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How to Work with the Ascending & Descending Breath {video}

by Kara-Leah Grant This is the first in a six-part series of Yoga Explorations which takes you through a creative Mandala Surya Namaskar - or a circular sun salutation. The focus on this series is … [Read More...]

Dru Yoga is coming to New Zealand

An Introduction to Dru Yoga & Why Yoga is So Good For You

by guest author and Nelson Yoga teacher, Sue Cleaver Yoga for Stress Stress is an epidemic worldwide and Kiwis don’t escape from it either. An international survey by the Regus firm found that 60 … [Read More...]

Forty Days of Yoga - The Best Home Yoga Practice Book You Can Buy

The Best Home Yoga Practice Book You Can Buy

by Kara-Leah Grant, author of Forty Days of Yoga & The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga (coming soon) It's been 18 months since I published Forty Days of Yoga and over a thousand people have now … [Read More...]

Be gentle with knees!

Ashtanga: I Don’t Want to Break My Knees

by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat My knees ache. They have been since about April of this year - about three months into a regular Mysore-style Ashtanga practice, two or three times a week. … [Read More...]

Latest & Freshest Articles

Asha of Ananda

Asha of Ananda on the True Attainment of Happiness

by Kara-Leah Grant It was the peak of the hippie era when Asha discovered her life path and the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, who wrote Autobiography of a Yogi. While she never studied directly with Yogananda, who died in 1952, Asha ended up spending over forty years with a disciple of his, … [Read More...]

Is Al Gore talking to you?

How Al Gore Shocked Me & What He’s Got to do with Yoga

by Lisa Wade I turned up to be transformed. To give my all to Al Gore’s Climate Reality leader’s training program that promised to take me from being a leader to an exceptional leader, all in the name of the environment. I was expecting slogans, fanfares and maybe a few cheerleaders. When … [Read More...]

Be gentle with knees!

Ashtanga: I Don’t Want to Break My Knees

by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat My knees ache. They have been since about April of this year - about three months into a regular Mysore-style Ashtanga practice, two or three times a week. I also do a regular home practice of vinyasa, prana-led asana (slow and steady), meditation and … [Read More...]

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Yoga Resources & Reviews

Karma Yoga - The Path of Action in the World

DVD Review: Karma – The Path of Action

See the end of this review for a chance to win a copy of Karma - The Path of Action. My brown parcel of one DVD for review arrived while I was rutting my way through a gnarly space in my life. I shelved the DVD, needing to find the Right Space to watch and comment on it. That Right Space … [Read More...]

Twee Merrigan teaches an on-line Prana Flow Yoga Class

I was delighted to receive Twee Merrigan's latest newsletter as it included a link to a recently-posted twenty minute on-line Prana Flow Yoga class. Yeah! It's so exciting to be able to watch Twee, and get some inspiration for my home practice, and for the classes I'm teaching. It's the first … [Read More...]

Forty Days of Yoga launched this year

The Top Twenty Best Yoga Articles of 2013

by Kara-Leah Grant, founder & editor of YLB Wow. What a year. In February, YLB launched an electronic version of Forty Days of Yoga, and in April due to popular demand, went to print. In June, the MYOGA Basics Series Photobook & CD was launched in both electronic and hard-copy, and … [Read More...]

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Potluck Goodness from the Archives

An artistic impression of depression

What causes depression?

by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat What causes depression? No one knows. No really - not even the medical profession. Do a quick google search and see what comes up. The best they can offer is a few theories of biological factors … [Read More...]

Wellington Yoga Teacher Bruce Foley

Wellington Yoga Teacher: Bruce Foley

One aspect of running this site I'm really enjoying is the people I'm meeting along the way - people like Bruce Foley. He appeared a few weeks ago and began leaving thoughtful, in-depth and at times controversial comments on various articles. Here … [Read More...]

Orewa Yoga Teacher Natasha Rainger

Orewa Yoga Teacher: Natasha Rainger

Heading even further north this week, it's my pleasure to introduce Natasha from Orewa, proving that New Zealand is well served by yoga teachers, no matter where you live. Like a few of our teachers, she caught the bug early, attending her first … [Read More...]

Home Yoga Practice

Opening into a variation of Cobra

A tale of Mat Resistance, and practicing anyway

By Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat Mat resistance. Happens to the best of us, no matter how long we've been practicing. Here's a glimpse into a moment of mat resistance in my life. Notice how I respond to it, notice the process, notice … [Read More...]