The Meditation Collective

A people of colour led multi-disciplinary group exploring contemplative practices and wellbeing

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The sessions are FREE and everyone is welcome.

The Meditation Collective aims to create a safe space for people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to facilitate enquiry into the intersectionality of spirituality, identity, gender, culture, wisdom, and tradition. The Meditation Collective is appropriate for all abilities and skill levels; from those who are new to meditation, to those experienced in a practise.


Location:

The Channel Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne

100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank VIC 3006

Date:

Saturday 3 November 2018

Saturday 1 February 2019

Saturday 2 March 2019

Time:

1pm to 3pm

Cost:

FREE

 Watch our interview with Coco Nkrumah

Watch our interview with Coco Nkrumah


Facilitators

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Coco Nkrumah

Mindful Educator

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Akimera

Trained in Kemetic yoga

4 easy tips to a healthy range of movement

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Chiropractic focuses on the structure and function of the spine and skeletal system and the impact these joints have on the way your body functions. Your nervous system controls and coordinates every cell, tissue and organ in your body. Your spine protects your nervous system and allows movement and flexibility. When your spine loses normal motion or position it can affect the way your nerves work and interfere with normal daily activities which can lead to poor health. 

There are many things that can be done to support your spine and maintain heathy range of motion. 

 1.      Stay active.Movement is important. Gentle walking even as you are on the escalator helps.

1.      Stay active.Movement is important. Gentle walking even as you are on the escalator helps.

 2.      Limit your screen time to avoid “tech neck”. Allow at least an hour of downtime before bed.

2.      Limit your screen time to avoid “tech neck”. Allow at least an hour of downtime before bed.

 3.     Eat a variety of fruit and veggies, nuts and seeds and healthy fats like avocado and flaxseed oil to provide you with the building blocks for healing and repair.

3.     Eat a variety of fruit and veggies, nuts and seeds and healthy fats like avocado and flaxseed oil to provide you with the building blocks for healing and repair.

 4.      Core strength is the key to a strong body. Clinical Pilates, yoga and fitball exercises are options that can be done in consultation initially then continued from home. The library often has a great selection to see if it is right for you. Please exercise caution.

4.      Core strength is the key to a strong body. Clinical Pilates, yoga and fitball exercises are options that can be done in consultation initially then continued from home. The library often has a great selection to see if it is right for you. Please exercise caution.

If you wish to start strength training get an assessment before starting to avoid injury.

If you experience pain or loss of movement that doesn’t resolve within a few days seek advice. If you have had chronic pain you may be eligible for Medicare by referral by your GP. 

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Dr Simone Aybar
Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Chiropractic in Palmer College of Chiropractic, Iowa, U.S.A. She is the Co-founding member of Endometriosis Care Centre of Australia. Dr. Aybar opened Balanced Body Chiropractic, in 2014 to join Melbourne Eastern Healthcare in Boronia, an integrative facility with a focus on patient-centered healthcare.

3 Basic Hair Care Products you need

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Hair care tips by

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Learning to care for and love your natural hair is a core part of the natural hair journey.  
— Adwoa Agyapomaa
3 Basic hair care products you need
Here are 3 basic products and methods that will make the natural hair lifestyle easier and enjoyable.

1. When it's wash day, look for shampoos and cleansers that contain Decyl glucoside and Cocoamidopropyl Betaine as these are gentler cleansers. Avoid cleansers/shampoos with Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. These are oil strippers and remove the already low levels of oil in natural hair.

Some naturals and curly girls avoid shampoos all together and just 'wash' with conditioner. The trick is to focus on the scalp and use the motion of the tips of the fingers on the scalp to remove dirt.

I recommend a combination of gentle cleansers on some weeks, and conditioner-only cleansing on other weeks.

For gentle but deep cleansing, go for MoistureLover's (ML) Deluxe African Black soap with plantain extract and infused with moringa and neem oils. 

The ML Black soap offers added nourishment while you cleanse.


2. Use a leave-in conditioner. True conditioners interact with the hair to neutralise charges on the surface. This reduces static and makes it easier to comb. Ideally, the conditioner should also return the hair to its ideal pH, making manipulation of the hair easier.

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A leave-in conditioner should also offers hydration, so choose conditioners that are water-based.

MoistureLover hair makes an Organic shea butter leave-in conditioner with either organic chamomile or peppermint. These will condition while returning the hair to its ideal pH.


3. Moisturise using the Liquid, Oil, Cream (LOC) method. The LOC method is a process of layering moisturising, lubricating and sealing products in an order that offers maximum hydration to coils and curls.

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The liquid can be a water-based leave-in conditioner or just water. The aim of the liquid is to moisturise. The oil lubricates the hair and seals in the moisture from the liquid. The final step - the cream - (this can also be a butter like Shea butter) reinforces the moisture retention by sealing it in.

A Peppermint infused or vanilla-scented castor sealing oil from MoistureLover Hair is a nourishing way to lubricate and lock moisture into your tresses.

The Castor Sealing oils are particularly handy for sealing the ends of twists and braids in preparation for twistouts and braidouts.

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Adwoa Agyapomaa is a Natural hair product entrepreneur and founder of MoistureLover Afro Care. In 2004, she made the decision to love her hair exactly as it grew from her scalp - after over 10 years of relaxing her hair.

The MoistureLover Hair range is for natural girls and anyone who wants to be natural in their hair care. You can find the range at three locations: Afro Hub, AfroTrends  (Melbourne) and at moistureloverhair.com


You can find the range at three locations: Afro Hub, AfroTrends (Melbourne) and moistureloverhair.com

SKINCARE Must Haves

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  Frank Body Lip Balm   This lip balm will nourish and hydrate your lips from the cold and dry winter.

Frank Body Lip Balm
This lip balm will nourish and hydrate your lips from the cold and dry winter.

3 products that you need this winter!

Winter is coming, so it’s important to understand what your skin needs when the temperatures drop and the heaters turn up. Here are my top 3 products that you’ll need to keep your skin looking healthy through the hibernation season. 

  Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask   This overnight mask is a hit for all seasons. It will restore the moisture in the skin leaving it soft and supple.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

This overnight mask is a hit for all seasons. It will restore the moisture in the skin leaving it soft and supple.

  Mecca Cosmetica Sun Kissed primer   This primer is AH-MAZING! It will give your skin that radiant finish without looking ashy. It brightens up olive to deeper skin tones to give the appearance of healthy skin. You can wear it alone as an everyday glow product or underneath foundation or even mixed in with your foundation.

Mecca Cosmetica Sun Kissed primer

This primer is AH-MAZING! It will give your skin that radiant finish without looking ashy. It brightens up olive to deeper skin tones to give the appearance of healthy skin. You can wear it alone as an everyday glow product or underneath foundation or even mixed in with your foundation.

You can find these products at all Mecca Maximas across Australia and New Zealand

Lorina is a makeup artist with over seven years of industry experience, and has been with the OATV family from the start. She is committed to making people feel empowered by using makeup to unlock their hidden confidence, no matter what age, size and background. Lorina regularly works with a variety of skin tone and types. She is dedicated to working with her clients to build personalised skincare routines so each can achieve that healthy skin everybody longs for. 

Lorina has been invited to makeup training workshops with NARS, Too Faced, Smashbox, Bobbi Brown, Stila and MAC. She has also been a part of the first Meccaland festival hosted in Melbourne 2018. 

Keep up with Lorina on Instagram @makeupbylorina