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You Are Not Ordinary...

Veronika Polaskova


You are not ordinary…

We all have a different take on this life we have been given and nothing makes you smaller or less of who you are when you compare yourself to others…strive to be inspired to do more of what you care about but let go of following someone else’s path because you think it will make you happy…🌼

I read this poem a few days ago, beautiful piece with much meaning…💛

The Man In The Glass
by Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr.

When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t your father, or mother, or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.

He’s the fellow to please – never mind all the rest
For he’s with you, clear to the end
And you’ve passed your most difficult, dangerous test
If the man in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

Have a gorgeous weekend and if you feel like it, come to practice tomorrow (Saturday) 9-10am to the beautiful yoga room in the Blackheath Fitness Centre 🌞🧘

"Nature Does Not Hurry, Yet Everything Is Accomplished"

Veronika Polaskova


“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished” (by Lao Tzu) 💕 I came across this beautiful quote a few months ago on a friend’s Instagram page I follow (thank you @julesbee_photography 🌿) and as a nature lover and someone who is trying to live with the flow of life, it has been a nice reminder…🌞

For me, it means giving life a bit of slack and know that things will happen when they are meant to…in our human society we tend to create our own artificial rules when things are supposed to start and finish, what is wrong and right…and to some extent they are helpful but at some point I feel we have to let go of some of that structure so that we can find ourselves and breathe in between all the guidelines and instructions for life…

I love returning to nature 🌸💚…she’s kind and generous…the true example and reminder of the harmony of different life forms, of providing without wanting anything in return, the peaceful wise friend that always welcomes you with open arms and tells you, “you are enough” 🌼

A mountain cliff this morning, what a special place to practice yoga at 🌄 welcome a new day with the sun rising, listening to the silence, the breeze and birds chirping…flowing with the breath and loving life for what it is…😊💜

Vinyasa flow yoga this week🧘🌞:

🔸Wednesday 6-7pm Medlow Bath (12 St Albans Rd)
🔸Friday 9-10am Medlow Bath (12 St Albans Rd)
🔸Saturday 9-10am Blackheath (Blackheath Fitness Centre, Cnr Prince George St & Clanwilliam St)

"I Want to Give It a Really Good Go This Year"

Veronika Polaskova


“I want to give it a really good go this year”…TO EVERYTHING…a few words I love, from a chat with a beautiful friend of mine (thank you Dave 🙏)

Last year seemed a bit out of whack for me…for sure, many great things happened and through teaching yoga I met some super crazy amazing people and I am really grateful for the beautiful friendships I have made 💛…but for some reason, last year was a tough one…many times I felt I didn’t have energy left and felt a bit out of breath and disconnected…it felt heavy and hard...

Maybe because of that, it was a year of much insight too and a gift in a way…it’s when we go through some hard times, that’s when we gather motivation, will and strength to change things…and I know that BECAUSE OF that last year I feel very eager and determined to make this year a better one…a more nourishing one…🌿🌼🌞🧘

I want to make a better effort to be there for myself…not in a selfish way at all, on the contrary to grow and cultivate kindness, compassion and peace within me so that I can give more of it to the world around me…to show up every day with a smile on my face and gratefulness in my heart…to remind myself that it is such a blessing to wake up every morning and it is up to me how I decide to spend each day…not to waste it but to project my energy wisely…and as a result of the little things I do, to really take charge of how my future unfolds…the power is really in the present moment, however cliché it may sound…what we do NOW, will shape our future…for better or worse…💜

I hope this year is full of awareness, acceptance and living mindfully…because from mindfulness understanding grows…and from understanding the right choices arise…for ourselves, for people in our lives and for the whole world, for this beautiful planet…I hope that I and you will make a difference this year to create more harmony and peace in our communities and I hope that our love will spread much further…🌸💕

All Classes Resume Tomorrow + More Info on the Medlow Bath Yoga Studio

Veronika Polaskova


Hi beautiful yogis,

My holiday is coming to a close and I genuinely look forward to seeing you all and to moving, playing and laughing together 😊 All the classes resume tomorrow and the schedule stays the same as last year apart from the Wednesday night and Friday morning classes being held in a new yoga studio in Medlow Bath 😍

Wednesday 6-7pm Medlow Bath
Friday 9-10am Medlow Bath
Saturday 9-10am Blackheath (Blackheath Fitness Centre)

The address of the Medlow Bath yoga space is 12 St Albans Road and should be easy to find. Turn right at the lights (in Medlow Bath) if you are coming from Katoomba (or left if coming from Blackheath) and then follow the Railway Parade running parallel with the train line - St Albans Road is the second street to the left and the property is on the left hand side. There is heaps of parking on the street or if you are catching a train, it's an easy 5-minute walk from the station. For the dog lovers 🐕❤️😉, there live three super friendly fur kids on the property roaming free so please shut the timber gate when you go through. From the timber gate, you can walk straight on a narrow path in between little trees which will take you to the yoga studio (little house to the left), or walk around a bit and I am sure you will find your way.

See you tomorrow for a beautiful yoga sesh, or on Friday or Saturday, or anytime when your heart and your body crave some nourishing "me time" 🧘🙏

Big hug,
Vercha 🌸

"What Is the Key to Saving the World?"

Veronika Polaskova


They asked her, “What is the key to saving the world?”

She answered, “You. You are the key. Heal yourself, know yourself, make yourself whole and free. Release all limits so that your love can flow unconditionally for yourself and the world, this will open the heaven of your heart completely and it will guide you without fail.” (by Yung Pueblo; You Are the Answer)🙏

Beautiful words that I want to carry in my heart this year, day by day 💛…what is your mantra for this year? 🦋

Classes are back from this coming week 😊 and I can’t wait to see you after my long relaxing and nourishing holiday in the mountains and by the sea 🌄🌊😍

🔸 Wednesday 6-7pm Medlow Bath (12 St Albans Rd) (starts 16thJanuary)
🔸 Friday 9-10am Medlow Bath (12 St Albans Rd) (starts 18thJanuary)
🔸 Saturday 9-10am Blackheath Fitness Centre (starts 19thJanuary)

Stay safe on your path and keep enjoying what life offers 🌞🌈🌱🌸

Huge Thank You and Happy New Year 🌞

Veronika Polaskova


Hi beautiful people,

Last day of this year is here and what a day/year! I’ve spent my last day of 2018 chasing geocaching adventures with my mum in nature 🌿 which involved attempts to climb trees, lifting each other, lots of laughter, crawling through spiky bushes…ouch!, and lots of sweat, some blood and mozzie bites…haha 😂 …we’ve finished the year on a high note and I hope your day has been as amazing or even better than ours 🌞

I also wanted to say “HUGE THANK YOU” for another great year of yoga, your friendship, so much love shared and your support. I feel humbled by having around so many kind and caring people, YOU…🙏 I very much cherish the beautiful friendships I have made over the years (and the hugs 😉) and being able to be a part of your journey, as well as I am so happy and grateful that you are a part of mine…so thank you from all my heart ❤

May the 2019 be a year of lightness and ease, laughter and joy, love and hugs, kindness and giving, great insights and much growth, and beautiful people…and of course more yoga too 😊…but most importantly may it be a year in which you find yourself happy, content and loved. Happy New Year!!! 🎆

Keep being so amazing, love you all so much! 💜
Vercha xxx

Thank You for Your Donations to RSPCA 💖

Veronika Polaskova


Hi beautiful people,

I just wanted to say “thank you” for all your generous donations in our last week of yoga classes for RSPCA💛🙏 I have dropped by RSPCA today and given them the envelope with what we had collected…and stayed a bit for a few kitty and doggie cuddles 🐶💖🐱 Thanks again for your beautiful hearts, every day I am so grateful for living in this gorgeous place among the gum trees and in this beautiful kind community 🌿🌈🙌🌄❤…Keep shining and sharing your love 💕 Xxx, Vercha

Yoga Studio at Medlow Bath

Veronika Polaskova


Hi lovely yogis,

Some of you already know but just in case you didn’t see me in classes or elsewhere last week, I wanted to let you know that I have found a beautiful place for us to practice on Wednesday nights and Friday mornings…YAY 😁It’s a gorgeous yoga studio at Medlow Bath (The Yoga Shed at Medlow) with a fireplace and with peaceful serene surroundings. When I got there last week to check it out, straight away I felt in love…💛 I felt really comfortable and peaceful in the space and I knew it was the right place to help to create beautiful classes and for you leaving the classes content, happy and smiling…🙏😊 so yeah, I know it’s a bit further away but believe me, you will love it and your body and mind will thank you for a practice among the trees 🌿🌳🌞 I can’t wait to start teaching there with my first class after returning from my holiday on Wednesday the 16th of January. In the meantime, while I am away, I hope you are living your life to the fullest and loving and appreciating each day as it comes <3 Xxx, Vercha

Donation Classes for RSPCA

Veronika Polaskova


Hi gorgeous people,

Huge thank you to everyone who dropped by at our yoga get-together on Saturday 😊…so nice to spend time with some super lovely people in nature, walking a slackline, talking and eating 💛

This week is the last week of yoga classes with me this year. Just in case you haven’t seen my latest newsletter, the last class this year will be on Saturday the 8th of December and I will be back to teach on Wednesday the 16th of January 🙏

All the classes this week are donation classes for RSPCA (in Katoomba). This means Wednesday the 5th, Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th of December, you will not pay me any extra money for the classes (nor will I mark your attendance on your 10 class pass) but you will have an option to put your donations in a little box I will create - it can be as little as $1 or as much as you want to. All the money collected from those three days will be donated to RSPCA in Katoomba to help find a home of love for our furry friends 🐶🐺💕

Also if you are free, we will grab a cuppa after class on Friday and Saturday☕ It would be so nice to see you and talk about life, and smile and laugh before we take separate paths for a few weeks 😊 If I won’t see you this week, have the most amazing time during Christmas filled with wonderful moments and happy days, whole-hearted people and sunshine, and may the 2019 be everything you' ve been dreaming of and more 🌞🌈🌄💖

Big hug,

Yoga Get-Together :-)

Veronika Polaskova


Come to join us for a yoga get-together this Saturday the 1st of December. It would be so lovely to have you there, fill our bellies with some nice food, play on a slackline, talk and laugh 😊 Plus you don't want to miss out on the super amazingly delicious vegan strawberry-brownie cheesecake Kamcha will make for us 💖 it proved to be quite a nice "venue" in the previous years, let's keep it at the Gordon Falls Reserve in Leura (Lone Pine Avenue) underneath that gorgeous large oak tree and meet at around 11:30am. I will teach the 9-10am morning class in Blackheath and we will meet in Leura for the get-together a tiny bit after that. Feel free to take anyone along, your partner, family, friends…everyone is welcome and we’ll have a great time :-)

What to bring? Yourself and a big smile on your face…if you want to, you can also bring a little plate of something you would like to share with others...blueberries and strawberries would do...don't make it too hard on yourselves but of course if you love cooking/baking/roasting and you want to bring something more creative than picked fruits or veggies, that would be really wonderful and we'll all enjoy your meal made with love :-)

Also don't worry if you can't make it to the yoga class on Saturday morning (I know some of you are practising on other days or in Scenic World) or if you haven't made it to yoga for some time...I am genuinely looking forward to seeing you all at the get-together... 😊💛

There's So Much To Be Experienced Even When It's Raining Outside :-)

Veronika Polaskova


Hiya my beautiful yoga crew!

Yay, it’s Wednesday! And what it means is that there is a beautiful Vinyasa flow yoga class happening tonight at 6pm at Blue Spirit…guided by me 😊🌈💛 I hear yah! It is cold and it’s raining and it feels so nice to stay at home, snuggle under a blanket and watch TV…but believe me, your body will thank you and feel amazingly if you come to stretch and fill yourself with a beautiful energy 🌞…plus it’s only nine weeks before I am off for my holiday and also nine weeks before the Blue Spirit closes for good (yep, unfortunately the classes will not continue there from the 10th of December, I will let you know of a new venue very soon). So here is a deal 😎…don’t stay at home, come to Blue Spirit…I will guide you through a beautiful practice with a fire on and you’ll leave with a smile on your face having a good sweat…and hence a good sleep 😊…don’t allow the weather to control your life, there’s so much to be experienced even when it’s raining outside 🌧…SEE YAH TONIGHT 💜

"Inside the Chaos, Build a Temple of Love"

Veronika Polaskova


“Inside the chaos, build a temple of love.” (by Rune Lazuli) 💛

These beautiful words have been my dear companion along my road lately 🙏 do my best to connect to that place within which is full of love, calmness and peace no matter what’s going on in my life…to keep giving to the world around me because how much love we give, whatever we project out will always come back in one way or another…and not to forget to give to myself too…because if we can build a temple of love within, we can give from an authentic place with so much generosity and ease…❤

So if you haven’t seen me here lately, it’s because I have been spending time giving to myself…more time outside among the flowers 🌸, blossoming trees 🌳, breathing the fresh mountain air 🌄, walking in the rain 🌧, running in the bush 🌿, gazing at the sky 🌈…and smiling at the world 😊…if you are a nature lover, you know what I mean…it’s hard to sit in front of the computer when there’s so much life happening outdoors…aww, I’m loving the mountains…how much the nature provides without wanting anything in return…some great lessons to be learnt there…🌱

I promise you’ll hear from me again soon…some new happenings at Tree Love Yoga, stay tuned for another post coming your way…until then, keep giving and loving, the world will thank you in a generous way ☯🕉☮

Animal souls can often serve as guides to help us...

Veronika Polaskova


On the way to teach a class to my Scenic World yoga crew this morning (loving those guys 💛) I noticed this beautiful being standing at the side of the road 🦊 I didn’t see a fox for more than 20 years…and even though it’s a pest here in Australia, I felt amazed by that creature…in the end, it’s us humans who have disrupted the harmony in nature (so really who is a pest here 😔)…but I also hope that we are more in tune with our surroundings now and becoming more aware of our impact on nature, and becoming more compassionate and grateful for the gift of life we have all been given…equally…🙏 I don’t even pick plants anymore to put them in a vase because I feel they are more happy being outside soaking in the sunshine, morning dew and sharing their life with their insect friends (don’t ask me what will happen when I start growing my own vegetables 🥕…still a long way to becoming a breatharian 😉)

I very much enjoy all the spiritual teachings (who would have guessed that would be the case for someone who spent almost half a life studying and working in science 🙄) and while there’s a lot of things I don’t understand and will be learning about most likely my whole life (yay, what a passionate journey 🙌), I do believe many things happen in our lives with a hidden meaning…sometimes a more obvious one and sometimes a subtle one, for us to be deciphered after being put through the same experience over and over again.

Same as people who cross our path may have something to share with us to help us grow, animal souls can often serve as guides to help us see the less obvious, to guide us through some challenging times, to share their wisdom and to protect us. I do believe the encounter with the friend fox this morning (after many many years of not seeing one) may as well hold a special meaning for me 💜…and I’m looking forward to being a bit more present and open and see what the next few weeks/months will bring and how the qualities of a fox (mental and physical sharpness, seeing clearly through deception, moving quickly through resistance…yay 😎) will appear/deepen in my life.

Respect Your Own Soul

Veronika Polaskova


”To find peace in any moment, all we need to do is respect our own soul.” (by Mimi Novic) 🌸 Beautiful words, very relevant to most of us, at least at times I would say 😊

Respecting ourselves truly and filling our lives with for us meaningful things can be sometimes quite scary…to be ok that some people will not understand and love some (or all parts) of ourselves because we are all different, to be ok that some people will disagree with our choices because we all have a different value system, to still love ourselves and respect ourselves fully despite not being supported by everyone who comes into our lives, does take courage…to live our lives how we want, to go against the crowd at times and be strong enough not to give up on ourselves, is not easy…we all doubt ourselves at times and sometimes we might decide to take an easier path to fit in but the true peace can be only found when we are there for ourselves…not to live in a way so that others can see us as beautiful, kind and caring beings but to live such a life so that we can see ourselves that way…and this will only happen when we decide to be beautiful, kind and caring towards ourselves…to be authentic, to stay true is the biggest respect we can give to ourselves 🙏💜

The Most Generous Gift...

Veronika Polaskova


So this landed in our mailbox today and it put a huge smile on my face :-) Thank you to the beautiful soul (or souls) who have taken their time to vote for me…what a beautiful surprise! 🙏 And it made me so happy that I ran two laps with my furry boys in the garden waving with the paper in my hand…so THANK YOU because that’s how happy you have made me today 😊💜

This has made me realize how such a simple thing like letting someone know that they are cared about and appreciated, and that they are a part of a community can bring so much joy. Letting someone know they are loved is probably the most generous, yet the simplest gift, we can give to each other. The more we give, the more we get back…the more we love, the more we are loved. So get out there and share your inner light, your joy and love with the world around you, it will be worth it 💛

P.S.: If you would like to vote for a business in the mountains you love, and it doesn’t have to be Tree Love Yoga (I am happy to share the love with others 😊, plus I feel all of us deserve a vote for the passion we bring into the community), you can go to and vote there. Happy voting ❤

"The Best Love Is the One that Makes You a Better Person"

Veronika Polaskova


“The best love is the one that makes you a better person, without changing you into someone other than yourself.” (beautiful quote, I wish I knew who said it 🙏)

What a beautiful gift we can give to each other to create a safe space to feel worthy, loved and enough…the magic moments when we are with someone and we feel fully accepted for who we are…it’s a beautiful feeling when we feel safe enough and loved to open up and be ourselves…when we feel treated with gentleness and kindness, gracefulness and equality…maybe I feel loved and accepted in those moments because these are such strong values for me…and I love this gentle and graceful part of myself so I resonate with it so much when I see it in the world around me 😊

The best thing about meeting someone special we resonate with, is that we feel that inner joy and love, we feel nourished and we have SO MUCH to give to the world around us…when we feel loved, we feel loving too…and it doesn’t have to be only romantic love, it’s a more universal love, when we feel cherished and cared about by people who come into our life ❤

I think they say we carry qualities of the five closest people we have in our lives…but I also believe we can learn so much and be inspired from our much shorter encounters, strangers coming into our lives for 5 min or a fleeting smile or the energy that sweeps by…if we only stay open to that love...❤

Don't Overtense, Don't Overstretch, Don't Overbreathe (Part II)

Veronika Polaskova

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This is the second article from this series and this time I would like to share with you a little bit more on why not to overbreathe in our yoga practice. If you haven't seen the first one about why not to overtense our bodies, you can find it here:-)

While we often try to keep the focus on our breath in a yoga class to steady our mind, it is best to keep the breath as natural as possible instead of forcing it to be anything else. There’s already so much happening in our yoga practice to pay attention to (like the body alignment, if we don’t create too much tension, listening to the instructions of the teacher etc.) that adding another element is often too much and may sacrifice other areas of our practice. One of my teachers, Simon Borg-Olivier, is a big advocate of keeping the breath natural throughout our yoga (asana) practice and working on the breath separately in pranayama (breathing exercices). Only when we have a solid asana and pranayama practice separately, then it may be time to join both together.

There is another pretty valid reason though why it is best not to alter the natural breath in our practice, and the reason is that most people when they do so, they overbreathe. This can lead to a fair bit of discomfort, like feeling dizzy, nauseous, but also leading to a headache or feeling emotionally imbalanced. Let me explain how overbreathing in class happens (and it is not only in those hard poses and sequences but generally throughout the whole class). An average adult takes 12-16 normal breaths per minute when relaxed. During that minute we also exchange an average of 6-8 litres of air. If we let’s say take an adult who takes 12 breaths per minute, it will mean that in each breath he/she will take in 0.5 litre of air (6 litres divided by 12 breaths). This also means, that he/she will fill the lungs only by 1/10 of its capacity in each breath in (YES, only 1/10), as the average lung capacity is 5 litres. Have you ever noticed when you are calm, that the breaths in and out are very minimal? You can even try it now. Take a natural breath in, pause and see if you can breathe in more…and usually we can breathe in quite a lot more. Try another thing…take a natural breath in and a natural breath out and pause..and then see if you can breathe out more…and usually we can breathe out still quite a big volume of air using muscles of forceful exhalation (intercostals and abdominal muscles).

What happens in a yoga class, with all the instructions of Ujjayi (yogic) breathing and instructing inhale/exhale before every pose/movement, is that we often have the tendency to take a big breath in and a big forceful breath out. And yes I hear you, we move so we need to breathe more and it is something that naturally happens and it is totally fine that the breath changes with the intensity of the practice…what I am trying to point out here though is that many times in yoga classes students are instructed to take long deep breaths and force the breath even in poses/movements where natural breath would be comfortable.

But let’s get back…If we were taking complete inhalations and exhalations in our practice, we would exchange the total of 5 litres x 12 breaths = 60 litres of air per minute which is 10 times more than normal. So can you see how easy it is to overbreathe in a class? Contrary to what one would believe, the more we breathe (and I mean when we change the breath consciously and take big breaths in and out, instead of when the breath changes naturally with the intensity of the exercise), the less air gets into the brain, lungs and tissues due to how the human body responds to excess breathing.

Overbreathing (hyperventilation) has one good effect on the body which is it makes it temporarily alkaline. This is good for the practice as when the body is alkaline the synovial fluid around joints and in between fascia and muscles gets less viscous (more runny) and allows these structure to move with less friction and the body feels less tense and more flexible (alkalinity of the body can be also achieved by eating more natural foods and a vegetarian diet, compared to eating foods derived from animals and eating processed foods). There’s a catch though…by making the body temporarily alkaline, it has a tendency to always balance itself out and if the body becomes too alkaline all of the sudden, we may feel a huge amount of great energy but we may also feel very hungry. And guess what the body will crave…it will be more acidic foods. Has it ever happened to you that you went to do some intense yoga class or any kind of intense exercice and after the class you were so hungry that you bought and ate something which was maybe not the healthiest option? Now you know that when the body is alkaline it doesn’t usually crave alkaline foods, like a nice veggie salad unless you eat this way all the time.

My teacher says that after a good practice you should feel good, relaxed and energized (but not overexcited), and not exhausted or hungry. The practice itself should be very nourishing for the body, as well as the mind, so you should actually feel less hungry after a good yoga practice.

Maybe you can try to keep your breath more natural in your next few practices and notice any difference after the practice in how you are feeling and your energy levels. Remember everything is a process and it all doesn’t have to happen in one class…as always, awareness is the key and the first step…being aware of how we breathe in our practice and being able to maybe slow down and soften just a little bit is a good way to start :-)

The gift of their trust, inspiration, help and their love...

Veronika Polaskova


“Some people arrive only when we reach a crossroads within ourselves, when decisions have to be made, when change is inevitable, but we lack the courage to embrace it. They touch a part of us so deeply that it changes the entire direction of our life, and that exhilarating feeling of love we feel with them, is enough to guide us and give us the strength to take the right road, even if it’s on our own.” Beautiful words by Mimi Novic 💜

I believe we all have so much strength within us to go after things we dream of but sometimes being around someone who inspires us, gives us so much more courage to trust ourselves and go where our heart is leading us, even when we know the road may not be easy…and for that I am grateful to everyone who has touched my life in some way 🙏💛

I find the beauty of life is in constant sharing…whatever we achieve, wherever we find ourselves in each moment is so many times a result of our interaction with other beings…their gift of their trust, inspiration, help and their love towards us. In the same way, I hope, we can aim to be beautiful beings, living genuinely according to our values and share the same gift of our trust, inspiration, help and love towards other people ❤…being selfless and making a difference where we can is the true achievement in our lives

Look inside for the beauty we all carry within...

Veronika Polaskova


The mountains never disappoint…never the same and always so beautiful…💚 I am so super grateful to live here among the gum trees and share my life with these amazing giants 😊🌳🌄

Watching the sun set today, I wondered how life would be different if we were able to see each other in such awe as when we watch the nature to do its thing…the sun rising, the fern leaves unfolding, the smell of petrichor after rain, the sound of black cockatoos floating on sunrays…I wondered how life would be different if we stopped passing each other and took time to look inside for the beauty we all carry within…to be really there with another person, to laugh with them, to cry with them, to listen to their story with passion, to hug them tightly and to love them dearly…💜