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5 Reasons I Went Vegan and Why You Don’t Have to

Here it is. My reasons for going vegan. And why you don't have to. Since starting Yoga in earnest over 6 years ago, I've given up a lot of things. A Yogic lifestyle has a lot to do with giving things up. We start by...

The Present Moment

Most of the time we live in the past of the future. In the past we find the memories and experiences we consider to have made us who we are. Even recent events can surface to draw our attention backwards. Whilst making dinner we happen on something we did earlier...

Thought is Creative

Every thought you think is creating your reality. Thought is followed by word, and is followed by action. We think, we speak we do. All together, all of us are thinking, speaking and doing all of the time. This week we were reminded of the creative power of thought,...

Accepting Ourselves

Much of what we practice in a yoga class is awareness of what is happening within.  We tune in to the sensations that arise during and after each practice. We observe the arising of thoughts and feelings throughout body and mind. We're left feeling uplifted and...

Louise Hay’s Points of Power

This term we use the 7 points of power described by Louise Hay to illustrate some very fundamental aspects of Yoga. Each week we consider one of the points as it relates to the aim of Yoga. Many of Louise's points of power relate to the thoughts we have, the thoughts...

Inner Silence

Yoga and meditation offer a path towards inner silence and stillness. But why are these so important and more importantly why are they so elusive? In the yogic tradition inner silence is the state of mind where the thoughts rest or are absent altogether. One of the...

Yoga as a Way of Life

Yoga offers us so much more than physical exercise, or a means for conditioning the body. With practice and discipline, we uncover glimpses of something more that forms part of the yogic way of life. A life intimately linked with the practices we do in class, but much...

A Time for Kirtan

I got to hang out at Kiran with Andrea this week, the person who first inspired me to learn Yoga. Thank you Andrea, Shaun and Lucilla for an uplifting weeknight in Mo town. Kirtan is a traditional form of call and response chanting that is in the tradition of Bhakti...

Good Vibes

Have you ever entered a room full of people and picked right away what its going to be like? Have you sensed of the mood or energy in a group as you enter a space, or been in a group that had a "great vibe" or a "powerful energy"? There's actually nothing magic about...

Feeling the Way we Feel

Emotions are an important aspect of Yoga. We become happy, sad, frustrated or angry during our practice. The frustration of not moving the way we think we should or of being limited by injury or discomfort. We grow frustrated at not feeling the sense of bliss and calm...

Mind your Mind

Have you thought about your thoughts lately? The practices of Asana have a direct effect on the energy of the body. The practices we do in class correct the body's posture so that we experience more energy and vitality. This is a result of the relaxing of certain...

Meditation

Our modern world has many distractions. Some pleasurable and we crave them. Some irritate us because they take our attention away leaving us feeling pulled in every direction. So much arises in our day to day which robs us of time and energy sending us round in...

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