Museflower Retreat, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Museflower Retreat, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Museflower Retreat is a beautiful and peaceful spa and wellness retreat in Northern Thailand, about a half hours drive from Chiang Rai. I was lucky enough to spend a few days there recently after finishing my yoga teacher training in Koh Phangan.

Me with founder Tania Ho in front of the Soul Food Corner Dining Room
Founder of Museflower, Tania Ho, is passionate about aromatherapy and flower essences, including the famous Bach flower therapies, hence the name Museflower. In her previous incarnation Tania was a manager for a number of luxury spas in Asia, so she was able to put her years of experience to good use in creating Museflower. Rather than creating something that was beyond the means of many people, Tania really wanted to create a haven for retreat and relaxation that was accessible to most people and I think she has been successful in this mission. READ MORE

INTERVIEW: Healing belief systems and patterns with Erika Johansson

INTERVIEW: Healing belief systems and patterns with Erika Johansson

Erika Johansson is a Theta Healer based in Bali, Indonesia, where she works from Taksu Spa in Ubud.

I caught up with Erika to speak about how Theta Healer can help clear the subconscious blocks that stop us from being aligned with our highest good. I speak to Erika about surrendering to the flow of life and how the Theta Healing process can help this to happen. READ MORE

Follow Your Joy to Align with Your True Self

Follow Your Joy to Align with Your True Self

How many moments of joy did you experience?

What if living a fulfilling and enriching and wondrous life was much easier than you think?

What if, actually, it is the thoughts themselves – the overthinking, that was what was getting in the way of your following your joy?

I have been tracking my Surrender levels over the past five weeks or so, with the intention of discovering more about when I am in the flow of life and when I am out of it – stuck in the eddies of the stream so to speak. Snagged on a stick.

And the thing I have noticed, that whenever there is too much energy in my mind, and I am thinking too much, usually I am stuck on a stick. This is when I can easily get involved with the constant commentary of the mind and then lose my presence. READ MORE

5 Ways to Move Forward in the face of Doubt

5 Ways to Move Forward in the face of Doubt

Right now I am on a new adventure at the Samma Karuna School of Awakening and Healing in Thailand, doing a yoga teacher training. As a part of the training, we have pretty regular group checkins called ‘forums’ where we share our innermost stuff with the group. We share what is going on for us, and… READ MORE

INTERVIEW: Pole dancer, free spirit and global yogi, Emma Corbett

INTERVIEW: Pole dancer, free spirit and global yogi, Emma Corbett

I met Emma Corbett while doing a Seva yoga teaching exchange at the Bali Silent Retreat late 2016. Emma is a world traveller who shares her passions of pole dancing and yoga and meditation with audiences and students around the globe. I caught up with Emma via Skype to find out more about her globetrotting lifestyle and how she balances her various disciplines of pole, yoga, meditation and coming soon, a book!

Can you tell me about your family background and how you first got into yoga. Were your parents particularly athletic people?

My Mum’s always been quite fit. Actually it was my dad who took me to my first yoga class when I was about eight. He’s one of those people who always stands right up front and centre of every class, so I’d always be right beside him. And then he started going to a gym, and again I was up beside him for aerobics and pump and everything, and then the gym started offering yoga so this was about twenty odd years ago, so I would be front and centre beside him for yoga as well, and that’s how I started practicing yoga. READ MORE

Happy Buddha Retreat: An Oasis of Peace and Love in the Blue Mountains, Australia

Happy Buddha Retreat: An Oasis of Peace and Love in the Blue Mountains, Australia

Happy Buddha Retreat is nestled on the side of a mountain nearby the town of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, about an hour and a half from Sydney. I came here looking for a relaxing place where I could practice yoga, meet like minded people, eat healthy food, be in a natural environment and be able to take time to tune into my heart.

I flew from Melbourne to Sydney, and at the airport I was able to buy a train ticket all the way to the Wentworth Falls train station, via a change at Central Station. After a very pleasant train trip (except for the non-opening windows – Sydney train people if you are reading this pleas fix!) I arrived in the mountains, and was picked up by my friend, the current manager of the retreat.

My first impressions were: tranquility, nature, a fun and uplifting atmosphere, and a strong community of people supporting the participants. READ MORE

Re-frame Your Story

Re-frame Your Story

Humans are story makers.

We are unique in the animal kingdom in that our consciousness lets us be aware of our part in the story of life and death. It is our placing of ourselves in a context of past and future. But sometimes this is more of a hinder than a help. Our minds can either be our foe or a friend in the way that they place us in the storylines of our lives.

Stories are powerful, just as the words that make them up are powerful. The stories we chose to tell about ourselves will change the way that we interact with the world around us and with other people.

What stories are you telling yourself right now about you, your place in the world and how your life is going?

Are they positive, empowering and uplifting stories? Or are they denigrating, debilitating and negative stories, or is it a bit of both? READ MORE

30 Days of Ashtanga Yoga: What happens during a month of showing up on the mat every day

30 Days of Ashtanga Yoga: What happens during a month of showing up on the mat every day

After a month characterised by some heavy anxiety along the lines of: what I am doing with my life, what is going on, why I am in debt, why am I single, etc. etc., essentially, fighting with ‘what is’ and focusing on the negative, I realised I needed to take some drastic action to get back on track.

The external conditions and circumstances of our life are a pretty accurate reflection of our internal reality. If we focus on lack, and shine the light on what we don’t have (in whatever area of life) then this lack and not-having-ness will increase. And if we change our focus to gratitude and to what we do have, then abundance in all areas of our life will increase. The only thing we can really manage is our response to life, our attitude to what happens to us: essentially, our mind.

Change your mind by changing your thought patterns and beliefs, and by transforming and transmuting anxiety into creative energy, your external life will start to change accordingly.  READ MORE