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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Mid-Year Goals Update – New Directions, Expanding Desires

Mid-Year Goals Update – New Directions, Expanding DesiresBack in January I wrote a blog about my goals for the coming year, and in the last couple of weeks I’ve felt this desire to revisit it. We’re over halfway through the year now (can you believe it?) and so much has happened! Things that I didn’t see coming, things I didn’t expect, and things that I only ever dreamed about too. I guess that’s life right??

I do think it’s important to make goals, and it’s just as important to look back and see what you once aimed for. Read the rest of this post »

How Did Your Year Stack Up? 2014 in Review!

How Did Your Year Stack Up 2014 in Review!Can you even believe 2014 is nearly over?? I certainly can’t! Apart from being one of the quickest years in history, this year has also been the most rewarding. For me anyway.

So let’s take a look back at our year, shall we?

When I think about reviewing my year, I’m not thinking about what went on in the world. I’m thinking about what went on in my heart, in my mind, and in my soul. How did I grow, learn evolve, exist? Read the rest of this post »

Why I’m Saying No to New Year’s Resolutions

Why I’m Saying No to New Year’s ResolutionsI can’t believe it’s almost the end of 2014! Don’t you think this year has gone by super quick? Much faster than normal… Kind of like global warming, but that’s another story.

So you might have also noticed (along with the rising temperatures) that around this time of year people start to think about the things they did, and the things they didn’t do over the last 12 months. Things they want to do, or things they tried to do but failed at first time around (or maybe second or third time around, as the case may be). Read the rest of this post »

About Following Your Heart

About Following Your HeartHello from Bali! Or more specifically, Ubud – mecca for yogis and nature lovers alike. And for me, being both of those, it’s pretty much paradise. If you don’t follow me on Facebook then you might be wondering why I’m here, so let me give you a bit of a breakdown of what’s happening at the moment.

I’ve basically taken a three-week hiatus from my normal life to immerse myself in all things yoga. To live, breathe, eat and sleep my yoga teacher training. Read the rest of this post »