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 … [Read more...]
Inspiring stories of how the practice of yoga has changed and shaped people's lives.
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 … [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...]
Submitted by Mandy Lawson of Cobano, Costa Rica The day I found out that I am pregnant with my first child was one of the most astounding, emotional and happy days of my life so far. In our minds we can imagine how we will feel and react when something long awaited happens, but this was much more intense that I could have guessed. I doubt that I will ever forget the amazement and disbelief that I encountered upon seeing the two little pink lines on the pregnancy test. I just kept … [Read more...]