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Exploring volcanoes in Auckland – A year of climbing mountains

There are 53 volcanoes in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland. Here, exploring twelve of the crater mountains in the volcanic field.
discipline over motivation

Discipline: A motivating force for long-term progress

Why wait for motivation to get moving? How much time will pass and how many opportunities will be lost while waiting for inspiration to strike? The solution is already available – it just requires a
breathing exercises

Breathing Exercises to Boost Your Health

Breathing exercises not only help strengthen the respiratory and immune systems, but they can also help to manage anxiety in challenging times. Here are three techniques to help manage emotions and
chest stretch for slouching

Chest stretch for slouched posture

Do you get tight shoulders and a stiff neck from slouching over your desk for long periods? This simple 5-minute exercise is a great chest stretch to help counteract poor posture.
100 Days Project 2016

100 days since lockdown

It's been 100 days since New Zealand went into level 4 lockdown. I've been keeping track. It's been a major shakeup for some, in particular for those who are still facing uncertainty. One day — in a
strong community

Build your community with these 8 types of people

The key to a healthy and fulfilled life is a sense of community. Having a strong network of people is an important factor in adult development. Here are eight types of people to look for in your
transitioning out of lockdown

Anxiety and fear when transitioning out of lockdown

After a seven-week isolation period, we can’t expect to be unchanged by these unusual circumstances, for better or worse. Some people may be experiencing anxiety and fear when transitioning out of
overcome envy when the grass is greener

How to overcome envy when the grass looks greener

Though we know envy to be one of the seven deadly sins, we are programmed to compare ourselves to others — whether by nature or conditioning. So how do we begin to overcome envy?
mental health during the pandemic

5 quick tips for mental health during the pandemic

Here are five fast tips that have really helped my mental health and wellbeing in this crazy lockdown and isolation period during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
mental wellness in isolation

Mental wellness in isolation

You may have found that during this global pandemic there have been a few ups and downs in terms of your emotional well-being. These five tips can help you get through this isolation period.
Yoga for overwhelm and more

Yoga for overwhelm and more

You may have a rollercoaster of emotions during this global pandemic. Here are some videos of yoga for overwhelm, restlessness, loneliness and lethargy.
bored in isolation

Bored in isolation? Here are 10 things to do next

If you are feeling bored in isolation or disconnected from the outside world, here are some ways to relieve your cabin fever. And you're not expected to write King Lear or help discover Calculus.
self-care in isolation

Self care in isolation – For the good of the community

How can we practice self-care in isolation? How do we ensure our community is cared for in a time of uncertainty? Anxiety and fear need to be channelled into compassion and care.

The Pursuit of Discomfort – Theme of the year 2020

Can happiness truly be sought in our “positive vibes only” culture? Or is it better achieved by acknowledging and embracing uncomfortable feelings?

Mindfulness for good health and wellness – Article

For many, mindfulness is about being still and quiet, and certainly, this is a valuable way of approaching it. However, mindfulness is also something that can be added to a range of everyday tasks to

Improve balance with yoga

When balance is challenged, muscles must engage quickly to counteract external forces.
yoga for busy people – richard scarry

Yoga for busy people

In our busy, busy lives, when do we get time to quietly reflect? And if we do, it probably feels really uncomfortable. With a distracted mind and an active body, sitting still can be torturous.
Stressed out? Restore balance with yoga breathing

Autonomic Nervous System 2: Restore balance with yoga

This follow-up to understanding the function of the autonomic nervous system offers ways to restore balance to a stressed-out mind and body.

Autonomic Nervous System 1: Parasympathetic vs sympathetic

The Sympathetic Nervous System, or “fight-or-flight” state, describes your body’s response to a dangerous or stressful situation. So how does your brain differentiate between perceived risks

A.J. Jacobs on The Moth podcast – Double Exposure

Listen to A.J. Jacobs on the Moth podcast, describing his experience with sexual objectification. Beneath the layers of humour, he explains what he learnt about societal expectations for women.

How to fall asleep with a monkey mind

Resisting the monkey mind just leads to frustration and agitation. Simply willing yourself to get to sleep can be a fruitless effort. Here are some simple ways we can improve our much-needed slumber.
Sonder - everyone has a story

SONDER: Everyone has a story

Sonder: The realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. Everyone has a story.
wonder yoga flow sequence

Yoga flow sequence sample

This is the peak yoga flow sequence in this month’s classes. It’s preceded by a slow warm-up, to exploring postures that support these movements, and followed by seated stretches and twists.
Live in Wonder

Live in Wonder: A manifesto

What's behind the name Wonder Yoga? The phrase "Live in Wonder" has become a kind of mantra to me, to be explored not only in my yoga teaching and practice, but all areas of life.
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Theme of the year: ATTENTION

With a flip of the calendar, I set a new theme of the year. One that helps to ensure I am aligning with my intentions and ambitions. This is what I’m asking myself in 2019: Where is my attention in
Christmas yoga sequence

Christmas yoga sequence

Here's a fun Christmas yoga sequence... Meet the happy elf and the lazy elf, stack Christmas gifts, then take a sleigh ride with downward-facing reindeer! This festive yoga flow sequence can be used

The appeal of seated cat-cow

The other day I was teaching this seated cat-cow in a yoga class at the gym. There was a woman walking down the corridor past the studio. She stopped to watch us for a bit, then joined in. I love that

Do we HAVE time or can we MAKE time?

We’ve all said it: “I don’t have time”. Yet when the unexpected happens – disaster strikes or an advantageous opportunity comes along – the schedule instantly opens up, and our time and attention is

Eco-conscious behavioural changes

Here are nine small eco-conscious behavioural changes I’ve made in my world over the last few years, as a minor contribution to the health of the greater world. These aren’t revolutionary new ideas,

Empathy for your future self

How do you visualise your future self? The same iteration of your current self, transported six hours/days/years into the future? Or a wiser, much-improved version of the today-you? Consider being
Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training 2016

My yoga teacher training experiences

In 2016, I decided to pursue one of my greatest passions with yoga teacher training. Initially, my yoga practice was results-driven, building physical strength and flexibility. Over time, this
you're not wrong

What if you’re not wrong?

What is it that we fear about being wrong? Momentary embarrassment? Inadequacy? Perceived lack of competency? Distrust in our abilities? Vulnerability and receptivity are the seeds of opportunity to

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

Recently I've been exploring the cause and effects of Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and postural instability causing pain/discomfort in the long term. Since teaching yoga I've seen many participants

Moving through 2018 with EASE

Instead of setting goals at the start of each year, I prefer to choose a word (or three) to be my theme for the year. I can then revisit at regular intervals throughout the year to ensure my actions
social yoga session Matakana

Social yoga session: Matakana

Another magical morning of yoga and breakfast with Yoga & Social. This was such a beautiful setting amongst the trees at Brick & Vines cafe, Morris &James Matakana. What a way to kick off Auckland
Charlie Chaplin The Great Dictator

The power of voice – Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator

Charlie Chaplin's speech at the end of The Great Dictator is as meaningful now as it was in 1940. Chaplin is commonly recognised for his humorous silent performances – silly walks and hat tricks – but
Waipu Cove, Yoga & Social

Waipu Cove: Yoga & Social event

Sun shining, waves crashing, gorgeous view and wonderful company. Moving, stretching, strengthening and balancing... connecting with breath... blissful. Nothing quite compares to being at one with
Being Present & Productive with Alissa Smith

Being present and productive – Interview

I was honoured to be a guest on The Productive Woman podcast with Laura McClellan, discussing how I harmonise between my freelance graphic design work and my yoga teaching. The main theme was about
100 Days Project 2016

100 Days of Defying Gravity

In 2014 I explored yoga poses in ordinary and extraordinary places. 2016 was about "creatively defy gravity". Here is 'Imagination Levitation' – 100 photos of dedication, exploration, joy,

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