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

Do we innately desire new life?

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Time is an interesting concept. We tend to see time as something that is linear. With a beginning and an end. But is this really true? Or is time an illusion that keeps us shackled to the thought that our days are numbered? We may have days on planet earth that are numbered… but what happens to the soul? Did we exist before this physical life? Will our soul continue on after the passing of our physical body? Where will it go? Is our age an illusion? These are deep and thought provoking questions. Ones that most of us grapple … Read More

Can you find stillness amidst the chaos?

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It is so easy to get caught up in the dramas of life. We hear a story, a news report, a piece of gossip and we get so involved in it. We share it. Talk about it. Think constantly about it. It could also disturb us. Make us angry or make us cry. Some thoughts are so hard to shake and they stay with us for our entire life time! Usually these thoughts are around hurt, regret or sadness/loss. Yoga is defined at the beginning of the yoga sutras as as the calming of the fluctuations of the mind. And … Read More

Today’s yoga class left me feeling angry and frustrated

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That’s so not yogi is it? To be angry after a yoga class is almost criminal! Usually I’d feel refreshed and revitalised after a yoga class. Not this time. Since moving to Melbourne, I’m trying to find a regular yoga class where I can practice away from home and the kids. I have been yoga class shopping for something local and I am blown away at how difficult it is to find a yoga class that I actually love. Most classes these days can resemble very little of the yogic tradition. This particular yoga class lacked any sort of spirituality … Read More

I thought my house was clean until I did a downward dog

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Practicing yoga at home with 3 young children, you just have to make it happen somehow. Somewhere. This particular time I had vacuumed and mopped the house and I was feeling so clean and fresh. With a few minutes spare, I got into a downward dog in the kitchen. Yoga gets you up close and personal to areas you may not usually pay close attention to, like your toe nails for example or unshaven legs 😀 But this time, it was the fridge. Yes the fridge. In my blissful downward dog, my drishti (concentrated eye gaze) led me to concentrate … Read More

I don’t think you’re ready for this belly

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I used to shy away from my little pot belly. No matter how fit, slim and trim I have been, I always had a little belly pop out. I used to hate it and always tried to hide it. But something has changed within me over the last few years. The last 4 years I have either been pregnant or breastfeeding. I’ve had 3 children in 3 years and my body shifted from fit and strong to the size of a whale and I felt heavy and weak. My belly has had a workout in the process of pregnancy, labour … Read More

Saving Lives is Sexy

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Ever wondered why fire fighters, paramedics and police officers are so often used as sex icons? What is it that they all have in common? Other than the fact they all wear a uniform (which is often portrayed as sexy), they all have the ability to save lives. Saving lives is something extraordinary. Fire fighters, paramedics and police officers have the ability to do something that ordinary people cannot usually do themselves. They are able to take someone from their suffering or near-death experience and save them; giving them a second chance at life. Saving lives is sexy. And being … Read More