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  • Surrender and Letting Go: Why ?Ananda? is the True Happiness

    Surrender and Letting Go: Why ?Ananda? is the True Happiness

    Welcome to an article by our new guest contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children. This week she looks at what it really means to surrender and let go.  

    In this world of names and forms, we are easily tempted with our senses to pursue, that, which seems real to us. We have no experience of any other perception. The chase is endless and due to the ?law of diminishing returns? the chase never ends. 

    With knowledge of our true nature, and the higher perception of the reality of names and forms, we can surrender and let go.

    True nature means understanding our completeness and letting go of the need to run after names and forms to complete it. The incompleteness never gets full and our senses get dragged from objects, people, and situations. These being finite, are never able to complete us. So we can surrender to that completeness within us to feel complete and whole. This ?ananda? is the true happiness.

    Recognising the infinite truth, being in the consciousness, we can surrender and experience the infinite happiness and bliss.

    How is this possible? By ending every ?perception? with ?perception? and not letting our senses be pulled away. We need to let go of our attachments to names and forms and surrender to our higher self.

    Attachments are not easy to let go, unless we have something higher and better to attach to. For example when we climb a ladder, unless we hold on to the higher rung, we will not let go of the lower one. Both activities need to go on simultaneously.

    In our attachments, the higher rung is the true knowledge of ?self?. By continuous practise, meditation and reading of scriptures, we can draw this knowledge from within us, where it already exists.

    Spirituality is the direction of attaching to the higher and letting go of our attachments. It is a serious dedication to higher understanding and not a part-time pastime. It is the constant awareness of ?truth?. Surrendering our ?ego? and limited self to this discovery pulls us towards completeness. Letting go happens as a result of this surrendering.

    The mind can be our worst enemy or our best friend. It depends on how we recognise its usefulness and train it. It is powerful equipment for our use, but only under the guidance of a sharp intellect. With many births of conditioned thinking and responses, the intellect has fallen from its usefulness as an instrument of discrimination. Instead, the mind runs on its whims and fancies, without discrimination and endlessly attaches itself to various names, forms and situations.

    It?s our work to lift the intellect from where it has fallen with regular practise of yoga and meditation.

    The mind then gets tamed to surrender and let go.

     About Dr. Bina Nangia

    Dr. Nangia currently works with special kids. This is her calling and she has been working in this field for 20 years.

    A grandmother of two boys, Dr. Nangia has been practising yoga since her younger days. Her keen interest in spirituality over many years has got her in touch with many masters. They have contributed to her growth tremendously. She shares her thoughts in magazines and newspaper articles.

    Dr. Nangia is the author of Dyslexia Decoded, a handbook for special educators, which was recently published by Penguin and Hayhouse.

    She shares her experiences about special education on various social networking sites, and is a trained therapist and family networker.

    Dr. Nangia lives in Delhi, India. 

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  • How a Screaming Baby can Help Us Become More Enlightened

    How a Screaming Baby can Help Us Become More Enlightened

    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah shares a tale from early motherhood on how every moment is an opportunity to wake-up, especially the difficult moments!

    by Kara-Leah Grant

    I wrote this article over four years ago now and re-reading it I'm struck by the spiralling nature of life. At the time I thought I'd learned something huge and could tick that off my to-do list. Being Present - Done!

    However, over the last four years this kind of situation has repeated itself over and over again. Every time I get a chance to notice the pattern - the wanting and attachment to wanting and the stress and struggle it causes.

    Once I notice the pattern, I can let the holding go... but first I have to notice. I'd like to say that noticing is getting faster and faster, but sometimes it's not. Sometimes I'm holding on for days and suffering for days before I notice what's happening.

    It's a reminder that life is a process. We never truly master it. We can only master the moment, then that too is gone and it's a new moment.

    Here's my tale of waking up in the middle of mothering.

     

     

     

    Never more am I reminded that every moment is an opportunity to wake up than during a morning with a crying baby.

    We came home last night from a week in the mountains to a cold, damp, empty house and discovered the fridge had been accidentally switched off and the kitchen was rank with defrosted fish bait. It's been cold enough in Dunedin that most of the contents of the fridge are salvageable but the freezer's a write-off.

    No worries... open some windows, light some incense, get the fire cranking (yeah for a big bag of Glenorchy pinecones!). All this while juggling an unsettled, teething baby who's content and happy as long as he's being held. All plans to clean the house out the window. Instead, I resign myself to getting tomorrow night's dinner on the go as a welcome home for my partner Luke.

    Fifteen minutes prep takes about an hour as I struggle to find a place where Samuel is happy. None of the usual tricks work, and in my frustration, I'm not picking up on his signals as well as I usually do, which frustrates him.

    But we manage. And by 7pm Samuel is down for the night, the house is warming up nicely, one load of washing is washed and the stew is stewing beautifully. So beautifully, I shift it to a smaller element at the back of the stove and turn it down below low so it can stew away all night.

    Big mistake.

    Turns out that element only has one setting. Hot & high.

    And in an attempt to warm up the rest of the house, I've shut the kitchen door and gone back to attend to Samuel who's woken up again already. It takes a while to sort him out, and it's not until I walk back to the computer to start wading through my inbox that I smell something burning. Confused, I think it's the pot of tea I've made that's now almost cold even though I haven't had a sip yet. Then I think it might be the washing in front of the fire.

    Finally I clue in.

    The stew.

    I open the kitchen door to discover the rank smell of fish bait rotting has been replaced with the pungent smell of burnt stew. There's a thick layer of smoke and steam hugging the ceiling and as I close the kitchen door to stop the smoke alarms going off, I hear Samuel start to cry again.

    This is a moment when I'm almost affected.

    I'm not known for my cooking skills and Luke is the chef in our family. Lately I've been making an effort to up-skill so taking the time to prepare something that takes two days to get to it's most yummiest is a big step for me. And now it's all burnt. I don't have time to wallow though, as Samuel's getting louder. Element off, pot moved, front door open to air kitchen, back to baby.

    Later I try and save some of the stew, scooping off the top bits into another pot before scrapping the thick layer of burntness into the pig bucket. I'm dreaming though, a quick taste test reveals a la burnt flavour all the way through. Ah well, the dog will feast well tomorrow night. He won't mind. (Turns out he does mind. Even the dog wouldn't eat this stew.)

    It was a new day this morning, and I had big plans as to what I was going to get done before Luke gets back later this afternoon. House cleaning and food shopping, dinner cooking and house plant re-potting. Not to mention article writing and website maintenance. And cleaning out the fridge and freezer. Plus that inbox that stills needs emptying. Phone calls to make. Bills to pay. And of course I'd love to get a real yoga practice in, an hour or so on my mat, as well as my daily sadhana.

    All this while home alone with a baby.

    Yeah right.

    My usually happy bouncy baby, content to jolly jump, or hang out in the walker, or play with his feet on the floor, or sit on my lap while I email... he's instead a gripey, crying, albeit still adorable baby. Nothing seems to settle him except for me. And doing anything while holding a baby takes three times as long, if it can be done at all. Time is ticking by and my list is only getting longer.

    It would be really easy at this point in time to get frustrated, piss off, angry, upset... all because I can't do what I want to do. I'd be suffering, Samuel would be suffering, Luke would suffer when he got home...

    This is the nature of attachment. Of being attached to what we want.

    I want to clean the house.

    I want to get heaps of work done on my website.

    I want to answer my emails.

    I want to do a good long yoga practice.

    In the midst of all the wanting, I'm missing the moment. I'm not even here. I'm right up in my head trying to shape this day to a script. What's even worse, it's a script of my making. I'm the only person putting deadlines and demands on myself. because I'm my own boss.

    So at about 10.30am I surrender. I toss the big long list of wanna-dos out the window, into the fire, down the toilet and open up to what's needed right now and how I can serve.

    Ahhhhhhh.........

    Thank God!

    The feeling of relief is immediate and I notice how tense I'd been.

    Samuel's settled somewhat and is bouncing away quite happily in my arms. I take a chance and put him in his jolly jumper. He's smiling. Jolly even. And there's jumping going on.

    Grabbing what I know will be a small window, I sit and start my sadhana. I'm on Day 57 of 90. It's awesome. First up, 11 minutes of seated chanting and hand mudra in tandem.

    Sa Ta Na Ma, Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung...

    I just make it to 11 minutes before Samuel's had enough in the jolly jumper. I get him down and lie him in front of me to do the next stage while he fusses and works toward crying. I know I've got about 2 minutes - the jolly jumper's given him an appetite.

    Inhale, hold, twist, stretch... and repeat three times...

    Just before Samuel goes into full scream, I pick him up and begin breast-feeding while starting my timer for the next stage of my sadhana.

    Three minutes of seated meditation while staring at the nose...

    It's more than three minutes this morning though, as I stay in meditation until Samuel falls asleep - nap time. Gently carrying him down to the bedroom, I'm not surprised when he opens his eyes as soon as I lie him down. Still one final stage of my sadhana to do, I jump up on the bed and sit cross-legged. Samuel watches me wide-eyed, but silent.

    Inhale, hold, shake out the energy... and repeat three times...

    Stare at the nose for twenty seconds... end on Namaste...

    Samuel is still awake, but I can see he's quiet and content. Me too. Just surrendering into the day, letting go of my attachment to that damn list has brought me back into the moment and suddenly it's a beautiful day. I know what's needed right now, for both Samuel and I. Remaining cross-legged on the bed I start to chant his favourite mantra, over and over again, playing with the sound, being mindful of the sensations inside my body, and watching Samuel watching me.

    Om shanti shanti shanti om...

    I can see he's calm and present now, mirroring my calmness and presence, and it's not long before he effortlessly drops off into a deep sleep.

    I sit in gratitude for my small son, for my partner coming home this afternoon, for our warm house, for the sounds of the birds outside. Tears well up from inside as I feel the truth of something Stephen Archer emphasizes on his meditation talks.

    You wake up right where you are

    Not when you sort your problems out.

    Not when the baby stops crying.

    Not when you buy the perfect house.

    Not when you get the perfect job.

    Not when your website starts making money.

    Just here.

    Just now.

    It's the only place that is. And it's the only place we'll ever wake up to.

    I may never have got that hour long yoga practice on the mat, but what's the point of practicing on the mat when we're not taking every opportunity to wake up off the mat?

    After all, isn't that why we practice, so we can then put that practice into play in our lives?

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    Author of Forty Days of Yoga ? Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

    About Kara-Leah

    Kara-Leah is a writer and yoga teacher who has always been infinitely curious about the make-up of the human psyche and body. Regular yoga helped her heal and recover from chronic back issues, including a spinal fusion at age 16, and two episodes of psychosis at age 29. 

    Her daily home yoga practice began in earnest when people kept asking her to teach them yoga.  She?s since trained as a teacher with Shiva Rea, and immersed herself in practicing, teaching yoga and writing about yoga. Kara-Leah lives just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand with her son Samuel. 

    She?s the publisher of The Yoga Lunchbox and published her first book, Forty Days of Yoga ? Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice in 2013 and she's almost finished revisions for her second book, The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga. She?s also a regular contributor to the Elephant Journal  

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  • Be Free ? Live Now

    Be Free ? Live Now

    by Guest Author Anita Olivacce

    Where are you?

    Right now, where are you? 

    Where is your attention focused?

    On what happened yesterday, a few years ago perhaps? Or maybe on something that may happen next

    There is no tomorrow and there are no ?years?. 

    There is only Now. 

    This moment right now. 

    Life is happening right now. Within us and all around us. We are Life and unless our attention is fully focused here and now, we miss it.

    We miss out on the beauty, the greatest treasure, the preciousness of this moment happening right now in front of us. 

    Gone in the blink of an eye.

    Too busy lost in thought. Pulled back and forth from ?past? to ?future?. All just mental concepts. 

    There is no past and there is no future. 

    There is nowhere to get to and nothing to ?do?. We are where we need to be. All is perfect. 

    Life unfolds so beautifully and naturally when we are fully present right now. Fully engaged in the ever unfolding miracle that is Life. True power and freedom exist in the Now. The power to create, to fully participate in one?s conscious evolution, to be a co-creator. Aware and awake. Here and now. 

    If there is something that you?ve always wanted to do. Something that?s been burning deep within you but you?ve been putting off. Or other ?things? have got in the way, or you just ?don?t have the time? or the list goes on and on. Just excuses. 

    Take a few deep breaths. 

    Let it all go. 

    Bring your awareness into this moment. 

    Look. 

    Listen. 

    Feel.

    Experience.

    What do you see?

    What can you hear?

    Become present to what is actually happening right here and right now. Be fully in the body. 

    How do you feel?

    Become aware of everything. 

    Everything is alive!

    All exists now.

    A peace and a letting go emerges; a deep relaxation comes as we ease into this moment. And there is only ever ?this moment?. The One eternal Now.

    If there is something that you?ve always wanted to do?do it Now. 

    Live Life! 

    Have no regrets!

    Dive in!

    It?s yours for the taking. 

    This is a collaborative process. The Universe is living through each and every one of us. We all have a unique, perfect and beautiful ?role? to play in the grander scheme of things. 

    We?re not living life..but Life is living us. Allow yourself to be moved, to dance, to let go, to be free. Be held and supported by Life. 

    Every desire, every passion, every creation is but a creative impulse, desire, passion, yearning of the Universe for greater expansion and expression?through us. That?s how AMAZING and IMPORTANT we are. That?s how amazing and important every single being is. 

    So if there?s something you?ve always wanted to do?do it now. 

    Trust. Surrender.

    You only have this moment. 

    You are this moment. 

    Don?t let it pass you by.

    Whatever you want to do? 

    Do it now. 

    Live Life Now!

    About Anita Olivacce

    Anita is a messenger of Love and Light only here to be and experience. She is a Reiki practitioner who is deeply passionate about health, fitness, living life to the fullest and the evolution of consciousness. Anita is currently training as a Meditation Teacher with Anmol Mehta's Meditation Teacher Training Program and also as a Ui Mentor with the Ui Group.

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  • How Daily Yoga Practice can Revolutionise Society

    How Daily Yoga Practice can Revolutionise Society

    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah is committed to regular home practice and believes if everyone had home yoga practice - whether it was asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting or Karma Yoga - it would revolutionise our society.

    by Kara-Leah Grant

    Author of Forty Days of Yoga ? Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

    Ok, as you've likely guessed by now, I'm obsessed with home yoga practice. Part of that is because it's been so incredibly healing for me in my own life. I see how healing it is for other people too. And finally, I've written a book that's all about home yoga practice so the more people that realise its importance, the more books I might sell.

    Yes, regular yoga practice is important to society! Here's why:

    Now, more than ever, this world needs more people who are capable of taking care of themselves. We need people to take responsibility for themselves and their well-being - for their own mental health issues, their own physical health issues and their own emotional health issues.

    This is what yoga has done for me:

    • Daily yoga practice helped me heal and manage major chronic spinal issues.
    • Daily yoga practice helped me recover from psychosis.
    • Daily yoga practice helped me break free of co-dependent relationship.
    • It's helped me figure out my life, myself, this world and my place in the world.

    I didn't do this all on my own - I've had plenty of help along the way from professionals, medication when necessary, friends and family. But my daily yoga practice has been the bedrock, the foundation, and the cornerstone of my recovery, healing and insights.

    If 10% of the population had a regular home yoga practice, we could address some of the major issues facing society today.

    Off the top of my head, here's five major issues costing our country millions of dollars. All of these issues would be positively impacted if more people practiced yoga on a daily basis.

    1. Mental Health Issues Increasing

    2. Addictions and Abuse on the rise

    3. Prison Populations Exploding

    4. Health System Overloaded

    5. Aged Care Resources Stretched Thin

    When you commit to practicing yoga on a regular basis, you are taking responsibility for yourself as a human being.

    You are saying that you care about your health and well-being and that you are worth taking care of. When you start to take care of yourself and send that message that you're worth something, the way you interact with the world starts to change.

    Not only does your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being (in general) improve, but because you feel better about yourself and you are beginning to realise your own intrinsic sense of value, you make better choices in your life. You're able to deal with your emotions and mind better. You no longer need the drugs or the alcohol or the lousy relationship.

    Knowing you're worth something changes everything.

    Plus when you practice yoga on a regular basis you become more aware. You begin to see the truth of yourself as a person and you begin to see the truth of your choices. Even realising that you do have choices can be a huge step. Realising you have choices is the first step to making different choices. Those different choices can be the difference between going back to prison and having the courage to step into a new life.

    Taking responsibility for your well-being and becoming aware of the importance of your choices means that you are far more likely to live well into your old age, which means less chance of needing aged care.

    Yogis are famed for choosing the moment when they leave this lifetime - for sitting down in meditation and going out in bliss. Most of us are unlikely to exit that way. But without yoga, many of us will see out our twilight years in an aged care facility, being feed and toileted by an underpaid overworked carer doing the best they can.

    Practicing yoga won't guarantee perfect health, but it does increase your chances of better health. Better health means you can keep walking, stay independent and stay in control for much longer - maybe right until the end.

    I know this is true. But I don't expect you to just believe me. I want you to try it out.

    I want you to practice yoga daily for forty days and see if it makes your life better. I know this is hard, but I've done it, time and time again. So I've taken the process that has helped me stick to regular yoga practice, all the tips and tricks I've learned along the way, and I've put it into a workbook to take you through a process so you can commit to forty days of yoga.

    I want you to do those forty days.

    And then I want you to tell me what the experience was like for you.

    Does it make life better? It certainly did for one of my beta-readers, Sara Foley.

    Now imagine, if you buy this book and do this process, and practice yoga for forty days - you now know it works. If it works for you, could it work for other people you know? Could it work for society as a whole?

    I know we can't make people practice yoga.

    But what we can do, collectively as a community, is help each other practice yoga on a regular basis and then share our experience with the people around us.

    As teachers, that means encouraging and supporting our students into a home practice. It also means cultivating and tending our own home practice.

    As students, it means having the courage to take that first step and begin practicing yoga at home.

    It means being curious about the experience. Paying attention to how we feel, what we think and what we experience. And then noting how this changes over time.

    For all of us, it means talking to other people about our experiences, and sharing how yoga makes our life better.

    And that's exactly why I'm always going on about home yoga practice. I believe in it and I believe in the difference it can make for our society overall.

    What about you? Do you practice yoga at home regularly? Does it make a difference in your world?   

    About Kara-Leah

     

     

    Kara-Leah is a writer and yoga teacher who has always been infinitely curious about the make-up of the human psyche and body. Regular yoga helped her heal and recover from chronic back issues, including a spinal fusion at age 16, and two episodes of psychosis at age 29.

    Her daily home yoga practice began in earnest when people kept asking her to teach them yoga.  She?s since trained as a teacher with Shiva Rea, and immersed herself in practicing, teaching yoga and writing about yoga. Kara-Leah lives just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand with her son Samuel.

    She?s the publisher of The Yoga Lunchbox and published her first book, Forty Days of Yoga ? Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice in 2013 and she's almost finished revisions for her second book, The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga. She?s also a regular contributor to the Elephant Journal  

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  • Home Yoga Practice: Is it for Me? I?ve just Started Yoga Classes

    Home Yoga Practice: Is it for Me? I?ve just Started Yoga Classes

    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah is often asked by people who are just starting yoga classes if it's too early to develop a home yoga practice. This is her response. 

    by Kara-Leah Grant

    Author of Forty Days of Yoga ? Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice.

    You may have yet to walk into your first yoga class, so the idea of starting a home yoga practice seems crazy. Me, practice at home? But I don't even know any postures yet! I have no idea what I'm doing!

    No, you don't. But that's ok. The big thing with home practice is that it doesn't matter so much what you do in your practice, it matters that you practice every day. 

    When we first start home practice, we're really building our ability to just show up to the mat every day. That's the most important thing. We soon learn that the mind has 101 reasons why we can't practice yoga today. We don't have enough time, we don't have the right space, we can't be bothered, we don't know what to do... There's always a reason. This doesn't change either - I've been practicing yoga at home for over a decade now and there's still always something else I could be doing other than getting on my mat, or some reason why I can't possibly practice yoga today.

    Over time though, I've learned that no matter what the reason, it's just an excuse and there's always a work-around. There's always some way you can get yoga practice in. 

    I've written an entire book on the subject, Forty Days of Yoga - Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice. That's where you can find everything you need to know about creating and maintaining a home yoga practice, including handy worksheets.

    All you need to know right now is that it's never too early to start practicing at home. In fact, I highly recommend that right from your very first yoga class, you start practicing yoga at home. There's a few reasons for this.

    Reason #1: 

    You're sending a message to yourself that yoga is important to you and you're going to give it your best shot. It's not just a way to escape from your life once a week on the mat, but something you intend to integrate into your life.

    Reason #2: 

    Taking time to go over just one thing that you learned in class will fast-track your understanding of yoga so when you do show up to that class every week, you'll get so much more out of it.

    Reason #3: 

    Doing some yoga at home by yourself means you're taking responsibility for your practice. It's not something that the teacher hands down from on high every week, but some thing that you're responsible for learning. This is an important step towards empowerment.

    Reason #4: 

    You'll feel better every time you practice yoga at home. It's like a small lift-me-up in the middle of your day. If you're having a really bad day - and we all have those - you know you can just get on your mat for five minutes of practice and things may just shift. Your perspective may broaden and suddenly whatever is bugging you might not be as bad.

    Reason #5: 

    Right from the start of your yoga journey, you're imprinting home yoga practice into your nervous system and your psyche. It makes yoga a way of life for you, and means that you'll get so much more out of your practice.

    In the end, your yoga practice is your own individual journey and taking time by yourself on your mat gives you the space to really connect with what's going on in your body, mind and with your breath. 

    Now, before you freak out and think that a home yoga practice means doing this spectacular ninety minute sequence of postures every day, take a deep breath in and feel that breath as it fills your nostrils, then your lungs, and descends down into your belly. Release that breath and fill the body soften and surrender as it expels the breath. That moment? Watching your breath? Becoming conscious of what it feels like and sounds like in your body. That was yoga. You were present and conscious of your breath. Congratulations. You just did some home yoga practice.

    When you first start going to yoga class, it is enough to take five or seven minutes every day doing just one posture that you remember. Perhaps you choose Shavasana - Corpse Pose, which is traditionally done at the end of every yoga class. 

    In Shavasana you lie flat on your back, legs hip-width, releasing your feet out sideways, palms facing up to the ceiling and away from the sides of your body. Eyes closed, tongue released from the roof of your mouth. And you breathe. While staying conscious of your breath.  

    The mind will wander... 'Oh I wonder what I should cook for dinner tonight, I can't believe my sister is still dating that guy, I have to call the plumber tomorrow. Oh!' And then you notice it's wandering and you come back to your breath again letting those thoughts go. Inhale. Exhale. 

    Hmm... 'I need to be a card for my mother's birthday...' And so it goes on. Just doing this every day between classes is a home yoga practice. It's a great place to start. In fact, given the nature of many of our lives - busy, busy busy, online all the time, commuting - our nervous systems are over-stimulated and need the stillness of Savasana more than even the dynamism of Sun Salutations. 

    You may feel like you're not 'doing' anything - you're just lying on the ground, watching your mind and your breath - but that's the whole point. Most of us spend all of our days doing, doing, doing and often our yoga practice becomes just another thing to DO. Taking time for Shavasana every day is taking time to be - nothing to do, nothing to achieve, nothing to attain, nothing to perfect, nothing to fix or heal or change. Just us, our breath and our bodies.

    Other simple and effective postures you may wish to explore are Child's Pose, or Mountain Pose, or one of my favourite's, Legs up the Wall Posture. If you can't remember exactly how to do the postures, Google it, read through, watch a video, get it clear in your head, and then get on your mat and practice that posture. 

    The beauty of taking time to do your own home practice right from Day 1 of yoga is that when you go back to class, you may have a question you want to ask the teacher, because you've spent time in the posture and are beginning to notice things about your body. Plus, an experienced teacher will be able to tell you're doing a home yoga practice. Students who practice at home progress so much faster than students who don't. Not that yoga is about progress as such, but it's obvious who is practicing at home as the yoga deepens into student's bodies faster.

    So even if you haven't yet made it to your first yoga class, know that you can start practicing yoga at home straight away. It doesn't have to be fancy and it doesn't have to be long. Mostly, you're focusing on building the habit of integrating yoga into your life. And the habit of taking responsibility for your practice - of paying attention to your body and mind and observing what's actually going on. It's simple, but it's powerful. 

     

    That's yoga.

    About Kara-Leah

     

     

    Kara-Leah is a writer and yoga teacher who has always been infinitely curious about the make-up of the human psyche and body. Regular yoga helped her heal and recover from chronic back issues, including a spinal fusion at age 16, and two episodes of psychosis at age 29.

    Her daily home yoga practice began in earnest when people kept asking her to teach them yoga.  She?s since trained as a teacher with Shiva Rea, and immersed herself in practicing, teaching yoga and writing about yoga. Kara-Leah lives just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand with her son Samuel.

    She?s the publisher of The Yoga Lunchbox and has just published her first book, Forty Days of Yoga ? Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice. She?s also a regular contributor to the Elephant Journal 

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