WHY I PRACTICE: PRESENCE

WHY I PRACTICE: PRESENCE

The present is the moment that presents itself to us right now. Presence means being in the moment. Yoga is practicing the art of living and life consists of a continuous flow of present moments. The yoga sutras of Patanjali say that yoga is the disassociation with the fluctuations of the mind. It is the union of body, mind and soul in the present moment. Yoga is being fully present in the moment. Yoga is now. 

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IN BETWEEN WORLDS

IN BETWEEN WORLDS

I have travelled to and lived in many different countries. I find that in each of these places I take on a slightly different identity. Already speaking another language gives a bit of a different nuance to my persona and character in that context. Living such different versions of my every day life helps me discover all the different sides of me. Who am I when everything around me changes? Who do I want to be?

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WHAT I REALISED DURING MY 7-DAY JUICE CLEANSE

WHAT I REALISED DURING MY 7-DAY JUICE CLEANSE

What happens when you only drink fresh juice for 7 days? I had read so much about juice cleanses and the benefits of juicing that I decided to try it and see for myself. Surrounded by the beauty and vibrancy of the Costa Rican jungle, I attempted to take my health to the next level and rid my body of any toxins as well as optimise my digestion and the functioning of my liver. My goal in joining a juice cleanse was not to lose weight, but to see what effect the cleanse might have on my overall health and wellbeing.

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PRACTICING THE ART OF LIVING

PRACTICING THE ART OF LIVING

Why do we practice yoga? Yoga means union. It is a practice to connect body, mind and soul. The yoga asanas (physical postures) were traditionally used to prepare the body for meditation. In classical yoga, the purpose of yoga is to disassociate with the fluctuations of the mind.

In other yoga philosophies, such as tantra, which is a non-dual philosophy, everything is divine consciousness and the universe is experiencing itself through us. In this philosophy we are encouraged to engage with our challenges...

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MOVING TO LIFE'S RHYTHMS

MOVING TO LIFE'S RHYTHMS

The full moon radiates a beautiful power and it is a good opportunity to step outside, take a loving look at our lives and to become conscious of the beauty in the moment. Sitting on the shores of the Arabian Sea, I’m preparing for a full moon yoga class. It is dark and the sand is still warm beneath my mat. The waves are crashing steadily against the shore and the air is starting to cool down to a comfortable temperature. Filled with a delightful sense of anticipation, I get the feeling that...

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ON GOALS, INTENTIONS AND PLANNING THE NEW YEAR

ON GOALS, INTENTIONS AND PLANNING THE NEW YEAR

As we approach the New Year, I'm using the last few days of 2014 to reflect on the past year and more importantly to set intentions for the year to come.

Here are a few considerations to help you prepare for the New Year and inspire your goal setting:

  • Let the doing come from the being. Take time to get to know yourself. Who are you and who do you want to be in the world? Of course getting to...

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