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Ben in the early days of parenting his son.

The Only Two Things Your Children Really Need From You

by Ben Ralston I’ll tell you straight: I didn’t have a clue what to do when my son was born. I had good instincts, I’d read a number of books and done my due diligence, but the stress of the situation I found myself in overwhelmed me. I didn’t have the internal resources to be able to cope … [Read More...]

What we often end up comparing ourselves to...

The Key to Ageing Gracefully

by Kara-Leah Grant I watched Madonna on the Grammy's a few years ago and I almost wept. Who was this shell of a woman, her papery-thin and paper-coloured skin stretched tight across her face? We all know she's nearly 60, where's the deviant wrinkles, the glorious salt & pepper hair, the … [Read More...]

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What’s Real Yoga & a Real Yogi?

Osho's depiction of "Zorba the Buddha"

Am I a bad yogi because I want to eat steak?

Last week I received a comment from a reader prompted by the article they'd been reading, Will yoga give me a great body? I have recently started yoga, been almost a month & I love it. I have been doing "The Paleo Diet" - Lean Meats, Fruits, Vegs, No breads or Grains, Beans etc. I am eating … [Read More...]

Mike Nixon Photo

There is no future in yoga

Mike Nixon Photo a brief musing by Mike Nixon That’s right, its not going to make you famous, rich or help find the perfect partner of your dreams. You might even find the opposite for a while... if you really connect with your talents, life’s work and destiny, and take up the challenge. You … [Read More...]

Krishnamacharya

The evolution of lineage: Why what is taught changes over time

by guest author Jenifer Parker, owner of Healium Yoga Studio in Wellington Editors Note: This article originally appeared as a comment in response to Kara-Leah's article 'I don’t know how to teach yoga anymore. Or do I?' Foremost, the role of the teacher is to get the students on their feet in the … [Read More...]

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Practicing Yoga

Wellington Yoga Teacher Bruce Foley

Why yoga teachers are either shot, or placed on a pedestal

by guest author and Wellington Yoga Teacher Bruce Foley Being a yoga teacher feels like two opposing forces pulling at me simultaneously. I am attracted to the act of teaching and derive great pleasure from it. It makes me feel good about myself as it tests my sense of courage and self-belief. It … [Read More...]

Easy Pose

Folding forward into Easy Pose for instant stress-relief

by Kara-Leah Grant The last couple of years I’ve been getting up close and personal with long, slow holds in seated poses. There’s a couple of reasons for this. One is that I’m often exhausted from being a single parent and running my own business - the thought of standing postures or sun … [Read More...]

Kara-Leah in meditation

How to Choose the Right Meditation Technique for You

by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat This is an interesting question - how can I possibly know what meditation might suit you, especially when I don't know 'you' at all? There is therefore no definitive answer I can give you to this question. However, what I can do is take you through a … [Read More...]

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Potluck Goodness from the Archives

Donna Farhi

An interview with Donna Farhi

I first discovered Donna Farhi in my local library in Queenstown. Her book Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit: A Return to Wholeness was liberating, informative and challenging. She taught not asana by asana, this body part in that body place, but through … [Read More...]

Just... waiting

Because you’ve got to have faith, faith, faith

by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat It's a bit of an on-going saga right now, this life of mine, but I feel compelled to write about it. Why? Well... because I feel like it's important. Like I have this opportunity to face great change in … [Read More...]

The World of Yoga

Is your yoga fashion destroying the planet?

Is your yoga fashion destroying the planet?

by guest author Elissa Jordan in honour of Blog Action Day 2010 | Water Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global … [Read More...]