by Anthony Light Editor's Note: Anthony recently completed 100 days of yoga classes at Flow Hot Yoga in Christchurch. Downward dog can actually become a resting posture. Sound a little exaggerated? Well it can sound that way on days where I am feeling tight or tired. But for most of the time I’m now content hanging out in Downward Dog and observing how my body and mind adjust to the posture. If you had said that to me before a few months ago, I would have laughed with a small … [Read more...]
Inspiring stories of how the practice of yoga has changed and shaped people's lives.
By guest author Jonathan FitzGordon, The CoreWalking Program Way back in 1998, following the last of three knee surgeries, and after a year and a half of physical therapy I was finally back on my yoga mat, when a teacher asked me a life changing question. "What are you doing to avoid a fourth surgery?" "Nothing," was my sheepish response. Yoga had saved my life but it also broke my body. My childhood had been active though no one taught me how to do anything so I was particularly … [Read more...]
by guest author Anna Coventry, Bubbles and Backbends. When you look in the mirror, what do you see? A unique and beautiful person inside and out? Or someone who needs to lose weight, tone up and get some more sleep? A lot of women - and more guys than you would think - suffer from body image issues. It’s unfortunately very common and it is very destructive to a person’s wellbeing and happiness. For a long time I suffered from poor body image that led me to see myself in a distorted … [Read more...]
by Kara-Leah Grant OK, that headline is somewhat sensationalist - not because it's untrue. It is true. Between Hariata starting yoga and now, she's lost four dress sizes. But because it's not really the most important thing about Hariata's yoga journey. It's just the easiest to capture in a short headline. What is the most important aspect of Hariata's yoga journey? Difficult to encapsulate, but watch her on video, and you'll see it. She's an absolute delight. There's a joy about her and … [Read more...]
by guest author Swami Karma Karuna, Anahata Yoga Retreat There are some parts of the world that once visited get into your heart and won’t let go. India is such a place. A country of mysterious paradoxes; where civilizations and times intermix, a magical place which attracts people from all over the world with the richness of the land, its lush beauty and exotic architecture, its ability to overload your senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells and tastes. From the … [Read more...]
Submitted by Tracy Pepper of Mount Maunganui My yoga teacher training programme required that I spend 25 days on an ashram practicing, and this had a profound effect on me. We happened to start these 25 days with hip opening. As we went through the various types of postures - which are grouped into these emotional releasing areas, it brought up a lot of "stuff". Stuff I thought I dealt with through years and years of therapy. Stuff I didn't want to deal with again. Stuff that made me … [Read more...]