New Year – feeling grateful

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The first time I really consciously experienced gratitude in my life is when I became a yoga teacher. I can clearly remember feeling so overwhelmed at what had been given to me, it used to make me cry spontaneously for no reason. I had been taken out of a life that I didn’t want to live anymore and existence had given me this wonderful gift of teaching yoga. It is an emotion like no other that fills you from inside and gives you no choice but to share what has been given. It is an emotion that teaches you, that what you have is enough and creates a sense of contentment that vibrates through you as a powerful energy which … Read More

Don’t limit your challenges – challenge your limits

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“Psychologists tell us that by the time we’re in our mid-30s, our identity or personality will be completely formed. This means that for those of us over 35, we have memorised a select set of behaviours, attitudes, beliefs, emotional reactions, habits, skills, associative memories, conditioned responses, and perceptions that are now subconsciously programmed within us. Those programs are running us, because the body has become the mind. This means that we will think the same thoughts, feel the same feelings, react in identical ways, behave in the same manner, believe the same dogmas, and perceive reality the same ways. About 95 percent of who we are by midlife is a series of subconscious programs that have become automatic—driving a car, … Read More

Why go on a yoga retreat

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A yoga retreat is so much more than just a holiday. A retreat is about clearing some space. A time to disconnect to reconnect – physically, mentally and emotionally. It gives you the gift of time…time to slow down and focus on your health, yourself, go more inward and properly relax. If you are going through a change or transition of some kind, a retreat really supports whatever you are experiencing and helps you to process what you are going through. I always find people have transformational shifts when they come away and in ways they aren’t expecting. The structure is chilled.. I offer two yoga classes and meditation everyday. Usually a more dynamic class in the morning and a … Read More

Community – common unity

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Being part of a community can really help to buffer the stress, struggles and chaos of modern life. Particularly if that community has at its essence the purpose of making their lives healthier, finding greater balance and becoming more conscious. When people come together and connect through a common thread, so much more can happen than when doing it alone. There’s an energy that’s created that’s bigger than the parts. It creates a synergy. All of us go through times in our lives which are stressful, confusing or difficult to navigate and even with technology connecting us so much more, unless we have people around us to help us through, it’s very easy to feel isolated. We need people who … Read More

Tapas – the fire of transformation

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Yoga is a process of transformation – on every level. It begins with the physical practice of postures but eventually, ultimately it becomes so much more. It changes you from the inside out. The element of transformation is fire and in yoga philosophy this is TAPAS. Tapas is one of the five niyamas, or principles in yoga philosophy, that give guidelines of behaviour to create well being for ourselves and others. The complete system of yoga has 8 steps (also called limbs) which act as principles of how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. Tapas literally means fire, heat or to burn. Tapas is the willingness to do the work, which means developing discipline, enthusiasm and being open to … Read More

Dealing with challenges

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Doing a 30 day challenge can bring up all sorts of things so its good to be prepared for obstacles along the way which you might not be expecting. How you manoeuvre around these obstacles is going to be essential to making it through the 30 days. The challenge is a valuable opportunity to observe what happens when faced with something difficult and with big potential to test your limits. Way more than physical ability, the challenge is all about mindset and mental attitude/discipline. Often the challenges we face along the way aren’t physical ones they’re mental. You can use the 30 days as a platform to observe your mind when things get a little hot… both on the outside … Read More

Self care for summertime from an acupuncturist

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by Myles Glover Dip Ac, Dip Tui na Traditional Chinese medicine is very clear on how we should treat ourselves differently within the different seasons for optimal care. Summer months are related to the fire element, which govern the heart and mind. The fire element is the most yang of the elements and is associated with getting outside (particularly to nature), and outward in our lives. It is a time for sociability, and cultivating friendships, for catching up with old friends, for making our hearts and minds pump through plenty of nutritious blood. A balanced heart is strong and healthy, creates a calm mind, and allows for a restful sleep. When the fire element is out of control, it can … Read More

The Inner Critic

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“Judgement isn’t bad or good … it just isn’t true” – Adyashanti I’ve put the picture here of me falling on my arse while trying to do an arm balance. When this picture was taken I was feeling pretty silly, especially as the other two were doing it great. My inner judgement then and even now when I look at this shot, is that I should have been able to do it.. but that’s not what happened. These kinds of experiences can really sabotage your yoga practice..not because a bad thing is happening but because of your inner critical voice. You can fall down and that’s the reality but its what you say to yourself about it that creates the … Read More

What are you focusing on?

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When I first started doing yoga I was a fidgeter. The sweat, the heat, the energy racing through my body, the uncomfortable sensations, my moving towel, wanting to drink all the time… fixing my shorts….all got my attention. What yoga taught me was the art of mental focus. By learning to feel all these things without reacting to them and staying with my breath and my gaze… the fidgeting slowly fell away. Savasana was the hardest… the urge to get up an leave was so strong. So I challenged myself to stay for 10 breaths before getting up…. then 20 breaths.The more I practised doing this the less the urge came and the stillness was easier to find. What I … Read More

Can yoga help with addiction?

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When you shut down emotion, you’re also affecting you immune system, your nervous system. So the repression of emotion, which is a survival strategy, then becomes a source of physiological illness later on. — Gabor Maté We live in behaviour patterns and rituals. They are so intimate to us that we are unable to see them most of the time. It’s not that we have to wait to catch these patterns and rituals, they’re like buses which are continuously passing through us. We just need to step back and create a little space, which in turn gives us choice to see if we wish to carry on these behaviours At the moment there are many sources of addictions which afflict … Read More