An Overview of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga

The eight limbs of yoga

This article is an edited extract from K-L's new book, The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga, from the section called Yoga History, Philosophy and Concepts. It's a huge topic area, but in seven chapters, there is a succinct overview of much of the territory you might come across in yoga class - including Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga.  by Kara-Leah Grant, author of The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga One of the most famous of the yogic texts is The Yoga Sutras. These were either written … [Read more...]

Launching a Foundational Guide to Yoga for Beginners and Beyond

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Pre-orders now open. Shipping September 24. See below. by Kara-Leah Grant Cast your mind back to your very first yoga class. What did it take to get there? Did you have to overcome any fears or hesitancy? Were you nervous? Did a friend take you? Was it a great class - or a bad experience? Did you keep going to yoga, or did you walk away for a few weeks, or months, or years before finally going back? Did it take you a while to find the class and the teacher that was right for you? Most … [Read more...]

Ashtanga: Why it’s so Important to Trust the Process

Working with knees... softly, softly...

by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat One of the great gifts of sharing my internal processes of life so honestly on-line is that I learn from myself. Often, a few years after I’ve written an article, I will re-read it and see the illusions that I was labouring under at the time. Yes, the article is usually about an insight into a difficulty, but there is always another layer or level of illusion. Through re-reading my own articles I’m able to watch myself wake up and become more … [Read more...]

Because Yoga is for Every Body – Right? Not just the Young, Slim, Bendy and Gorgeous

Sneak preview of the new book! The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga

by Kara-Leah Grant I'm casting my mind back to Auckland, New Zealand in 1995 and it seems a long, long time ago. I had just dropped out of my second year at Uni - ostensibly because back issues and serious sciatic pain made it impossible for me to sit for lectures, but there were other, deeper reasons too. (i.e. my habitual response when facing serious challenge - run!) Regardless, I was in chronic back pain. A good friend suggested we go and do a ten week beginners Iyengar yoga course that … [Read more...]

Asha of Ananda on the True Attainment of Happiness

Asha of Ananda

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, Swami Kriyananda. Asha has devoted her life to bringing spiritual understanding to others through teaching, counselling, and writing. Asha means “hope” in Sanskrit. Her formal title is … [Read more...]

Ashtanga: I Don’t Want to Break My Knees

Be gentle with 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 pranayama. I've been able to do Half Lotus for some years now, including Standing Bound Half Lotus (without the forward fold). I have never had any prior knee issues or pain. Although my … [Read more...]

Matthew Remski: What Are We Really Doing in Asana? {Video Interview}

Matthew Remski

by Kara-Leah Grant Matthew Remski is a yoga teacher, writer, Ayurveda practitioner therapist and author of Threads of Yoga - A Remix of Patanjali's Sutras. For years he's been concerned about injuries in yoga, but had not been concerned enough. Like many of us, he believed that yoga injuries were the result of poor instruction on the part of the teacher, or overwork on the part of the student. But over time, Matthew began to notice that even well-instructed poses, executed mindfully, … [Read more...]

Official Announcement for Wanderlust NZ & Australia 2015

Photo by Ali Kaukas

by Kara-Leah Grant That little girl in a photo from Wanderlust Aspen says it all... This is it folks... if you're anything like me, this is something you've been dreaming about for a couple of years - New Zealand & Australia's very own four and three day mindful living festivals embracing yoga, music and a whole swack of fun. Yes, details for Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo and Wanderlust Cockatoo Island have been officially announced. Down below you'll find the official press release with … [Read more...]