Yoga: The Journey of the Self

Yoga: The Journey of the Self

This month's theme is "Svadhyaya" (self-study) the fourth niyama in the yoga sutras, and a practice which will help us to take our yoga beyond the mat and in to our lives.

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra says: "Study thy self, discover the divine" II.44

Along with tapas (discipline, which we observed last month) and Ishvara pranidhana (devotion, which we will observe in December), svadhyaya (self-study) is part of the threefold practice of kriya yoga.

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5 Soulful Self-Care Practices for Busy Women

5 Soulful Self-Care Practices for Busy Women

When exhaustion depletion and stress become the norm… self-care, is radical. And I’m not talking about a prescription of bubble baths, manicures and netflix (as nice as these things are) No ma’am. With growing numbers of people experiencing what is being called TATT (Tired All the Time) and symptoms of chronic fatigue brought about by long-term stress and overworking. We need a new paradigm for the way we do LIFE.

It’s time to stop glorifying “busy”, take a deep breath and slow the F down.

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A message from my heart

A message from my heart

Well, this is not the post I had planned to write today.

I had some practical steps for radical self-care and personal sustainability planned out for you.

You know-- the kinda thing that gets you results and moves you forward on your journey to radical self-care!

But honestly at this minute, I'm getting kinda tired of rambling on about how radical self-care will help you combat, exhaustion, depletion, stress and... get you out of your own way to living a fully conscious life that ALSO creates a positive impact in the lives of others.

Do still believe radical self-care will change your life?

Hell, yes!

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My unconventional home yoga secret...

My unconventional home yoga secret...

I felt a bit nervous posting this one because: 1) It's going to rub the yoga purists the wrong way and
2) Because I'm not some random person on the internet, I am a yoga teacher, and my reputation is on the line here. However, controversial as they may be, my home yoga secrets make a lot of sense to me and I've decided to not with-hold them, in case they inspire you to commit/ re-commit/ have a crack at, home yoga.

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Tapas: Fire Up Self-Discipline!

Tapas: Fire Up Self-Discipline!

The theme of this month is Tapas,  which is the 3rd Niymama (personal observances) on the yogis path. Tapas, as with many Sanskrit words it is translated in various ways (and yes if you are in a Spanish restaurant, and ask for Tapas you’ll get small plates of food!)

Tapas literally means to generate heat, in the teachings of yoga it speaks to our firey discipline, the burning up of impediments on our path and applying the right effort in the right way (even if this means going against the grain and creating some inner friction from our old habitual ways).

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The Sadhana of Cooking, Cleaning and Gardening

The Sadhana of Cooking, Cleaning and Gardening

I asked my first spiritual teacher, the alchemist Randy Hall, “How do I become enlightened?” And he responded, “First, learn how to cook, clean, and garden. -  Sharon Gannon

Spring has sprung here in Australia and this month we are celebrating all things growth and renewal through the lens of Sadhana/ Conscious Spiritual Practice.

While Cooking, Cleaning and Gardening may seem like the most average of day to day tasks, embedded within them, is the essence of healthy living, holistic nourishment and the possibility of living harmoniously, with intention, uniting our inner landscape and external environment as an expression of the divine.

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White Priviledge & Staying AWAKE on the Path of Peace.

White Priviledge & 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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