Why I Don’t Take Yoga Selfies

Yoga selfies are taking over the world. At least, the social media world. Every time I’m scrawling through Instagram it’s all svelte looking girls in bikinis, or toned, shirtless guys, holding themselves in fantastic looking yoga poses and gathering thousands of likes from yogi-wannabes everywhere.

As a yoga teacher, there’s an expectation that I should be doing the same. Not just from my fellow teachers, but from yoga studios too – I’ve even heard stories of studios asking potential instructors how many Instagram followers they have because otherwise, “What are you going to bring to our studio? Read the rest of this post »

A Beginner’s Guide to Ayurveda

A Beginner’s Guide to AyurvedaHave you heard of Ayurveda before? Pronounced “aa-yer-vay-da”, this is one of the oldest healing and medicinal systems in the world, straight out of India. In fact, it’s often called the ‘Sister Science’ to yoga, because they were both started by the same great sages and compliment each other in their wisdom.

Ayurveda’s history can be dated back over 6,000 years – and some say as much as 10,000 years (isn’t that incredible?). Today in India there are around 300,000 Ayurvedic doctors, many of whom work side by side with conventional medicine and homeopathy, and as yoga has gained popularity in the western world, so has Ayurveda. Read the rest of this post »

Talking Sickness, Immune System and How Does That All Work Anyway?

Talking Sickness, Immune System and What the Hell Is That AnywaySomething very weird happened this week. It doesn’t happen very often, and when it does I’m always really, really surprised. So what happened? Well, I got sick (cue menacing music!).

I’ve just spent the weekend hanging out with a few billion (or so) of the wrong kind of germs, resulting in a Saturday night snuggling on the couch with the hubby watching a couple of movies and feeling a little sorry for myself. Only sorry for myself because of my cold – the snuggling bit was actually pretty wonderful and almost made being sick worth it. Read the rest of this post »

How To Create a Morning Routine (and Why It’s Important)

How To Create a Morning Routine (and Why It’s Important)I freely admit, I never used to care about my morning routine. There was no such thing as a morning routine! It was me, rolling out of bed, showering, and rolling out the door. Sometimes there was coffee involved, and sometimes there were cigarettes involved. Sometimes I was so hungover I can’t even remember what was involved! It’s scary really, looking back on my life and where my priorities once lay. But these days, well it’s an understatement to say that my life, and my mornings, are very different. Read the rest of this post »

What Are You In It For?

RunningMovement. Action. Exercise. Whatever you want to call it, it all boils down to the same thing, and that’s the need to move that sexy bod of yours! And as I was moving my bod along a steady 12km track yesterday (which my quads have seriously not forgiven me for yet) I was kinda thinking about what possesses people to do crazy challenges like that. Or at least, what possesses me to do crazy challenges like that (I was thinking this around the 7 or 8km mark when motivation was starting to wain and I was questioning my motives a little. Read the rest of this post »