Your first yoga class

Hi there Yogistas, and especially a big warm welcome for Newbies!

I want to talk about starting something new – going to your first yoga class, and hopefully give some useful tips.  Let me know how they work for you.

The first thing to know about taking a new class is, we were all once newbies.  (This may not apply to children of yoga lovers as they would have grown up with it!) But everyone else, yes we were once new.

Group Yoga Class

Group Yoga Class

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People start yoga in a number of ways.  I started from Read More →

Christmas, holidays and the Festive Spirit

So the festive season is upon us.
Wherever you are the sounds of carols in the shopping centres, the excitement on the childrens faces, the shopping, the planning, the cooking, the wrapping!

For so many of us each day of the year is a bit of a rush. We have to-do lists, we go on Facebook, we Read More →

General yoga course, August – September 2014, Merriwa, NSW

The Merriwa School of Arts, NSW

The Merriwa School of Arts, NSW

7 Week Yoga Course, at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church Hall, corner Bow Street / Mackenzie Street, Merriwa, NSW 2329 (opposite the Merriwa School of Art!) the Merriwa School of Art, Bow St, Merriwa, NSW. Please note that the location change applies for the rest of this course.

Sat 9 August – 20 September, 3.00-4.30pm. Read More →

Autumn equinox: Auto detox. Are you ready?

So summer draws to a close.

There’s a chill in the air. The evenings are longer. The energy changes.
We naturally start to become more contemplative as our bodies prepare for the cold dark days of winter. Our appetite begins to change to desiring warm filling meals rather than light ‘excitable’ salads and such.

autumn equinox

Equinox and solstices

When the student is ready, the guru appears!

2 years ago, on a yoga retreat, I was introduced to an awesome teacher who changed my life. Read More →

Life, muscles, yoga! (Part 2 of 11)

Hari Om, Yogistas!

Lets explore the body/mind/spirit complex you call home!

Male ballet Dancer jumps
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When we look at a body, Somebody, what do we see?
The physical body, the attitude and expression they convey, and the energy they generate.

The basic body structure is created by the muscles.
The muscles build up in layers, connect to Read More →

Oh Poor Addicted Me – a response

Raj's blog on Spiritual Nourishment - Oh Poor Addicted Me
Raj’s blog on Spiritual Nourishment – Oh Poor Addicted Me

Dear Raj,

you really see clearly and say it like it is. ( not always pretty, hey!)
We are addicted, individually, corporately, globally.

I used to think we are the problem, too. Read More →

‘And the thigh bone’s connected to the knee bone.’ (Part 3 of 11)

Basic Assumption 1
Bones. Stiff, dry, the basic building block of the body.

Start with a skeleton, add muscles, slip in the organs, cloak with skin. Voila! A human.

Thats what I was taught at school.
Thats how the encyclopedias showed it, with their funky acetates. Thats how it works, right?

Then I started teaching yoga.
What is it about yoga? Read More →

Getting the most out of your Yoga practice

 

Hari Om, Yogistas!

 

I would like to introduce a short series about Yoga and how it effects us as we practice.

Virabhadrasana 1

Virabhadrasana 1

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Yoga is known as a calming, refreshing, though sometimes challenging, practice of stretches, balances and twists. Typically synchronised with the breath, often including more esoteric practices like mudras and mantras. Read More →

Yoga Vidya Dham the Gurukul (University)

om-shanti-india

Voices harmonise in the deep calming quietness of the mantra.

In darkness the figures sit, shrouded in their shawls.

Stars shine out in the black of the morning sky.

Venus, a piercing spot, the moon, a heavy crescent of light.

Read More →

Rules Of The Road, Indian Style

When I was researching the Gurugita in Sanskrit and English, I came across this on a very scholarly Sanskrit site.
I laughed my head off and asked Rajiv if I could put a copy on my site too. He say ‘Sure. Go for it’.
Good Man!

Rules Of The Road, Indian Style

Traveling on Indian Roads is an almost hallucinatory potion of sound, spectacle and experience. It is frequently heart-rending, sometimes Read More →