Posts in Health & Wellbeing

Yoga in Challenging Times

Following mainstream media one could easily get the impression that Yoga is about beautiful postures and an ecstatic mind-set. Both are certainly a part of it; postures are great fun, and emotional highs during or after any kind of Yoga practice have the potential to spontaneously manifest. But what happens when we are going through… Read more »

Yoga & Essential Oils

Much like yoga, the use of essential oils aims to support the well-being of the body, mind, and spirit. Research has shown that essential oils not only provide emotional benefits but physical benefits as well. There are several studies that speak to the abilities of essential oils to help reduce anxious feelings  and provide an… Read more »

Yoga versus Yoga at the Gym

Congratulations! You are considering or are currently practicing yoga! A wonderful practice for your body, mind and spirit!  Some times people ask why they would practice at a studio when they can get yoga on the cheap at the gym… Here’s why you should choose to practice with us. You Receive the Best Instruction …North… Read more »

What is Yoga? Freeing yourself from Expectations

We have all felt the excitement and anticipation or otherwise dread, of something we have experienced in the past, happening again. We ‘expect’ a certain outcome; may it be the blissful feeling of the freeing of energy in the body in a posture well mastered, or on the other hand when we just assume that… Read more »

6 Reasons Why Men Should Practice Yoga

Western yoga classes tend to attract more women than men, largely due to silly misconceptions that still refuse to die. Perhaps you think you need to be super-flexible for posture (asana) practice, or that yoga doesn’t promote strength training? On the contrary, dear fellow! Whatever you’ve got between your legs, yoga means enhanced strength, injury… Read more »

Flexibility in Yoga

When students come to yoga afresh they often express the desire to become more flexible. Although I always ensure that they gain the understanding that strength also needs to be acquired in equal measure to make the yoga practice safe and enjoyable, the students do have a very good point:- Yoga is all about Flexibility…. Read more »

10 Essential Oils for Wellbeing

Oils have been used for centuries to enhance yoga practice, meditation and emotional wellbeing. The harmonising effects include stimulating the mind, reducing stress, cleaning the air, aiding breathing techniques, and improving energy flow. So, let’s take a look at 10 essentials oils to add to your collection. Lavender Oil One of the most popular scents,… Read more »

How Yoga can heal your soul

If you’re dealing with emotional pain, addiction, are feeling trapped or simply stuck in a rut, chances are your soul needs some nurturing. A purely intellectual approach to solving these issues isn’t enough, as repetitive negative thinking patterns serve only to intensify the experience of suffering. The transformative practice of yoga invites balance and clarity… Read more »

Regularity, Continuity, Commitment

It is 20 years ago that I took over North Sydney Yoga! The yoga school is growing into adulthood now, and to nurture it into becoming what it is today certainly required a lot of continuous commitment. Yoga has taught me to settle down and to pursue its beautiful spiritual path. Twenty years ago this… Read more »

Improving intention and goal setting with Yoga

Yoga and meditation are powerful tools for goal setting. Apart from fostering a fit, healthy body to kick goals, you can change your state of mind towards proactive living and successfully fulfil your cherished dreams. Firstly, it’s important to note that the words ‘goal’ and ‘intention’, mean different things, though we tend to use them… Read more »