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Starting something new is always daunting. Will I be good at it? How will I feel? What happens if I can’t do it? None of these questions are actually important when it comes to starting yoga. Read on to find out why… Has your perception of yoga come...

Atha (pronounced ah-ta) implies ‘attention’. The first word of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali explains so much about the practice we are moving into each time we come onto the mat. Like all of the words of the Yoga Sutras, it is not placed randomly. It implies...

How often do you sit with your mind and just watch it, notice it? How well do you know your own tendencies, patterns, and habitual ways of thinking or acting? Thousands of years ago when Yoga was first conceived and practiced the ancients realized that an...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Yin Yoga is a slower, quieter practice of staying for an extended period (3-10mins) in passive postures, whilst softening the muscles around a specific area of the body which provides the focus for our practice. As we soften the muscles in the target area, the...

Pregnancy is a time of continual change starting from that first moment of conception. Women often arrive at yoga now for the first time as their focus shifts to doing something to assist them through the next nine months. A regular yoga practice is the perfect way...

How can yoga assist us in letting go of expectation? What happens when we try to stake a claim on something that is not ours to have or experience at this moment? How much angst and self churning do we put ourselves though when we look...

I’ve started to observe the pattern of my day moving like a dance… a slow waltz opens it, quickly moving into a foxtrot. Some days are more like a hip hop routine - body moving in an erratic, yet somehow coordinated pace. The rest of...

There I was on the treadmill again. No - not at the gym. I’m talking about the metaphorical treadmill of life. Wondering when the pace might slow down, hoping I can shortly power down the machine from a sprint to a leisurely stroll. You know those...

As I crouched on my mat at the end of my practice today I felt overwhelmed by a feeling of surrender – an ease that hadn’t been present all day. The day had spiralled off course from the get go – a bad night’s sleep, a...

Our breath pervades all layers of our system and works intrinsically with our physical and mental health. To link with our breath is to be present with our self. So how does this translate to your practice on the mat? When a teacher directs you to breathe...

Fear…the final cause of suffering according to ancient yogic philosophy. As a society we are drowning in it! Fear of stepping outside our door, fear of losing our job, friendships, loved ones. Fear of being laughed at, not taken seriously, not being good enough, getting...

Dvesa (aversion) is the fourth of the klesa-s (causes of suffering) according to The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.Dvesa manifests when we have a negative experience that causes pain or suffering (dukha). It can be seen as a protective mechanism. Dvesa is based on past experience:...

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali discuss raga (desire) as the third limb of the klesa-s (causes of suffering). In the past weeks I touched on the foundation of the klesa-s - avidya (wrong perception) and asmita (identity or ego). Avidya is the basis of all of...

Asmita (ego) is the second branch of the klesa-s (causes of suffering) according to yogic philosophy. Asmita is characterised by thoughts such as “I am better than you”, “I am right”, “I know more than you”. As humans we are all subject to asmita (ego). In fact...

This year, Agama Yoga Centre in Melbourne is celebrating their 25 year anniversary. A series of great workshops and events with the theme "The Evolution of Yoga Practice" will be held from the 5th to the 7th of December to help celebrate this exciting milestone....

Krishnamacharya - Yogic Royalty Our yoga teacher trainees have just come to the quarter way mark in their course. The two-year Teacher Training course is in the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya. You may not know of Krishnamacharya, but chances are your yoga practice, whatever the style, owes...

The Power of Conscious Breath Breathing is something that happens automatically and we usually just let happen involuntarily. Your yoga practice may be the only place where you do give your breath some conscious attention. Coming back to mindful breath a few times throughout your regular...

The Self as Healer Living in a ‘quick fix’ world often comes at the expense of losing understanding of our self and our needs. Good health is paramount to how we feel about our self. Through modern medicine we expect cures for our ailments that will...