by Lucinda Staniland,
In the last days of my 2018 work year, I couldn’t shake a nagging feeling that I’d forgotten to do something important…
After much racking of my brain and searching
Every December, The Yoga Lunchbox publishes a list celebrating our ten most popular articles of the year, a tradition that always gives us an insightful snapshot of what the year held for the local and international yoga communities.
So, although I’m now more than a little late to the game… here it is!
Looking at this list, I was reminded that it has been a somewhat tumultuous, but overall exciting and positive year for the NZ Yoga Community: We experienced the sudden and dramatic demise of Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo, the equally sudden birth of the homegrown Lovelake Festival and our first ever national yoga conference – Hauora. We also hosted talented international yoga teachers, some of whom you’ll see on this list, and, with great sadness, mourned the death of Jason Corliss.
Internationally, interest in animal and plant medicines like Kambo seems to
by Chris Kelly, If you’d told me years ago that the slimy secretion from an Amazonian tree frog – sometimes called “ordeal medicine” – was incredible for my health, I’d think you were
by Kara-Leah Grant, The last time I saw Jason Corliss – Organic Mechanic founder, wizard, shaman, healer, sage – was at Kawai Purapura on Sunday, February 11th, 2018, for a Cacao Ceremony. He was
by Kara-Leah Grant, It’s the news that has ruptured the New Zealand and Australian yoga community and shattered the dreams of thousands of people. On January 12th, 2018 YEANZ Ltd, the company that held the license for Wanderlust in Australia and New Zealand, went into liquidation. Eleven days later, the worst was confirmed – Wanderlust Great Lake Taupō was effectively cancelled. The Yoga Lunchbox has been part of the Wanderlust journey right from the beginning: I’ve interviewed many Wanderlust … [Read more…]
by Lucinda Staniland, By now you’ve probably come across Yoga Nidra, one of the hottest trends to hit the Yoga scene in recent years. Everyone is doing it, from your trend-setting Instagram-loving best friend to your old-school internet-free great Aunt. But what is Yoga Nidra exactly, and does it deserve its sudden popularity? To the latter, I answer with an emphatic YES, which I trust will quickly become clear in the eight points below. And for an answer to the former, I turned to Swami … [Read more…]
by Lucinda Staniland, I have a confession to make. Even though I practice yoga every day and work for a yoga website, I haven’t regularly attended yoga classes in years. My home yoga practice is consistent and serious, I’m constantly consulting my bookcase of yoga books, and I attend the occasional one-on-one session with a teacher. But yoga classes? That thing where you join a group of people to be led through asana and perhaps some pranayama and meditation? The answer used to be, … [Read more…]
by Kara-Leah Grant, For the last four decades, Ana Forrest has been bringing her particular brand of fierce medicine to the yoga world. She’s long woven Native American ceremony into her classes and workshops, calling on the forces that helped her heal from an abusive and challenging childhood. So it’s no surprise that when she met and fall in love with the man who would go on to become a co-director of Forrest Yoga that he too would have a long history with shamanism and healing – just in a … [Read more…]
by Lucinda Staniland, It’s always a joy to come across someone who takes real pleasure in the work they do in the world. Without a doubt, Dr Scott Lyons is such a person and I could tell so immediately when I began watching his conversation with Kara-Leah Grant. Although he clearly takes a serious and earnest approach to his work, there is also an overflowing sense of delight and lightness to him, which I couldn’t help but be enchanted by. Dr Scott Lyons is a Clinical Psychologist and … [Read more…]
by Kara-Leah Grant, Five weeks and three core staff – that’s all it took to produce a full programme at
by Tara Fowler, Habits are our regular and repeating behaviours which are done unconsciously. For me, this is picking my skin. For as long as I can remember I’ve picked my skin. As a small child any itchy bite I would scratch and scratch, tearing it apart. Then when it formed a scab I would pick that off also, leaving my skin covered in scars. I remember when I was around nine years old, a friend noticed the scabs and scars on my legs and said to me. “Gross, do you still … [Read more…]
by Lucinda Staniland, On a rainy Saturday morning in Auckland, I found myself in a packed auditorium, with around 85 yoga teachers and students, and several hundred fitness professionals, listening to renowned international yoga teacher Donna Farhi give a keynote presentation on interoception and kinesthesia. As Donna lead us through ten slow diaphragmatic breaths, the whole audience dropped into deep, yet focused, stillness. There were so many magical moments like this at the Hauora Yoga … [Read more…]