Declutter Your House – Declutter Your Mind

Last month we moved to a new house and it's always amazing to me (especially considering how often I move!) how much STUFF can accumulate in a home.  We have lived in Canberra for just 16 months and in that time have somehow managed to expand our household considerably with furniture, appliances, clothes, books, knick-knacks, and far too many things scavenged on hikes and more

May is for Metta

Yoga Meditation Ayurveda

I have just returned from an amazing three weeks in Melbourne where I shared Core Yoga Instructor Training and Levels 1 & 2 Thai Yoga Massage Training.  It was wonderful to share so much Yoga with people from around Australia and around the world.  Although Core Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage are quite different programs, the thing that they (and all our programs) have in more

What Is Yoga?

Yoga Meditation Ayurveda

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a system of study and practice that is at least 5,000 years old. Yoga is not a religion, but a philosophy that influences a lifestyle integrating mind, body and spirit. The word Yoga means “to join” or “unite”. When we practice Yoga, union is attained in the physical practices by uniting body, mind and breath. Yoga is also practiced in more

From Slapshot to Sadhana

One yoginis journey to discovering yoga in everyday life.

I gave up ice hockey for horseback riding.  It’s not a sports story you hear every day but it’s true, and yoga made me do it.  With a demanding job running a personal training studio, I saw the benefits of ice hockey as a great way to keep fit and burn off stress, more

I Wish Discipline Was My Friend

Spring is fast approaching in Australia, and after weeks of putting it off, I finally got around to cleaning out the bulging shelves of my book collection. Eager to sort out what needed to be tossed and what needed to be passed on, I cleverly decided on three piles; one for keeps, one for giveaways and the other a sort of ’in limbo’ pile that required further consideration, more

The Power of Observation

Recently while taking a break at a shopping mall, I witnessed an energetic toddler running rampant amongst the lower shelves of a bookshop. Leaving a trail of destruction behind him, he raced ahead like a runaway train. For most inquisitive toddlers the sensory experience must have been amazing. Though much to the relief of the shop assistant, it was short lived, as Mum was more

What Is Time? Reflections on Awareness

What is Time?

It has been an amazing experience to observe my perceptions of time, and how it has influenced my life thus far. I admit that I haven’t put a lot of thought into this concept before. So, after reading Power of Silence by Carlos Castenada, and pondering for a few days the notion of time, I have begun to stretch my mind to consider the more

Enhancing Visualization

Mystics, elite athletes, and artists all agree that one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal is our imagination. Through your imagination and visualization powers you can enhance your creativity at work, improve your sports performance, understand the workings of your mind, and learn to tap your own inner powers of creation, intuition, perception, and conception. more

Yoga Practice; Pleasure or Pain?

So, I’m leading an Ashtanga Yoga class the other day, taking the students through a vinyasa (a flowing sequence of poses), and I look up to see that one of my students, a good friend, is glaring at me. What? I think, questioning her dagger-like gaze with surprise. You have to hold Downward Dog for five breaths, it’s important. It’s good for you. This got me thinking. more

Exercising With the Elements

Autumn always leaves me feeling a little nostalgic. I’ve just returned from my daily walk and the colour of the changing season, the smell of drying leaves on the breeze and the sight of squirrels and chipmunks gathering their stores for the winter has left me feeling very connected to the world of nature through the changing of the seasons. It has also left me feeling very more

Pay it Forward, Pass it On

This time of year in North America when the temperature begins to dip below zero, Christmas preparations add a bit more pressure to our “to do” lists, and snow, sleet and rain deter us from stepping out of the warmth of our cars, the Drive Thru becomes a commuter’s best friend. Recently, I was in line at Tim Hortons’ and I let another car in front of me. The couple in more

Karma Yoga – The Yoga of Selfless Service

Karma Yoga is one of the many branches of Yoga practice that is practiced widely, but not always labelled "yoga". Karma Yoga is the practice of "selfless service", and is practiced in your random act of kindness, your volunteer activities, your donations or participation in charity events, and in your service to others - even in the workplace.  Karma Yoga is considered one of more