It was late 2011, during the first year of living with my husband (at that time boyfriend), that I had the opportunity to travel to Ibiza, Spain. I had not started yoga nor had I any inkling to travel to India, both were completely unknown to me. During our brief stay I decided on a second tattoo on my left shoulder, neck area…’a peacock feather inscribed with the words freedom, tolerance, respect’. Sometimes impromptu decisions especially about tattoos can leave ...Continue Reading →
Size does count…just like ones ego it is the bigger things, like a Land Rover for instance, that really impact the process of letting go. Now that there is one less vehicle in the driveway thinning out cupboards and drawers seems easier. It’s an ongoing Christmas cracker of emotions that are observed lifting off the shoulders as I realize the positive effects of unburdening.
Ego has been throwing his toys around like ...Continue Reading →
After many cosmic connections and signs or messages from the universe over the past two months it is without a doubt that Anton and I have a calling to leave again, on 25 March 2015, for India…
and anyone is welcome! Daniel 9:10-11
Yesterday, after a morning at the Milnerton Flea Market selling odds and ends, we found ourselves sitting around our home bar in the early evening talking generally about the ...Continue Reading →
TO: THE LEELA HOTEL MANAGEMENT AND STAFF – THANK YOU!
I don’t know if it was karma, fate or pure coincidental luck that introduced me to your employee Arwind Rawat on the streets of Mumbai that hot October evening but I was open to any blessings the universe would offer at the time. I had been in Mumbai for 4 days and was beginning to feel quite alone in this big city. My current hotel was less than adequate for a ...Continue Reading →
Since the beginning of my yoga journey I’ve noted consciously doing some involuntary actions less…we generally have little control over our emotions which tend to rule our personalities…one thing I know for sure is that my emotions, mostly the negative, especially crying whether it’s been out of anger, frustration or sadness have become easily manageable.
As a continuation from my previous blog posts about ‘letting go’ and ‘withdrawal of the senses’ there is another word which, if not understood, could certainly ...Continue Reading →
Any negative emotions are bound to set us off balance…emotionally AND physically. I see this from time to time when student yogis attend a class with every intent to participate fully, but their practice, especially balancing poses become compromised and constricted. How can one let go of anger, stress, frustration and any other negative emotion before or at the beginning of a class so as better to participate and get better fulfillment out of a class. Most teachers begin a ...Continue Reading →
In the last couple of months I’ve had very little or erratic sleep and we know that this can unbalance the body’s systems and make us feel very unsettled or lethargic…of course planning my own wedding has had a lot to do with the energy levels in general but, I guess no matter what there will always be something on the horizon to get us nervous, excited and/or anxious.
Not only have I continued to focus my energy, offering a unique ...Continue Reading →
What is this conscious awareness that yogi’s teach. Since my return from India I’ve walked, talked, slept and eaten yoga. There are days when I’ve had to reassess my commitment to my own practice because teaching and practicing amounted to over 9 hours of yoga a week and my body started to take strain. As much as it can be good for you too much of a good thing doesn’t work. The heated room scenario at my studio of choice ...Continue Reading →
Settling back home has been a struggle because of so many ‘unplanned events’. Perhaps that is where we fail to stay with ourselves. I feel as though my whole world has been stretched…from India to South Africa my heart feels lost. I could never have known how much pain I would go through from loosing a Grandmother. The beautiful silent moments I experienced in India may be the only thing helping me through this very difficult time. I hold on ...Continue Reading →