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.
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.
I was lucky enough to sit down with the lovely Lorien from Wholesome Loving Goodness at a retreat recently as she shared her wisdom on Ayurvedic Science. Amongst the many amazing life hacks she taught me, a particular lesson stuck out to me – “Basically everything your grandma or great grandparents nagged you to do – that is what you should be doing.”
2015 has been a huge year for Podcasts. After the success of Serial (season 2 out now!), more and more people are spending their idle-time opening their ears to the interviews, debates and story-telling that is available for audio download. Podcasts have become the perfect background noise for your summer road trip, to wind down your day or when cooking up a storm. Here are just some of the mind-expanding, heartbreaking and world-changing conversations that happened in 2015.
If you have been to a yoga class, you are most likely familiar with the mantra OM (or Auṃ [ə̃ũ], Sanskrit: ॐ). You may have also noticed that we use this mantra in our name, which means it must be pretty important to us. So here it is. OM means absolutely nothing. The before there was ever anything, and there was literally nothing – no space, no time, no laws of nature…kind of nothing.
There are few moments I feel as balanced as just after a yoga class – body aligned, mind clear, ego humbled. It’s one of the main benefits of yoga and one that I’ve been touting to my boyfriend since we met. I want him to experience that same post-savasana bliss. But how do you get a non-yogi on the mat? I’ve been asking myself this question – and while he hasn’t invested in an annual membership yet – my partner will join me for the odd studio practice or at-home meditation.
Working in the not-for-profit and social enterprise space means I get to meet some of Australia’s most inspiring thought leaders and world changers. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to sit down with Natalie Isaacs, the CEO and Founder of 1 Million Women. 1 Million Women is Australia’s largest women’s movement acting on climate change. Their aim is to engage 1 Million female members globally, each committed to cutting 1 tonne of carbon in their daily lives.
“Happiness based on aesthetics will suffocate your potential” – Essena ONeill. Up until about a week ago, I never thought I would mention Essena ONeill on Omology. Essena is a 19-year-old lifestyle blogger from the Sunshine Coast who has built an online empire of over half a million followers on Instagram alone. Following Essena has been a very mixed experience. Whilst she shared her genuine journey of veganism and conscious consumer choices, these messages were shared amongst a gallery of her rock hard stomach and a life that seemed almost attainable if one was to take just enough selfies and drink the right tea.
Recently I was lucky enough to enjoy A 3-day yoga retreat in the gorgeous Govinda Valley just south of Sydney with Kirsty Wright Yoga. It was my first ever yoga retreat. Initially, I thought the idea of a retreat was all too lavish and indulgent. Fortunatley, I caught onto the falseness of this perspective and gave the retreat a chance. It’s fair to say that most people come to retreat during a time of transition. I was no different. I drove into retreat with a bit of baggage, having a handful of big decisions to make in most areas of my personal life. Heading off on a solo road trip to hang out with a bunch of strangers when I was feeling vulnerable was of course a bit daunting, but my soul called for it, so I followed.
First things first – you’re amazing. Just as you are. However, we all have goals and visions we aspire to. Being the best versions of ourselves is a positive focus for us all. Habits can often help us get there. Habits are behaviours we want to follow forever, without decision or debate. They allow us to act without thinking. Studies show that about one-fourth of our waking time is spent resisting desire – the urge to eat, rest, relax, and pursue pleasure. By mastering our habits, we eliminate decision and have much more mental resources to devote elsewhere.