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...]

The Truth on Drinking Coffee and Teaching or Practicing Yoga

Nik Robson, yoga teacher, drinking coffee. (An Instagram post that sparked this article - thank you Nik!) Photo Credit: Cam Sims

by Kara-Leah Grant Since stopping regular coffee drinking back in 2013, I have become fastidious about never drinking coffee before practicing or teaching yoga. Since I practice every day, and teach often, there are very rare windows when caffeine is an option for me. At a recent summer festival, I realised how deeply this belief I have about the importance of not having caffeine in the system when practicing and teaching was ingrained. A couple of hours before I was teaching a class, I … [Read more...]

How to Liberate Yourself from the Tyranny of Desire in Romantic Relationship

Liberate yourself from romantic fantasy.

by Kara-Leah Grant When I was twelve years old I started a long short story - more of a novellete - about a young woman snatched from her home who finds herself in this other-worldly detention centre for teenagers. She's feisty as all hell, and makes a break for it with one of the other teenagers - a boy. As she and the boy go on the run, most of the action revolves around their relationship, which is fiery as all hell. Their banter is antagonistic, she gets mad at him often and isn't shy … [Read more...]

A Review of Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo 2016

Matiu Te Huki playing during Shiva's class. Photo Credit: Cam Sims

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...]