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I’ll be perfectly honest with you here – when I was first asked, eight years ago, to run an exercise or stretch class at a rest home once a week, I didn’t really do a lot of prep for it. I pretty much thought it’d be a piece of cake. I’d run a gentle yoga… Read More

In these challenging times, it is more important than ever that we find our inner peace in order to project outer peace. Peaceful minds lead to peaceful speech and peaceful action. Everything is interconnected in the web of life and so are the minds of all living beings. Each being has a transmitting as well… Read More

Our lives are increasingly hectic. So many things to do, so little time. Everyone else’s needs seem to come before our own and our wellbeing keeps getting pushed to the very bottom of the to-do list. In times of chaos, the idea of stopping and doing nothing but focusing on our breath hardly seems like… Read More

Dear Me, Hey, it’s the 56-year old you. I know you may not want to hear from me, but I have stuff to tell you, so listen up. I know it’s weird being the only person you know who leaves school early to drive to a job. Although it’s rough now thinking that everyone else… Read More

How does one start to define trauma? A major debilitating life event? Repetitive, dangerous situations? Maybe rather than define what trauma is by characterizing it as an event, it is more apt to define it by its effects on the person experiencing it. “Trauma is anything that overwhelms our capacity to cope and respond, leaving… Read More

"Gentle eyes to the reality as it is." Ahimsa, a concept that on the surface seems relatively simple - NO Violence. I believe most of us in the yoga world can comfortably say we are non-violent humans. I have a lot of respect for my friends who are out there fighting for the 'little guy'… Read More

Don’t have time for yoga this week? Read on… But first let me ask you this: How is the state of your heart today? Pause for a moment and breathe into it. Your heart that is a muscle, an organ, a mind. Can you be in the felt experience of your heart? Catching yourself before… Read More

Last year it was recorded that New Zealand has the second highest teen suicide rate in the OECD. The World Health Organisation also estimates that by 2025, 80% of people will have suffered from a mental health condition throughout their lives. What if we could change this? What if youth did have the tools they… Read More

People come to a yoga class for different reasons. Some for a tighter bum, some for toned abs, some for detoxification, and some for relaxation. Or sometimes, for all of the above. No matter what it is, they feel open and happy after a yoga class either because they are physically challenged in the class… Read More

Freedom is our birthright. It is so natural to us that many times we take it for granted. When we hear about oppression, or about people who have many less choices than us westerners, we are in shock. We want freedom because freedom IS happiness. When we feel limited we experience suffering, and when we… Read More