A daily discipline such as yoga or meditation can become an extraordinary tool for developing individual consciousness – particularly when spiritual factors are brought into the practice.
AYL writer, Penelope Unn hopes her suggestions will illuminate the many spiritual benefits of creating your own sadhana and allowing it to become an important part of your life
How to Get the Most From a Retreat
Meditation and yoga retreats are wonderful places to refresh your body and recharge your outlook – a special place of camaraderie and self-discovery, where you can observe yourself outwardly and inwardly. Nancy Jackson shows how to take advantage of everything a retreat can offer.
The Magic of Kids’ Yoga: Can Something so Fun also be Beneficial
Teaching yoga to kids might look like child’s play, but it is not as simple as you might think. Our overseas contributor, Lisa Roberts, has had a lot of experience, and she advises that it requires knowledge, creativity, and a lot of hard work to lead appropriate sessions that nurture the whole child. If you are thinking of teaching children, then read this!
Meditation & The Menstrual Cycle
For many yoga devotees, the mere notion of sharing their practice with a flock of sheep or holding Lord of the Dance Pose (Natarajasana) with a beer in hand is, well—it’s just not yoga! Is ‘novelty yoga’ which burst onto the scene in 2018, a true trend or just a fad? Elizabeth Egan set out to explore the Yoga landscape and find out what’s hot and what’s not, this year and beyond.
Australian cricketer, Cameron Bancroft, talks with Suvi Mahonen about how yoga changed his life in the dark days following his 9-month ban from first class cricket because of his involvement in the infamous ‘sandpaper’ scandal in 2018. Others who are feeling challenged will be helped by his personal story of the power of selfforgiveness and acceptance.
Yoga teacher and author Rachel Zinman reminds us that winter is a time to focus on balancing the earth element. By taking her quiz, you can see whether you have an excess of earth in your system or perhaps the earth element is depleted. She shows how to bring back the balance.
The Panchakarma Experience
Panchakarma is Ayurveda’s deep cleanse and it is not for the fainthearted. Senior teacher, Flo Fenton, relates her experience of a Panchakarma process that lasted more than three weeks – and from which she felt enormous benefits. She also offers tips for how you could get the best out of Panchakarma if you decide to try it for yourself.
Whilst not for beginners, there are numerous ways for an experienced practitioner to safely explore this exhilarating and energising asana. Iyengar Yoga teacher, Amanda Hood, gives detailed instructions and, for those who are not experienced, she offers many variations and aids to work towards the final pose.
John Ogilvie, founder of Byron Yoga Centre, offers a series of hipfocused poses that will assist students to develop a more comfortable seat, thus enabling a more stable position for pranayama and meditation practices.
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Tapas – your asana questions answered When there are so many different instructions for the same posture in different types of classes, it becomes confusing. What are the main things to focus on to make my practice safe, effective and sustainable? Simon and Bianca from Sydney’s Yoga Synergy answer this and other students’ questions.
Notes from the classroom
An Ashtanga Yoga student tells how a workshop made her aware of the importance of her feet and their connections to the rest of the body.
Our overseas contributor, Siddhartha Krishna, looks at various questions from the traditional philosophical side of yoga.
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