By Guest Blogger Alanna Blundo. Meditation Teacher & Founder of The Meditation Marketplace.

Most people would recommend that you meditate if you are stressed but I disagree. Meditation requires a certain level of concentration and it is far easier to meditate if you are already semi-relaxed.

Taking time to relax and unwind is important and will help you to be much better at meditating. Relaxation is about stripping back the layers of stress that we have accumulated throughout the day.

Remember there is no point in rushing to relax. By taking some time to unwind and prepare you will find that you are able to get into meditation much faster and at a much deeper level. The deeper your experience of meditation the more likely it is that it will stay with you and become a natural part of your life.

Here are a few things that you can do before you meditate in order to relax, and unwind if you have had a stressful day:

  • Have a cup of tea in silence. Talking uses up so much energy and if we are stressed our energy levels will be decreasing. Taking the time to sit in silence is a great way to restore and preserve energy.
  • Take a bath or long hot shower to unwind.
  • Write in your journal so that you get all of the things out your head that you need too.
  • Do a few light yoga poses. Anything where you invert the body is good because you will be switching on the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the bodies natural relaxation response. Some poses that I would recommend are child’s pose, forward fold and lying down and putting your legs up the wall. Stay in each of these poses for 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Read your book or something positive and inspiring if reading is something that you love doing.
  • Listen to some relaxing music like piano.
  • My other suggestion is to write a list of all of the things you need to do tomorrow so that you no longer need to think about them. Really take the time to prepare for the next day.
  • Clean up your space and light a scented candle if you have one or burn some incense. The incense I use is called Nag Champa and I always use the same incense for meditation or when relaxing because this reminds my body of the feeling of relaxation every time I comes across this particular scent.
  • If you have your own routines or own favourite way of relaxing and unwinding, then feel free to do that instead!

Once you have done these things, then sit down to do your meditation. You will find this really helps.

My advice is to relax in a way that you truly enjoy. Be serious about relaxation and meditation but don’t make it like a chore. Make it part of your daily life. You don’t need to do all of these things. However doing one or two of them daily (even if you are not feeling stressed at all) will definitely help and might just even prevent unnecessary high levels of stress all together!




Lyndall’s Spring Cleanse



I chose to do the juicing cleanse when I didn’t have any travel on as I was advised it’s best done that way and in retrospect that was great advice as it is a time of conservation so energy levels can be a bit lower.

Day 1 was by far the hardest day for me and I found myself doubting if I would be able to complete the 5 days. It was a fascinating process challenging my thoughts and challenging old beliefs. I relied on my strength of perseverance (my number one strength – from VIA strengths test) to get me through. Once I was over the first day I felt incredibly proud of myself for getting through and resetting my mindset to the “I can do this” rather than the defeated “I can’t do this”.

Day 2 I had a massive presentation to give and I thought I wouldn’t remember what I was saying or I would lose my train of thought as I had the belief that I need food for clarity of thought on stage, but that certainly wasn’t the case! I had my juice just before I presented and it was a breeze! Another old belief for the rubbish bin.

Day 3, 4 & 5 were all smooth and much to my delight, relatively easy. By day 5 I didn’t give food much thought and felt like I could have easily kept going.

In my body I felt light in a way that truly felt like my digestive system had had an enormous rest. I had reset my appetite to be what my body actually needs, not what I automatically do – which is eat. My body doesn’t need the volume of food I have been eating and I can see how eating becomes an automatic habit whether I am hungry or not.

I have enjoyed getting back into food however my approach has been a much more mindful experience and this full body reset has allowed me to take new insights, habits and behaviors forward that really support my digestive system, my energy and my cellular health.

So many people have asked me “how did you do it?” “Weren’t you hungry?”. Some people have said “I could never do that”. If you have a twinkle of wonder in your eye, or a moment of curiosity I encourage you to back yourself and set up a 3 or 5 day time frame where you can create the space to experience this detox process. Only we know if our bodies and minds can benefit from this. I don’t think there is anyone that wouldn’t benefit from giving our digestive system a rest.

We are in an era where 1 in 5 Australians have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Our guts are inflamed and no amount of stomach crunches, fitness or meal size reduction is really going to help. The juice cleanse gives our tummies time to rest and repair. It really is like a major spring clean, one that I will do annually.

The team at Pressed Juices made the entire experience so effortless. I loved the way the juices were numbered so I would collect the juices from my local store every morning, tweak anything that needed tweaking in my juice selection and then had the day to get through my 8 juices & smoothies. I drank a bottle of water in between every juice to maximise the detox.

I look forward to my 2018 spring juicing cleanse. It is already in my calendar!

Love Lyndall x

3 Tips to Stay Consistent and Keep a Daily Meditation Practice.

By Guest Blogger Alanna Blundo.

Meditation Teacher & Founder of The Meditation Marketplace


One of the things that a lot of us struggle with in meditation is consistency. We all know that we need to be consistent in order for something to work. It’s like going to the gym, working out or eating healthy. If you don’t do these things then you know that there will be consequences as a result.

So here are my 3 tips for keeping a consistent meditation practice:

Keep it simple and make it short if you have to

 A lot of the time we over complicate things. Meditation doesn’t always have to be 20 minutes. It can be 2 minutes before you get in the shower if you really don’t have time. Small steps every day are what make a big difference in the end. So make sure you show up even if it is for only 2-5 minutes.  Any effort that you make (no matter how small) to be in the present is not wasted.

Practice in a way that you most enjoy

 If you find yourself saying that you can’t be bothered, or don’t have time then my advice is to ask yourself, “How can I really enjoy meditation?” Maybe it might mean that instead of doing a formal seated practice that you treat yourself to a bath and put a guided meditation on during this time. Other suggestions I have are to practice outside in nature, do some yoga and then meditate, or go to a class & practice with others.

Understand the process of meditation

Meditation is both a process and a state. Through the process of meditation we release built up stress or emotions. This is why we might sometimes feel uncomfortable for no reason at all. Instead of thinking that meditation isn’t working understand that this is simply part of the process. It is getting you to where you want to be. Feeling uncomfortable in meditation is normal.

People associate meditation with feeling good, and therefore assume that if they feel bad in meditation, that this is not meditation, or meditation is not working and this is not the case at all. Meditation is a cleaning up process.

Meditation is also the process of training the mind to stay in one place (such as the breath). If this is something we have never done before we need to have patience with this process of training the mind. If you have never run before you wouldn’t run 10kms straight away. If you have never meditated before, don’t expect your mind to be able to focus solely on your breath for the entire 5 or 10 minutes. It is natural for it to wander from here to there.

Once this process of “cleaning up” is complete and the mind has become relatively still, we are then able to experience a sense of peace and calm unlike any other. The more time we spend in this space, the easier it is for us to live our lives fully in alignment with it.

Have the faith that you can experience a strong sense of peace and stillness even if you never have before. Believe that it is there even when you are not fully connected to it.

 Understanding and believing this is key to being consistent with meditation. You need to learn to value the state of meditation and then also have a genuine to desire to reach this state.

This will help you to stay motivated and consistent to practice every day!




Glowing Skin From The Inside Out.


I believe health and wellness is an ongoing personal journey. A lifetime of learning, changing habits, exploring what feels good and what doesn’t. We are all different and what may suit one person may not suit another and that’s why when you are on this path of self discovery, it’s important to listen to you!

With the ever growing array of diets, products, cures and quick fixes out there, I’ve learned to keep it simple, light-hearted and to always check in with how I am feeling. Sometimes this is easier said than done, however, this morning I feel rejuvenated, calm and clear. I have just come out of a Kitya Karnu Bliss treatment at Aurora Spa and it is definitely called a bliss treatment for a reason. I’m in heaven! As I sip my calming tea and reflect on this wonderful experience I think to myself “I need to do this more often”. I am relaxed, yet energised and my skin… well, it’s glowing!

We all want to look and feel our best and our skin reflects our health. There are so many factors that affect the appearance of our skin such as diet, pollution, toxins, medications, sleep quality and stress. When there are so many areas of our life that can negatively affect our skin, there is no doubt that to achieve the skin glow we all desire, it has to come from a holistic approach. There is no one solution for all and no quick fix. It’s all about balance and finding what works for you.

As a nutritionist with a passion for skin health there are some areas that I always focus on to achieve that gorgeous skin glow.


Beauty starts from the inside and what you put in your body plays a major role in how you look and feel. I am always amazed to learn about how the body works and how resilient we are. However, in our daily lives we are constantly exposed to so many toxins that they can build up in our body and begin to affect our health and wellbeing in so many ways.

Eating a fresh, whole food diet with an abundance of leafy greens is essential to reduce this load, as is limiting processed foods, added sugars, caffeine and alcohol. However, I love food and would never want to take the joy out of it by always restricting or completely cutting food groups. So I listen to my body and enjoy most foods in moderation.

I am currently doing my pre-holiday Pressed Juices Skin Cleanse which is such a great way to flood the body full of nutrients to assist the natural detoxification pathways. Juicing is a great way to give the digestive system a break while nourishing and hydrating the body and ultimately achieving healthier skin.

Gut health

We hear a lot about gut health and it’s for good reason. Research is showing that when there is an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut it can lead to different health problems including skin issues. There are many different foods to eat that will help to heal the gut and balance good bacteria. For example, bone broth contains collagen that can help to restore integrity to mucosal wall of the gut and fermented foods such as kefir and sauerkraut will help to balance your gut with good bacteria.

At Pressed Juices we have a Probiotic Gut Elixir made with coconut water kefir and blue spirulina. It is a source of live enzymes, probiotics, prebiotic and antioxidants, which is a great daily option to help improve overall gut health.

Quality of skincare products

It is not only what we eat that affects the appearance of our skin but also what we put on our skin. There are many harmful chemicals in some skin products so it is important to investigate ingredients and use brands that you trust. I am loving the ASPAR Ultra Rich Body Cream this winter. I struggle with dry skin in the colder months and I find this so nourishing and hydrating. For my face, the Rose Hydrating Facial Hydrosol has been amazing. It is so calming and makes my skin so supple, which is exactly what I’ll need for those long flights!


We all lead busy lives and sometimes we need to be reminded to slow down and take a breath. To be present and to not constantly think of yesterday or tomorrow can be really challenging. There are however ways that help us to focus inwards, you just need to find your thing! Today has been a huge reminder for me on how important it is to pamper myself and take the time for a treatment. It’s not only a great way to see instant results for your skin, but the long-term effects of reducing stress in life and taking time for yourself really becomes evident on your skin. There are so many other things that can take our minds off the stresses of day to day life, for example, exercise. It could be yoga, walking, running or team sports. Find what makes you feel good. And if you only have 10 minutes to spare in your day, use it. Meditate! Again, find what works for you. You can focus on breath, sounds, vibration or your own personal mantra.


We all know that a good sleep is key to a healthy body – it’s not called beauty sleep for nothing! Sleep is the time the body repairs and regenerates, with blood flow to the skin increased along with the production of collagen. Again, I am always fascinated by how our bodies work wonders on their own. However, if you struggle with sleeping like a lot of us do, some of the things I have mentioned above can help. Working on a cleaner diet and reducing stress can be a great start. Sleep is so important for general health and wellbeing that this is one of my main focuses.

So when it comes to your personal health journey, know that we are constantly learning and figuring out what works best for us.

There is no one quick fix, no one cream or one food.  It’s about a balanced lifestyle and having fun with a range of food, good quality ingredients and as minimal stress as you can afford.


Author: Danae Manolas. Nutritionist, Pressed Juices

Routine: Sunday Night Pamper

As you all know I am really diligent when it comes to my beauty routine but once a week I like to focus my routine on body products, this includes giving my skin a good exfoliation and keeping it hydrated. I tend to do this routine once or twice a week all throughout the year but especially in the winter time as the colder weather, central heating and warmer showers take a toll on my skin.

Here are the products I use during my pamper routine.

Shower Gel:

My pamper routines always start with a good shower gel, cleansing the skin sets you up for any other products that follow.

Product Recommendation: ASPAR Grapefruit & Seaweed Revitalising Body Cleanser.

This body cleanser smells really refreshing, helps to wake me up in the mornings and never leaves my skin feeling stripped or uncomfortable.


After my skin has been cleansed I like to go in with an exfoliating body scrub, exfoliating my skin regularly helps with the texture and tone of my skin and helps any moisturisers I use after absorb better.

Product Recommendation: ASPAR Wattleseed & Walnut Resurfacing Body Scrub.

I like this scrub because it’s gentle enough to use on a daily basis but still has enough grit to it to give the skin a nice exfoliation.

In addition to the scrub, in the shower I like to use an exfoliating mitt. I use the mitt either with the shower gel or exfoliating scrub to give my skin an extra dose of exfoliation.

Product Recommendation: ASPAR Exfoliating Body Mitt.

After my skin has been cleansed and exfoliated I always like to finish with a moisturiser, this helps to seal everything in and adds a dose of hydration to the skin. I especially like using a rich moisturiser in winter to keep my skin hydrated.

Product Recommendation: ASPAR Ultra Rich Body Cream.

As an addition to my routine I like to use a balm to help with any sore muscles, I have a shoulder injury and get quite tense around my neck and shoulders so anything that helps soothe that is a welcome addition.

Product Recommendation: ASPAR Rosemary & Clove Thermal Balm.

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Simon x
Skincare blogger from Melbourne obsessed with beauty and all things skin.
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