The Full Creative Abundance Sun Salutation Sequence

Time to pull it all together

by Kara-Leah Grant Welcome to the sixth and final Creative Sun Salutation Abundance flow video here on The Yoga Lunchbox. This week we put it all together - everything that we've been exploring over the last five weeks. This time, I verbally talk you through two circular sun salutations - once on the right leg and once on the left leg. This is to help you fully learn the sequence. However, once you've got it, forget about watching me and the video and instead play and explore in your … [Read more...]

How Many Years of Yoga Practice Does it Take to Get Flexible?

Duncan Peak at compression in his forward bend.

by Kara-Leah Grant This is an impossible questions to answer - at least, to answer definitively, but I'm still going to give it a damn good crack. And with good reason. Despite the fact that yoga has nothing to do whatsoever with flexibility - that flexibility is side benefit of one's yoga practice and no measure of the depth or strength of one's yoga practice - yoga and flexibility are intimately intertwined in the modern idea of yoga. There's good reason for this. We are … [Read more...]

Jason Te Patu on NZ Power Living Teacher Training & Wanderlust {video}

Jase-Ta-Patu

by Kara-Leah Grant Meet Jason Te Patu, dancer, yoga teacher and proud Kiwi. Formerly a competitive sportsman, representing New Zealand in springboard diving, gymnastics, and aerobics, Jason is now part of the Power Living Australia team and will be joining Justine Hamill in facilitating the Power Living 200HR Yoga Teacher Training, starting in NZ in April 2015. There's a few advantages to the Power Living 200HR teacher training programme - here are just three. The first is that the … [Read more...]

Ana Forrest on Breaking Down the Barriers With Yoga {video}

anaforrest

by Kara-Leah Grant Meet Ana Forrest. Ana is the creatrix of Forrest Yoga, an internationally renowned yoga teacher and medicine woman, and the author of Fierce Medicine. She's also headlining Wanderlust NZ 2015. Ana's approach to yoga could be summed up in this quote from her: "If you want to use yoga to heal emotional pain, you must find out where it resides in your body and learn to take your breath there. I don't teach yoga to help people to transcend. I want people's Spirits to … [Read more...]

Why it’s Possible to Evoke Abundance through a Yoga Practice

A deceptively simple but powerful posture - notice the hands in mudra.

by Kara-Leah Grant Welcome to the fifth Creative Sun Salutation Abundance flow here on The Yoga Lunchbox. This week we explore our final three postures, facing the back of the mat. As always, we're using the same tools and techniques to find freedom and ease in our bodies - breath, micro-movements, pulsations. It's also becoming more clear how it's possible to evoke a sense of abundance through a sun salutation. Our first posture this week is about releasing and bowing to the earth - … [Read more...]

The Ups and Downs of Mastering Squat Pose

Transition pose - the squat. Seems simple, but there's a lot of power one can cultivate here.

by Kara-Leah Grant Welcome to the fourth Creative Sun Salutation Abundance flow here on The Yoga Lunchbox. This week we explore a transition posture as we move from the front of the mat to the back of the mat - an important part of working with circular sun salutations. In this particular variation, I'm using a squat to make that transition, which gives us a greater sense of our roots or foundation. Squatting is all about our relationship to the earth - we have to both surrender downward … [Read more...]

On the Dilution of the Genuine Transmission of Yoga Part 2

The Soloist by Alex Seton

by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat I've been contemplating the many reactions I received to this article over the past week or so, On the Dilution of the Transmission of Yoga. One person unsubscribed from the website (or at least - one person told me they had because of this article, more people may have!) saying that I had made some good points but she found the article judgemental and unyogic. Other people rejoiced that someone was speaking such things out loud. It does feel … [Read more...]

Exploring How to Release the Iliopsoas Muscle Group in Warrior I

How we move our limbs through space can creates certain feeling states.

by Kara-Leah Grant Welcome to the third Creative Sun Salutation Abundance flow here on The Yoga Lunchbox. This week we move into the heart of our abundance sun salutation, moving through variations of Warrior I pose. Most of you will be familiar with Warrior I, yet no matter how many times you may have done it, there's always something to learn. Taking time and playing within each pose, separating out the components of it, is a masterful way to learn the posture from the inside … [Read more...]

Nianna Bray on Vinyasa Teacher Training in Queenstown & Wanderlust 2015

Nianna Bray, teaching a Vinyasa Teacher Training with Sandi Murphy from Nadi Wellness in Queestown, February - March 2015

by Kara-Leah Grant It's not often that international teachers come down to New Zealand to lead Teacher Trainings over three consecutive weeks in one location, giving New Zealand based teacher trainees the opportunity to study at an international level without leaving the country. But thanks to some serious serendipity, that's exactly what's happening At Nadi Wellness in Queenstown from February 16 to March 7, 2015. Meet Nianna Bray, international yoga teacher and Tantric yogini. Nianna has … [Read more...]

Tiffany Cruikshank on Yoga as Medicine and the Link Between Prana & Chi {video}

Effortless inversion - a moment in time

by Kara-Leah Grant Meet Tiffany Cruikshank, an LA based yoga teacher, author, and health and wellness expert. She is one of the most highly educated yoga teachers in both Eastern and Western Medicine and the founder of Yoga Medicine, one of the few Yoga schools offering a 1000 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Luckily for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere we can catch her in person soon, teaching yoga classes at Wanderlust NZ and Australia in January and February 2015. Tiffany has an … [Read more...]