Megan Blennerhassett

Harmony Yoga

Years teaching:
15 years

Years practicing:
20 years

Favourite yoga style:
Sooo many ‘styles’ now, I guess like music – a style for every occasion/mood. But ultimately the practice itself as an ongoing method to connect with True Nature.

Favourite time of day to practice:
Sundown time is particularly conducive to deepening into stillness for me. I’m always practicing though – there is a witness watching and checking if what I’m thinking or doing is true or not and cueing alignment.

Is meditation part of your daily routine?
As a sit down dedicated practice it features most days. As per the previous question it is my favourite way to be – in the spirit or flowstate, in oneness. The practice is ongoing.

How has this time of COVID affected your practice?
Covid hasn’t affected my practice. I know ultimately change is the only constant and it’s only a matter of time before the next thing comes along. While Covid is huge for our lifetime, throughout history there has obviously been massive shifts and changes to civilisations and the earth. It is my practice to avoid over-reaction and adapt and look for opportunities which are always there. I have enjoyed humans slowing down and giving nature a break.

Any yoga or wellness books or apps you’d like to recommend?
When I forget how it all is I like to read or listen to Ram Das or Ekhart Tolle. Between those two the job is done 🙂
I also like the buddhists Jack Kornfield, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron. Of course Rumi is always there…I’m wanting to check out Brene Brown.

Do you have a daily mantra or affirmation to share?

How did your teaching journey begin?
I first woke up through experimenting with entheogens over a time period of approx 10-12 years. Early in that time period was a resurgence of psychedelia and the unity consciousness that was previously experienced in the 60’s. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the experience of unconditional love and unity from a young age, it made me realise the potential for life on earth with us humans. It became my mission to understand myself and learn everything about the mind and healing. I enrolled in a diploma of Ayurveda and soon changed over to I found the system to explain what I had experienced and a sustainable practice. Sharing this methodology as a way to realise higher self and know peace is a service I am honoured and passionate to share.

What changes would you like to see within the yoga and wellness community?
I’d like to see more in-depth teacher trainings.

What do you hope your students take away from your classes?
I hope students take away a feeling of love and acceptance. A curiosity to explore consciousness.

What’s one thing you do on a less than awesome day to stay positive?
I don’t always try and stay positive, sometimes if I find myself in a slump I know the best thing to do is not resist feeling that way. I allow myself to be as I am and gradually get unattached and move on when I’m done.

What do you love about your part of town?
Oww lots. I’m in West Auckland [and] we will rock socks and jandals (spring time). People are very practical and not bothered by trends seen in the likes of Newmarket for instance, where my mother lives… I see people wearing pjs to the supermarket, it’s hilarious. Aside from that, I love the abundance of trees here (Titirangi) and proximity to forests and west coast beaches.

Thank you so much, Megan!

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