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Australian Yoga Journal

Australian Yoga Journal November - December 2017

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.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Contact Media
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4 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
inspiration, motivation, transformation

TAKE A MOMENT. Get comfortable. Take a few slow and easy breaths with your eyes closed. Now, do the same thing but make your breaths deeper this time. How would it feel to allow yourself a handful of these moments every day? It’s not much to ask but sometimes it’s just what you need to keep moving forward. Just a few moments to check in with yourself. That’s what motivates many of us to the practice of yoga. Believe it or not, most of us aren’t inspired by all of the human pretzels on social media doing incredible things with their yoga bodies on picturesque, tropical beaches. We’re drawn to those moments that our practice gives us to be with our thoughts and feelings. Although your mind might be racing…

2 min.
beat the heat

MOVING INTO the warmer months (particularly with the holiday season on the horizon) can leave us feeling over-heated and overwhelmed. Sometimes this is reflected in our yoga practice, as we feel drawn to those classes that promise a summer-ready physique. This simple sequence, which can be practiced at home, is designed to cool down the body, increase calm in the mind and encourage self-acceptance for transitioning into summer with confidence. VISUALISATION Find a comfortable seat and begin to pay attention to your breath. Feel your belly gently moving as you inhale and exhale. Stay here for a few moments until you feel peaceful and calm. Imagine your body enveloped in a white light as you mentally repeat the phrase, I am love, allowing the words to synchronise with your breath. Stay here…

2 min.
what’s on

Yin and Yang Yoga Immersion Koh Samui (Thailand) December 7-11 Simon Low is considered one of the world’s foremost specialists of yin and yang, he is the principal of The Yoga Academy and has been teaching for over 20 years. Guests will indulge in a broad spectrum of asana while immersing in Simon’s wisdom of Chinese medicine, applied anatomy, Pranayama, energy practices, psychology and philosophy. If that’s not a good enough reason for yogis to jet-set to a tropical location, what is? www.kamalaya.com/retreatsthailand Island Elements North Stradbroke Island November 3-5 An oh-so-tempting smorgasbord of workshops, inspirational talks, uplifting concerts and a vibrant market village make Island Elements the place to be for a holistic and nurturing celebration of life. www.islandelementsfestival.com Patrick Beach workshops Melbourne October 27-November 10 and Byron Bay 18-19 November The Beach is back yogis! Patrick…

6 min.
in the now

WORLD WIDE wonder A new yoga platform has been created with the view to help protect the public from unsafe yoga. Yogamate.org showcases the knowledge of more than 50 of the world’s leaders in yoga therapy. The website provides tools and resources — from evidence-informed literature to sample practices — that help educate yoga teachers and help the public connect with qualified yoga professionals. YogaMate’s Founding Director, Anne Marie Johnston, says, “Yoga has immense therapeutic benefits that are accessible to everybody. I see how yoga is portrayed in the media and I hear people suggest they can’t ‘do yoga’, but in actual fact anyone who can breathe can do yoga. I’ve spent the past two-plus years developing YogaMate to expand public awareness of what ‘yoga’ actually entails; to help people realise…

2 min.
media with heart

Feeling that 2017 was going to be a year for positive change, I started wondering, “What can I offer the world? How can I be the change I wish to see?” One thing I have always been sure about is that yoga changes lives. It has certainly changed mine, as well as many people’s I know. Books change lives too. I spent several years studying Vedic scriptures, and have read many other life-changing books, such as The Celestine Prophecy, The Bhagavad Gita, Autobiography of a Yogi and The Prophet. These books have shaped my mind, and continue to do so. I realised I could combine both of these loves through a bookshop — so I bit the bullet and purchased The Little Shop of Soul. I love combining my passions…

2 min.
inspirational influences

“The great yoga inspirations of my life are those people on the margins of society who nonetheless have a strong relationship with their own centre. In a culture saturated with idealism, I draw inspiration from the humour, generosity, and transparency of those I meet in my teaching and counselling work in mental health, eating disorders, and social justice. These folks remind me daily of the yogic potential of transformation through post-traumatic-growth, and of living with vulnerability, courage, and an open heart, both on and off the yoga mat” – Sarah Ball “My long-time teacher, mentor and friend Shiva Rea of over ten years. Shiva is a true embodiment of wisdom, sahaja, joy, adventure, tantrica and truth-seeker on the path. Words do not capture or do justice to how much this woman…