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Australian Yoga Journal

Australian Yoga Journal August/September 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

1 min.
transform your life

TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE, you must change your thinking, as Sally Kempton points out on page 56. To change your health, happiness, wealth, relationships or business, you must change your attitude—which in many circumstances is the only thing you have control over anyway. Changing your attitude towards something like, say, Diabetes (page 40), transforms the way you approach it. In doing so, you change the interaction. If you change, it has to change, too. The more you change, the more it changes. Be it your practice, your finances, your relationship with your parents or significant other or a big life challenge, like Menopause (page 60) or cancer (page 28), the change in your attitude will transfrom you for the better. So how to do start? Well, as Sally says, transformation…

2 min.
what’s on

AUGUST iRest Meditation Workshop Perth August 18 iRest provides you with tools to help you relax deeply, release stress, increase resiliency and improve your interpersonal relationships. Join Certified iRest Teacher Sandy Walker for a two-hour iRest Workshop in which the iRest Concepts will be explained. Enjoy a short asana practice and a beautiful long iRest practice. Cost $50 tarayoga.com.au september Learn to Meditate & Digital Detox Weekend With Tory Abraham Bundanoon September 6-8 Ditch the distractions and immerse yourself in the company of like-minded people in beautiful surrounds just 90 mins from Sydney. From nature hikes to organic food, asana to satsang and meditation, what more could you want from a weekend retreat? powerliving.com.au Decadent Deserts - Raw Vegan Cooking Class Brisbane September 7 This raw vegan cooking class is a deliciously sweet demonstration that will cover the secrets of…

8 min.
in the now

WHOLEFOODS FOR HEALTH Although it certainly seems like common sense, and we can feel the positive effects of a whole food diet, there hasn’t been a whole lot of research to support eating a diet low in processed foods – until now. Two recent studies in the British Medical Journal illustrated the negative impact of incorporating highly processed foods into your daily diet. One showed that a higher consumption of processed foods was linked to cardiovascular, coronary heart and cerebrovascular disease, and the other illustrated that more than four servings of processed foods daily increases mortality by 62% - and this increases even more with additional servings. In case you needed yet another excuse to stock your pantry with wholesome, yogic goodness! For the full studies head to www.bmj.com INFLAMMATION & IMMUNITY Research…

1 min.
yoga adjustments and mental health

Did you know? • Nearly half the population will experience mental illness in their lifetime • More than half of yoga students start yoga for mental health reasons • More than ¾ of yoga students continue yoga for the mental health benefits The need for trauma and mental health awareness within the yoga studio has been a big topic of conversation within the yoga community of late. Where once adjustments were accepted (often reluctantly) as part of class, teachers are now becoming aware of the need to ask permission in order to create a safe and comfortable environment for their students. Psychologist and yoga teacher Dr Lauren Tober explains that for students with a history of trauma, especially sexual trauma, having a teacher touch them in class may be triggering. Some days students will…

1 min.
must-read memoirs

BOOK: Bad Yogi This recently released, funny and engaging memoir by Alice Williams is a page-turning concoction of take-the-piss humour, genuine enquiry into yogic philosophy and a personal story of eating disorder recovery. Alice tells the story of joining a 12-step food addiction program then embarking on a yoga-teaching journey in an attempt to become more zen. In the process, she becomes her own kind of enlightened. Affirm Press. $29.99 BOOK: Revolution of the Soul Scheduled for release on the 3rd of September, much loved yogi activist Seane Corn’s memoir guides readers through a modern journey of healing through yoga. She shares her own yoga evolution, including the process of understanding the important connection between yoga and service through activism – sprinkled with wisdom for truly walking your talk as a yogi and…

2 min.
the sound of healing

YOGA AND SOUND HEALING are deeply rooted in antiquity, dating back 10,000 years or perhaps more. Originally used by Rishis, Shamans and priests they were both sacred practices employed to bring balance to mind, body and spirit. Sound healing and yoga are intimately connected by the sounding of “bija”, the mystical “seed syllables” contained within mantras. In India, mantra in both yoga and meditation were practised to help align the energy systems of the body and quiet the mind. Today yoga and sound therapy are still bound together by the adept use of mantra. Sound therapy, although once an integral part of healing in the ancient world—used by Pythagoras, the Babylonians and the Egyptians—for the most part disappeared from the Western world until early last century. In the 1930s, with the discovery…