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Philosophy and Meditation Webinar with Swami Pujan Tue 16 June

Our first Philosophy & Meditation Webinar with Swami Pujan on Tuesday night proved a wonderful forum for learning, growth and exchange. Our main reason for launching this type of webinar is to create a forum for students at all levels, whether beginners, intermediate or yoga teachers and advanced students, to continue their spiritual study (svadhyaya). Even when trained in yogic philosophy and meditation, learning does not stop when we leave the classroom, the inquiry is lifelong. Access to our teachers is one of the difficult aspects of modern yogic life. Therefore, creating a forum like this lead by a spiritual teacher like Swami Pujan creates a community of like minds (sangha) to support us. Last night, one of our attendees...

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Five Things I Change in Winter

Winter can be a cozy delight or a heavy burden. If you are familiar with Aryuveda, you'll understand that a Vata Dosha constitution like mine can find the cold depleting and uncomfortable. (If you're not familiar with the sister science of Yoga, Aryuveda, and the three mind-body types you can read more and take the Dosha quiz here.)As a result, I pay more attention to my rituals as it gets colder and make some changes:  Body Oil: This is probably one of my favourite daily rituals. I make my own body oil blends and in winter I change the combination of carrier and essential oils. I prefer more moisturising carrier oils like Avocado and Apricot Kernal oil when it's colder. I...

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Women Leading Change 2015

I had the incredible fortune of being invited to attend the Women Leading Change conference a couple of weeks ago run by The Wake Up Project. The line up was impressive: Seane Corn, Yogin Activist; Petrea King, founder of Quest for Life; Tara Moss, Author Advocate; Claire Bowditch, Songwriter and founder of Big Hearted Business; Sarah Wilson, Author and founder of I Quit Sugar; Tami Simon, founder of Sounds True; and the inimitable Lucy Perry, former CEO of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia in Australia. Each of these women impacted me in a different and profound way. I unfortunately missed Petrea’s session due to work commitments but managed to enjoy all of the other speakers humour and grounded wisdom. Here’s what I gleaned. Tara Moss was impressive; she is a...

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After Dawn Service on ANZAC Day

I am always moved by Dawn Service on Anzac Day but this year, after the ceremony at the Cenotaph in Martin Place early this morning, I am compelled to write. It was the largest crowd I have seen in the many years I have attended. The 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing is no small matter, it cuts to the heart of our Australian identity: Courage; Loyalty; Mateship; Fairness; Egalitarianism. There were contributions from, and acknowledgements to, servicemen and women, Australians everywhere, the Australian Aboriginal people, New Zealand and Maori people and those from many other parts of the world. It was beautiful to see so many generations from all walks of life, together in common purpose. 'Lest We Forget’ is central...

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Dream Work

This article follows our previous blog on Sleep and Dreaming in Yoga, where we examined how Dream Work can become part of our yoga and self-development toolkit. This time we look more closely at how we can practically work with dreams to enhance our ability to perceive and illuminate the energetic world. What if I’m not dreaming? Many who claim not to dream might be experiencing either poor quality sleep or difficulty remembering their dreams.  Dreaming, or at least remembering your dreams, requires at least some component of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep.  This is a sleep phase forms 20-25%, approximately 90-120 minutes of a total night’s sleep in most people. REM sleep is characterised by higher levels of brain activity...

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