Posts in Wisdom

The Practice of Yoga

Yoga Sutra I.14 is a longtime favourite, describing what kind of effort (abhyasa) is required in our yoga practice, to come closer to the desired results. Satu dirghakala nairantarya satkara adara asevito drdhabhumih “It is only if the correct method is followed over a long period of time, uninterruptedly, with enthusiasm and eagerness, that it… Read more »

How Yoga brings Abundance

A long time ago I overheard a family friend asking a child ‘what is your favourite colour?’ and the child replied ‘the rainbow’. The answer really touched something in me, and after all this time – you may even remember me referring to this in the past – it is still in my mind. What… Read more »

The pose begins when you want to get out of it

Our natural reaction to a situation we don’t like is to move away from it as quickly as possible, or if we can, to avoid it altogether. In Yoga we are often instructed to assume – initially – uncomfortable positions. Then you might ask yourself, ‘surely yoga’s not meant to be this challenging?!’ What the… 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 »

What is Yoga? Centering your mind

Do you find it difficult to focus your mind on one thing at a time? Does the idea of developing internal focus during a yoga session seem unachievable? A large part of a successful yoga session is the ability to focus inwards, centre your mind and clear your thoughts. However, this can be challenging for… 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 »

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 »