Hello Lovelies, After over 8 months of travelling this wonderful world of ours, I thought a bit of an update was in order. Firstly, THANK YOU to every single person who came along to my classes, stopped by to read an article or donated to one of the causes Omology was supporting. Together we raised thousands of dollars for girls education in Africa and Cambodia, emergency relief in Nepal and cancer research. That’s a whole lot of good coming off the mat!
India is rated as the fourth most deadly and dangerous country for women in the world, just behind Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Congo. In a country that is pacing quickly ahead through economic progression, India’s cultural traditions keep this nation in a violent past, especially when it comes to the rights of women and girls. During my last few weeks in India I met a young woman who was working with survivors of human trafficking. She introduced me to an organisation called Odanadi, where the world of human trafficking lost it’s facelessness forever. Odanadi, founded in 1993 by two journalist, Stanly and Parashu, is committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and reintegrating victims of human trafficking. Human Trafficking is the third largest international crime industry. Unfortunately, when there is space for exploitation, vulnerable women, especially young girls are the first to suffer.
Making the pilgrimage to Mysore marks an important milestone in any Ashtangi’s journey. Mysore, India, is home to the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institue (KPJAYI), the shala of the late Guruji Pattabhi Jois who popularised Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Whether you’ve known about Mysore for years or just heard about it, the day will come when you can no longer put off the pull of your first visit to Mysore.
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India has a pretty bad reputation when it comes to safety for women and girls. Often travellers are scared off visiting by the many news stories which cover some of the shocking truths about India’s culture, from frequent sexual assaults to constant caste and religious based violence. After the brutal rape and murder of a local 23-year old medical student on a night bus in Delhi 2012, as well as a string of sexual assaults of Foreigners in 2014, much of the world labelled India a suicide mission for solo female travellers. While there are certainly truths to India reputation which must be acknowledged, I do believe it is possible to safely navigate this country and have a great time doing so!
I am no stranger to a sore ankle. In just over a year, my lanky limbs have stumbled over themselves and caused 3 separate ankle injuries. The first time I sprained my ankle, I was 10km away from the finish line of a 500km charity cycle across Southeast Asia. The second time, I broke my ankle just hours into a romantic getaway. We spent most of the weekend at the hospital! I was then immobilised in a Moon Boot until the week before I was to lead a work trip trekking the Inca Trail, Peru, which sure put a complete stop to my training plan! And now, just 2 weeks from what will be the most intense and transforming yoga practice of my life at the source of Ashtanga, KPJAYI Mysore, I have sprained the same ankle. Although it feels quite personal and planned by the universe to spite me, approximately 200,000 people sprain or break their ankle each day!
Somedays we forget just how much life does sparkle. We turn to loved ones, music, books, food or hobbies to take our mind off things. For those not so good days, when you need a little reminder about your vital role in the universe, here are some of the best go-to gurus. Tune into their messages of magic and mystery, expand your mind and move into the immense power that is yours!
Agra, India, the home of one of the largest and extravagant symbols of love, The Taj Mahal. Most travellers avoid spending the night in this part of India’s golden triangle, given that there is almost nothing to do. Recently I spent six days in Agra, a fact that astonishes other travellers. The reason – Sheroes Hangout. A local hangout for the rehabilitation and empowerment of acid attack survivors.
Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Laughing Yoga, Acro-Yoga, Hip-Hop Yoga, BROga – it seems every day a new type of yoga is popping up. Even one of the oldest traditions of yoga, Ashtanga, has branched out into a number of different methods, as new teachers adapt ancient styles to modern lives. If you’ve been tempted to drop into an Ashtanga Yoga class, here’s our breakdown of what to expect.
After being fired from an agency role in New York City, Johanna started to question what work really meant, why we do it and how we can do it better. Combining her skills in communication, creativity and human connection Johanna founded Make Do Co to reconnect businesses to their people and purpose. Through public classes, business workshops and immersion retreats, Johanna works with leaders and organisations to improve their end impact. We sat down to talk yoga, business, permaculture, failure and taking the entrepreneurial leap.