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Goddess Rising: Suzanne Heyn

Every week, we are so lucky to share this space with an incredible woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our opportunity to connect with some amazing ladies, and this week, we are so pleased to have Suzanne Heyn sharing with us!

Suzanne Heyn is a spiritual teacher and mentor, self-love writer, and creator of transformational online courses. By age 28, she experienced the deaths of her father and sister and survived cancer. These traumatic experiences and post-cancer healing forced her to express long-repressed emotions. In a society that fears emotion, Suzanne's message is simple: Feel your feelings. Love who you are. She believes unconditional self-love unlocks the door to a richly meaningful and abundant life. By feeling our feelings, we begin the most exciting adventure of our lives: witnessing the unfolding of our authentic self.

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Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Suzanne Heyn: One of the things I most value is authenticity. I spent many years of my life massively depressed, and feeling like my sadness made me flawed. I felt like everyone else had it together and I spent all my energy resisting my feelings and pasting a fake smile on my face.

Over time, I grew to see that my pain didn't make me flawed, it made me human. I've healed a lot, but even now, when I see perfect images on social media, it makes me compare myself to others.

By expressing my authentic truth — my ups and downs — through social media and my blog, I hope to communicate to others that it's okay to not be okay. It's okay to be human. I continually remind myself and others that the illusions we compare ourselves too are just that, illusions. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Suzanne: One of my core wounds was that it's not okay to feel. After my father and sister died, I felt I had to create the illusion that I was strong and cold and never hurt. After cancer, the rage was all consuming and I had no choice but to face it.

That initiated the most divinely healing journey ever — the journey of feeling my feelings. I was guided towards a meditation practice that helped me dissolve my painful feelings and connect with my core truth underneath it all.

Today, my work is all about feeling your feelings because so much of people's problems arise from repression. This work developed from growing up in a household where emotions were denied. My sister killed herself, and that's one reason why I'm so passionate. Nobody should ever feel that alone. 

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Suzanne: I work too much. I used to be a hardcore slacker, and now I'm obsessed with success. I'm working to become conscious of my behavior and really ask myself which projects have to be done now and which can wait.

Sometimes, I'll talk with my old self, even if that old self existed an hour ago. For example, if I work too late on a project, before going to bed, I'll visualize myself hunched over my keyboard and tell myself, "You don't need to work so hard. You're worthy no matter what."

That seems to be really helpful. I find most bad habits develop from energy and not mindset issues. If you work to heal the energy, you can change your habits. So I work to become conscious of things I'd like to change and then find out the real reason I'm engaging in unhealthy behaviors.

Too often, we focus on surface problems. I like going deep.

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Suzanne: Be patient. We often work really hard to uncover our life's purpose because we believe in the universe and its divine potential and our unique gifts. But then we feel like we need to work really hard to actualize that potential. We remove the sacredness from it and believe it's all up to us.

What we really need to do is prioritize our spiritual evolution above all else. Because our spiritual growth is tied to our life purpose. We often think of life purpose or potential in terms of career, but its more about energy. We might get paid for it, but it's ultimately not about that. So I create online courses and I earn money from that, but what I'm really doing is creating space for people to feel and heal. That's my life purpose. I turned it into my career, but it doesn't have to be that.

So, in short, if you want to actualize your potential, meditate.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Suzanne: I meditate every morning and do yoga as often as possible. Feeling my feelings and loving myself no matter what is a sacred practice. Loving myself even when I mess up or work too much or don't eat as healthy as I'd like.

There are a couple key areas of my life where I've been hoping for change that's really slow in coming. So everyday I practice acceptance while trusting that I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. 

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Suzanne: If I have any secrets, I'm not aware of them. I work really hard to shine light in all of my shadows. 

PYS: Who inspires you?

Suzanne: @jadealectra on Instagram

Piercing The Veil of Mind, Sound and Soul – Journey Into The Deep Power of Mantras, Your Own Voice and Holistic Sound Healing With Pierre Couvillion | VRR E10

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Pierre Couvillion is a rare expert in Sanskrit, mantras and using sound to pierce the veils of your mind, body and soul. Most of us do not know how to use our own voice to express what we honestly feel. Even fewer of us know how to use sounds to heal, relax and fuel personal growth. With over two decades of live experience in Sanskrit, Pierre takes this ancient mystical knowledge and makes it easy to understand and easy to benefit from in modern living. He offers clear practices and techniques for accessing the power found in mantras. Sanskrit mantras are encoded with specific vibrational frequencies. When you use a particular mantra correctly you can tune into its specific energy and its power. Mantras can be used to gain higher perspective, calm the nerves, steady the mind, and clear dullness, to active the body, connect to your soul, for holistic healing and many more real world applications. Sanskrit has no traceable history and is considered the oldest recorded language on Earth. The power of Sanskrit is in allowing the individual a personal journey through sound from the inside out. This journey creates an opportunity to discover your own voice; to reclaim the power of your own sound. Sanskrit is a technology where words are organized based on how the palette strikes the brain. The meter and tones used in Sanskrit are designed to help you learn sounds which already are inside you. This is stored energy most of us are not using. We are literally missing out on resources already at our disposal. The use of mantras becomes the activator for this stored energy, stimulating its flow in our life. Pierre shows us how to produce sounds which match the vibrations of what generates authentic fulfillment. His expert voice guides the practice of cultivating your own sound using the underlying current of frequencies and the ancient wisdom of Sanskrit. When using this technology the powers a mantra contains become available to you. Pierre offers a practice to awaken your native spiritual energy and have it flow with ease. Traditionally mantras are thought to be a key part of stimulating higher levels of consciousness. They help deepen self understanding and the connection to all life. Sanskrit teaches using language to become more aware. Sound opens the doors to life around us leading to ultimate living and fulfillment. Pierre believes you need to go try it for yourself and not take his word for it. Listen in with Pierre as he pulls back the esoteric veil of Sanskrit, mantras and reveals the keys to using this ancestral technology in your own life…

Here’s What Else You Will Get From Pierre’s Interview

  • The windows of language and how to look through them
  • How to step into a culture in its true manifestation
  • An easy to follow mantra for removing your own inner obstacles
  • Why singing is important to life
  • Why you should be singing no matter how you think you sound
  • The five mouth positions and how sounds affects the brain
  • What happens when you have achieved everything you have ever wanted
  • How to wake up your inner child and why it’s so important to do so
  • What are the gardening traditions and how you can benefit from them
  • Why tones in Sanskrit carry more meaning and power
  • Tools to disconnect from thinking and connect with what you are feeling
  • Mantras you can start with and what vibrations they carry
  • The first steps to activating your own true voice
  • What steps you can take to connect to the greatness of your personal lineage
  • The real reason why every person should know the Sanskrit alphabet
  • A great tip for yoga teachers to apply in class
  • A map for your own inner experience with sound
  • What is the true language of sacred spells
  • Realizing the importance of elders on your path
  • Using sound meditation to invoke the best process for your life
  • Why different sounds come from different parts of the palette
  • The first three basic mouth positions for any mantra
  • How you can better understand the subtleties and nuances of mantras
  • Discover the tool of sound to help invoke health and wealth for your business and family
  • Why deers shake after near death encounters and what this has to do with human life
  • How to go beyond limits to be truly happy
  • And much, much more…

Books, Links, Movies and Other Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

www.ayurveda.com
Awaken (Movie about Yogananda’s Life)
Books by Vasant Lad

Goddess Rising: Kate Caddle

Every Wednesday, we get to feature a woman from some where in the world who inspires and empowers in the health, wellness and personal development community. This week, we're talking to Kate Caddle!

Kate is a love fuelled coach, speaker, writer and yogi. Her purpose is to help vibrant women like you, reignite their spark and start living on purpose.

Through her online space, coaching sessions and speaking gigs, Kate helps you cut through overwhelm, fear and stuck stories to truly live an authentically beautiful life. Encouraging you to ask yourself the tough questions, dive deep and get your cute little butt into gear and take action.

She’s an advocate for self care, living gently and getting super comfortable in your own skin. She’s passionate about passion, and loves nothing more than seeing women live a life they love.


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Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Kate Caddle: My clients are constantly inspiring me with their own growth, to venture deep into mine. When I see the progress they make in such a short amount of time, it reminds me of the ability within us as women to morph, grow and change, and that excites me! 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Kate: I couldn't agree with this more. I totally believe that everything that is given to us is a chance for us to learn and grow, and it's without a doubt that my toughest points have brought about the biggest positive shifts and awakenings of my life.

I was hit with a heavy curveball soon after I got engaged in January 2012. I was rushed to hospital with a 10cm cyst on my left ovary that was beginning to rupture. The pain was intense, and I had emergency surgery the next day. This was the first catalyst for change for me as I adjusted to my new normal.

I found out that I have severe endometriosis and that having children would be a challenge. It was tough to swallow but I was up for the challenge and completely shifted my life.

I embraced natural healing through food, yoga, meditation, spiritual healers, naturopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture - anything that felt right.

That process taught me to learn to listen to my body, and that honouring it would bring me closer to my truth.

The by-product of that, and something I never imagined, I found a completely different career path that I absolutely love.

I believe I was diverted down this path not only to improve my physical health, but to lead me to my purpose. 

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Kate: Putting myself first is a daily challenge that I constantly have to remind myself to do, and I think thats why I'm so passionate about teaching others to do it too.

My highest value is to love and nurture others, and so when I do that, I feel amazing. But not when it comes at the cost of my own wellbeing. As I've heard it said so many times before ... How can I have anything to give if my cup is empty?

I need to consciously make an effort to do something everyday that makes me feel special. Today I'm finishing work a little early so that I can spend some time painting before my husband gets home. I love being creative and it always brings me deep contentment, and a new level of inspiration. 

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Kate: Tune in, and do the work. And when I say work, I mean spiritual connection to yourself and to the divine (whatever that might be for you).

By establishing a loving relationship with yourself, you are able to connect to what it is you really want to do each day. That desire your heart is sharing with you.

And then, take action! As much as I believe in manifestation, we need to also bring a little yang flow into our dreams. What can you do each day towards moving you closer to your truth? Maybe it's reaching out to someone, maybe it's getting clear on your visions. But the key is to take forward motion, it doesn't matter how big or small, just keep stepping one foot in front of the other. 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Kate: It changes with the seasons. I live in quite a warm climate in Australia, and in Summer (which it is right now) the sun rises at about 4:30am. I wake soon after the sun, and move my body in a loving way. (Walking my dog, pilates, yoga or a swim at the beach)

Next it's onto my morning meditation. Sometimes guided, sometimes to music and sometimes in nature. Whatever I feel I need that day.

Then I tune into how I feel, if I feel like journalling I'll grab a pen and my journal and sit for a while to write. Sometimes I feel like pulling angel cards or oracle cards.

And then I set an intention for my day, which I write down and keep at my desk.

Throughout the day I take regular breaks even for a few minutes to regroup and take some mindful breathes.

I also love to incorporate crystals and essential oils into my day and my spiritual practice.

Of an evening before bed I usually do a guided mediation and a bit of journalling or spiritual reading before drifting off into a blissful sleep. 

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Kate: I've never really been one to consciously hide from things, I love to have everything in order - especially in my mind.

Something that has stopped me from living my truth in the past has been fear. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't still face it from time to time. But know I can recognise it for what it is, and not the 'truth' that I thought it was before.

Fear of not being good enough, of being rejected, of not making enough money, of not being worthy, of not be smart enough. Honestly the list could be endless!

But what I've realised is that I know I'm here on earth to do something great, it's bigger than me, and it's absolutely not my job to judge or scrutinise that. Whoever or whatever the higher power is, knows that there is a plan in place for me, and it's not my job to understand the plan, rather to listen to the guidance within and take steps in the direction I'm being led.

Whenever I feel myself waiver. I remind myself that this isn't about me, and I get on with what I was doing! 

PYS: Who inspires you?

Kate: Julie Parker from Beautiful You is a total goddess in action!

I'm also really inspired by Melissa Ambrossini and all the work that she is doing in guiding women to live from love.

And finally the girls from The Little Sage are divine, and I soak up everything they do!

Goddess Rising: Caitlin Nowland from Wabi-Sabi Well

The Goddess Rising series is our opportunity to connect with amazing women from around the world who are part of the wellness, health and personal development community. This week, we are so happy to have Caitlin from Wabi-Sabi Well!

Caitlin Nowland is co-creator of Wabi-Sabi Well and lives in Byron Bay, Australia with her husband Loren and their two little wildlings, Oliver and Isla. Wabi-Sabi Well is, in essence, holistic feel good fitness. It's cross-training like you’ve never seen before- a one-stop-shop to cover all of your mind + body bases. The Wabi-Sabi Well method is a comprehensive, holistic formula fusing metabolism-boosting movement, mindfulness, bioenergetic techniques and deep relaxation. The method integrates not just the physical, but also the emotional and spiritual elements to help you reconnect and return to a healthy state of balance, harmony and well being. It’s the antidote to perfection-seeking, bikini bootcamps and will leave you feeling liberated, motivated, and wildly free. www.wabisabiwell.com 

Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Caitlin: Wabi-Sabi well was essentially born out of necessity- and it has continued to grow and evolve that way too- Brieann [Caitlin's co-creator at Wabi-Sabi Well] and I are sort of like spiritual gangster guinea pigs! The work we create is directly born out of our own learnings, experimentations and explorations into what really works for us. So our process of creating and sharing Wabi-Sabi Well is inextricably linked to our spiritual growth and learning. It's a constant evolution.

A bit of a backstory: Brieann originally began offering personal training sessions with her holistic approach- a mashup of "what works"- a mix of metabolism boosting movement (cardio, core, strength, toning and conditioning), mindful movement (yoga, stretching, flexibility, myofacial release and postural realignment) and deep relaxation techniques (think guided meditation, sound healing and powerful bioenergetic techniques.)

When I first met Brieann and experienced her method of training it literally knocked my socks off. I’ve tried pretty much every fitness fad there is. Not out of desperation or necessity, but because I just like trying new things. I’m one of those people who is always looking for A Better Way. And I found it.

When I met Brieann and got a taste of her method, it hit home in a way that no other workout ever had. And I knew it would hit home for SO many people. I just wanted to help Brieann share it with the world. Spread the Wabi-Sabi gospel and create a fitness and wellness revolution. I initially planned to be backstage, hopefully making a little magic behind the scenes, but Brieann had other plans. She grabbed the cane and pulled me onto the stage beside her. And I’m glad she did. It has forced me to be brave. It forced me to fully commit to my dreams. It brought to the surface just how passionate I am about sharing this work.

As we've continued to refine the Wabi-Sabi Well method and to grow and expand our offerings (including recipes, meditations and spiritual practices) it's all rooted in our personal experimentation and research. So this work is very personal to both of us- a curated tool kit that evolves along with us! 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Caitlin: Like so many girls, later in my teenage years I struggled with an eating disorder and depression. Binging, purging, calculus level calorie counting, obsessively exercising, yep, yep, yep. Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. Midway through my freshman year in college, my GPA was picture-perfect, my diet was calculated down to the square root of sweet f all and my body (and personality) had all but faded away. My family intervened and I withdrew from classes to seek help. Psychologists and psychiatrists and prescriptions helped bridge the gap, but one day I woke up and couldn’t tell how I felt. Through the fog of anti-depressants and mood regulators, I just couldn’t feel… anything.

I realised that in my case (and I GET that this isn’t the case for everyone) that I had to decide to be happy. I had to wake up and fight for it every day by making decisions and choices that contributed to happiness. I didn’t know how to do this, I didn’t have the tools. At all. But I decided I’d just figure it out. Unwinding negative patterns and obsessive behaviour? It ain’t easy, sister. I’m sure many of you know that all too well.

Simultaneously, in the space of 4 years I contracted mononucleosis, Epstein Barr virus, Dengue Fever and finally, Lyme Disease. These diseases literally brought me to my knees and changed my life forever. For the better. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true.

So here I was, battered, bruised, broken and depleted on pretty much every level possible. I had some serious healing to do. As I slowly rebuilt my immune system over the next 10 years I happily committed to whatever it took – antibiotics, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, vitamin injections, IVs, hot baths, ginger tea and wet socks, GI tests, Vitamin C flushes, elimination diets, you name it, I did it. Fully. Committed.

But what I struggled with was slowing down (and here’s where the whole “being happy” thing comes back around). I derived my sense of happiness and self worth through what I could control and what I could achieve. Throwing myself into work, smashing sales targets, never turning off, having my iPhone permanently attached to my hand, multitasking like my life depended on it, hair always perfectly coiffed, cultivating Barbi feet by wearing high heels (always), networking, hosting fundraisers, overdoing the whole social butterfly thing… (sound familiar?) It’s an attitude and a canon of behaviour that our society champions. Dream, believe… but mostly, bust your butt and achieve. Because you’re simply not enough just as you are. So despite all my healthy eating, supplements, treatments, et al., the Lyme Disease resurfaced. Something was missing from my heal-thyself strategy.

Ironically, the last piece of the puzzle wasn’t to do with my physical body in a direct sense. The last piece of the puzzle was a major mental shift. Getting out of the Type-A, achievement addicted, adrenal state. Transitioning from always DOING – always feeding my need to achieve (and temporarily soothing my sense of “I am not enough”) – to just BEING. Simply slowing down sealed the deal for my body and mind to realign and get back on track. Which has in turn, allowed me to manifest a truly fulfilling life.

Now, I say simply, but it was anything but. It’s an ongoing commitment, an ongoing learning curve. Like all chronic over-achievers, I still have to be super conscious of staying in the slow lane on a day to day basis. (Daily conversation with self: Put ya blinker on, girl, and get out of the passing lane. Go on now.)

So here's the thing- I’m not special in any of this. My story is a carbon copy of a thousand other stories. I’d venture to say that more people feel overwhelmed, depleted and addicted to achievement than not. And most would be able to recognise that something isn’t right. But it’s hard to know where to start. How to do it differently. How to break through these super staunch beliefs about The Way Things Are Done… and about ourselves.

So that’s what inspires me. I want it to be easy. I want Wabi-Sabi Well to be a resource for people to tap into. A one-stop-shop for What Works. For breaking free of what’s holding you down or holding you back or keeping you stuck in a space of “I am not enough.” All your need-to-knows for living life fully. Minus the trial and error.

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Caitlin: I'm an achievement addict! To do lists, ticking boxes, productivity are my kryptonite. I am co-owner of three different businesses and have two young kids so with a full plate and lots of balls to juggle, I can get stuck in a cycle of prioritising productivity at the expense of lightness, fun, adventure, pleasure and freedom. Two things help. ONE- setting clear boundaries. At the end of the day I write down the 3-4 most important things that must get done the next day, and then a second list of bonus tasks. When I sit down to work the next day I'm already clear on what needs to be done. That gives me clarity, a sense of direction and purpose and also a little momentum. I'm not sitting at my desk fretting, I'm already in flow getting things done. Using a pomodoro timer to give myself an exact time in which to get tasks done is also really helpful (and satisfying). Not constantly checking email and social media is also essential. The aim is to check in twice a day- of course that doesn't always happen, but it's an intention. TWO- When faced with a choice (like clearing my inbox versus going to the beach with my family) I take Gretchen Rubin's advice and "choose the bigger life". Such a powerful phrase and when posed as a question, (as in, "which option feels like I'd be living a bigger life") it makes things crystal clear. 

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Caitlin: Meditate. Introduce as much ritual and reverence into your life as you can. Smudge everythang. Journal. Dance. Chant. Drink Reishi mushroom hot cacao. Anoint yourself with rose oil. Desire Map (Danielle LaPorte's system). Be intentional. Read, write, think. Share. Smile. Make friends that uplift and enliven you. Trust yourself. Trust your body. Trust your journey. Give yourself over to presence. But most of all, let desire and delight lead the way. 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Caitlin: I meditate every morning- I rotate between vipassana meditation (sidenote: I love Tara Brach's guided vipassana stye meditations!) and Kundalini meditations which I really jam on- lots of mantra and mudras. I let my intuition guide me in terms of what type of meditation to do. I feel like vipassana meditation is beautiful maintenance meditation and I tend to gravitate to Kundalini meditations when I feel I need to shift energy, shake things up or reset my vibe.

I'm a big fan of Danielle LaPorte's work and use her Desire Map system for setting intentions for my year and each day I check in with my intentions by writing down my Core Desired Feelings. My spiritual practice really bleeds into the practical aspects of my life- I let my CDFs guide and shape my to do list for the day. It's a really profound way to stay in touch with your inner guidance and stay on course with what you really desire to manifest in your life.

And of course, GRATITUDE. I write down what I'm grateful for every day. I love Shawn Achor's approach to gratitude- he suggests to write down three things you're grateful for from the last 24 hours. I think this is so powerful for a few reasons. First, it can be really easy to slip into a gratitude rut- repeating the same "big" things every day (my health, my family, etc., etc.,) and using Achor's approach keeps your gratitude fresh, relevant, and calls your attention to the little bijous in your day- the tiny gems that you might otherwise not notice. You start celebrating the small things that you deeply grateful for. You keep your eyes peeled, so to speak, for all the the many blessings in your life. And this attitude of gratitude expands and sets you up to receive even more to be grateful for. As Dr. Habib Sadhegi says, "Feeling is the language of the universe," so feeling grateful and recognising all that you have to be grateful for invites more of the good stuff into your life. 

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Caitlin: I'd say that in general I haven't hidden from things that some people would be ashamed of...and if I did hide, it was very temporary. I've tended to use the challenges and shadows in my life as the impetus for change. From depression and eating disorders to lyme disease and type-A adrenaline and achievement addiction...all of it became a learning, a catalyst, a call to return to my soul self. I faced each struggle head on and grew through it. My feeling has always been that you can't get around the shadows, you have to walk THROUGH them to really experience cathartic change. Life is contraction and expansion. If we don't fully experience the contraction and find the courage to move through it, we can't burst forth into bloom.

PYS: Who inspires you?

Caitlin: Oh wow, so many women inspire me! I am a huge, huge fan of the work that these ladies bring into the world: Tara Brach, Danielle LaPorte, Fiji McAlpine, Meagan Currie, Elizabeth Gilbert, Marianne Williamson, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Natalie from Style+Spirit, my kundalini yoga teacher, HarJiwan/Jacinta Csutoros, Reine DuBois, my amazing integrative naturopath, my amazing kinesiologist Tara Shields, the ladies from Shemana Elixers, Madgi from Bahgsu Jewels...and the list goes on!