABIES & CHILDREN & U?
Give yourself a chance to relax and heal while learning techniques for building
healthy communication and release for your kids, use loving limits rather than
punishment & reward… and more from the Aware Parenting (AwP) perspective
(based on Aletha Solter’s The Aware Baby & Marion Rose PhD’s work.) Hi, I’m
Laura, a passionate mother of two gorgeous children (ages 3.5 and 6 months), a
yoga instructor, facilitator and mediator. I learned first-hand how to get better
sleep for my kids (& myself!) and how challenging behavior is caused by painful
feelings… & how creating a space for my kids to cry or laugh or connect allows

them to return to their true nature of cooperation & love. It has been a game-
changer in this sacred parenting journey! I hope to see u

there! www.ljspeace.com Laura 0415 533 311

[email protected] or 0415 533 311

YOGA & Ayurveda:
Take some moments to nourish your head, face, neck and shoulders. Take a few
moments to gently bring your ear to your shoulder and release some tension in
that part of your body. You can add a gentle touch if you’re feeling very tight
there. Then bring your chin to your chest, and then your ear to your other
shoulder. If feeling ready, you can bring your head back. Be super gentle with
yourself and with these gentle neck rolls. Take as much time as you need to here
to really let go of tension around your neck and shoulders.

When you’re done with all that, you can make up the simplest and most
satisfying Ayurvedic face scrub. Just use besan flour (chick pea flour) and a
touch of water to make a paste. Then scrub your face with that. I promise that
you’ll be glowing afterward. If you want you can add some turmeric to the mix or
a drop of lavender oil. Let me know how it goes!
Recipe:
Here’s one of my favourite things to cook & eat, usually about once a week: super
yummy quinoa patties.
You’ll need:
• 2 cups cooked quinoa
• 4 eggs
• a teaspoon salt

• chopped parsley or other herb
• 1/2 small onion, finely chopped (you can fry beforehand, if you want)
• 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot & zucchini or olives & feta, the combinations
are endless
• salad or sunflower greens to garnish
Combine all the ingredients and then fry in a shallow pan of oil.
Throw on some salad or greens on top.
Enjoy with sweet chilli sauce or yoghurt.

I hope to see you this month at the Aware Parenting Workshop, please let me
know if you’d like to join J
Please feel free to write me back and let me know how you’re doing
Much love,
Laura

Newsletter #7:


How are you? Welcome to newsletter #7 of these, including updates, tips, and recipes. ☺ 

Happy winter solstice if you’re in the Southern hemisphere, and happy summer solstice for those in the Northern hemisphere. This can be a wonderful time for inner reflection, deep healing and connection with nature. 

I’m so happy to be here with you on this incredible parenting journey. It’s amazing how are lives are forever changed and how we can grow with our children as our little guides. 

Mum’s Circle at the Lismore Birth House July is just around the corner here, and I’m so excited to offer another mum’s circle. The power of sharing, listening and being heard with compassion is profound for healing. This time we will hold the mum’s circle at the Lismore Birth House on Sunday, July 7th (the same day as the carboot market) from 10- 12. If you can be baby-free, do it! Trust me, you’ll thank me for it!!! Cost: $10 

In this safe space we will share how we are doing, including challenges & joys about children, parenting or anything else that’s going on with you. Also, we will chill out with a bit of yoga and meditation and if interested, I will offer tips from the Aware Parenting perspective (totally for you to feel out if it resonates and feels right for you). 

Aware Parenting is based on Aletha Solter’s work to help you and your baby release emotions in a healthy way (rather than repression or aggression), so that you can both feel more relaxed and have better sleep. It’s also super helpful with toddlers to be more relaxed and cooperative. 

“We’re naturally calm, cooperative and compassionate. We want to contribute to others and care for them. We are able to change, concentrate for long periods, and be creative. This is our natural state,” Marion Rose PhD. If our child acts out, we are needing to help them release their emotions through crying or tantrums or laughter, so that he or she can return to their true state.” 

“Our babies want to sleep, feel relaxed, make eye contact, and concentrate. 

Our children want to be gentle with their siblings and friends and family, learn new things, and cooperate with us. 

We want to contribute to our children, to be calm and connected and compassionate with them.” 

If you would like to join in the next mum’s circle or have any questions, please let me know: Laura 0415 533 311 

YOGA & Ayurveda: Happy winter solstice! Let’s move through a few moon salutations… Run through this beautiful grounding and flowy sequence to warm up while also feeling mellow. (Please to see the image.) Or choose a couple of the images that you like and hold the position for a few deep yogic breaths. 

If you’re in the Northern hemisphere, then you may want to wake up a bit more with a sun salutation. 

Being a mother is one of the greatest things that we can do on this planet, according to my Ayurveda teacher. First of all, when we have a baby, we clean our whole bodies and start over with a clean slate. Watching this little angels emerge and grow is pure divinity. You are doing sacred work as a parent. You are a goddess. I celebrate you for all that you do. 

Aware Parenting (AwP): Connection is key to helping ourselves and our children and partners feel comfortable to release their emotions. 

AwP stresses healthy release (healthy communication) through crying and tantrums, and also through laughter with our little ones. These ways of release help teach our children how to communicate, rather then repressing emotions or being aggressive when big feelings come up. It’s the same for adults when it comes to healthy communication, checking in with ourselves and with our partners and being there compassionately to listen and support them or being listened to and heard. Healing is most profoundly occurring when we’re in another’s presence. 

Connection and laughter are also so important as a way for healthy release. Aletha Solter outlines 9 types of play, laughter and connection for children: 1.) The first one is connecting in with our child in non-directive play, which is basically following our child’s lead and really being there completely present, like a meditation. No distractions, maybe even setting a timer and playing with our child as he or she leads. It’s amazing to see them know exactly what they need and how they process life through play. Marion Rose PhD refers to this as “Present Time.” Try it for 10 min without distractions! 2.) Symbolic play with specific props or themes when something specific occurs and you want to help your child process it. An example that we are experiencing these days with my 3.5 yr old is sharing. We’ve taken one dolly who is not wanting to share with her dolly friends. It can be very effective to bringing awareness into a challenging situation and when possible doing something funny to bring out a laugh. 3.) Contingency play. For example if my baby playfully pulls my hair, I make a funny noise and he laughs. We can do this for a while! If he’s in the right mood, he loves it, and we totally feel our cups filling up with laughter, connection and joy. 4.) Nonsense play. If my daughter doesn’t want to get dressed, for example, then I playfully attempt to put her clothes on my body, but in all the wrong spots. What a silly mummy! 5.) Separation games. These can be useful when we are leaving for a certain amount of time, like her going preschool or if I go to work. The classics are peek- a-boo and hide & seek. 6.) Power-reversal games. A child will often have feelings of powerlessness, so to help them regain for sense of power and autonomy, we can give them choices, (maybe just 2 or 3 choices at a time, so that it’s not overwhelming), like “should we have cereal or eggs for breakfast?”. A fun game we love is on swings. I help my daughter show her strength by pushing me over while she swings. Then I pretend to really fall over, and this always makes my daughter laugh. 7.) Regression games. It is common for children to want to regress as babies or their younger selves, especially when a new sibling comes along or their learning and mastering a new trick. Let them feel younger and play along as they want to be wrapped up in a blanket or held like a baby. 8.) Activities with body contact. Give them a piggy back ride as you as the horsey. Let them feel your closeness. Let them lead you and laugh and have fun. 9.) Cooperative games and activities. Build a super tall block tower or little village together. 

Have fun and enjoy being together! Is there something specific that’s going on with you? If you want an idea of a specific game to play together, just let me know ☺ 

Recipe: My husband has brought his Polish yumminess into our home today. 

Here’s bigos, a Polish classic stew. Just use tofu & beans and other veg instead of meat if you’re vegetarian. Basically it’s a cabbage and sauerkraut base with flavouring from bay leaves and tomato paste. 

You’ll need: 

• A head of cabbage chopped 

• 500 g sauerkraut 

• 3 carrots 

• chopped parsley or other herb 

• 1 onion, finely chopped and fried 

• 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 

• cut up sausage and pieces of pork or tofu and beans 

• 1 can tomato paste 

• 100 g dried mushrooms 

• 2 bay leaves 

• 1 tsp sweet paprika 

Fry onions and garlic and meet or tofu. Then combine all the ingredients in a pot and simmer for about an hour. 

Enjoy ☺ 

Please feel free to write me back and let me know how you’re doing. Much love, Laura

Newsletter #8:

How are you? I hope that you are feeling good and finding these newsletters
nourishing to your body, mind & soul.
I have a couple of fun things happening in our yurt in August that are designed to
help you achieve a happier and healthier emotional, physical and spiritual you:
1.) Yoga on Thursday, 8/8 from 10:30-11:30. Open to anybody who is
looking for a good stretch: mums, kids, babies, toddlers and pregnant
women. It will be help in our yurt in Modanville. Please let me know if
you would like to attend, and then I can pass you my address. Cost: $10
2.) An Intro to Aware Parenting workshop on Sunday Aug 25 from 10-1.
Come and connect with other mums while learning about AwP techniques
to make your life easier and your kids able to release uncomfortable
emotions through crying, connection and laughter. (more about it below
and attached in flyer). Cost: $60 (Includes the workshop, 2 follow-up
group online calls and ongoing support via fb)
Yoga:
When was the last time you stood on your head or your hands or did a shoulder
stand (from lying on back position)? If none of those things are calling you, then
lie on your back with your legs up in viparita karani, which is legs up against the
wall pose.
The energy that you get from inversion postures is so transformative. Your
blood flows in a different way, organs sit differently. It’s fun and it’s different to
the routine of everyday life on the feet or sitting.
So, give it a try, listen to your body and do what feels right. If you want any tips,

just let me know and I’ll send you some more specifics.

Aware Parenting:
A really important message to AwP is communication and giving information. I
love it when my almost 4-year-old and I can converse so comfortably, no
judgement, simply flowing like old best friends. AwP has a huge part to play in
that. I always give her as much info as possible when we go out, when we’re at
home, educating her and keeping her aware of what’s happening in the world
around her. Even as a baby, I’m talking to my son and building this level of

communication and awareness of what’s happening, what we’re doing and
where we are going.
At the end of August I am so excited to host another Intro to Aware Parenting
Workshop. If you are interested in learning the many facets and techniques of
Aware Parenting or wanting to find more joy, ease, compassion, understanding
and healing in your motherhood journey, then please come along or let me know
if you have any questions in your personal life.
This workshop is not only about the children, but more so about you,: your
healing, your time to fill up your cup and how you can express your needs &
feelings in a healthy way, then if you have space, how you can support your
children to release their feelings.
Give yourself a chance to relax and heal while learning techniques for building
healthy communication and release
for your kids, use loving limits rather than punishment & reward… and more
from the Aware Parenting (AwP) perspective (based on Aletha Solter’s The
Aware Baby & Marion Rose PhD’s work.)
I’m a mother of two children (ages almost 4 yrs and 9 months), a yoga instructor,
facilitator and mediator. I’m training to be an Aware Parenting Instructor.
Almost 3 and a half years ago I learned the basic principles of AwP from Marion
Rose PhD, helping me and my daughter to get better sleep, along with better
communication skills for us all, bonding exercises to release through laughter
and play and generally how to enjoy parenting more, as I understand my
children better and can help them be more cooperative and calm, able to
concentrate and enjoy life more. It was so wonderful to have these tools
available once my second was born, so that we could all enjoy family life together
more and overcome the challenges of growing and changing.
Challenging behavior is caused by painful feelings and once I understood that,
created a space for my kids to cry or laugh or connect, then they could return to
their true nature of cooperation & love. It was wonderful to watch how my
babies and toddler changed once they could be listened to and responded to,
they became generally healthier, happier and gentler. They don’t want to be
disrespectful and difficult, they just need help getting out their uncomfortable
feelings, whether caused through trauma or simply an overwhelming shopping
trip.
Aware Parenting has changed my life, and I hope it will yours, as well! I hope to
see u there!
Sunday Aug 25, 10am-1pm
At our home in Modanville, in the yurt in the back
Cost $60
+2 follow-up inline calls and continuing support through facebook after the
workshop
www.ljspeace.com
Laura 0415 533 311

Recipe:
Kitchari actually means mixture, and it is a lentil and rice dish, which is so
simple, cleansing and satisfying. I used to study Ayurveda in Byron Bay where
we learned about kitchari cleanses, which could be used as a diet to cleanse the
system. Also, when I did my yoga teacher training course in India, we learned
about the beneficial properties of eating kitchari, and the nourishing properties
of it. Also, it is easily digestable. It can be cooked very simply or with extra herbs
and spices. Here is a recipe, which includes black mustard seeds and cumin.
This makes it more flavorsome for a hearty meal, especially yummy when topped
with yoghurt and fresh greens. You can use different ratios of rice and red
lentils, more or less water, so see what suits you the best.

Sauce:
2 tablespoon ghee
2 tsp black mustard seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
1⁄4 cup chopped onion
a pinch of turmeric powder
a pinch of curry powder
salt to taste
1 clove garlic chopped
a bit of fresh garlic chopped
1⁄2 tomato (optional)
Grains:
1 cup uncooked rice (uncooked)
2 cups split red lentils (uncooked)
4 cups water
In one small sauce pan, heat ghee, add black mustard seeds until you hear
popping with the top on to avoid a mess (like popcorn), then add cumin seeds
until fried up, then add onion until light brown. Now add the other aromatics,
garlic, ginger and spices.
Meanwhile cook the rice and lentils for about 10-14 min.
Mix all together and enjoy.
You can top with greens and yoghurt (and cayenne pepper if desired).

Enjoy J
I hope to hear from you and/or see you soon!
Much love,
Laura

Newsletter #9:

How are you? I hope that you are feeling good and finding some peaceful moments at the end of the year/decade. 

Welcome to Newsletter #9 ☺

A BIG Thank you to all of the mothers and families who have joined me in 2019 in yoga or Aware Parenting related activities. It was been such a pleasure to share!!! Next year I am excited to add massage back again into the mix of my offerings.  I will be at the Lismore Birth House for a half-day clinic starting in February 2020 (on Tuesdays or Thursdays). Please spread the word, for women, pre and post labour, pregnancy and mummas wanting a nourishing and relaxing touch. On this same morning I will also offer mums & bubs and pregnancy yoga classes.  Please check in on the Friends of the Lismore Birth House fb page closer to the date or with me directly.

YOGA:

Resting on your back in shavasana, corpse pose, is beneficial for rejuvenating the body, mind and spirit. It calms the brain and helps relieve stress.  It relaxes the body and can help relieve headaches, fatigue and insomnia.

This year I have loved teaching yoga to children, as I have started teaching kids yoga at the Channon primary school. (The last time that I taught yoga to kids was in India during my teacher training many years ago.)  The kids here in the Channon have all loved shavasana in the last few minutes of class to end their weeks, on Friday afternoons. To add a special touch, I also placed a little magic stone on their foreheads in the last few minutes of class.  

When was the last time you rested on your back in shavasana?  You can put on a soothing song or meditation and lie down to rest for a while… maybe even with a little stone on your forehead.

(pics below are classes that I taught in India and in Byron Bay.)

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Aware Parenting:

How are you feeling during this end of the year and holiday period?  Often big feelings can come up for us as we reconnect with memories from this time of year and as our lives may be out of routine.  Just as Aware Parenting encourages us to connect with our children’s feelings and needs, we need to take time to connect in with ourselves.

And for our kids, big tantrums and cries right closeby to some loving arms and hearts could really help them overcome challenging feelings and difficult behaviour so that they can enjoy all of things that are happening around them.  A change of routine with different people, foods and new activities can be super fun but also overwhelming. Give your kids a chance to release or play with you.  

Power-reversal games help kids feel confident and that they are getting to make choices, as they often feel little and like the ones who must follow the schedule without getting to choose it.  A fun game that always as changes our mood at home is when I get on all fours on the ground & pretend to be a horse. Then my daughter climbs on my back and taps a shoulder to choose which way I’ll go.  She loves it, and she also loves the physical closeness of being on my back. For babies, I love to let me little guy push me over with his feet when he’s on the swing, and I exaggerate falling over. He gets a big laugh out of that!  Laughter is a powerful source of release. My daughter still loves that game, too.

Another great kind of attachment play games are separation games, especially if your child may be left with a family member who she/he doesn’t know to well.  You can help them to understand tha you will go away and come back through games such as hide-and-seek or peek-a-boo.  

Attachement-play games are therapeutic, helping children connect with you and helping them process different things that are happening in life.  If laughter is elicited, that’s super beneficial, as laughter, like crying, is a form of healing and release. I will offer an attachment play and let’s heal workshop at the end of Feb. 2020.  Please let me know if you may be interested in attending that.

Recipe:

Potato pancakes – hannukah latkes.

Hannukah is a Jewish holiday that I celebrate to remember the miracle of oil that purified the Temple after a battle.  We eat things cooked in oil, such as potato pancakes.

5 potatoes

½ onion

2 tbsp flour

2 eggs

salt and pepper to taste

I grate or food process the above.  Then I put it in a strainer to let the excess potato water drain out.

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Fry some oil in a shallow pan and spoon out one scoop of the mixture to create a potato pancake.  Cook until golden.  Very yummy with yoghurt or apple sauce.

Happy holidays! Happy summer solstice (or winter solstice if you’re on the Northern Hemisphere).

Lots of love and I hope to connect with you next year in 2020!

-Laura