White Supremacy & Staying AWAKE on the Path of Peace.

White Supremacy & Staying AWAKE on the Path of Peace.

As someone who lives to promotes peace, kindness and self-care it's too easy sometimes to want to stay in a bubble of good feelings and personal spiritual practice. But the reality of living as contemporary yoga practitioner, is that the real test of my yoga practice is what happens off the mat in to a world where the most harrowing violence and injustice takes place every single day.

The public rise of the KKK this week in Charlottesville, VA resulting in the death of a black woman when a car was driven in to a crowd, was incredibly traumatic for me to witness. I was filled with emotion watching images that looked like something from the 50's, a crowd of hundred marching in to the night with flaming torches. Hearing the chants "White lives matter" and "You will not replace us" left my whole body tingling with rage and heartbreak. At some-point I had to switch off, especially because my children were around and they are too young to take these burdens on, I chose to stop watching and reading, but the hum of the event still moves through me. I have shed many tears this week. For the violent tendencies in me, you and our culture at large.

I long for us all to feel so full, so whole, and complete the we never have to react in a way that hurts, injures or kills another.

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The First Step in Meditation is Concentration

The First Step in Meditation is Concentration

The human mind is an extraordinary beast. Capable of lighting fast transmissions. However it cannot do more than one thing at a time. I'll repeat. The mind can only do one thing at a time.

By leaning in to multi-tasking and priding ourselves on being able to do many things at once we are in fact spreading the power of our focus too thin and reducing our ability to concentrate. The more our mind jumps, at lighting fast speed between multiple points we are training ourselves to operate with a weakened flow of mental energy.

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Nourishing the Heart: Kindness and Compassion.

Nourishing the Heart: Kindness and Compassion.

August "Theme of the Month" here at the studio in Waverton, is centred around cultivating kindness and compassion for ourselves and all beings.

All beings desire to be happy and free, and much of our activities drive us to seek an experience of happiness and freedom. But often our actions or acquisitions only provide short term happiness; we stumble in our quest and are constantly on the chase for the next thing. The only real lasting happiness exists when we can cultivate heart felt compassion, for ourselves and others.

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Baby Brain: Myth, disadvantage or superpower?

Baby Brain: Myth, disadvantage or superpower?

A woman in my mothers group recently asked if anyone else felt really stupid since having babies. She said she is forgetful, emotionally sensitive and unable to concentrate on cognitive tasks - her husband even told her she used to be smarter than she is now!

And she’s not alone! Who else is nodding along?
Baby brain is not a myth, motherhood changes our brains, forever!

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My Unexpected Spiritual Practice (Sorry, Yoga)

My Unexpected Spiritual Practice (Sorry, Yoga)

Have you ever had one of those moments when the flood gates of insight open? I'm sure you have. What was once like gazing in to murky water is suddenly crystal clear and you can see right to the bottom. That which was there all along, obscured from your gaze, is now blazing in it's real raw, presence right in front of you.

This is my experience of my relatively new found, spiritual practice.

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Yoga for your Head

Yoga for your Head

When we CONTROL the ripples of the mind, we experience YOGA" Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sutra 1.2

You may not know this about me, but I am a recovering control freak. I generally like knowing what's going to happen, when. I have spent much of my life learning to let go! But the ONE time being a control freak is OK with me is when it comes to controlling my thoughts.

Get started controlling your thoughts with my FREE Yoga for Your Head E-book here.
 

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More Sukha, Less Dukha

More Sukha, Less Dukha

Sukha and Dukha are Sanskrit words, you may have heard them mentioned in your yoga class.

SUKHA is often translated as; comfort, ease, grace, happiness or sweetness.

The great sage Patanjali, who wrote the Yoga Sutras nearly three thousand years ago, gave us one single instruction for how to practice asana (yoga postures). Yoga Sutra 2.46 "Sthira Sukham Asanam" which is most commonly translated as “posture (asana) [should be] steady (sthira) and comfortable (sukha),” Here sukha is an invitation to find comfort while we practice yoga, but the word is more literally translated as “good space.

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Sacred Solstice Celebrations

Sacred Solstice Celebrations

Ritual acts give life meaning. They also honor and acknowledge the unseen web of Life that connects us all.

Yoga means UNION, and the entire practice is designed to bring us to intimately know our interconnection with all things. Considering how the outer environment, season and weather affects our inner world;  body/emotions/dreams and visions, is a way we can experience this.

We are on the brink of a seasonal shift, so today I am sharing some ideas (and guided practices) for you to create your own personal Solstice (Wed 21st June) ritual.

 

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