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!
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.
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!
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.”
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.
If you were to walk past a yoga class, happiness may not be the first feeling that you see expressed on student’s faces. Whatyou will see is whole lot of sweat, a few people falling over, and some bodies bent in a way you thought reserved for Cirque du Soleil. Despite the seriousness on student’s faces, there is actually unlimited peace, joy, patience and bliss to be found on the mat. You just need to know where to find it.
Good things come to those who wait! We are so excited to launch our Omology video. If you are after almost 2 minutes of pure bliss – watch below! A huge thank you to the amazing cast – what a pleasure it is to create beautiful things, with such beautiful people! Special shout out to Hannah Klassek – a stunning cinematographer and friend. You can check out more of her work here: www.hannahklassek.com Big love xx