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May 4, 2019

Recently my partner and I journeyed (through the use of mushrooms), and it was a truly amazing experience. It’s almost impossible to put into words, but the ones that kept coming to mind afterwards were ‘cosmic’ and ‘pure’.

I entered a place beyond time and space. I was no longer confined by my physical body, or the boundaries of time - I experienced what seemed like lifetimes of being raw, cosmic energy. I ceased to be bound -...

April 14, 2019

Meaning ‘the spirit of perseverance’, I’ve chosen to start my classes with this instead of the more traditional 'Namaste' as, to me, it’s a reminder that this is a disciplined, lifelong practice. One that we endeavour to persevere with, and to remember that, like life, this practice will have challenging moments, but to stay spirited through those challenges - to learn and apply that mentality on the mat so that it becomes sec...

February 8, 2019

Belief is the result of our intelligence. As children we gather information to form beliefs so as to have an understanding of how the world works. Using our past experiences to form these beliefs, we can then take action based upon them to affect the world around us.

This means that all our beliefs about how we see the world are based on our skewed perceptions of how we perceive it – they’re not real, i.e. truth. This is diffic...

February 8, 2019

For some time now I’ve thought of myself as a bit of a unicorn, but now I know that I am.

I’ve recently read ‘The Dance of the Lion and the Unicorn’ by Mark Waller, PhD, and it’s been such an eye-opener for me. So much so that I’ve encouraged others to read it, and even bought a second copy to pass around to people.

Written by a marriage and family therapist, it’s a book aimed at providing the reader insights into their relation...

January 6, 2019

On numerous occasions I’ve heard from students that coming into a yoga studio for a class can be intimidating. Most likely you’re now saying one of two things to yourself: ‘Yeah, I feel/felt a little/very intimidated’, or ‘Erm, hell no! No intimidation here!’. I was very much in the latter category; some may remember, others can probably picture it: mid 20’s, in pretty good shape, in my funky unicorn leggings - I definitely di...

January 2, 2019

I gifted journals to my family members this Christmas, but didn't get the opportunity to share why, so thought I'd express myself in this manner instead.

I started journalling mid February of 2018. In all honesty I can't remember who or what exactly encouraged me to do so, but I'm grateful to who/what-ever brought it into my life. At the time I was very much struggling with my mental health, and decided to take action by essent...

December 19, 2018

I sit down to meditate.

My eyes close, I indulge in any fidgets my body feels it needs to make, and I find stillness, spine lengthened.  I am aware of my body - the contact points with the floor; where my hands meet my legs; the clothes on my skin. I begin to become so still that the boundaries of my physical body slowly fade. My awareness draws within. I start to become more aware of my breath - now my connection between inter...

October 14, 2018

“How are you?”
“How’s it going?”
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Things I hear often from people, particularly as a greeting, or in passing. I even noticed myself doing it a lot, but probably most noticed it though when I was going through a (somewhat) depressive period in my life - it would be the first thing people would say to me as I walked into a room/studio, and I’d give an automatic reply of “Ok/Good thanks”. But in all honesty I wasn’t. And I thi...

October 14, 2018

“Dispeller of darkness”
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I think when most people hear the word ‘guru’ they think teacher. But my interpretation of it journeys beyond that to something...more.
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I’d say I have/have had a lot of teachers in my life (and hope to still have many more!), but would say I’ve had few gurus.
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For me a guru isn’t just someone who instructs another how to do something, but is a special relationship; and I think is something that i...

October 9, 2018

Challenge allows the redefinition of my self-constructed comfort (or ‘confine’) zone.
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All words are a social construct - a socially-agreed upon set of phonetics assigned meaning. And they’re a good thing! Without them, without language, we wouldn’t be where we are as a species.
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But because they’re a construct it also means they’re arbitrary; words like ‘good’ and ‘bad’ don’t exists in the context of the universe in and of...

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