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By guest blogger Emily Carton

How to make your health and your practice a priority

Blog 1

Once we get clear on our values, our priorities shift.
One of the biggest things I’ve come to understand when people tell me they want to be healthier, happier and start getting into good practices but don’t know how. . .
Is that it’s all about getting real on your values and priorities.

Why is it hard to meditate? Even when we know the benefits? By Rachel Long

Blog 2

You value your health and wellbeing right? You eat well, exercise regularly, go to a regular yoga class where you leave feeling calm and zen. You may even tell yourself “This feels good, I want more of this. I’m going to meditate at home”. Despite your desire for more calm Read More

How mindfulness works with strong emotions. By Rachel Long

Blog 3

A big feeling caught me by surprise recently. Within moments of reading an email, my rational mind shut down, my body temperature increased, I could feel an ache in my chest, my belly tightened and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to scream or cry. It took me a while Read More

4 ways mindfulness helps with stress. By Rachel Long

Blog 4

Fascinating research by neuroscientist Sara Lazar showed mindfulness meditation practitioners, even after just 8 weeks of practising, had a reduction in amygdala activity

Maybe you don’t have to always be “your best self”

Blog 5

There’s a common meme -and many books- these days suggesting we should aspire to “be our best self”. This taps into the Western ideology that we all need to work hard to improve ourselves and attain our goals – be they financial, career, personal or spiritual. This seems to originate Read More

Slow and sustainable: a new mantra to save you and the planet

Blog 6

I knew I’d reached rock bottom. I’d wept for hours, cocooned in a giant nest of bolsters and blankets. Occasionally someone would kindly stroke my hair and stay briefly then leave me on the edge of the room. I wept from frustration, pain, shame and despair feeling I’d wasted years Read More

‘Secrets of Spring’ by Stephen Cottee

Blog 7

Spring is upon us and right now there are some opportunities to really move forward in your life! If you pay attention at this time you can sense a new burst of life potential that is just not found at other times of the year. When we understand ourselves and Read More

K.I.S.S….Simple is Best

Blog 8

  Choice, choice, choice. It’s what we’re told consumers want. But too much choice can be overwhelming or cause confusion and often panic. There are so many choices of technique and style in moving the body and following the breath that at times you might wonder “where do I start“?  Read More

Autobiography of a beginner yoga teacher

Blog 9

I walk into the studio and stroll to the front of the room. People are looking at my clothes – am I showing too much skin? Or too little? They’re looking at my body – do they think I’m “fit enough” to be teaching them? Are they judging my shapely thighs or Read More

Decision-making: head, heart or gut? 
Meditation and gut health for peace and good decision-making

Blog 10

In the East there has been a longstanding awareness of two parts of our brain – the ‘Thinking Mind’ and the ‘Observing Mind’.  The Thinking Mind really does have a mind of its own and unfortunately it doesn’t always have our best interests at heart.  In fact, it chatters incessantly Read More

  • How to make your health and your practice a priority
  • Once we get clear on our values, our priorities shift.
    One of the biggest things I’ve come to understand when people tell me they want to be healthier, happier and start getting into good practices but don’t know how. . .
    Is that it’s all about getting real on your values and priorities.

  • Why is it hard to meditate? Even when we know the benefits? By Rachel Long
  • You value your health and wellbeing right? You eat well, exercise regularly, go to a regular yoga class where you Read More

  • How mindfulness works with strong emotions. By Rachel Long
  • A big feeling caught me by surprise recently. Within moments of reading an email, my rational mind shut down, my Read More

  • 4 ways mindfulness helps with stress. By Rachel Long
  • Fascinating research by neuroscientist Sara Lazar showed mindfulness meditation practitioners, even after just 8 weeks of practising, had a reduction in amygdala activity

  • Maybe you don’t have to always be “your best self”
  • There’s a common meme -and many books- these days suggesting we should aspire to “be our best self”. This taps Read More