Moving Through Winter Solstice with Mantra

Winter Solstice is upon us. Is your inclination to reflect, sit and wait out the tamasic (heavy) energy of Winter? Or have you already started moving towards the emerging light, turning that corner towards a new energy – maybe working with mantra or visualisation? You may be inclined to work more steadily and focus on strength in the Winter to …

May Sagittarius Moon

Anyone else feeling a little outside their body this past day and a half? The Full Moon is upon us – testing with its chaotic push and pull energy. I’ve felt a sense of treading water, like walking through heavy humidity. Generally feeling I’m getting nowhere despite the amount I am packing into each day. All common side effects of …

April Scorpio Moon

The full moon has arrived. The full moon appears Monday morning (April 30) in the sign of deeply emotional, powerful and dark Scorpio. This moon directs the chance to shed negative emotions and confront any deep fears or situations that have been holding you back. You cannot fight change. Similar to the mythical Phoenix, one of Scorpio’s traits is to …

Breaking Down Asana

In Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha represents new beginnings and the removal of obstacles. He sits comfortably in the half Lotus as a symbol of transformation. Unlike Ganesha’s easy seat, our body can be one of our biggest obstacles when it comes to feeling like we are ‘achieving’ in our practice. One of the most common expressions I hear from people …

Finding Balance with Yoga

The beginning of a new year can be a tempting time to place intention on setting new resolutions and behaviours – starting with a clean slate! The inability to find balance in our life can be a precursor to many negative patterns appearing so it’s great to ‘nip them in the bud’ before they begin to rear their head. Then we give ourself the …

Spilling Into Spring

Spring signifies rebirth and renewal. In the Hindu tradition an auspicious ceremony – Vasant Panchami celebrates the end of Winter and beginning of the warmer months. Vasant Panchami is considered as ‘the beginning of life’ and this day marks the arrival of happiness. There is an acknowledgement that the introspection of Winter is over and we look forward to a …

Prana – Beyond the Breath

Yesterday I watched my son go under anaesthesia. It was a confronting experience to see his natural functions being shut down – his body closer to a coma state than a sleep one – his breathing assisted by tubes and machines. There was no longer consciousness linking him to his breath. His body had been forced into an artificial state. …

Endings and Beginnings on the Yoga Journey

Bringing a little Shiva into your practice… Far from being seen as idols relevant to another time or religion, the Hindu deities have a lot to tell us about here and now! It’s no wonder the modern yoga world has embraced them and made them fashionable – they seem mysterious and representative of a mythology we know little about. Hinduism …

The Ancient Healing Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu (pronounced jin-shin-jitsu) is an ancient oriental healing art and practical holistic philosophy. Gentle touch is used, similar to acupressure, on key healing points and along energy pathways, to release tension that accumulates and is at the root of dysfunction, disease, and imbalance. When one or more of these paths become blocked, the damming effect may lead to …

The Benefits of Qigong

Qigong (chee goong) is a form of exercise that use simple movements, postures and the breath to increase energy and vitality in the body. It does this by increasing blood circulation and getting free flow of qi through the organ meridians which can become congested when the body is out of balance and unwell. Qi doesn’t have a direct English …