In 2016, I decided to pursue one of my greatest passions with yoga teacher training. Initially, my yoga practice was results-driven, building physical strength and flexibility. Over time, this developed into cultivating mental strength and flexibility. As my understanding of the practice expanded, yoga invited me to become more introspective and contemplate my beliefs and values.
What is it that we fear about being wrong? Momentary embarrassment? Inadequacy? Perceived lack of competency? Distrust in our abilities? Vulnerability and receptivity are the seeds of opportunity to explore, develop, innovate and contribute.
Recently I've been exploring the cause and effects of Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and postural instability causing pain/discomfort in the long term. Since teaching yoga I've seen many participants suffer with “lower back” or “hip” pain, which upon further investigation has revealed aggravation in the SI joint.
Instead of setting goals at the start of each year, I prefer to choose a word (or three) to be my theme for the year. I can then revisit at regular intervals throughout the year to ensure my actions and intentions are aligned with this theme. This year, my main focus word has been “EASE”.
Body Worlds Vital is an incredible exhibition of real human bodies plastinated to display the mechanics and systems. It may seem macabre at first, but the displays are presented in a creative and informative way – guaranteed to blow your mind.
Another magical morning of yoga and breakfast with Yoga & Social. This was such a beautiful setting amongst the trees at Brick & Vines cafe, Morris &James Matakana. What a way to kick off Auckland Anniversary weekend!
Charlie Chaplin's speech at the end of The Great Dictator is as meaningful now as it was in 1940. Chaplin is commonly recognised for his humorous silent performances – silly walks and hat tricks – but this is a voice to remember.
Sun shining, waves crashing, gorgeous view and wonderful company. Moving, stretching, strengthening and balancing... connecting with breath... blissful. Nothing quite compares to being at one with nature!
I was honoured to be a guest on The Productive Woman podcast with Laura McClellan, discussing how I harmonise between my freelance graphic design work and my yoga teaching. The main theme was about being really present and mindful in whatever you are doing in that moment. Multi-tasking is so 1990s!
2016 has been a significant year, with events that have had a global impact and shaped our future. Take time out to look beyond the mayhem, disappointment, anger and confusion. Seek the good in the world, celebrate the wins, connect with kindness, and make time to play!
In 2014 I explored yoga poses in ordinary and extraordinary places. 2016 was about "creatively defy gravity". Here is 'Imagination Levitation' – 100 photos of dedication, exploration, joy, perseverance, laughter and bruises.