How a Screaming Baby can Help Us Become More Enlightened

Posted on July 30th, 2014 in Emotional Mastery,Stress, Anxiety & Depression,Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah shares a tale from early motherhood on how every moment is an opportunity to wake-up, especially the difficult moments!

by Kara-Leah Grant

I wrote this article over four years ago now and re-reading it I’m struck by the spiralling nature of life. At the time I thought I’d learned something huge and could tick that off my to-do list. Being Present – Done!

However, over the last four years this kind of situation has repeated itself over and over again. Every time I get a chance to notice the pattern – the wanting and attachment to wanting, and the stress and struggle it causes.



Be Free – Live Now

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 in Advaita Vedanta (Non-dualism) by Guest Author

by Guest Author Anita Olivacce

Where are you?

Right now, where are you? 

Where is your attention focused?

On what happened yesterday, a few years ago perhaps? Or maybe on something that may happen next

There is no tomorrow and there are no “years”. 

There is only Now. 

This moment right now. 

Life is happening right now. Within us and all around us. We are Life and unless our attention is fully focused here and now, we miss it.

We miss out on the beauty, the greatest treasure, the preciousness of this moment happening right now in front of us. 



How Daily Yoga Practice can Revolutionise Society

Posted on July 15th, 2014 in Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah is committed to regular home practice and believes if everyone had a home yoga practice – whether it was asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting or Karma Yoga – it could revolutionise our society.

by Kara-Leah Grant

Author of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

Ok, as you’ve likely guessed by now, I’m obsessed with home yoga practice. Part of that is because it’s been so incredibly healing for me in my own life. I see how healing it is for other people too. And finally, I’ve written a book that’s all about home yoga practice so the more people that realise its importance, the more books I might sell.



Home Yoga Practice: Is it for Me? I’ve just Started Yoga Classes

Posted on June 30th, 2014 in Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah is often asked by people who are just starting yoga classes if it’s too early to develop a home yoga practice. This is her response. 

by Kara-Leah Grant

Author of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

You may have yet to walk into your first yoga class, so the idea of starting a home yoga practice seems crazy. Me, practice at home? But I don’t even know any postures yet! I have no idea what I’m doing!



Inspirational Quotes by Natalie Wright

Posted on June 12th, 2014 in Spiritual Giants by Trupti Mehta

And for someone completely different this time… Natalie Wright is a modern author who wrote The Akasha Chronicles, a middle grade/young adult paranormal fantasy trilogy. Turns out fiction authors can say great things that apply to meditation and yoga too!

“Ah, yes, choice. I chose to let my ghosts stay in past. Past is history you know. Living is now. I sat. I breathed. I let past go. I let future go. I am. That is all.” 

 

“No difference, good or bad. Thoughts like birds in mind. Some fly in. Some fly out. Some stay at water hole to drink. Beware of birds that linger.” 



Inspirational Quotes from H. E. Davey Sensei

Posted on May 30th, 2014 in Spiritual Giants by Trupti Mehta

H. E. Davey Sensei is the Director of the Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts.

According to his bio on the foundation’s website, Davey Sensi has trained extensively in a form of Japanese Yoga called Shin-shin-toitsu-do, or “The Way of Mind and Body Unification”. But Davey Sensi is not just a yogi, he’s also trained extensively in the creative arts, including Japanese brush writing/ink painting or shodo. He is an award-winning artist in this medium and has written many articles and books on the topic. 



Why Nothing is a Problem and There are no Problems

Posted on May 22nd, 2014 in Meditation,Spiritual Enlightenment by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah shares her experience of once going on a silent meditation retreat. And she highly recommends it too!

by Kara-Leah Grant

Author of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

 

Once upon a time I did a four day meditation retreat, three and a half days of which were in silence.

My work mates at the time thought I was nuts.

Doing nothing but sitting meditation, walking meditation, eating and sleeping.

To me it sounded like bliss.



Ram Dass Talking About Who or What the Guru Really Is

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah explores the notion of Guru. What is a guru and does it have to be a person?

by Kara-Leah Grant

Author of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

This week I’ve been reading a most excellent book by Ram Dass (he of Be Here Now) called Be Love Now.

And lo & behold, wouldn’t you know, it’s answered all of my questions about finding a guru, what a guru is, and the relationship we have with a guru.

I’m stoked, to say the least.



Ten Principles for Creating Your Home Yoga Practice

Posted on April 29th, 2014 in Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah shares ten basic principles on starting a home yoga practice. 

by Kara-Leah Grant

Author of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

As a yoga teacher, my goal is to inspire my students to practice yoga at home.

It’s great when people get themselves to classes three times a week, but the true benefits of yoga really start to unfold when you commit to just showing up on your mat by yourself and seeing what happens.

In a class, your focus is both internal and external. You’re listening to the teacher and watching the demonstrations while also paying attention to what’s going on inside of you.



Does Your Mind Limit Your Yoga Practice?

Posted on April 24th, 2014 in Yoga by Kara-Leah Grant

Our popular contributor Kara-Leah did her first yoga class in 1996. She didn’t start a semi-regular practice until 2000, but for the last ten years has practiced almost every single day.

In this article she explores the frustrations and anguish that can come when the body doesn’t seem to respond to our dedicated practice.

by Kara-Leah Grant, Author of Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

 

I’ve been practicing yoga for over a decade now, and I’m still tight and inflexible.



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