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...
Yoga Retreat 2017 Byron Bay

Yoga Retreat 2017 Byron Bay

Byron Bay Yoga Retreat 2017 Yoga Rebel is joining forces with her fellow Yoga teacher and friend, Nadine from SOHUM YOGA, to offer you a unique Yoga Retreat. Tuesday 27th June – Friday 30th June 2017 Join Yoga Rebel and Sohum yoga on our very first yoga retreat. This Yoga Reteat in Byron Bay will allow you the time to relax, rejuvenate and revitalize your body, mind & spirit. We will share 3 nights and 4 days immersing ourselves in the tranquility of the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre. The price of $1090 includes: 3 nights twin share accommodation All meals-nutritionally balanced vegetarian menu Twice daily Yoga sessions Workshop-Connect to your Dharma (life’s purpose) KirtanJam (embrace in chants, instruments and voice Crystal Bowl Sound Healings (Akshaya Healing) Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga Core Strengthening Class     Byron Yoga Centre is a walking distance to Byron Bay and the beaches. At the centre we will have our own private studio with a large wooden floor and use of a 20 metre mineral salt swimming pool. To BOOK contact Nadine at nadine@sohumyoga.net.au or call her on 0430 555 723   We look forward to spending time with you as we develop our Yoga practice in idyllic natural surrounds. Namaste, Nadine and Yogi Reb  ...
See you at Ekam Yoga Festival

See you at Ekam Yoga Festival

Enjoy a day of yoga, music events and a sustainable health & living expo at a new annual regional yoga festival held at Port Macquarie’s premier venue – the Glasshouse – on Sunday, 18 September 2016. Choose from a great range of classes & music events brought to you by experienced local & Australian-wide recognised teachers & musicians – learn, be inspired, connect, relax, deepen your experience of yoga. Ekam is a word from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. It is a beautiful language, which carries meaning not only through words but also the vibration of sound. Ekam means “one”. It is a fitting name for a festival that will bring teachers and students of different traditions together to learn and share with respect for each other’s experience and knowledge. We may practice different postures or the same postures differently. We may focus on meditation, pranayama (breathing) or asana (postures). We may be a beginner or an accomplished practitioner. We may understand yoga to be something that makes our bodies feel good or see it as a deep spiritual practice. At Ekam we come together as one. Ekam Yoga Festival is organized by Random Acts of Yoga, a not-for-profit organisation based in Port Macquarie, which aims to improve the local community’s wellbeing through yoga. This is a not-for-profit event. Purpose in Practice:  Yoga Lab – 2.30 pm In this class you will learn how to connect to your Dharma (life’s purpose) through the practice of Yoga. You will find a deeper connection to your Self, learn how to marry breath and body and discover new depth in postures. We will...