How to En-lighten Yourself through Yoga Practice + Shadow Work

En-lighten yourself!

by Kara-Leah Grant Over the last eleven years I have done some deep personal work. At times it has been difficult and heart-wrenching, but always it has been rewarded and en-lightening. That work has brought me into a clear and lighter space within my own being, plus it has given me the ability to shift states of being almost at will, through the power of attention and intention. Yoga has been the cornerstone foundation of this work, but it has not been the simple act of moving through the … [Read more...]

How George FM Blue Skies Challenged my Judging, Critical Self

Letting go of my inner critic and dancing up a storm in my matronly dress on the boat to Mana Island

by Kara-Leah Grant I've been dying to go to a pacific island for a few years now, but just haven't had the available cash to pay for a holiday. So when Rire, the other half of Yoga Rhythms, called me to say she'd landed us a gig in Fiji, all expenses paid, I was thrilled. And I didn't ask too many questions. Sign me up! Fiji here we come! A few months later, I saw the flight details - leaving Auckland at 2am on Sunday morning and flying back at 9:45am on Wednesday morning. Barely three … [Read more...]

My Private Yoga Session with Vincent Bolletta

Before & after working with Vincent. The spine & head are completely different.

by Kara-Leah Grant Ever since I interviewed Vincent Bolletta last year I've wanted to do a private yoga session with him. I knew from that interview that this was a man who knew his yoga inside out, on the energetic and physical level. Over the last few years, I've worked with a couple of teachers, both teaching in the Ashtanga lineage, Peter Sanson and Paul Scrivener. The problem is, I'm not an Ashtangi yogi and while I deeply respect the intelligence of the Ashtanga sequence, it's not … [Read more...]

Hamish Kenworthy on Stepping into Your Power with Yoga Teacher Training {audio}

Hamish Kenworthy

by Kara-Leah Grant Meet Hamish Kenworthy, New Zealand's first certified Baron Baptiste teacher and Budokon teacher. Hamish runs Apollo Yoga Studio in Christchurch, and is leading a 200 hour Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Methven & Maruia Springs in 2016. I was very curious to speak to him because Baron Baptiste was an early and powerful influence on my yoga practice. I bought his book Journey into Power back in about 2002 or so and soaked it up, using it as a reference for my home … [Read more...]

A Review of Prana Box – Your Monthly Subscription Self-Care Package


by Kara-Leah Grant I am not a luxury kind of woman. At least, I can really enjoy luxuries when they present themselves to me, but I don't tend to seek them out or spend money on them. Part of that is because I run a tight ship, choosing freedom, passion and creativity over money - although I'm not suggesting that these things are in any way mutually exclusive either! It's just the way the cookie has crumbled over the last few years for me. ... but I digress! This week a box of luxury … [Read more...]

Jennifer Allen on Safe & Sustainable Yoga Practices & Teacher Trainings

Jennifer Allen, founder of Jayayoga

by Kara-Leah Grant Meet Jennifer Allen, a former professional dancer and musical theatre performer, who has been practicing yoga since 1995. Jennifer is now the senior facilitator at Jayayoga where she teaches safe and sustainable yoga classes and teacher trainings. I was intrigued by that concept, so Jennifer and I sat down to talk about what it means to practice and teach in a sustain manner. I think you'll find, as I did, how much her passion shines through on this! Jennifer has just … [Read more...]

Where Next for The Yoga Lunchbox? You Tell Me

Kara-Leah in 2008 just after starting the website

by Kara-Leah Grant A few weeks ago was the seventh anniversary of The Yoga Lunchbox, which began life as Prana Flow NZ after I did my first Prana Flow teacher training module with Twee Merrigan. Within the first year though it became clear this website was about far more than one style of yoga, so two weeks after my son Samuel was born, I rebranded the website as The Yoga Lunchbox, NZ's online yoga magazine. Since then, I've been dishing up two or three articles every week on all things … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Putting Someone off Yoga for Life in Your Yoga Class

The function of the pose is always more important than the form.

by Kara-Leah Grant Yoga might be one of the faster growing pursuits in the West, but there's still plenty of people showing up to class, having one - or multiple - bad experiences and being put off for life. And unfortunately, that initial interaction with a studio and/or teacher can set the tone for the way someone will forevermore think about yoga and 'yoga people'. Yes, there can be difficult first-timers and it takes two people to co-create a situation. But in the yoga room, the onus … [Read more...]

Nianna Bray on the Rise of Divine Feminine in Yoga {video}

Nianna Bray

by Kara-Leah Grant Meet Nianna Bray, international yoga teacher and tantric yogini. Nianna has studied with many talented teachers, including Shiva Rea, and Mark Whitwell, and now teaches yoga trainings and retreats all over the world. And if you've been reading The Yoga Lunchbox for awhile, you might have met Nianna last year, when we first interviewed her about teaching at Wanderlust and running her first 200hr Teacher training.  Now Nianna is returning to New Zealand in early 2016 to … [Read more...]

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...]