Sometimes Yoga Sneaks Up On You

This month the Mind Body Messenger is a few weeks late as I have had a hard drive crash on my system,  the repairs weren't finished before had to head out of town for a week to teach, and then on my way home my luggage was lost.  Sounds like a crisis, and usually I would be feeling like the world was against me, but instead I’ve had the pleasure to discover that yoga has more

Congratulations Adelaide YTT Grads

Congratulations to our newest Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructors who graduated our Adelaide training this year.  They are all heading back to their communities, from Adelaide to Nihll, to share their light and their love of yoga with their communities.  Please join me in congratulating: Roz Hill, Simone Higgins, Daniela Figueroa, Danielle Paphitis, Elisa Franklin, Rosemary Wallis, more

Secret Friends – A Family Holiday Tradition

As the holiday season approaches many people are feeling the stress of adding shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating, work and family events to already overburdened schedules. It's ironic that a season of gift-giving and well-wishing is also a season of such physical, mental, emotional, and financial stress. In my own family in Canada we tried to do something about that more

Yama and Niyama – Windows and Mirrors

At a recent teacher training intensive weekend we were discussing the foundations of Ashtanga Yoga philosophy, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and in particular we talked about the 8 Limbs of Yoga and how the logical progression of practices are designed to guide us in our journey towards greater self-knowledge.   Those Eight Limbs are:   Yama: guidelines more

Can You Be Really Fit and Still Have a Poor Core?

Is it possible that a student can work out, practice yoga, or do Pilates regularly, and still have a poor or weak core? Absolutely! It’s frustrating, I know, but the issue can be a bit complex, and combine any of the following: Weak deep core muscles, including pelvic floor, might go unnoticed if you are really strong in your larger or more superficial muscles. Poor more

Home Yoga Practice

Time seems to be the biggest obstacle that most of us face when it comes to having a daily practice.  Setting aside an hour or two to practice can be a struggle when there are so many things to get done each day and so many distractions, and so many of us find that a home practice is more of a regular wish than a regular habit. In my early days of Ashtanga Yoga practice, more

Business of Yoga Pt 1

Starting any business is such an exciting experience, and when it’s your dream yoga career that just makes it even more exciting! However, before you get to the fun stuff of naming your business and designing your logo, there are a few things you might want to do. I have been having a few great conversations lately about yoga business, and I thought I’d share some more

Hometown, Grassroots Yoga Teachers

Heather Agnew

I’ve noticed that in the yoga culture we often talk about the most famous teachers that we have worked with rather than the lesser-known teachers who have guided us, and even perhaps started us on our yoga journey. I wonder, is this simply because in conversation we can’t connect over teachers we don’t both know? Or, is this somehow a way of being famous by proxy? If I more

How Hot Should Yoga Be?

There is an ongoing discussion in Yoga as to what temperature the room should be during practice.  Some students swear by their hot yoga practice, while others suffer in the heat.  Some students crave ventilation while others are wearing several layers.  Certainly in our Canberra winters it can be a challenge just to get to room up to ‘room temperature’.  And there are more

A Happy and Grateful New Year

Happy New Year!  It's amazing how fast this past year has flown.  And I don't know where the time has gone, because I spend a lot of time doing, well, not a heck of a lot - having made the decision to make life a priority over business (or should I say, busy-ness) this past year.  But, although the year has still flown by, I can say that this year is one where I have more

Your Core is Not Just About Your Abs

Yes, Core Yoga or any core-centred practice will help you strengthen your abdominal muscles, but a core-focussed practice is about far more than a 6-pack. Functionally, your core encompasses more than the muscles you can see (or not see!) on your abdomen. Your core includes your back, pelvis, shoulders – more