There are 53 volcanoes in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland. Here, exploring twelve of the crater mountains in the volcanic field.
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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?
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.
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.
You may have a rollercoaster of emotions during this global pandemic. Here are some videos of yoga for overwhelm, restlessness, loneliness and lethargy.
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.
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.
Can happiness truly be sought in our “positive vibes only” culture? Or is it better achieved by acknowledging and embracing uncomfortable feelings?
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
When balance is challenged, muscles must engage quickly to counteract external forces.
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.
This follow-up to understanding the function of the autonomic nervous system offers ways to restore balance to a stressed-out mind and body.
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
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.
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: The realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. Everyone has a story.
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.
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.
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
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 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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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'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
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
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
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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