What is Yoga Trance Dance™? It’s coming to Auckland!

by Kara-Leah Grant If you know me, you know I love dancing. Always have, ever since I saw Flashdance at age 8, and got hooked on the original Fame TV series. That was me... always dancing. But there was never any chance I could become a professional dancer because I had zero flexibility, plus at age 16 I had a spinal fusion. (I still remember the first day I danced again after that operation... the doctor said three months, I gave it two.) However... life moves in mysterious ways and in … [Read more...]

Suzanne Sterling on Why What You Love is Key to Your Service {video interview}

suzanne sterling

by Kara-Leah Grant It's that time of year again... the run-up to Wanderlust, which means I get to interview all kinds of amazing yoga teachers. First up in the series is Suzanne Sterling, in part because she's also a founder of Off the Mat Into the World which is running some events in New Zealand and Australia this October (just been) and December. Interviewing Suzanne meant finding out the low-down both about Off the Mat and how awesome it is, and about her and how awesome she is. I … [Read more...]

Katy Carter on Why The Space Between is so Powerful {Video Interview}

Mana Retreat Centre

by Kara-Leah Grant It's that time period between Christmas and New Year's where the madness of the silly season is almost over but the shops and roads are packed. It's that time when our family obligations are usually done, but we haven't quite started our holidays yet. It's that time when the old year is done, yet the new year has yet to start. It's the space between. And a space when Auckland-based yoga teacher Katy Carter has decided to host a five day retreat at Mana Retreat … [Read more...]

J. Brown on the Three Sensibilities that Shape Our Yoga Practice {video interview}

J. Brown

by Kara-Leah Grant I've been following J. Brown for a few years now, inspired and impressed by the consistent and constant magnifying glass he applies to the yoga world. J. has no qualms about challenging the accepted flow with his articles, calling into question elements of yoga teaching and practice that he finds problematic. But then, J. Brown is an upstart who has always gone against the grain right from the beginning of his career, deliberately taking a different approach from the … [Read more...]

Peter Sterios reveals What Happens When your Yoga Teacher Cuts You Loose {video interview]

Peter Sterios

by Kara-Leah Grant An internationally recognised teacher, writer, and entrepreneur with over three decades of experience, Peter Sterios is one interesting guy. He was once a professional rugby player and lived in New Zealand for eight years - An American making a living as a rugby player. He was in New Zealand when he met his yoga teacher Zhandor Remete of Shadow Yoga - a teacher he ended up spending twenty years with before Zhandor cut him off and told him it was time for Peter to go his … [Read more...]

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

The No More Excuses Guide To Yoga

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...]