Before diving in, you may find it helpful to read my Introduction to the Chakras and posts about the first, second and third chakras. Located in the centre of the chest, the fourth chakra is the ‘bridge’ between the lower chakras which represent our place in the physical world, and the higher chakras which…

  Before diving into this piece, I suggest reading my Introduction to the Chakras and posts about the first and second chakras. The third chakra, known as the solar plexus chakra or manipura, is yellow in colour and located around the area of the stomach. It is responsible for looking after the health of the stomach, liver,…

I suggest reading my Introduction to the Chakras and post about the first chakra before diving into this article! The second chakra (aka. sacral chakra or svadisthana in Sanskrit), is orange in colour and located just below the navel. This chakra is responsible for looking after the health of the body parts located in this area…

Life is in the breath. One who half breathes, half lives – Chinese proverb Does it matter how I breathe? Breathing is an automatic and involuntary bodily function; the body breathes whether we think about it or not.  I didn’t really think about a breathing before I started yoga. In fact, have a somewhat embarrassing confession:…

I’ll be the first to put my hand up and say I struggle to stick to a daily meditation practice. Erratic would be the best way to describe it: a little mantra here, a guided chakra meditation there. Some days I’d meditate first thing in the morning. Other days, I’d be about to drift off to…

Blocks, bolsters, blankets… love ’em or hate ’em? Props spark all kinds of reactions. There are people who NEVER use and I’ve heard all kinds of reasons why: They take too much time to set up They cost too much I don’t know what to do with them They are only for beginners /older /…

Have you ever broken a toe? I broke one recently, letting rip with every expletive in the book! Broken toes HURT and there’s nothing to do but tape it up and get on with life as best you can (albeit at a slower pace). But you don’t need a broken toe to remind you how important…

If you’re reading this on a smart phone or tablet, chances are you’ve unknowingly adopted the modern postural (mal)adaptation known as the iHunch. Repeatedly hunching over your device causes the neck and head to jut forward and upper spine to collapse. According to US research, when you look down at your phone to text, check email, or…

Our bodies mirror the seasons. Although here in Brisbane the changes are subtle, the impact on body and mind can be significant. As the mornings become cooler, the days shorter and the wind stronger, you may notice that your skin and hair is drier, your metabolism and digestion is slower. Perhaps you’re lacking focus, finding…

Technological, scientific and economic advancements have given us so many benefits, such as longer life span, reduced incidence of disease, the ability to travel almost anywhere and learn about anything. Yet those same advancements have increased our pace of life and made modern life undeniably stressful. Spreading its tentacles far and wide, stress can have…

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