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...]

How to Cultivate Abundance on the Yoga Mat Part 2 {video}

We extend our leg from the core - not from the foot. This creates integration and integrity in the posture.

by Kara-Leah Grant Welcome to the second Creative Sun Salutation flow here on The Yoga Lunchbox. As with the last six-part series, the first two episodes in this series are free for anybody to access, and the final four are for Insiders only. (You can become a member of Inside the Box here.) This week we add on to the beginning of our abundance sun salutation, moving through halfway lift, high plank, low plank, upward dog, downward dog, three-legged dog and knee to nose. Most of you … [Read more...]

Tom Sutherland on the difference between Bikram Teacher Training and Tony Sanchez Teacher Training {video}

Tom Sutherland, student of Bikram and then Tony Sanchez

by Kara-Leah Grant Meet Tom Sutherland, an American Yoga Teacher who has trained with both Bikram Choudhury and Tony Sanchez. I meet him, briefly, at modern Yoga Napier when I was up there at the end of September. I didn't get a chance to practice with him but heard from other people in the studios that he was teaching Bikram Yoga in a very different way, with heavy emphasis on letting the breath lead. I was intrigued. Bikram Yoga and I have a long history. I have always appreciated … [Read more...]

How to Cultivate Abundance on the Yoga Mat Part 1 {video}

Abundance comes from the way we're connected to what nourishes us and the way in which we open ourselves to give & receive

by Kara-Leah Grant Welcome to the second Creative Sun Salutation flow here on The Yoga Lunchbox. As with the last six-part series, the first two episodes in this series are free for anybody to access, and the final four are for Insiders only. (You can become a member of Inside the Box here.) When I teach and practice yoga, my tendency is to work with different energies on the mat, cultivating those energies as required, depending what's going on in my life at that time. This particular … [Read more...]

On the Dilution of the Genuine Transmission of Yoga

Looks like a yoga teacher, talks like a yoga teacher, but is she really a yoga teacher?

by Kara-Leah Grant I was recently in a yoga class with yet another teacher who's not present, not teaching to the room, and not really teaching yoga. Oh, there were postures, and alignment cues, and by the end of the class as she'd come more into herself and some presence, offering some lovely phrases and suggestions. Other people enjoyed the class. They left feeling like they'd done a "good yoga class". They were happy. Content. And they'll keep coming back. Me, I was watching my … [Read more...]

Is Ancestral Trauma a Source of Modern Day Depression and Anxiety?

Can ancestral trauma be passed down through the generations?

by Kara-Leah Grant Since 2004 I have progressively healed myself through a combination of yoga, meditation and a wide variety of healing techniques. As I went through this process, my old coping techniques slowly but surely fell away - in the past I've used everything from drugs, alcohol, exercise and relationships to distract myself. Dropping these various distraction techniques was never easy. I didn't give up marijuana until I was pregnant. When life got really tough and I found … [Read more...]

Acro-Yogi Daniel Scott on Moving and Being Moved {video interview}

Daniel Scott in action

by Kara-Leah Grant Meet Daniel Scott, self proclaimed yogi provocateur, Acro-yoga teacher and owner of one enviable moustache. Based in Los Angeles, he is another of the talented and charismatic teachers who will be taking the stage at Wanderlust 2015 in New Zealand and Australia. Daniel's speciality is acro-yoga, and he promises to teach you how to fly. Not only will you catch him at Wanderlust New Zealand January  29 - February first and Wanderlust Australia February 20 - 22 but … [Read more...]

The Conundrum of the Inflexible Yoga Teacher

I feel... tight, tight, tight, even with my knees bent to protect my spine.

by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat One Sunday recently I retired to the beach for 90 minutes to work my way through a set yoga sequence a friend had posted on their Facebook page. It was total luxury. My son was with his uncle, I had no-where to  be and nothing to do, but soak up the sun, the salty breeze, and washing sound of the waves while immersing myself in a yoga sequence. I hated it. Oh, not the scene, or the setting, or the child-free time but the sequence. From the … [Read more...]

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...]