Practice, practice…enjoy the journey :)

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Practice, practice… enjoy the journey 🙂 The month of April, 2018 marks exactly 15 years since my first Ashtanga yoga class when I started practicing yoga seriously. It feels quote surreal to me and I often feel like my life is divided in two parts – before I found yoga and after I found yoga. My first Ashtanga yoga class challenged me in more ways than just my physical limitations. I could barely touch my toes and had a tight back. My body was shaking the entire class and I remember thinking “if I seriously have to do one more downward … Read More

You are Enough

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Are you happy? And I mean, are you *really* happy? Deep down inside? We often see happiness as a destination…a goal…somewhere, out there… outside of ourselves and something we are chasing.   I mean, after all, most of our daily interactions through advertisements (on billboards, TV and social media etc) feed us the biggest lie on the planet – that we are not enough.   As we are. We are not enough. That we should be unhappy with our current state of life/being and that we need something outside ourselves to satiate this desire to be happy. That something or … Read More

Let Go, Let God….

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Patricia, a dear friend of mine and an old colleague who I was privileged to have worked with in Sydney would often use the phrase: Let Go Let God Patricia’s faith in these words taught me so much about acceptance and relinquishing control. Letting go sounds all good and well. But what does that mean exactly? Let go of what? Our desires? Our fears? And how exactly do we let go of something? Do we need to let go of control? How much do you want to be in control? Of future events or the way you want your life … Read More

I saved myself

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My kids were playing around the yard today and were pretending to “save” each other from being stuck somewhere.  It was all fun and games and they love taking turns to rescue each other. This particular time, my daughter yelled out “Mummy, I saved myself!” and released herself from her “emergency”.  She was so pleased with herself that she repeatedly “saved herself”, much to my son’s frustration 😀 It got me thinking how we all too often look to outside sources to help “save us” when we might be going through a rough time or seeking answers to a problem. … Read More

For the First time

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My little baby Raya sits on my lap in the early morning while I’m still trying to wake myself up. Who needs an alarm clock when you have a little bubba to do the trick every morning? And this little alarm clock comes with a beautiful smile that lights up the soul. While I was bouncing her on my lap, she was beaming with joy and her face lit up like there was absolutely nothing more amazing than just simply being present on my lap. When I stopped, she gazed outside the window and seemed mesmerized by something out there. … Read More

5 Ways to talk yourself out of a yoga class & how to talk yourself out of them :)

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One classic common question I get asked is: Am I too old to take up yoga? The short answer: No. The more thought out answer… Anyone can practice yoga. There is only one type of person who can’t practice yoga, says one of my teachers… and that is the lazy person 🙂 In all honestly, I think many are reluctant to take up yoga and it’s not because they’re lazy. The top 5 reasons I have had people tell me why they’re nervous about taking up yoga are: 1. I’m too old or have an injury and I’m nervous about … Read More

Are you living a life designed for you?

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Have you ever had those days where you wake up and just dread your day job? You know those days I’m talking about? Where you struggle to drag yourself out of bed and just can’t imagine doing the same thing for yet another day… Whether it’s a job you commute to each day or it’s being a full time parent. Some times we can go through a stage where we struggle waking up on repeat, doing the same thing over and over again… Some days are like Groundhog Day. How many times can you do the same thing yet again? … Read More

“I’m soooooo not a morning person”

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Have you done this before? Repeatedly told yourself over and over again the same mantra. I don’t like pineapple. I hate running. I’m not a morning person. I am scared of heights. Well when you repeat these things to yourself often enough, you start to create this sense of “this is who I am” and you begin to define yourself under these categories. In yoga terms, this “I-am-ness” is referred to as Asmita (translated as Egoism). It is the concept of creating a self-image of ourselves that we believe is us, however these are all false projections of ourselves. We … Read More

I received this note from a student of mine…

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I received this heart-warming message by one of my yoga students who is now a yoga teacher and it prompted me to think of the role of the teacher… One of the greatest compliments you can get as a teacher is seeing your own students succeed and even excel you. In my teaching vocation, I have had past students come up to me and tell me how much I influenced their lives and how I instilled in them a love of learning that they didn’t have before. It has been the most heart-warming experience to have had now 25 year … Read More