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

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

My Week at a Secret Romanian Yoga Hideaway

My Week at a Secret Romanian Yoga Hideaway

I have just spent a week in the spectacular mountains of Transylvania in Romania, at the soon to be Romania’s newest yoga retreat! Wow. What an amazing experience. I can hardly believe it happened, now that I am back ‘down to Earth’ – down from the mountains. READ MORE

DESTINATION GUIDE: PUGLIA, ITALY

DESTINATION GUIDE: PUGLIA, ITALY

While most of the tourists who stream into Italy each year can be found wandering the streets of Rome, shopping in the boutiques of Milan, or sojourning on the gondolas in Venice, it is less common to find them sleeping in a round stone pointy roofed house (a ‘trullo’) in the mountains and valleys of Puglia. So this makes it also a great region to visit. Plus, there are some fabulous places to practice yoga! READ MORE

Volunteer Rebuild Project and Annapurna Trek, Nepal

Volunteer Rebuild Project and Annapurna Trek, Nepal

Nianna Bray of Away Inward Retreats writes about their post-quake rebuliding project in Nepal this September for which they are seeking volunteers as well as the Annapurna Trek. Every year Away Inward Retreats leads amazing adventures in Nepal. This year we plan to return and bring a helping hand. Want to join us? We are… READ MORE