Sparkling Thanks

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Throughout my yoga-teaching career, I am always grateful and humbled to be welcomed into the lives of students.  On graduation from teacher-training, without prior planning, I soon developed an affinity for holding small, intimate classes.  Boutique-style if you like.  I’m more interested in creating a safe and peaceful environment where I am better able to observeRead More

Mixing Bowl of Life

Amongst friends, family and strangers there have been difficult times lately- sickness, relationship struggles, surgery, loss, disease, emotional upheaval.  And there have been happy times too – weddings, births, business successes, adventures. This is life.  It’s a mixing bowl of ingredients – some tasty, some unpalatable. Whether you are facing tough challenges, whether you are bouncingRead More

Note to Self

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It’s a big world out there.  Containing 7.5 billion people. I’m going out on a limb here and suggesting that each one of those people has a wish to be happy.  Regardless of age, geography, culture, history, religion and so on. I’m going out on another limb and suggesting that the majority of those people areRead More

Changing Views

I like to practise seeing things from different angles.  I find it broadens my mind. Given any scenario, it’s easy to latch onto a specific view and form opinions and ideas based on that view.  Somebody else will see the same scenario from their point of view, with their associated opinions and ideas.  It’s quite likelyRead More

Set Yourself Free

Since my early school days, there have always been creative people in my sphere of acquaintances.  Painters, potters, jewellery makers, seamstresses, graphic designers, furniture designers, interior designers and landscape designers.  I’ve always had huge admiration for these skilled artisans.  And for a long time, I believed that I myself have no artistic capabilities whatsoever.  Zero creativity. Read More

Navigating Life

You’ll notice on this site that I talk about finding useful ways to ride the ups and downs of life.  Generally speaking, we go about life trying to find ways to make ourselves happy and ways to get rid of things that don’t make us happy.  So let’s agree that we would all like to reachRead More

Autumn Sweeping

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Here in Australia we are in the midst of autumn.  It’s a season of sweeping up fallen leaves, gathering provisions and so on.  External activities like these can be handy prompts for assessing whether we could benefit from a sweep up and rearrangement of our internal world.  For example, just as the trees lose their leaves,Read More

This Too Shall Pass

This too shall pass.  I’m quite sure you have heard this said.  I believe that this popular quote has its origins in Hebrew folklore.  Nowadays it’s no doubt featured on a fridge magnet. People will generally say these four words to you when you are going through a difficult time.  However when you are in theRead More

Mindfulness & Rose-Tinted Glasses

At the risk of disappointing any readers that may be following my musings here, I have an announcement. Mindfulness practice alone will not make everything around you smell of roses. If you practise mindfulness meditation diligently and consistently, you will improve your ability to stay in the present.  Mental wanderings into the past or future willRead More

Let’s Lighten Up

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There’s a quality that I like to cultivate daily.  Lightness.  When I run, I like to feel light on my feet.  When I swim, I like to feel light and buoyant.  When I practise yoga asanas, I like to create a solid foundation for each pose and feel a sense of lightness in the rest ofRead More