Cultivate Calm

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 [...]

Why I still don’t do busy

When people ask me if I've been busy lately, I say 'Nope'. And they look at me like this... Shocking, I know. I've written before about why I don't do busy. And I'm still writing about it. The biggest myth is that being busy = being productive. Or worse, that being busy = being important. I call [...]

Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster

It doesn't matter if you're ready or willing. At some point in our lives, we all take a ride aboard the Emotional Roller Coaster. And all we can do is hold on tight, clench our jaw and bear it. The general ups and downs of life are more like a merry go round. I’m talking about the [...]

Why I’m not a fan of the word Meditation

As our lives get busier and more stressful, people are looking for ways to keep their busy mind calm. And in that search, many of us consider Meditation. After all, Meditation is slated to be the cure-all for our woes: stress, anxiety, sadness, unhappiness and the gateway to inner peace and enlightenment. Such high promises. [...]

Overcoming resistance in yoga and life

I have an embarrassing habit I need to confess. I often buy things I don’t use. It’s terribly wasteful, I know, but sometimes I can’t help myself. I’ve bought equipment I've never used Books I’ve never read I’ve paid for training courses I haven’t finished It’s a terrible waste. And the one thing all these [...]

Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better

I'm often asked if yoga will help people with anxiety. And as tempted as I am to say, 'yes, yoga helps with anxiety', it's not so straightforward. The truth is, anxiety will often get worse before it gets better. If there was a quick fix for anxiety, we would have found it by now. Yoga [...]

The Science Behind the MindBody Connection

I recently attended an event on the Art and Science of Relaxation which incorporated evidence-based relaxation techniques and an introduction to psychoneuroimmunology (aka the mind-body connection). It was fascinating and confirmed what yogis have known for thousands of years: that the mind and body are connected and our thoughts and emotions affect our health. As a [...]

Why I don’t do busy

Disclaimer: This is an opinion piece about choices I've made in my life. Ask me if I've been busy lately and I will tell you that I don't do busy. I'm not trying to be smart, it's a central theme of how I live my life. A while back I made a conscious decision to edit [...]