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 »

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 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 »

Diets, Body Image and Divine Femininity

Diets, Body Image and Divine FemininityYesterday was a momentous day for me. It was the day of the You & Your Wellbeing workshop, and it was hands down the most incredible day I’ve had the blessing to be part of. 50 women in one room, oh man! You know what it’s like with that many women in one space? The energy was electric!

And, the energy was positive. Open, welcoming, loving, genuine. These are feelings that women do best, yes??

So for four hours (we ran over by a whole hour and no one minded!) we did yoga, listened to inspirational talks, talked about – and ate – great food, and meditated. Read the rest of this post »

It’s My Soberversary – Insights One Year off the Booze

I honestly can’t believe that it’s been one year. A whole year! When I look back on my booze-filled past, it really is nothing short of a miracle that I have reached the stage that I’m at. Not that I was an alcoholic, but I definitely used it as a crutch.

Boyfriend broke up with me? Let’s get drunk. Had a crappy day at work? Let’s get drunk. Something to celebrate? Let’s get drunk. It’s the weekend! Let’s get drunk. Read the rest of this post »

Getting Some Perspective and History Lessons in Nepal – Part 2

Getting Some Perspective and History Lessons in Nepal – Part 2Welcome back to my Nepali adventure! If you haven’t read Part 1, then hightail it over there and check that out first, then come back and get into Part 2 below (it will make more sense that way!).

So where did we leave off last week..?? Oh yes, that’s right. I was in Lumbini. And I was feeling pretty disheartened by the selfies and selfishness I’d experienced at the birthplace of Buddha. But there was something that brightened my time there – the food! Read the rest of this post »

Getting Some Perspective and Being Busy in Nepal – Part 1

Getting Some Perspective and Being Busy in Nepal – Part 1For the last two-and-a-half weeks, the hubby and I were traveling through what is quite possibly one of the most interesting and eye-opening countries I have been too (and I’ve been to over 30 countries so I’m not just saying that! I have some good comparisons out there). Nepal is stunning. The scenery, the people, the culture, everything just took my breath away.

So why did I choose to go to Nepal? It’s been on my bucket list for a while, and I think the most attractive quality for me was the religious aspect. Read the rest of this post »

Jess Ainscough – Wellness Warrior and Ray of Light

Jess Ainscough – Wellness Warrior and Ray of LightJess never knew me. But I knew her. At least, I felt like I knew her – as did thousands of others from all corners of the globe who had read her blog and followed her journey over the last seven years. And along with them, it was with great shock and deep sadness that I learned she had left our world on February 26th.

Jess had been living with a rare form of cancer, epithelioid sarcoma, which spread to her left arm. Read the rest of this post »

My Goals, Dreams and Desires for 2015

New Year 2015It might be almost two weeks’ late but… Happy New Year!! I personally love the new year. I love the ritual of shutting the door on the year before, and opening the door on the new possibilities of the year ahead. It’s not like anything actually happens, the sun rises just like every other day, but yet it brings so much hope and optimism and inspiration to people the world over.

It makes you feel like you have a clean slate, you can make a fresh start, and anything that happened before is wiped away. Read the rest of this post »