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 »

Dreams Manifesting into Reality: The Birth of My Yoga Studio and Sacred Earth Sanctuary

Sacred Earth SanctuaryYesterday I posted on Facebook to officially announce the opening of my yoga studio on November 1st. WOW. I actually can’t believe that it’s happening!! Even writing it, it didn’t seem real.

It’s like when you book flights to somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, but it doesn’t feel real until the moment you board the flight. And even then sometimes it’s not until you land in some amazing destination that it really kicks in.

I think that’s what this is going to feel like. Read the rest of this post »

Contemplation on Personal Growth (from India)

Contemplation on Personal Growth (from India)What is growth? It’s a word I seem to use a lot, in my blogs and my posts and my daily conversation. But what is the true meaning of this word, if we delve under the surface, look past the obvious and try to feel the symbolism of this word. And why is it important?

I was always scared of coming to India. I’ve heard enough stories in the media to have this belief that it was an unsafe country, that as a woman I’d be targeted, that in a country of over a billion people it would be overwhelmingly loud and busy. Read the rest of this post »

How to Get Unstuck and See Clearly Again

Okay, it’s confession time.How to Get Unstuck and See Clearly Again

In the last two months I’ve managed to get myself completely off track. I’ve been unsettled, I’ve let certain things slip from my daily life, and I’ve felt up in the air. I haven’t been meditating. I haven’t been doing much yoga. I haven’t been blogging. And I’m feeling… stuck.

In my own defense, there’s been a lot going on. That move I talked about in my last blog? Well, it happened! The hubby and I uprooted our lives and drove 1,800kms south to start a new one in Mandurah. Read the rest of this post »

The Eco-Build, the Big Plans and the Move to Mandurah

The Eco-Build, the Big Plans and the Move to MandurahYou may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet lately. I haven’t been writing as much, and believe me when I say that I’ve missed it! So let me fill you in what’s been happening to keep me away for so long.

Remember that piece of land I mentioned in my goals updates throughout the year? That beautiful hectare the hubby and I have been ever-so-slowly building on so that we could eventually live there one day? It’s ready.

Sort of. Read the rest of this post »

How Alcohol Kills Goals and Dreams (and I’m 18 Months Sober!)

How Alcohol Kills Goals and Dreams (and I’m 18 Months Sober!)I was chatting to the hubby the other night and we were talking about Oktoberfest (not the one in Germany, just a big event coming up in the town we live in). And I had this realisation, which was that I couldn’t even relate to it anymore. That urge to get dressed up, stock up on booze for the after party, sit around drinking, getting blind, staggering home.

It all felt so foreign to me.

Which is funny, because that was exactly the stuff I was getting excited about just 18 months ago. Read the rest of this post »

My Evolution from Party Girl to Healthy Traveller

My Evolution from Party Girl to Healthy TravellerI’ve been a bit silent here on the blog for the last couple of weeks, but there’s a good reason for this – I’m writing my first ebook!!

I’ve been thinking about writing an ebook for, I don’t know, only the last year or so. Throwing ideas around, talking to the hubby about them, but nothing seemed quite right. Until just a few weeks ago when the hubby and I were making some travel plans (more on those later) and he pipes up with, “Why don’t you write a book about traveling and staying healthy? Read the rest of this post »

The Depressing Side of Social Media

Don’t get me wrong, I love social media. I love that I can stay connected to all my friends and family back in New Zealand, I love that I can stay connected to all my clients and yoga students through my business page, and I love a good scroll through Instagram! There are so many awesome things about social media and it definitely has its advantages.

But I also think it has some major disadvantages.

People have a tendency to display just certain parts of their lives online. Read the rest of this post »

A Note About Fear

A Note About FearFear. It’s imbedded in each and every one of us in some way, whether in a full-blown phobia state or just a little knot in your stomach that stops you in your tracks.

Fear is that voice in your head that says things like, “But what if I fail? What if I look stupid and people laugh at me? What if I lose all my money and can’t afford my rent and end up living in a cardboard box?” That’s fear. Read the rest of this post »

The One Reason to Eat Healthily (and It’s Nothing to do With Your Weight!)

The One Reason to Eat Healthily (and It’s Nothing to do With Your Weight!)I wrote an update on my facebook page the other day that gathered a bit of feedback. I was really just musing on my thoughts, but those thoughts seem to have struck a bit of a cord with some people. So I thought, let’s delve a little deeper into it, shall we?

Here’s what I wrote:

I’ve been thinking about WHY people choose to become healthier, or at least, begin to eat better.
Usually it’s about aesthetics – how you look.
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