Cultivate Calm

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 [...]

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'. I'm not being rude, it's the truth of who I am and what I stand for. 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 [...]

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 [...]