BYRON BAY SOHUM YOGA RETREAT

I am really looking forward to our YOGA RETREAT. Nadine Gia from SOHUM COMMUNITY YOGA and I both studied together under the watchful eye of John Ogilvie from Byron Yoga. We are returning to this magical place on Earth to create 4 days of deep connection to the practice of our beloved Yoga. Both Nadine and I have embraced Yoga as a way of life, and have developed dedicated personal practices. Understanding the techniques of Meditation practice, Breath Work, and studying the depths of Yoga Philosophy…and sharing it…is our passion. We can’t wait to share this time with you. ———————– This is what we have in store for our participants: The timetable is full of talented teachers with much expertise and love to share with those going. They include John Ogilvie the founder of Byron Yoga and Tara Fitzgerald founder of Terrafirma Yoga. Seriya from Akshaya Healing will guide us in a Crystal Bowl Sound Healing and a KirtanJam involving chanting, instruments and voice. Rebel Tucker from Yogarebel has a strong foundation in Philosophy and will be running two yoga classes and a Dharma workshop focusing on your life purpose. Wendy Carlson is our remedial massage therapist and healer with extensive knowledge. ———————– I’ll be back teaching #outsideyoga at #lakecathie Sunday 2nd July at 9am. #yogapractice #yogaeverydamnday #yogarebel #yogaretreat #yogasana#pranayama #svadhyaya...
My Vrata – My Solemn Vow – For 2017

My Vrata – My Solemn Vow – For 2017

I PROMISE So, to begin this year I ended the last year with contemplation on what energy I want to call forth most strongly in myself. I reflected on the past year, 2016…myself in it…and felt into how I want  to show up in this new year…the virtues I want to shine bright. Over the past 4 years I have maintained an almost daily practice of repeating a chosen mantra 108 times, using my Japa Mala beads. This commitment has deepened my experience of meditation and the resulting benefits have been remarkable – more peace and calm inside and out! Each year I have picked a mantra that I felt would enable me to remain more aligned with virtues which are important to me, and ones that I felt a need to strengthen, in order to direct new outcomes in my life. Virtues can be summed up as ‘what is good about us’. They are the content of our character, the expression of our soul, our highest purpose. Love, kindness, compassion, respect, service, trust and patience are all virtues. This year I have chosen the Moola Mantra, a powerful Vedic Sanskrit chant. This mantra is said to awaken humanity to its divinity, and to end our suffering. When practiced it expands our awareness and raises our consciousness. I chose this Mantra as this year I wish to embody this love, bliss and joy, and extend this to all who come into my life. I wish to inspire all with whom I interact to experience this for themselves. Because…I see the suffering, the pain, the ill-health of this planet and...
I AM A YOGA TEACHER

I AM A YOGA TEACHER

I am a Yoga teacher. I am a Yoga student. I will always be a student of Yoga. As such I have a passion for reading…about Yoga. This, of course includes finding quality content on-line to read…and there is a plethora of on-line Yoga content! And I have my favourites…one of which is anything written by Amy Landry. An inspiring Australian Yoga teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda…who has ‘made it’ on to covers of magazines, writes regular columns, and has appeared as a featured teacher at prominent Yoga Festivals. Amy is ‘da bomb’…well, she is to me! Amy recently wrote an article on her Blog  Read Amy’s Blog and I wanted to respond to the points she raised because they are good points about Yoga teachers. #1 The Majority of teachers are only qualified at a base level (200 hours). True…this is why I chose to attend a Level 2 Teacher training. I trained with John Ogilvie of Byron Bay Yoga. This ensured that I got at least 500 hours of tuition, which meant I could qualify as a Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia. I am also a qualified Naturopath and Zen Shiatsu Therapist, and worked as a qualified Remedial Massage therapist for 17 years. Before I entered into training as a Yoga teacher I had been practicing Yoga for over 25 years. My practice, in the past, was varied and at times inconsistent; however, I maintained my passion for learning via reading ancient texts and modern interpretations of old teachings; I delved into Ayurveda, Buddhism, Kirtan and a study of philosophy; and enquired into different religious perspectives. All...
Get Real!

Get Real!

GET REAL! Learn to see things as they are. Remove the filters that you have put in place from your life experiences and see, hear, feel – experience – your life as it really is. Not better. Not worse. Experience events as they are. Experience people as they are. Experience what is…not what you make believe. There is a well-used quote ‘We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.’ Anais Nin, Tomlinson, Steven Covey and others have expanded much on this thought. Essentially, they concur that our perception is shaped by our previous experiences. I agree. Until… Until…we learn to remove the filters and experience things as they are. Until…we peel back the conditioning. Until…we clean our windows of perception, our lenses through which we see the world, our filters which muddy our experiences. Until…we clean up our view on life we will experience things as we are. And…we can learn to see, hear, feel clearly. When we do, we begin to see things as they really are.   Yoga teaches us how.   The practice of Yoga asks us to look within ourselves, to become aware of these filters which have us seeing through eyes of prejudices and preconceived notions – these conditionings are called Samskaras. Over the years I’ve witnessed many people stuck in destructive Samskaras. Indeed, I have had my own to work through. We all do! The lure of the false comfort of Samskaras can be so strong and so convincing that some people construct false realities to bolster their need to keep seeing things as they want them to...