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...
THE BEST UP AND COMING YOGA TEACHERS OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

THE BEST UP AND COMING YOGA TEACHERS OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

Thank you…thank you…thank you…to those who nominated me and also to The Yoga Lunchbox for creating such an opportunity, not only for recognition, but more importantly to shine the light of Yoga. Yoga has held me in its embrace since my first encounter when my mum took me with her to her class with Swami Sarasvati. I was young, 14 years old I think, but mum thinks I may have been younger. It was an awesome initiation: with huge timber stairs to climb on the way up to the studio, incense filling the air, chanting, weird poses to do, and some vigorous breathing (which later I would learn to be Pranayama). I was hooked! My interest in Yoga has never ceased, however, over the years my dedication to practice has waxed and waned, and seen me explore many different styles. I am happy to say that over the last 8 years my practice has been consistent, and daily in the many expressions of practice that Yoga itself is –  the simple practice of mindfulness, the application of Yama and Niyamas (Yoga’s ethical codes of conduct), Asana (posture) practice, Pranayama (energy control via breath control exercises), meditation, cleansing practices, and, most importantly for me, self-reflection (Svadhyaya). I practice Yoga because I feel better when I practice. It eases my body, mind and spirit. Yoga is truly a journey of the self, through the self, to the Self. I hope that reading this article, put together by the inspirational Kara-Leah Grant and the team at The Yoga Lunchbox, moves you deeper into your Yoga practice…or begins you on a journey through your self to...
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...
THE ART OF EXPECTATION

THE ART OF EXPECTATION

THE ART OF EXPECTATION With the explosion of social media and the boom of one of the biggest growth industries – personal development, in the guise of coaching, counselling, mentoring and more – has come the wildfire spread of easy to throw around sayings and quotes. Many of these come acknowledged with the original author or speaker’s name and others are requoted as if owned by the quote-ee rather than giving kudos to the quote-or. I love quotes, and I especially like it when the originator is given due acknowledgement. I like the inspired thoughts contained within many quotes and I love the attached inspiring imagery. I connect with many quotes, appreciate them coming my way and like the gentle reminder that many bring. There are two general themes of quotes that, over the past few years, have inspired me in a very different way.  In fact, these particular themes have for me been part of a reassessment of my long involvement in the personal development industry and human behaviour field. These underlying themes are part of a belief set that has managed to pervade the field of personal development and, it seems to me, have managed to escape any real question or discussion in regards to their validity. So what are they? I bet you’ve heard them over and over again, written and spoken in varying different creative ways. In fact, you probably, like me have “liked” many quotes containing these themes, attended many seminars, workshops based on these beliefs and even partaken of conversations where you have vehemently (or perhaps even, blindly) agreed and further added weight...
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS It’s better than counting your troubles! We don’t have to literally keep a score card, although a Gratitude Journal is certainly one popular way to get into the habit of looking for the things in our lives that we are grateful for. Studies are showing that having an outlook of gratitude has emotional and interpersonal benefits. A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology co-authored by Robert Emmons confirmed that ‘counting blessings heightens wellbeing’. Having a thankful appreciation and acknowledging things that come into our lives is an act of graciousness. Being grateful is a virtue. A real, heartfelt “Thank you” can go a long way. The impact of your gratefulness towards someone who serves you or works with you or shows you their love should not be underestimated. In the practice of Yoga we have a simple Eight Limb (Ashtanga) Path to follow. One of the Limbs gives us guidelines for living well with others (Yamas). Aparigraha – is the Yama that speaks to us to have gratitude for that which we already have. It translates as non-grasping or non-greed and reminds us to ‘live simply so that others may simply live’, as my teacher, John Ogilvie of Byron Yoga, is fond of saying. We can ask ourselves “Do I really need this?” If not, let it go. When we appreciate the tangible and intangible things in life we are practicing gratitude and the consistent practice of gratitude has benefits, such as; stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, more joy, optimism and happiness, and a feeling of greater connection. In short, according to...