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...]

Ashtanga: I Don’t Want to Break My Knees

Be gentle with knees!

by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat My knees ache. They have been since about April of this year - about three months into a regular Mysore-style Ashtanga practice, two or three times a week. I also do a regular home practice of vinyasa, prana-led asana (slow and steady), meditation and pranayama. I've been able to do Half Lotus for some years now, including Standing Bound Half Lotus (without the forward fold). I have never had any prior knee issues or pain. Although my … [Read more...]

Matthew Remski: What Are We Really Doing in Asana? {Video Interview}

Matthew Remski

by Kara-Leah Grant Matthew Remski is a yoga teacher, writer, Ayurveda practitioner therapist and author of Threads of Yoga - A Remix of Patanjali's Sutras. For years he's been concerned about injuries in yoga, but had not been concerned enough. Like many of us, he believed that yoga injuries were the result of poor instruction on the part of the teacher, or overwork on the part of the student. But over time, Matthew began to notice that even well-instructed poses, executed mindfully, … [Read more...]

Official Announcement for Wanderlust NZ & Australia 2015

Photo by Ali Kaukas

by Kara-Leah Grant That little girl in a photo from Wanderlust Aspen says it all... This is it folks... if you're anything like me, this is something you've been dreaming about for a couple of years - New Zealand & Australia's very own four and three day mindful living festivals embracing yoga, music and a whole swack of fun. Yes, details for Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo and Wanderlust Cockatoo Island have been officially announced. Down below you'll find the official press release with … [Read more...]

The Best Home Yoga Practice Book You Can Buy

Forty Days of Yoga - The Best Home Yoga Practice Book You Can Buy

by Kara-Leah Grant, author of Forty Days of Yoga & The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga (coming soon) It's been 18 months since I published Forty Days of Yoga and over a thousand people have now bought the book in print or electronic versions. The message I consistently hear is that: Thank you so much for opening my world and showing me that a daily yoga practice doesn't mean crazy postures on my mat for 90 minutes and failing if I miss a day. Thank you for helping me find a calm, … [Read more...]

How to Uncover the Treasures of the Chakras through Yoga

Image by Saint Birdy

by Kara-Leah Grant Back in 2000 I was living with chronic back pain including agonising spasms, searing sciatica on the right side and a right foot that was half numb, meaning I walked with a limp. I had no faith in doctors because I'd had a spinal fusion eight years earlier (aged 16). I'd felt like like the doctors I'd seen then or since didn't understood my back or what was causing my pain. Yet I dutifully took myself off off to the Whistler Medical Clinic to get x-rays and see if … [Read more...]

Giant Integration: Feeling Good vs The Truth of the Moment

Life is both rainbows and menacing storm clouds.

by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat For over a decade now I've been living deep journeying into the Self. Post-Bali was no exception. I'd stirred up, identified and released a negative core belief centred around the third chakra. This was difficult work and intensely liberating all at the same time. I'm already seeing concrete results from the clearing of this old belief in the way i'm organising my yoga classes and new chakra course here in Wellington.  But that old third chakra … [Read more...]

Whereupon the Giant Flashes Back to Early Childhood and Wakes Up

Ganesh, remover of obstacles, watching over us all week

by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat I'm on a 500hr Yoga Teacher Training with the Power Living Crew called Allow the Giant to Emerge. I'm triggered, massively, and have spent four days of mired deep in my shit. This Thursday evening I'm exhausted and I'm sitting in a Core Belief session with Keenan Crisp and Kristi Clark leading. (Which is really all about working with vasanas.) I'm sick of hearing about core beliefs, I'm sick of hearing about people's childhood memories, I'm even … [Read more...]