My controversial home yoga secret...

My controversial 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 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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