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Satyam’s Meditation Reflections: How it started in 1986 and how it’s going in 2022

It was the winter of 1986 when my older sister frizbeed 15 year old me a cassette tape her friend had given her. As she passed my bedroom door, my sister presciently commented that I was probably going to be more into it than she would be. The cassette was labelled ‘guided progressive muscle relaxation’. I found a quiet space where I wouldn’t be disturbed, lay on my back in …

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Stepping into Self during Times of Suffering by Satyam Brown

How do you cope in difficult moments? What happens to your primary relationship, the one you have with your Self, during the hard phases of your life? In my role as a counsellor and social worker, I have observed a common tendency of people to brace themselves physically, emotional, mentally, and energetically based on the belief that they will ‘feel it’ and ‘deal with it’ after the crisis has passed. …

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Body Acceptance and Self-Compassion

Spring has well and truly sprung and it’s natural to feel inspired by the longer, lighter days to enjoy the warmer weather, get outside more, and hopefully blossom and bloom. However it’s also the season where diet culture ramps up and sales of detoxes, and restrictive nutrition plans (diets by another name) explode. No matter how much you have practiced self-acceptance, there is still likely to be a ‘shame story’ …

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Why Trauma Sensitive Yoga Matters

As we softly re-open the studio, we recognise the collective and individual trauma experiences our community has been, and may continue to be, experiencing. Not only the pandemic which has altered so many lives, but the social fallout that has ensued as multitudes become unemployed and the cracks in societal infrastructures show up under pressure. However you are feeling, it’s valid. Whatever your experience has been, we want you to …

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Sweet Dreams; The Life-Changing Power of a Good Night’s Sleep

Maybe it’s the Coronavirus, or maybe this is something you deal with normally, but many people report finding their sleep cycle disrupted. Insomnia can be experienced as either difficulty falling asleep, or trouble staying asleep. For some of us it’s ruminating thoughts or restless legs at night, while for others it’s the early morning anxiety wake-up call that comes around 3am or 4am. Some people find themselves engaged in a …

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Yoga is an Individual Sport, or is it?

Edited 17th March 2020 Update: We closed the studio doors after class on Wednesday 11th March and will not reopen until the risk to our community from COVID-19 has passed. Online classes are working well via Zoom meetings. Simply click on the online class style and date in the calendar and book and pay as usual, then you’ll receive a meeting ID to join the Zoom meeting. All you need …

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An Acid Trip Changed My Life

In my late teens and early twenties I was the classic neo-hippy spiritual seeker. Living in the coastal city of Fremantle, it was easy enough to find my fellow travellers and trippers. Part of the bohemian scene in the late 90s, I was a regular at bush doofs, full moon drumming circles, sweatlodges, satsangs, environmental protests, and feral gatherings, I’m sure you get the picture. Rainbow Festival I was also …

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Yoga for Pain

My recent experience of nerve pain was illuminating. I follow some of the leading pain researchers locally and internationally and find it a fascinating area of mind-body study. However all the theory in the world doesn’t feel very helpful when you are in so much pain you can barely crawl to the bathroom. So I tried to believe that movement was safe and helpful, even while I was thinking catastrophically …

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What it’s really like to have skin cancer

Background I’ve had a lot of time to reflect recently and I would like to share my story of skin cancer. While this recent surgery is the most intense, I’ve been having minor surgery for the removal of skin cancers since I was 25, including a scary melanoma in 2006 when I was 30. Most of my skin cancers have been basal cell carcinoma, the relatively benign, and most common …

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Be Your Own Wellness Coach

It’s the season for making changes, setting health, fitness and nutrition goals, and stepping out of the winter ‘Fitness protection program’. Seems timely to revisit a blog first published back in 2013 on https://sunonmyparade.com/2013/soul-food/be-your-own-wellness-coach/, but pretty relevant every change of season. As we mature we figure out for ourselves what works for us and what doesn’t. We also have some deeply ingrained habits that may or may not be helpful …

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