10 Reasons To Go Upside Down Every Day


Going upside down may freak you out. But inversions are healthy! An Inversion is any pose where the head is below the heart. While you may immediately think of handstand, headstand, forearm balance etc , there are many other gentler variations and poses you can take. Downward Dog, Forward Fold, Legs up the wall and many more – these are inversions! Being upside down carries many health benefits. But first, do not do inversions if you have any injuries, high blood pressure etc. Please consult your Doctor first.

Here are 10 reasons why you should get upside down every day:

1. Increase Energy – ever feeling a little slump? Get Upside Down. Blood flows to the brain making you more alert!

2. Build Confidence – Try something new! Challenge yourself! Nothing is more rewarding then accomplishing something you thought you never could.

3. Body Awareness – Going upside down builds body awareness. You are aware of the mechanics and what every muscle feels like. We allow our sight to guide us as we develop a deeper awareness.

4. Strength – Finding Stability in oneself. Your arms become stronger, your more aware of your core, every muscle is working. Inversions allow you to find a different idea of strength, of balance and endurance – which are all essential in not only your practice, but your life.

5. Breath Control – Stress makes our breathing go very fast. When we are upside down, we need to control the breath. Every inhale and exhale is important – and inversions help you to come back to the breath!

6. Inversions are fun! – yes they are. Get over your fear. Bring out your inner child and play. Be light hearted and enjoy wherever your practice takes you.

7. Prevent Illness and Strengthen Immune System – going upside down releases toxins and build up of bacteria. You are moving everything in a different direction which helps for better circulation.

8. Reducing Anxiety – Hello, endorphins! Inversions may help stimulate the CSF Fluid that is the lifeblood of the central nervous system. Inversions can have a calming affect on the brain!

9. Relaxation – While some inversion poses help to energize, others work to calm the nervous system. Try shoulder stand or legs up the wall for a restorative feeling of balance.

10. Change Your Perspective – this is so empowering. Mix things up, once you see the world from a different angle, you are more open to see other situations, people and problems the very same way. There is always a new way of looking at things!

Now go get upside down!

Let Go of the Ego and Take Childs Pose


It’s ok to take breaks. It’s okay to stop and pause. It’s okay to take a child’s pose in your yoga practice.

Too often we get caught up in our ego. We need to push ourselves, keep going, succeeding. And while this is all good, sometimes we forget to stop and breathe. It’s funny how that works. Our idea of happiness is too always take the “most advanced version of the pose” or if we take a child’s pose that is considered giving up. Why does that have to be the case?

Why can’t we just take a break? A breather? A moment to pause and reflect. We all know life isn’t a competition, so why do we have to make our yoga practice one?

To tell you the truth, i was one of those students. I didn’t like taking a child’s pose because to me that meant i was weak. When i look back at it now i just laugh at myself and say you were crazy.

We need to stop trying to be the best at everything. Sure, maybe there are those days where we don’t need a childs pose. But i promise you if you just take one for a moment, this does not mean you are giving up. You are inviting more freedom to your practice. Rest is good. Reconnecting is even better. So take the damn child’s pose.

Remember these 3 things the next time you step onto your mat:

1. Taking Child’s Pose does not mean you are giving up.
2. Childs Pose is the perfect opportunity to reconnect, relax and come back to your breath.
3. Child’s Pose feels good. So who are we kidding?

No Bake – Nut Free – SunButter Balls

These are the easiest no-bake sun butter & oat balls you will ever make! They are a really good snack and nice to have for a pre workout! I am allergic to nuts, so for me to find a a nut-free Snack is sometimes challenging. Until I found SunButter!


Makes 6-8 Balls.

1/2 cup oats uncooked
2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
3 tbsp sun butter (or peanut butter)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Dash of sea salt (or salt)
Dash of cinnamon
As many dark chocolate chips as you like!
I like to add some raisins as well!


1. Add the oats, honey, sun butter, vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon into your bowl.
2. Stir it up!
3. Add in chocolate chips last. Then Raisins if you like.
Measure out and roll into a ball.
Place onto parchment paper and put in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

You can eat them right away – they are amazing. Or allow them to sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow the ingredients to stay together.



Power up your Practice with this 3 Part Core Series


Burn more calories, add power to your yoga practice, boost metabolism, and have fun doing it! This 3-part series is the perfect pick-me-up between each yoga sequence.

1. Start off in Downward Dog. Pick your right leg up into the air. Square off your hip. Reach through your toes.

2. Right knee draws down the midline. Knee-to-Nose. Shoulders over the wrists. Round your back. Engage your core. Can you kiss your knee? Inhale back to One Legged Dog.

3. Exhale take your right knee to your right tricep. Can you get your knee above your elbow? Lift your hips. Gaze Forward. Inhale back to One Legged Dog.

4. Exhale take your right knee to your left tricep and twist. Can you get your knee about your elbow? Sit bones up. Inhale back to One Legged Dog.

Repeat on Opposite Side!


3 Simple Ways To Get More Out Of Your Yoga Practice


1. Breathe

Throughout my class I always say, “Come back to the breath”. It sounds so simple but I think we often forget to do it. Our breath is what guides us through our practice, throughout each pose and essentially what keeps us going when we step off our mat. Whenever you find yourself stuck or lost in your practice – come back to the breath – simply by inhaling and exhaling you bring a lot more peace and stillness to your practice.

2. Stop

Sometimes we get frustrated in our Yoga practice. Whether it be how we can’t get into an advanced pose, how we wish we didn’t have to take a child’s pose, were too tired; whatever it may be and we beat ourselves up for it. This means our body is telling us to slow down. Some days during my practice I don’t necessarily need to “take a break” but just to stop. Stop and pause. Reconnect. Breathe. Sometimes pausing will allow you to get deeper into not only the physical practice but the mental and spiritual one as well.

3. Love Your Practice, Love Yourself

When I started yoga, I loved the practice, but I didn’t love my personal practice. I always thought I was doing something wrong, I’m not good enough, I kept having to take a break… etc. Now I look back and laugh. I wish I knew what I know now. I always say “wherever you are in your practice today, is exactly where you are supposed to be” Yeah… this may mean a train wreck, this may mean a perfect flow. It doesn’t matter. Love where your body takes you. Love what you can and can’t do. Strength doesn’t come from the things you can do. Strength comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t. And maybe you haven’t mastered your favourite advanced pose yet. But just Practice, Improve, Grow, Learn and Love where you are.

Yoga isn’t supposed to be so serious. Yoga is supposed to be a journey. Smile throughout it. When we fall over in the balancing poses or when we can’t hold plank for too long because it burns. Instead of getting frustrated, smile. Laugh at yourself. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” -Michael Jordan

Let yoga inspire you to be your own inspiration.

Chaturanga Tips & Short Tutorial

Not to scare you, but Chaturanga is HARD. It presents different challenges to different body types. It is the pose we can do over and over again incorrectly. So Please take these adjustments to your chaturanga to avoid injury.

Start from High Plank High Pushup.
Shoulders are stacked over the wrists.
Lower ribs are tucked and fore is engaged.
Thighs pushing up, Heals pushing back.
Begin to Lower to Your Chaturanga.

Chaturanga strengthens the wrists, arms, abdominal muscles, and lower back. It prepares the body for more advanced arm balances. Stay focused on your alignment and the action. Practice Practice Practice. Enjoy, Feel Good, and Let the Breath Guide You!


Detox Yoga Sequence

Detox Yoga Sequence

These poses are put together to stimulate the passage of toxins! Twist, Fold and sweat – yoga detox will clean out toxins, lower stress, and unclog anything that has built up. Remember you’re not only cleansing the body, but the mind as well. Here are a few poses if you are short on time or feel like you need to give your body a quick detox rinse. Enjoy, Feel Good, and Let the Breath Guide You!



It’s quite an amazing feeling when you become proud of yourself. Proud of where you are now, and excited to see where you’ll be in 5 years. Today I finally nailed my downward dog pike to handstand. Arm Balances are easier. Transitions are more fun. I feel great. I feel happy. I feel gratitude.

maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.

Why I Created an Inspiring Movement

I recently launched a project called one red lipstick. I created ORL simply from the root of being inspired. My Mom, Fay Chapple was a big piece to launching this project. When I was 17 my dad had a brain stem stroke – that has now left him fully disabled. I had to watch my mom start a new life, a new career, a new business and a new daily routine. Through all the life change, fear, sadness and anger towards the world, she never showed weakness; she never gave up.


Through my personal journey, i have met so many incredibly talented women. And guess what? They all had challenges too. Maybe not exactly the same as mine – but they have all faced struggle. It was very comforting when I learnt their stories, where they came from, and how they moved forward to achieve success in their lives and businesses. I thought to myself, I am so lucky to have all these amazing role models to look up to – but a lot of women don’t.

We all need role models, women who have gone before us and yes, faced their share of struggles, but followed their dreams and created success. We all have 1 person we look up to, whoever that may be. But there is no community. You need people. Everyone needs people. The world is a scary and confusing place at times. No one can make it through life entirely on their own. Sometimes we all need a little help. And it’s not until women come together when you notice a change.

You may ask ‘how did you have the confidence to start this project at the age of 22?’. Well the answer is exactly that. I met a group of women that believed in me. Of course there was so much fear and nerves that no one would be willing to support me – but those few women did; and that is exactly why I created this project, so every women out there that is going through a tough time can understand that they’re not alone.

I wanted to create an inspiring movement. A community, a family, a group of women who could talk to one another and be inspired by each other. I want One Red Lipstick to be a global movement. A place where women can connect with each other even when they are half way across the world. Because at the end of the day, sometimes life just sucks. It really just sucks. But once we become inspired by one another and work together – thats when big things can happen.