Why it’s Important to Enter the P.L.A.Y Instagram Competition

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by Kara-Leah Grant Last week, Hannah, the marketing guru over at Power Living, emailed me and asked if I would promote an event that Power Living is running from March 23 - 29,  The P.L.A.Y Instagram Competition. The event involves people taking a series of photos of yoga-related topics and uploading them to Instagram with the tag #modernyogachallenge. At the end of the week, a winner will be chosen and receive $2000 P.L.A.Y dollars - money that can be put together toward any Power Living … [Read more...]

The Definition of a Yoga Teacher: Nothing More than a Friend, Nothing Less than a Friend

Mark Whitwell

by Kara-Leah Grant I was fortunate enough to attend one of Mark Whitwell’s classes at Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo 2015. Mark is teacher of considerable standing who spent many years with Desikachar and studied directly with Krishnamacharya, the teacher of teachers and the godfather of Western Yoga. His approach gets right to the heart of yoga. Unfortunately, despite being a born and bred Kiwi, Mark’s many years spent overseas means most New Zealanders don’t know who he is. Plus, now based in … [Read more...]

Tara Judelle on Embodied Anatomy in Yoga {Video interview}

Tara Judelle

by Kara-Leah Grant Meet Tara Judelle, an international yoga teacher and featured teacher with Yogaglo. Tara has over 27 years’ experience working with movement, and now focuses her yoga classes, and her own practice, on the discovery of embodied anatomy. I had the pleasure of attending a weekend workshop with her last November, at a time I was beginning to become disillusioned with the yoga I was finding. Tara restored my faith in yoga teachers. She taught 100% out of her own practice, in … [Read more...]

How Wanderlust Helped Me Become the Best Yoga Teacher

What does it take to be the best yoga teacher you can be?

by Kara-Leah Grant And by that I mean the best yoga teacher I can be, not the best yoga teacher in the world. :-) Yes, the four days of Wanderlust were the best four days of my life. It's my ideal way to spend time - hanging in community surrounded by literally hundreds of heart-open people, practicing yoga, listening to music, dancing, eating amazing food and spending time in nature. Oh, and having the privilege of speaking and teaching too. Last year, watching the teachers deliver … [Read more...]

How Deep Do You Really Go in Your Yoga Practice?

The posture is a tool, it is not the yoga itself

by Kara-Leah Grant On Friday, a friend who is a talented healer, did some energy release work on my shoulders. He stood behind me, pressed into each shoulder and breathed. It was a simple technique and yet I could feel pressure evaporating into the ether. Afterwards he shook his head. You had half a ton of pressure in there. I know this. I feel it and I see it in my body when I watch myself on video - this held tension that isn't so much about the muscles but the underlying … [Read more...]

A List of Yoga Scandals Involving Gurus, Teachers, Students, Sex and Other Inappropriate Behaviour

Bikram Choudhury

By Kara-Leah Grant & Lucinda Staniland The last few years have been awash with yoga scandals as well-known yoga teachers and gurus have fallen from grace. I'm not going to add any commentary to this article, it's simple a list of scandals that have happened over the years.  If you know of any that I've missed, please let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the list. This list is in no particular order  except that of my mind and my research. Bikram's on the top, because he was … [Read more...]

How to Break a Pattern of Attracting Emotionally Unavailable Men

Photo: Pete Longworth
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by Kara-Leah Grant It began with Ana Forrest's class Tracking Transformation at midday on Thursday, the first day of Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo. I was wary of taking her class that afternoon as I was doing a Speakeasy at 4:30pm and Ana has a reputation for breaking people open. However, it was my only chance to make one of her classes so I took the risk. Early in class, Ana had us scan through our body, tracking sensation, and seeing what was going on. We were instructed to choose a part … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Submit a Video Testimonial and Win Yoga Books, DVDs & More

Shakti mat

by Kara-Leah Grant Over the years I've collected a large collection of yoga books, DVDs and accessories. Many of them I never use. So I've decided to gift them out to The Yoga Lunchbox community. Plus, the New Zealand distributors of Shakti Mats have kindly offered two Shakti mats as prizes for this competition (see below for information on the Shakti Mat). You may have seen their stall at Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo - now's your chance to get your hands on one of their awesome mats. In … [Read more...]

A Review of Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo 2015

Eoin Finn's class - another stand-out highlight for me. Photo by Ali Kaukas

by Kara-Leah Grant Wanderlust Great Taupo 2015 - everyone I spoke to agreed it was a resounding success and totally exceeded expectations, on all fronts - even the weather! Despite a forecast that promised solid rain for four days, the festival was mostly dry and sunny, only succumbing to drizzle on the final day. Then, it felt therapeutic and atmospheric. The finale event, Xavier Rudd, was held in The Greatest Place (mainstage) - a large tented space with portable flooring and stage … [Read more...]

Reflections on Teaching the Worst Yoga Class of My Life

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by Kara-Leah Grant On Saturday I taught my first yoga class in five weeks, as it's summer holidays here and I've been doing just that - holidaying. Possibly it wasn't prudent to take so much time off teaching when I've got a major festival within a week - i.e. Wanderlust. Although as I've been on a Forty Day Practice, my asana practice is stronger than it's ever been. However it turns out a strong asana practice doesn't necessarily make me a stronger teacher. I turned up on Saturday … [Read more...]