By guest author Zahir Gilani I have been doing Hot Yoga for six years. I have been nomadic in my practice and have tried many different studios and instructors. Some classes have been great, and some instructors have been amazing. I have left classes feeling tranquil, and have even carried on the rest of my day in an ineffable euphoric state. But even if I do not achieve an inner peace while there, at the very least I’ll know I have got a good workout in and had a chance to … [Read more...]
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by Kara-Leah Grant I once knew a yoga teacher who would joke how awakening would never happen to her - she wasn’t far enough along the path, or didn’t know enough, or wasn’t enough. She had this idea that awakening only happened to spiritually advanced people, or special people. Yet by all accounts, awakening can happen to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. Why? Because awakening is nothing special. It is merely the shift from total identification with the mind - I am my thoughts - to an … [Read more...]
by Janelle Hope, Flip Your Dog Want to win a $100 voucher to Flip Your Dog? See the end of this article. If only I could live in yoga gear that doubles as all day wear, then I could practice, walk, run, workout anywhere, anytime while getting all of life’s other things done. Oh yes please! Since having my children (aged five and two) jeans are a thing of the past. Anything with a forgiving waistband - allowing me room to belly breathe, repeatedly get up and down from the floor with the … [Read more...]
By guest author Jacinta Aalsma I am always wondering if I would have chosen the path of yoga with the same passion and intensity if I didn't come across the Journey work. Would I be brave enough to follow my passion by facing my insecurity, fear of exposure and perfectionism? Would I dare to stand for a group of exciting yogis and teach them in English, my second language? Would I dare to show the real Jacinta? I guess we will never know. Clearly, Journey work has transformed my yoga … [Read more...]
by Kara-Leah Grant, Musings from the Mat It was one of those behaviours or activities that started softly, softly, slipping in under the mat and under awareness. A shared bottle of wine once a week. A shared bottle of wine twice a week. A bottle of vodka in the house - a cocktail before dinner four or five times a week, then a glass or two of wine. Never more than two or three drinks in a night, never every night of the week. But still... As time went by, this behaviour began to … [Read more...]
by guest author Emma Fernbloom, author of Conscious Creation of Wholeness & Community It’s strange to find myself free of ambition. It’s been a slow change, but now it’s happened completely, it feels a bit weird. It leaves gaps in conversations, like when everyone is talking about some TV programme you haven’t seen and they’re all wrapped up in the drama of it, but you haven’t been pulled into it so your smile is merely polite with a tinge of enjoyment or irritation at their … [Read more...]
By Susan Grbic, Growing Younger So many younger people are taking to yoga these days as opposed to thirty years ago when I was cutting my teeth as a student and yoga was still considered way too esoteric for your average citizen. And what an assortment of choices on the yoga menu today! Back in the day you were either an Iyengar student (and this was truly cutting edge) or doing what my teacher somewhat disdainfully and condescendingly called 'fruit salad' yoga (or old lady’s … [Read more...]