Kara-Leah Grant gets up close & personal about life on and off the yoga mat in her long-running yoga blog, Musings from the Mat.

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

I Give Up

I give up. An act of surrender

by Kara-Leah Grant I just wrote some 700 words and I realised that I've been telling the same damn story on this website for the past five years. A story of struggling to earn money through teaching yoga and writing. And now, I'm dropping the story and simply saying: I give up. I've had enough. I don't care anymore. I'm going to stop trying to earn a living from writing and teaching. Oh, I won't stop writing, nor will I stop teaching. These things I will continue to do, always and … [Read more...]

How to Prevent the Practicalities Getting in the Way of Your Dreams

Get clear on your dreams and then take action. You will be supported.

by Kara-Leah Grant Over the past decade I've become skilled at working with the unconscious and that which holds us back from realising our dreams. I'm adept at identifying something I would like to experience, and then making it happen. I wanted to write and publish a book. I've now written and published two. I had a dream of teaching Yoga Trance Dance with a live DJ rocking it behind me, and I'm now part of Yoga Rhythms with fellow yoga teacher, DJ and Goddess Rire. I dreamt of … [Read more...]

So that’s what Brahmacharya is all about. Containing my Inner Vamp

Learning to stand my ground and contain my energy, opening only on my terms.

by Kara-Leah Grant This New Year’s Eve was a watershed for me. For the first time in my life, I tamed the wild demon of my sexuality. Never have I felt more powerful or more in integrity, and that sense of power and integrity has since spun out, infusing every element of my being. I was at a five day festival and in the company of an extraordinarily sexy man. The connection between us was humming and thick and a mere sideways glance was enough to bring on dry mouth and heart palpitations. And … [Read more...]

When the Price of Beauty and Presence is Sadness

Beauty is all around us

By Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat Yesterday we got home from six days away - my son with his father, and me in Napier teaching yoga classes and workshops. I love being on the road, catching up with the many friends I have around the country, teaching at a variety of studios, sharing my passion for yoga in workshops. I love home too but when I'm at home, I'm reminded of the home I don't have, the life I'm not leading. In that life I'm coming home to a man I love, who loves me. … [Read more...]

How I Took Responsibility for My Toxic Relationship & Found Forgiveness

Toxic relationship article

by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat Recently, while choosing photos to put in a Facebook album celebrating my son's fifth birthday, I came across a series of photos that his father and I had taken of ourselves one month before I finally left him. I paused, and looked at us - the happy and in-love us, the good side, the side that kept me a destructive and difficult relationship for nearly four years - and I was grateful I hadn’t deleted the photos as I so nearly did a few months after we … [Read more...]

There is No Space for Me. A Short Journey into Depression

Journey into depression

by Kara-Leah Grant On Sunday afternoon, lying on the grass outside under fluffy white clouds and a lazy blue sky, I felt the snaky tendrils of depression slither into my heart and settle in my being. One moment, everything was as it was. The next, I felt a heaviness of being, a reluctance to move or act or even be, a dragging at my insides, a rising of emotion. Usually the arrival of depression is not so noticeable. It sneaks up on me and I'm not aware until it's taken me down and I'm … [Read more...]