Tara Judelle on Journeying to the Centre of the Body through 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 Tara 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, … [Read more...]

Daniel Aaron on Personal Transformation in Yoga Teacher Trainings {video}

Daniel Aaron, Founder of Radiantly Alive Teacher Trainings

by Kara-Leah Grant Meet Daniel Aaron, one of the founders of Radiantly Alive, author, chocolatier, herbalist, Human Potential coach, and Yoga teacher. He's going to be leading a Radiantly Alive Level 2 week-long Teacher Training at Mana Retreat this December. Daniel was a self-proclaimed "lazy, fat, stiff" child who thought that yoga was for "pansies". When he finally did make it to class back in 1995, he was surprised to discover yoga was challenging not just physically but also … [Read more...]

Amy Ippoliti on the Most Valuable Thing You Can Offer in Yoga Class

Amy Ippoliti, teaching at Wanderlust NZ & Australia

by Kara-Leah Grant This article was written in February 2014 for Wanderlust NZ & Australia that year. I've re-published it as Amy is appearing at Wanderlust Sunshine Coast October 2015 and it was a fabulous interview. When I first heard that Amy Ippoliti was teaching at Wanderlust NZ and Australia, and saw photos of her, I made the assumption that she was one of the new-breed of yoga teachers - young, hip and cool but not necessarily with any depth of understanding or decade-long … [Read more...]

Ben Ralston on How Unresolved Trauma Holds us Back {video}

Ben Ralston featured

by Kara-Leah Grant The more research I do, and the more I observe my own experience and that of people around me, the more I become convinced that understanding trauma and how to release it is the key to our evolution as human beings. Fortunately, there are many amazing researchers and therapists working in the field of trauma work, including Ben Ralston. I first interviewed Ben about his work four years ago (see bonus video below). Since then we've become good friends and I've done a handful … [Read more...]

Here We Go Again: Embracing Deep Emotional Processing

No Space For Me

by Kara-Leah Grant I felt it when my alarm went off on Monday morning a few weeks back. I was not ready to get out of bed. Yes, I was tired, after a big weekend on the road with my son, but this not wanting to rise was deeper than that. I did rise though, and like every morning for the last 154 days, I sat and did my Tantra Meditation. The morning unfolded as it always does, getting my son ready for school and myself ready for a day of work but there was a tugging within. A part of me … [Read more...]

Judith Hanson Lasater on What It Really Means to Live Your Yoga {audio}

Judith Hanson Lasater

by Kara-Leah Grant Meet Judith Hanson Lasater. A yoga teacher since 1971, and the co-founder of Yoga Journal, Judith is a physical therapist, and holds a PhD in East West psychology. She's also written eight books and recently released a second edition of her popular book Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life. (The first edition was released in 1999.) That was a great excuses for me to hit up Rodmell Press (her publishers) about interviewing Judith, and I was very … [Read more...]

Mark Whitwell on the True Function of the Bandhas (and his Fiji Retreat) {video}

Mark Whitwell Fiji Retreat

by Kara-Leah Grant Every year, for two weeks, Mark Whitwell retreats to Fiji, to the island of Taveuni. He invites students and potential teachers to join him, for as long as they can. They can choose to just retreat, or they can clock up teacher training hours. Mark chose this particular location because it's accessible to the entire Pacific Rim, plus there is a Hindi influence with the local Indian population. (Originally brought over as indentured labour in the late 1800s). During the … [Read more...]

Win a Scholarship to The Great Emptying Out Spring Yoga Retreat

The Great Emptying Out Spring Retreat

by Kara-Leah Grant One thing has become very clear to me over the past year or so - how very complex our lives have become, and how full we are as human beings. Very few of us have space on a daily basis to just sit and chill - without a phone, without a book, without the TV on, without a hundred and one things running through our minds, without even a practice we feel like we should be doing. When Helen Thomas and I sat down to discuss how we should theme our yoga retreat, my … [Read more...]

Further Yoga Lessons in Bone Compression and Anatomical Limitations

My poor ankle flexion means my knees don't move forward at all - compared to Taisuke beside me with beautiful ankle flexion.

by Kara-Leah Grant This week in my Ashtanga practice I've been exploring and playing with two joints in particular - my ankle joints and wrist joints. Thanks to a Yin Yoga workshop, I've identified that I have a limited range of movement in both of these joints - less than the normal range. The only posture that my limited ankle mobility appears to impact in the Primary Series (I'm up to Bhujapidasana (Shoulder-Pressing Pose)) is Utkatasana (Chair Pose). Prior to the realisation about my … [Read more...]

Russell Brand’s ‘Revolution’ – A Book Review, of sorts {Video}

Russell Brand holding a copy of his book Revolution

by Kara-Leah Grant If you prefer video over reading, click here to jump to the end and watch my video review of Revolution. The article doesn't review the book so much as give relevant background.  Russell Brand first entered my consciousness when I saw a clip of him via Facebook being interview on MSNBC (below). In the eight minute interview, he reduced one female interviewer to a quivering heap of hormones with his mere presence while stepping outside the proscribed boundaries of a … [Read more...]