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What do you mean ‘evidence based’?

Out there on the interwebs it’s a polarised planet. People are shouting in echo chambers about their distinct world views on politics, religion, and science. In the seemingly lovely land of yoga and natural health, there’s just as much argy bargy between factions as elsewhere. One of the main issues centres around what we mean when we say something ‘lacks evidence’ or conversely that something is ‘evidence based’. The truth …

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Guest Post: Katie Carter from WomenKind – 5 Steps To Create Wellbeing Amidst The Rush

5 Steps To Create Well-being Amidst The Rush Lets face it. It’s a rat race out there. The only way to create balance in your life is to be completely committed to creating it. I know this sounds hard-core but it is just too easy to put everything else first. When we are stuck in this pattern, it is so hard to remove ourselves from and some pretty radical action …

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Why you need more Yin in your Life

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) yin deficiency is associated with the signs of aging such as dry hair and skin, stiff joints, and weak lower backs and knees. I don’t know about you, but this cold winter weather has me really identifying with that description! You’re probably familiar with the concept of yin and yang, the balancing of polarities in ourselves and the universe. Modern life is overtly yang …

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Dharma Bums

Every so often I reflect on my work in the world and wonder if I’m on the right path. When big challenges arise and progress stalls, I fantasise about escaping it all, hitting the road beat poet style, and living in a way that has less duty and obligation, more dreaming than doing. Yet I keep deciding to stay in suburbia, do my practice, love my family, go to work, …

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Leaving a Wisdom Legacy

‘Although the physicality of death destroys us, the idea of death saves us’. – Martin Heidegger In my early 20’s I volunteered at a hospice. The training I undertook was intense and I was eager to get front line, to put theory into practice. On my first day I reported to a senior volunteer who looked me up and down and pronounced, “you’re a man! What would you know about …

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Wellness Retreats: Destination Detox

Why do people go on wellness retreats? Getting away from it all to a fresh and beautiful setting can be used to break bad habits, create an intentional turning point in your life, give yourself a taste for new patterns, and use time out from stressors to reevaluate your values and lifestyle. I consider retreating to be a very intentional ‘destination detox’ for all levels of your being. Of course …

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Death, Dying and Difficult Relationships

By Satyam Brown Someone recently asked me at a dinner party what gems  of wisdom I had learnt about living and dying in my career as a palliative care counselor and social worker. I considered giving  a standard answer about putting less energy into your career and more into spending time with loved ones. However the most honest answer I could give is that we will die as we have …

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Naturopathy and Yoga Go Together Like Sunshine and the Sea

When I studied naturopathy back at the turn of the century (aka 1998 – 2001) yoga was an elective subject. Over the years of seeing clients I’ve recommended mindful movement in the form of yoga or other disciplines such as tai chi depending on the person’s interests so many times I’ve lost count. I undertook yoga teacher training in 2004- 2005 and that allowed me to offer regular classes and …

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The Yoga of Death & Dying

  Have you ever contemplated your own death? Not in a suicidal sense, but in the realistic contemplation of the eventual demise of the physical self. Contemplating mortality forms a spiritual practice for many different traditions including some Yogic and Buddhist practitioners. This is really the antithesis of modern postural yoga’s body consciousness. It’s easy, and some might say preferable, to imagine that your body will last forever. Yet no …

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Body Positive Yoga

  It’s a visual world, always has been, never more so. People are skimming social media, flicking across all manner of platforms and mediums, and pretty pictures capture most of our scattered attention. In the yoga world, wise words and a single pointed focus are not enough anymore to attract people to classes, teachers and events. And so I found myself lining up a photo shoot in the hope I …

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