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Evening Yoga to Wind Down

A gentle yoga practice to wind down after a stressful day (23min). You will need a bolster/cushion/rolled-up towel. Ideally, do this near a wall or chair/lounge so you can put your legs up. Enjoy, Monica x   Need more help relaxing? Check out the Art of Relaxation Course in October. "It’s been two [...]

Nikki Reed

Favourite pose Butterfly pose.  I particularly love the yin version of this pose for my hips and spine. Why did you start doing yoga? I started yoga so I could stretch my tight muscles from a lot of running.  As soon as I started yoga I gave up running and decided to be gentle with [...]

Kye Cole

Favourite pose? I don’t have a favourite pose because I am “equanimous” ha ha ….ok….Downward Dog Why did you start doing yoga? To get relief from my physical discomfort. Why did you become a teacher? To get free yoga. How do you describe your teaching style? To challenge students; not in how well they are [...]

The Yoga Dip and How to Emerge From It

Starting new things is exciting. There's so much to learn, there's so much potential and the possibilities seem endless. Starting yoga is no different. The initial learning curve in yoga is all about getting the poses right, trying not to hold the breath and figuring out what 'being present' actually means. This phase in our practice is [...]

How I found more time

Life can be crazy busy at times. Between work, family, keeping healthy, commuting and socialising we can find ourselves being so busy just going through the motions. But how often do you take the time outside your daily routine to question what you’re doing? Or how well you’re doing? Or more importantly, why you’re doing what you’re [...]

The Stress Debt

Whenever we start something new, it's natural to wonder when we'll start seeing the benefits. It's really common for people to do a couple of yoga/meditation classes, get frustrated that they're not immediately enlightened and give up. But before you feel better, you will feel less bad (if that makes sense). The loss of the [...]

The Mind on Meditation

Our mind is still a mystery. Despite using it our whole lives, we haven't yet found the user guide let alone the remote to switch it off. And while modern science is constantly making new discoveries about the brain, the mind or consciousness is still so mysterious. The oldest books in the world (the Upanishads) [...]

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When we don’t get what we want

I used to hate the Dalai Lama quote "not getting what we want is a sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." But as I look back on the pivotal moments that changed the course of my life, I have to agree that not getting what I wanted has indeed been wonderful and has changed the [...]

Meditation Excuses Busted

What's your excuse for not meditating? Is it one of these? I can't sit cross-legged for meditation There is no set meditation position. You can sit in a chair or you can lie on the floor. You want to be comfortable and ideally have a straight spine. There's no point forcing yourself to stay in [...]

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Yoga for Anxiety

Anxiety is so prevalent with an estimated one in four people experiencing it in Australia (1). People often ask me if yoga will help with their anxiety as they're desperate to find a way to beat it. But what if anxiety wasn't the enemy and we didn't have to fight it? Anxiety can be thought [...]