Adventures in the Field with Camilla Maling {video interview}

Camilla Maling, moving, of course!

by Kara-Leah Grant Camilla Maling is a fascinating woman with a deep perspective on our embodied experience as sensate beings, honed through her many years of dance, yoga, storytelling and life experience. She's endlessly fascinated about the intersection of our being - our psyches and our bodies and how these things map to each other. Spend time talking to her - as I did - and you can feel her passion and curiosity and desire to expand people's understanding of the body they inhabit. She … [Read more...]

Saying No to the Cult of Busyness

Pausing & dropping into presence. Photo Credit: Pete Longworth | The Visual Storyteller

by Kara-Leah Grant I've long been aware that I've had a particular way of operating in the world that doesn't serve me. I'm addicted to getting things done. To being productive. And it comes from being in my head, rather than from being. There are some big gains from this particular behaviour - like prodigal production. Given the limitations of my life, I have produced an extraordinary amount of output. Websites, articles, books, classes, workshops, retreats, videos. This on top of single … [Read more...]

Jayayoga: How to Use Yoga as a Life-Long Tool for Self-Care

Jennifer Allen of Jayayoga

by Kara-Leah Grant I spoke to Jennifer Allen of Jayayoga last year in a video interview about her yoga teacher trainings. Jayayoga's mantra is 'safe, sustainable yoga' and is built on Jennifer's 15 years of  personal development, yoga teaching, and teacher training. Her focus is on understanding of the way our bodies respond to yoga, not just on a physical level, but on all levels - mentally, emotionally, energetically, and systematically. The movement-based practice (asana) is a combination … [Read more...]

Lessons from a Yogi: How to Win An Argument with an Arsehole

Photo Credit: Pete Longworth | The Visual Photographer

by Kara-Leah Grant Facebook. Arguments everywhere. About whether guns kill people, or people kill people, or guns with people kill people without guns. Often it's arseholes waging arguments. Wait. Digression. I'm going to be using that word liberally throughout this article so if swearing offends you please take the following precautions: Stop reading Keep reading, and inquire into yourself to determine why you may be having that response to a particular word, which is a … [Read more...]

Nine Ways to Master Yourself, and Therefore Life

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by Kara-Leah Grant There are two ways to live life. One is as a victim, getting upset and angry at what life throws at you, and trying to change the people and circumstances around you to make life easier. The second is as a Master, taking whatever life throws at you and using it to change yourself, making yourself stronger and more resilient so life becomes easier and easier. If you've been wasting energy on trying to change people around you, or wasting energy on reacting to the … [Read more...]

Will Power Living Ravage the Wellington Yoga Scene?

The beautiful space in Power Living Wellington's Studio.

by Kara-Leah Grant The same month that the new owners of Power Living Wellington signed a lease on their Johnston street premises, unbeknownst to them, Hot Yoga Wellington signed a lease on their second premises just around the corner on Featherston Street. Two new yoga studios, both featuring heat, one with the capacity for 60+ students in class, in a city already bulging at the seams with yoga studios and teachers. Has the market finally reached saturation? Will Power Living, with the … [Read more...]

Les Leventhal’s Journey from Drug-Addiction and the Porn Industry into Yoga and Consciousness {Video Interview}

Les Leventhal

by Kara-Leah Grant The back of his book says it all: 'How did the crystal-meth addicted, alcohol-abusing porn star cross the road to become a beloved, world-famous yoga teacher?' And how did he? How did Les Leventhal transform and rise from the depths of the darkness to a place of light? Like all transformative journeys, Les Leventhal's certainly didn't happen overnight. Les was just 17 years old when he ran away from home, and the East Coast, landed in LA. No money. No friends. Nothing but … [Read more...]

Shiva Rea on the Evolution of Prana Vinyasa Yoga {video interview}

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by Kara-Leah Grant She's sometimes referred to as "the Madonna of Yoga" - at least, that's what Vanity Fair called Shiva Rea when she did a desert photo shoot for them in 2007. But magazines love catchy monikers and as someone who grew up idolising Madonna and has studied with Shiva... the two women are nothing alike. "I'm not sure what exactly what they were referring to, whether it was my boldness, but I'm not into being a yoga celebrity at all. At all! Humility for me is a really important … [Read more...]

Golden Flow Yoga 200HR Teacher Training Launching in October, 2016

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by Kara-Leah Grant It's one of the most luscious areas of New Zealand, and now you have even more reason to go and spend some time unwinding and tuning in to the beautiful vibrations. Golden Flow Yoga is launching the first yoga teacher training course available in Golden Bay, near Nelson at the top of the South Island. Facilitated by Aeven Kelly, the 200HR Yoga Alliance certified course starts in October 2016. I had a chat to Aeven over email to find out more about this teacher training … [Read more...]

Teaching Yoga? You Must have a Home Yoga Practice. Here’s why

Photo by Pete Longworth | The Visual Storyteller

by Kara-Leah Grant Recently on social media, a yoga teacher was talking about the difficulty of fitting in going to yoga classes with her busy schedule, and admitted that her home yoga practice was poor. This teacher displayed zero awareness of the importance of a personal practice for anyone who teaches yoga. She's trained as a yoga teacher. Which implies that the yoga teacher training she completed didn't hammer home the importance of a personal practice for those who teach yoga. She's … [Read more...]