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

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

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