Surrender Diaries: Week 10

So this week the retreat finished on Tuesday. It was an intense experience, waking at 4 am each morning and then being in the meditation hall at 4;30 for sitting meditation before chanting and then leading the mindful yoga practice. As I was a facilitator volunteer on the retreat I was not fully in silence.… READ MORE

Surrender Diaries: Week 9

So this week I surrendered to my impulse to go and volunteer my services at the Wat Kow Tham monastery to help with their Vipassana retreat.

I was unsure if I wanted to do this, and then I realised that I would also live to have the opportunity to go inward and retreat. So I said yes, and on Sunday I showed up for my duties.

And So I have been here, leading the yoga sessions at 5:15 each morning. Current attendees come from around the world, mostly Europeans, and although they started out at about twenty people, now it’s day 4 (of the seven day retreat) and there are about half left.

Each day there the bell rings at 4am, and at 4:30 sitting meditation begins. From then it is sitting, walking (meditation) sit, walk, sit walk, along with a few insrtuctions and dhamma talks from the Thai Buddhist monkt who is leading this retreat.

Of course a meditation retreat is the perfect environment to practice surrender, because each and every moment during the meditation sessions, you work with the mind, watching the thoughts, watching the breath, and being present to what arises. 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

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

How to Work with Your Mind to Let Go of Attachments

How to Work with Your Mind to Let Go of Attachments

I picked up one of the free books last time I was at the monastery, called “I’m Right, You’re Wrong” by Buddhist monk Ajahn Amaro. I had been staying a week and in just one week I had had a couple of contentious episodes with the head monk. Firstly for my wearing leggings (I thought that… READ MORE

You Are The Reason For Your Every Blessing

You Are The Reason For Your Every Blessing

“You are the reason for your every blessing and you have never been the cause of your pain. Pain is what happens when you dream against yourself. Beauty is what happens when you dream with yourself.” Matt Kahn, True Divine Nature  In between transitioning from my seven months in Bali to where I am now,… READ MORE

Marketing Yoga: A very un-yogic family

Marketing Yoga: A very un-yogic family

Over the past four or five months I have been getting emails from ‘Marketing Yoga – A yogic family’. Marketing Yoga claims that they have 100,000 person database of yogis around the world who are eagerly awaiting the news sent to them via this self styled ‘yogic family’. I am not one of them, even though, actually, I am. READ MORE