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Australian Yoga Journal

Australian Yoga Journal April 2019

Australian Yoga Journal is dedicated to encouraging the beginner, as well as challenging the expert, in the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga. A beautiful magazine covering in-depth content on yoga, nutrition, fitness, wellness, travel and lifestyle.

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4 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
what’s on

March Bali Spirit Festival Ubud, Bali March 24-31 One of our favourite annual events, Bali Spirit Fest, is back in Ubud this year and offering a stimulating smorgasbord of yoga, talks, dance, celebrations and music. Yoga parties don’t get much better than this – you can tailor your experience to suit what inspires you whilst enjoying the tropical surrounds of one of the world’s biggest yoga meccas. Bendigo Yoga Festival Bendigo March 23-24 Celebrate with local yogis in a gathering of like-minded souls exploring yoga, music, workshops and more. Welcoming for beginners and experienced yogis alike, at only $35 for a full day of goodness you can’t go wrong. Janet Stone Australia Tour Dates between March 28-April 2 US/Bali-based Janet Stone has been deeply exploring yoga since the nineties and teaching for over 20…

7 min.
in the now

The new cure for aging that yogis will love We’ve been hearing whispers of the mysterious face yoga for a while now, but its popularity seems to be skyrocketing as new studies back up its effectiveness in reducing the signs of aging. According to a preliminary study at Northwestern University in the US, face exercises may be helpful to a select number of students. The study indicated that face yoga could help middle-aged women in improving cheek fullness. Founder of Face Yoga Method , Fumiko Takatsu, has been practicing for 15 years, and has written six books on the topic. Her ‘before and after photos’ at least provide convincing anecdotal evidence to support this curious craze. She promises that practicing face yoga will help tone the muscles under the facial skin and…

5 min.
tap into a sense of unchanging well-being

LIFE, WITH ALL ITS UPS AND DOWNS, can distract you from experiencing the joy of simply being—a state of body and mind in which you feel whole, healthy, grounded, and deeply connected to yourself and everything in the cosmos, without the need to fix, change, or heal anything. Meditation is designed to help you achieve this state—to look past distractions, and experience what already is and always will be harmonious and peaceful about yourself. In other words, we practice meditation not to become whole, but to connect to our existing wholeness. When you’re out of touch with this inner peace, you’ll always feel like something’s amiss. But when you’re in touch with it, you can feel within yourself a constant state of well-being and equanimity. BEING HUMAN Wholeness is your birthright. You…

4 min.
dance (dance) evolution

I’M NERVOUSLY STANDING toward the back of the main studio at the Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali, waiting for class to start. I have no idea what to expect, but I’ve been told it could very well be “the most ecstatic experience of my life”—which is why I stood in line for three hours to secure a ticket. I scan the room and quietly size up my fellow ecstatic dancers. The tan, long-haired guy in front of me is shirtless and wearing cropped Thai fishing pants; there’s a girl in a sports bra and short shorts who’s also wearing elbow and knee pads; there’s a 50-ish-year-old woman in a long, flowy dress right next to a 20-something with feathers in her hair and a glittery bra top that shows a lot…

2 min.
find freedom with rolfing

WORKING WITH THE ENTIRE body as a whole (rather than focusing on specific areas of tension like in a massage) Rolfing restores the body to its natural order. It uses gravity as its ally in finding the ultimate postural alignment, leading to new, healthier movement patterns and a greater sense of ease and grace in everyday life. A deeply integrative therapy, Rolfing invites the participant’s awareness into the body, creating a greater sense of ease and freedom, and relief from the busy-ness of the mind. As this happens, shifts in perception begin to occur—resulting in relief from stress and anxiety, and enhanced confidence and emotional expression. Rolfing can be a deeply moving and transformational experience for anyone seeking to improve their body awareness or physical performance—from yogis and athletes to musicians and…

3 min.
functional yoga?

Functional Explained Exercises or movements are considered ‘functional’ if they support and strengthen the movement patterns necessary for going about daily life. The primal movements are bending, squatting, lunging, twisting, pulling, pushing and walking (gait). Right about now you’re probably wondering what the big deal is, a Vinyasa yoga class will usually cover most of those movement types. While it is true some forms of yoga come close to functional, they are not quite there. When was the last time you had to stand on your head in your work day? Was it imperative for you to put your legs behind your head in order to do the grocery shopping? The beyond normal range of motion, sometimes sub-optimal alignment and the missing movements of pull and gait, plus the focus on…