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...]

A Personal Exploration of Vairagya (Non-Attachment) in Romantic Relationships

Kara-Leah | Photo Credit: Pete Longworth

by Kara-Leah Grant There is a man I was recently immensely attracted to - on all three levels, sacral, heart and wisdom. It felt like that attraction was reciprocal. It felt like we had a similar depth and perspective on life, similar histories, values, vision and lifestyle. So potential and possibility arose, and on my side at least, intense desire. He and I had several conversations around relationship, sexuality, purpose, life visions and purpose. It felt like we were feeling each … [Read more...]

The Difference between Practicing Yoga Postures and Having a Yoga Practice

Yoga pose or yoga posture?

by Kara-Leah Grant There are many people doing yoga poses today, but there are far less people who have a yoga practice. Postures are everywhere - Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, advertising, magazines, yoga classes, yoga retreats, yoga teacher trainings. However, postures do not make a yoga practice. A yoga practice requires at least two other important elements before it can serve it's purpose - that of self-realisation, or of waking the practitioner up from the dream of Maya … [Read more...]

An Interview with Tom Myers of Anatomy Trains on the New Anatomy of Interconnectedness

Images of some of the anatomy trains of the body.

by Kara-Leah Grant Back in 2001, movement specialist Tom Myers published a book called Anatomy Trains. In it, he put forward an idea that was to forever change the way that people understood "stretching" - a systems-oriented view of our musculo-skeletal anatomy. That is, that when we stretch, we're not just stretching separate and individual muscles, but that we're also working with fascia, which is a webbing overlaid and connecting all muscles. This book was born out of the work that Tom … [Read more...]

How I Found my Ground through Shiva Rea’s Taupo Immersion

Shiva Rea at Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo. Photo Credit: June Bug Photography

by Kara-Leah Grant In February this year I spent five days at Wanderlust and then rolled straight into an Immersion with Shiva Rea. Now, a month or so later, everything around me is the same as it was. But I am not. I have deeply changed. I can feel it in the way I stand upon the earth. I can feel it in the way I wear my clothes, the way I walked my son to school, the way I'm sitting here now. Something in me has awoken - I have found my ground. Stepping back into training with Shiva was … [Read more...]

Emma Mildon on How Jade Eggs can Help You Find Mula Bandha

Emma Mildon Image Credit: Kenrick Rhys Photography

by Kara-Leah Grant I've been seeing Emma Mildon and her new book The Soul Searcher's Handbook all over social media for the past few months. And then at Wanderlust, in the Presenter's chill out space, there it was, on the coffee table - The Soul Searcher's Handbook. Published by Simon & Schuster - a MAJOR American publisher. Who was this woman? And how had she landed this publishing deal? And damn... what a great idea, leaving your book on the coffee table for everyone to check out! … [Read more...]