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Jennifer Taylor MA MBMSc Cert IV Yoga Teaching is an author, consultant and speaker. With a Masters in Brain and Mind Sciences from the University of Sydney, she has a special interest in neuroscience and yoga. She believes in integrated living: self-care; and science with spirit. Read more...

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Aching Legs and Feet

Jennifer Taylor, 15 Feb 2016

Aching legs and feet? I received a wonderful question about this last week that I thought I might share.

This client experienced significant pain and discomfort in their legs and feet, particularly feet, after long periods standing at work. They wondered if yoga might help.

Without a detailed, personal review, I can only offer general advice and I always check if someone has sought medical attention for the condition first. This is important before trying to support any condition with yoga therapy.

Specific postures for aching legs and feet will depend on the individual and the cause of the condition. It could be circulation, sciatica or any number of factors. However, I might suggest starting with something quite gentle like this Pawanmuktasana sequence and then moving to 'Legs Up The Wall' Viparita Karani. You can spend up to 10 minutes in this pose. Inversions are a wonderful way to relieve pressure. Read More...

Case Study: Oral Cancer

Jennifer Taylor, 1 Feb 2016

R. is a 43 year old woman from the Northern Territory, married with four (4) children. She is a Ward Clerk, working in hospital administration for more than seven (7) years. In July 2015, she visited her dentist with symptoms of a sore tongue, culminating in an oral cancer diagnosis requiring surgical excision of half her tongue and 31 lymph nodes from her neck. Read More...

Happy New Year - Changes at Mr and Mrs Pose

Jennifer Taylor, 14 Jan 2016

Happy New Year! I want to wish you a beautiful 2016 and fill you in on changes taking place at Mr and Mrs Pose.

Firstly, I want to thank you for your support since our launch in 2011. It has been a wonderful five years growing from yoga clothing and accessories for men and women to live events, online classes and video content. I launched the business with the vision to "Practice with Someone You Love." The idea was to encourage people to practice at home with partners, family, and friends. It has been such a pleasure to enjoy that evolution with you, our extended yoga family.

Secondly, changes are underway at Mr and Mrs Pose. I have been accepted into the Masters in Brain and Mind Sciences at the University of Sydney medical school. This is my third degree and a move in the direction of academic research. My aim is to contribute to the growing body of scientific knowledge on the therapeutic value of yoga and meditation with a particular focus on performance, stress and anxiety.

Thirdly, with more focus on integrated programs, case studies and research and less focus on retail, will rebrand as and This will bring focus to the new vision of "Integrated Living - Practice for Life". The good news is that you can still reach me and continue to shop on all of these domains.

While this is really exciting, it will mean I have to scale back retail efforts, drop-in classes and other activities. All stock is marked down for a CLEARANCE SALE and don't hesitate to get in touch with bulk wholesale enquiries. You can also stay up to date with classes via the timetable.Thank you for your patience as I roll out the updates across the web. Read More...

Quantum Physics, Yoga & Intention

Jennifer Taylor, 24 October 2015

Reading the Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra last night before bed, I went to sleep with images of the micro-verse whirling in my head: Protons; Neutrons; Electrons; electromagnetic field theory; and the ‘duality paradox’ of light being both a wave and a particle in quantum mechanics.

In the quantum view of the universe, it becomes much less clear where we begin and end. Watching Jill Bolte-Taylor’s TED talk, My Stroke of Insight, many years ago, I considered that it might be only the limits of our conscious perception preventing us experiencing this for ourselves. Seeing 1950s Housewife Describes Her First Experience with LSD this week, made me ponder it again.

Psychotropic drugs aside, the current standard model of particle physics reveals an inherent unity. “All things are seen as interdependent and inseparable parts of this cosmic whole; as different manifestations of the same ultimate reality.” [2] Moreover, the manifestation and behaviour of these phenomena are relative to the witness observer. They are born of a field of probability rather than a point in space-time.

Therefore, if energy and information are the building blocks of matter, what does that mean for quantum theories of consciousness? Consciousness, the information of thought and intention, creates physiological, emotional and behavioural outcomes. Physiological behaviour, in turn, creates psychological outcomes. There is circularity and creativity in this cause and effect. How is this useful to us?

Skin Cancer & Yoga

Jennifer Taylor, 3 October 2015

Wear sunscreen, kids.

For most of my family and friends, this is quite unremarkable. I was born and bred in the red centre of outback Australia with fair skin. This isn’t the first skin cancer I’ve had cut out of my body, and it is unlikely to be the last. The same beautiful sun that, combined with good nutrition, has granted me a strong, happy, healthy body also inflicts lasting damage. 

I’m fantastically lucky. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) aren’t dangerous though they can be destructive. I got this one lasered a few years ago but it recurred until I could ignore it no longer. I’ve been pretty sun smart over the years but I was a wilful child and it doesn’t take much in Australia. I have also been to the funeral of a good friend with young children this past year so, on the whole, I feel grateful for small mercies.

When I felt occasionally low after surgery this week, I considered how lucky I am to have access to the public healthcare system that detected it and the private health insurance system that allowed my choice of practitioner. I was originally referred to a plastic surgeon for the work but I was able to seek a second opinion when I left that appointment feeling uncomfortable about the approach.


The Commercialisation of Yoga

Jennifer Taylor, 25 June 2015

The judgement ‘that’s not Yoga’ is heard regularly within the Yoga community. Whether it’s criticism of: one tradition against another; criticism of ‘workout mentality’; overemphasis on asana at the expense of the other seven limbs of Yoga; or the proliferation of Yoga teachers tumbling out onto an unsuspecting public with inadequate certifications. Some aspects of these criticisms are founded, some represent unwelcome elitism and negativity.

Being in business as well as steeped in Yoga for nearly 30 years, this is a topic I contemplate often. The commercialisation of Yoga is an easy target for criticism. As I researched this article, I found that the criticism fell into two main philosophical schools: the purist, ‘denigration of ancient traditions’ school; and the ‘hypocrisy’ school. The ‘denigration of ancient traditions’ school objects to innovation at the expense of quality and seeks to uphold respect for sacred lineage, authenticity and integrity. The ‘hypocrisy’ school argues that the ethics of Capitalism and Yoga are fundamentally at odds, predisposing commercial activities in the field of Yoga inevitably towards exploitation and corruption.

If we define the commercialisation of Yoga as the offering of yoga products and services for financial gain, these include but are not limited to studios, workshops, teacher trainings, retreats, clothing, content and accessories.[1] ‘Commercialisation’ is generally a pejorative term, suggesting profit over people and style over substance.Read More...



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Jennifer Taylor on the Today Show discussing Online Yoga Classes
Jennifer Taylor on the Today Show discussing Online Yoga Classes
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Jen & Murray taught at international yoga festival, Easyoga's Yoga Life Taipei
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