The process and journey of yoga is not always easy though, and it always helps to have someone to walk the path with.
That’s where The Yoga Lunchbox comes in – here you will help you find support for your journey, wherever you might be along the path – shiny, fresh, novice student, or decades-long, dedicated practitioner.
We at The Yoga Lunchbox believe that:
- Yoga transforms lives by healing mind, body and spirit.
- Yoga isn’t just something that we do, yoga is the quality of presence that we bring to everything we do.
- Yoga has the power to transform our society from the inside out.
- The best articles are those written by yoga practitioners about their real-life experiences of learning on and off the yoga mat.
The Yoga Lunchbox is here to:
- Reassure us that whatever we encounter along the path of yoga is all part of the process.
- Encourage us to try more than just asana, and to try more than just going to class.
- And it’s here to celebrate the joyful aspects of making yoga a part of your daily life.
In our 1000+ articles you’ll find loads of ideas and suggestions on how to practice that promote, and advocate those very things.
There is no doubt that somewhere on this site, there will be something you’re looking for about yoga. Just use the Search bar to find what you need.
About Editor: Lucinda Staniland
Lucinda Staniland is an editor, writer and dedicated yogi.
Lucinda has worked at The Yoga Lunchbox since 2012. She loves the opportunity to be constantly immersed in the world of yoga, and particularly in the vibrant NZ yoga community.
Lucinda is a constantly curious learner, particularly in the areas of movement, plants, nature connection and embodiment.
She loves to hear from Yoga Lunchbox readers, so get in touch with her via email with your questions, ideas and stories.
About Publisher: Exercise NZ
ExerciseNZ’s mission is to proactively support a sustainable exercise and fitness industry in New Zealand.
The Exercise Association of New Zealand (ExerciseNZ) is a non-profit representative organisation, operating under an incorporated society membership structure.
ExerciseNZ’s members are organisations that exist within the health/fitness/exercise industry. The majority of which are organisations that operate fitness/exercise facilities (such as fitness centres and health clubs). ExerciseNZ’s members are wide and diverse, and include commercial operators (e.g. Les Mills and Contours), non profit organisations (e.g. YMCA) and local government council facilities.
ExerciseNZ has over 250 members, which represents approximately 85% of the industry. ExerciseNZ is governed by a board that is made up of elected representatives from the industry.
Top 10 Things to do at The Yoga Lunchbox
- Find out everything you need to know about starting yoga, including information on different yoga styles, plus the basics of getting along to your first class.
- Get the lowdown on the best yoga teacher trainings around with the YLB Guides to teacher trainings in New Zealand and Australia.
- Check out our books! Forty Days of Yoga, and The No More Excuses Guide to Yoga are both written by Kara-Leah and will help you to get (back) on your Yoga mat.
- Discover the Best Up-and-Coming Yoga Teachers in New Zealand and Australia.
- Advertise your yoga-related product or service with us and reach 40,000 + yogis a month.
- Get inspired by reading people’s personal stories of transformation
- Become a Yoga Lunchbox Facebook Fan.
- Read Kara–Leah’s popular column Musings from the Mat as she makes sense of everyday life through a yogic lens.
- Sign up for the YLB Digest to get all the best articles and goodness from The Yoga Lunchbox in a regular newsletter.
- Watch video interviews with fantastic, interesting, and inspiring Yogis.
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History of The Yoga Lunchbox
The Yoga Lunchbox was founded in October 2008 by Kara-Leah Grant after she attended her first Prana Flow Teacher Training Module with Twee Merrigan.
Inspired to blog about yoga, Kara-Leah called her website Prana Flow NZ.
By early 2010, Kara-Leah decided to rebrand as The Yoga Lunchbox to reflect the wider yoga community she was writing about. The website was no longer about one specific yoga style, but about Yoga itself.
Since then, the site has grown to over 1000 articles including Skype Video Interviews with many of the world’s leading yoga teachers including Cameron Shayne, Shiva Rea, Tiffany Cruikshank, Mark Whitwell, Duncan Peak, Ana Forrest and J. Brown.
In 2017, Lucinda Staniland was promoted to Editor, and Kara-Leah took a step back from the day-to-day running of the website, retaining her over-all vision as Publisher.
As of November 2018, the Exercise Association of New Zealand Inc (ExerciseNZ) took over supporting The Yoga Lunchbox. ExerciseNZ is a non-profit body with a mission of getting more people active in New Zealand)and amongst other things runs the Hauora Yoga Conference and supports movement and exercise in all its modalities. For more details on ExerciseNZ and its role visit the ExerciseNZ website.
You can email Lucinda here.
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If you purchase a product or service from us, we request certain personal information from you on our order form. You must provide contact information (such as name, email, and shipping address) and financial information (such as credit card information and expiration date). We use this information for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing an order, we will use this information to contact you.
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We use your information to operate our Sites’ business activities. For example, we may use this data to contact you about changes to our Sites, new services, or special offers, resolve disputes, troubleshoot issues, bill you for goods, and enforce our Sites’ terms and conditions.
As a general rule, we will not share, sell, rent or trade your data with third parties without your permission. However, there are some important exceptions to this rule that are described in the following paragraphs.
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Although we do not disclose individually identifiable information, we may disclose aggregate data about our Sites’ visitors to advertisers or other third parties for marketing and promotional purposes.
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When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number) on order forms that are hosted by our third party service providers, the transmission of that information is encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL).
We also use Google Analytics Advertiser Features to optimize our business. Advertiser features include:
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- Google Display Network Impression Reporting
- DoubleClick Platform integrations
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We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy policies of each and every Web site that collects personal information.
We display personal testimonials of satisfied customers on our site in addition to other endorsements. With your consent we may post your testimonial along with your name. If you wish to update or delete your testimonial, you can contact us connect [at] karaleah [dot] com.
Children’s Privacy Statement
This children’s privacy statement explains our practices with respect to the online collection and use of personal information from children under the age of thirteen, and provides important information regarding their rights under NZ law with respect to such information.
This Site is not directed to children under the age of thirteen and we do NOT knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen as part of the Site. We screen users who wish to provide personal information in order to prevent users under the age of thirteen from providing such information. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personally identifiable information from a user under the age of thirteen as part of the Site, we will delete such information from our records. If we change our practices in the future, we will obtain prior, verifiable parental consent before collecting any personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen as part of the Site.
Because we do not collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen as part of the Site, we also do NOT knowingly distribute such information to third parties.
We do NOT knowingly allow children under the age of thirteen to publicly post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable contact information through the Site.
Because we do not collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen as part of the Site, we do NOT condition the participation of a child under thirteen in the Sites’ online activities on providing personally identifiable information.
Any questions or concerns about this policy should be brought to our attention by sending an e-mail to connect [at] karaleah [dot] com and providing us with information relating to your concern.
You may also mail your concerns to us at the following address:
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