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

Ben Ralston

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

Everything is process, and sometimes we need to turn away from life and into ourselves.

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...]

How Bone Compression Prevents Me from Doing Bhujapidasana

My natural wrist extension, with internal force only.

by Kara-Leah Grant I've been aware of the role that bone compression plays in our range of movement since watching a series of Paul Grilley videos on YouTube. Yet despite knowing this intellectually, it wasn't until I attended a Yin Yoga Workshop with Karin Sang and Markus Henning Giess of Yin Therapy that I realised how bone compression was impacting my yoga practice. Over the course of the day, Markus lead us through several bone compression tests so we could determine our natural range … [Read more...]

Is Meditation Dangerous?

Is meditation dangerous?

by Kara-Leah Grant I got a call from a journalist at the Waikato Times a few weeks ago who wanted to interview me for an article on the 'pros and cons' of meditation. I wasn't sure if I could help her out - after all, I don't teach meditation - however it turned out she wanted to interview me about my experience of awakening and psychosis. Ah... I was to be the con in the article. Yes, meditation is dangerous, it can send you crazy! I pondered whether to do it or not. I understand … [Read more...]

What Are We Really Doing in Asana? Online Interactive Workshops on Injury Prevention in Yoga

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by Kara-Leah Grant Last August, I interviewed Matthew Remski almost a year ago about his project What Are We Really Doing in Asana?, investigating yoga and injury. He's been doing great work and has interviewed hundreds of yoga practitioners about their history of yoga injury - a topic that was largely taboo or silent until this conversation began. The articles that Matthew has written, and the interviews that he's done, are all going towards a book that he's writing. But in the … [Read more...]