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Australian Yoga Journal

Australian Yoga Journal

April 2020
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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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1 min.
compassion and adversity

YOGA SUPPLIES many tools to wade across life’s choppy river. It’s why we practice. Take for example divorce. Divorce is awful. Isolation, loneliness and emotional turmoil can fester into resentment. Pretty soon you can easily find yourself spiralling out of control. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Self-compassion and healthy thinking can turn a terrible event into a re-birth or an awakening, as is explained in the Namaste Divorce on page 46. On the same note adversity and pain can be great teachers, as the beautiful yoga teacher and cover model Tamara Graham relates on page 22. Her story on physical repair after an horrific accident and the insight she gained is inspiring reading. Yoga is also a great toolkit for life in general becasue it pairs easily with other…

6 min.
in the now

Fancy a gin with your yin? Sorry, Beer Yoga, your time in the spotlight has passed, cause Gin Yoga is now a thing. Sydney Yoga Collective has partnered with Manly Spirits Co. & Distillery to offer a lubricating practice for your limbs – and social skills. What more could you ask for on a Sunday afternoon? We know the jury is out on the combination of yoga and booze, but this one’s worth a mention for the ultimate believers in balance (however paradoxical). Let’s be honest, you’re probably going to have a beverage once in a while, so why not combine it with a stretch sesh? Check it out - www.sydneyyogacollective.com/ginyoga Move over, meds A recent review of narrative literature published in Holistic Nursing Practice looked at yoga’s impact on lower back pain.…

1 min.

BOOK: Chakras for Beginners – A simple guide to balancing your energy centers Written by yoga teacher and healing practitioner Victor Archuleta, this book is a great resource for yoga teachers who want to share the magic of the chakras with their students in a digestible way, or for curious philosophers beginning to delve into the more spiritual side of the practice. The reader is guided through a clear explanation of the chakras, how to identify when chakras are out of balance, and bringing them back into harmony through different healing modalities like reiki and reflexology. It’s beautifully illustrated, easy to understand and invites a lighthearted approach to a tradition that can sometimes be mind-boggling. A great addition to the yoga bookshelf. $24.99, Murdoch Books PODCAST: Wabi-Sabi Well with Brieann This soul-nourishing podcast…

1 min.
secret yoga escapes: beach havens and hatha

Scotts Head Think a quaint beach town, half way between Sydney and the Gold Coast, with ever so subtle hipster vibes (like vegan treats at the local supermarket and good coffee). Stay a skip and jump from the serene beaches at Driftwood Villa – a beautiful Airbnb nestled amongst Zen-inspired gardens with Balinese vibes - perfect for yogis and meditators. The Zen Garden Suite overlooks a Japanese garden with meditation nooks galore, and a walking meditation path takes you to views of the entire landscape that will absolutely leave you feeling more Zen than when you arrived. Wander down to the cute outdoor shopping complex for a massage, and while you’re there check out the posters on the café window – the best way to explore the local yoga scene, which…

3 min.
surviving abuse

I GREW UP IN POVERTY in a drug-addicted and violent family. Without necessities like proper food or shelter, and subjected to regular abuse, I ran away at the age of 13. Within two years, I was on the road with a 19-year-old man. Being so young, I was attracted to his antisocial, rebellious past rather than recognising these behaviours as red flags. Eventually, we called my mother and she threatened him with jail time for statutory rape and crossing state lines with a minor—unless he married me. She was, as she put it, “tired of dealing with me.” I was forced to wed him. One day, he returned from work with a vengeance. Storming through the door, he grabbed a gun and summoned me. I didn’t know if he was planning…

2 min.
kids these days

THE CHINESE video-sharing service TikTok combines the brevity of Vine and the story-telling capabilities of YouTube. In 60 seconds or less, the app’s yoga-centric subset of video creators serve up challenge or partner postures to viewers, and spread the love with heartwarming clips of their yoga evolutions. Yoga holds a unique space in our technological landscape because the ancient practice is continually growing and being disseminated through hyper-modern mediums. Take Bholi Parihar and Divyansh Sharma, both 22, a duo better known as @ProYogaExperts on TikTok. They have received more than 1 million likes on their rhythmic yoga videos. The uniqueness of TikTok, they believe, is that “anybody can see your videos no matter if they follow you or not, so good content generally gets its appropriate appreciation.” When videos get promoted for the…