A Review of Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo 2016

The Divine Shiva Rea. Photo credit June Bug

by Kara-Leah Grant Holy Wanderlust. What a trip. It began like it ended last year - with Pete Longworth. We’ve become amazing friends over the last year since meeting at Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo 2015 (one of the best things about this gathering - the quality of friendships you form) and this year, Pete flew out early to hang with me. We drove over on Wednesday, stopping at Kerosene Creek to do a four hour photo shoot. There’s almost a novel in that experience alone. Suffice to say that I … [Read more...]

What is the Heart of Samyak Yoga Teacher Training?

Samyak Yoga Teacher Training

by Kara-Leah Grant Two years ago I interviewed the team at Samyak Yoga Teacher Training and they talked about the difference between Yoga in life versus life as yoga. It was an illuminating interview where we covered many aspects of and details of yoga. Now the team are back to share deeper revelations on the way they lead their yoga teacher trainings, which they lead in India, Cambodia and Paris.  What is the heart of Samyak Yoga Teacher Training? Love and Light! Yoga brings out the … [Read more...]

How George FM Blue Skies Gave My Radiant Self an Opportunity to Shine

Learning how to shine, wherever, however.

by Kara-Leah Grant A couple of months ago, I went to George FM's Blue Skies three-day music festival in Fiji as part of Yoga Rhythms. I wrote about that experience in this article: How George FM Blue Skies Challenged my Judging, Critical Self. This is the follow-up. Once I got over my angst and judgment about spending three days in the whirlwind of a mainstream booze-fest dance party, I got on to the serious business of being joyful. Of being me. The first time at Blue Skies Fiji that … [Read more...]

What Women Need so They Can Invite Men to Step Up

Our source of power is our own worthiness, which arises from within, not from being validated by men.

by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat I attended an all-girls high school in Dunedin and remember clearly one year the annual production was Lysistrata. Written by Aristophanes and first staged in 411 BCE, it's a comedy detailing one woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. Her method? Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands until their men agree to negotiate a peace. As a teenage girl, I loved this play. I loved … [Read more...]

Patanjali’s Five Key Attitudes for Committing to Your Yoga Practice

Mid-chant during Day 300 of my practice. (Staged, of course!)

by Kara-Leah Grant Today was Day 300 of a Tantric yoga practice I'm doing, which got me reflecting on what it takes to commit to yoga. Every day, no matter what, I sit and do this particular yoga practice, which consists of seated spinal rotations with pranayama, chanting with visualisation and mudra, and meditation. My intention is to do 1000 days in a row - that's almost three years of dedicated, committed practice. If I miss a day, I have to start again on Day 1. It's taken me over … [Read more...]

The Road to Living a Life of Outrageous Joy

The-Shift-March-poster-web-FINAL

by Kara-Leah Grant Late last year I finally re-launched my personal website. It had been a few years in the making, as I struggled to articulate who I was and what I did beyond The Yoga Lunchbox. But one Monday morning, after leading a weekend retreat called The Great Emptying Out, I was biking home from a walk along the beach feeling totally outrageous joy for no particular reason and it came to me. This is it. This is who I am. This is what I do. I live a life of outrageous … [Read more...]

Top Ten Best Yoga Articles of 2015

Donna Farhi

by Kara-Leah Grant I love checking the data and seeing which articles came up tops out of the 100+ that The Yoga Lunchbox published in 2015. After awhile, you start seeing the patterns. First are my personal articles which detail my breakdowns and breakthroughs on everything from men to my yoga practice to my relationship with teaching and money. People love these articles and respond with lots of comments and messages, and of course, views. Then there are the articles that I write … [Read more...]

On the Way Fear and Limiting Beliefs Keep Us Silent

What's your ball & chain?

by Kara-Leah Grant I have been observing a pattern of mine in relationship for some fifteen years now. I first became aware of it in 2000, during a two and a half year relationship with a beautiful man that adored me. Despite becoming aware of it then, and seeing how destructive it was for our relationship, that same pattern deepened in my next relationship, from 2002 - 2004. That pattern of behaviour was part of the reason the end of this particular relationship tipped me over the edge into … [Read more...]

The Ethics of Teaching Newly Learned Material in Your Yoga Class

Where did that variation come from & how long have you been practicing it for?

by Kara-Leah Grant Once, I taught a weekend workshop to an eager group of students, including the studio owner and some teachers from the studio. My style of yoga and teaching was fairly different to the usual style on offer at this particular studio. My offering was lapped up and everyone enjoyed the workshop, excited to have a new way to approach yoga. So far so good right? This is exactly the kind of response one wants from teaching a workshop. A day or two after the weekend, one of the … [Read more...]

How to En-lighten Yourself through Yoga Practice + Shadow Work

En-lighten yourself!

by Kara-Leah Grant Over the last eleven years I have done some deep personal work. At times it has been difficult and heart-wrenching, but always it has been rewarded and en-lightening. That work has brought me into a clear and lighter space within my own being, plus it has given me the ability to shift states of being almost at will, through the power of attention and intention. Yoga has been the cornerstone foundation of this work, but it has not been the simple act of moving through the … [Read more...]