The Surrender Diaries: Week 1

After reading the Surrender Experiment, which I reviewed here, I have decided to set up my own Surrender Experiment, where I will be tracking my surrender level, so to speak, each week. I am interested in using writing to find out how surrendered to life I am, to discover where I am stuck in an… 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

How to Heal Negative Thinking and Behaviours

How to Heal Negative Thinking and Behaviours

So, after a month’s break in August, where the word was Illuminate, I am back with the Word of the Month for September: Eradicate.

It is spring here in Australia so it’s a good time for renewal and regrowth.

Cleaning out the mental and emotional closets is such a healthy (and necessary) practice for a good life. Life is a process of constant renewal, and in order to be present in the now, and be able to fully Express (the word for the year) we need to be constantly clearing out what is no longer necessary.

When we look at the etymology of ERADICATE – it comes down to roots.

Latin eradicat- ‘torn up by the roots’, from the verb eradicare, from e- (variant of ex- ) ‘out’ + radix, radic- ‘root’.

To eradicate is to pull something up by the roots. This is particularly relevant to the rooting up of old beliefs that no longer serve us.

What I am noticing that is coming up for uprooting at the moment is my attachment to views and opinions and the need to be right. All of this is of the ego, and while the ego, per se, is not a bad thing, it definitely isn’t a good idea to let it guide out lives. Attachment to views and opinions and being right strengthens the identity and the sense of self. Letting go of views and opinions and the need to be right helps us to be more in the flow of life and less in a vibe of conflict (fighting with what is). READ MORE

Book Review: The Surrender Experiment

Book Review: The Surrender Experiment

Have you ever wondered if perhaps there was an easier way to live? If perhaps you are paralysed by indecision in your life, not knowing whether to take this or that path, and so you end up stuck in your head, thinking about it? I know I have experienced this many times.

Generally, when we are thinking too much, clarity in our decisions will not arise, instead it will move further out of our reach.

I recently read an amazing book called The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer. It had the subtitle: My Journey to Life’s Perfection. If that is not an alluring title, I don’t know what is!

I read this book on my Kindle reader on my phone in just a couple of days. It was that compelling. I just couldn’t put it down.

This is basically Michael Singer’s life story. He begins when he is in his twenties, studying economics at the university of Florida. He is hanging out with a friend one day when he asks the friend –

“Have you ever noticed that there’s this voice talking inside your head?” READ MORE

In The Bardo: Change, Growth, Expansion

In The Bardo: Change, Growth, Expansion

Hello to all of you my lovely readers!

Perhaps you have been following The Global Yogi for a few years or you have just subscribed to the digest recently.

Regardless of how you found Global Yogi, I want to extend a huge thank you to you.

Thanks for being here and for reading and for being you. We are in this journey of awakening together.

I created The Global Yogi to share my own journey of awakening and growth with you, in the hope that it would be a light on your own journey, so that we could walk together into a life full of self-love, self-acceptance and the fulfilling of our dreams: self realisation, powered by yoga and meditation.

I wanted to share with you all of the places I have been that have been supportive for me in this journey. I wanted to share with you the wise teachers and people I have met who have helped me on my journey. I wanted to share with you the books that I have read that have been pivotal in my understanding of life and of myself. And I wanted to share with you all of my insights along the way. READ MORE