• One month without exercise, soap and loo paper… I just got back from a month in true retreat. I was rather cryptic about where I was heading and I committed to not sharing my experience in real time on social media. Golly, what freedom! I’m happy to now flesh out the details because I reckon a few of you will find them interesting. more
  • The number one reason to do yoga Back in Australia I go to a yoga school (Power Living in Bondi Junction) and there’s a wonderful teacher there (Jason) who shares (during his class) that yoga is like life (excuse the woo-woo launch to this…it improves). You start off in child’s position and you end in corpse pose. And in between is the opportunity more
  • Tara Stiles gives me something to do One of my favourite things to do when travelling is try out yoga classes. Especially in big cities. And especially when I’m frazzled. And one of my favourite I’ve tried is yoga teacher to the stars Tara Stiles’ vinyasa class at her Soho studio Strala. I was there last Wednesday. Tara’s class is a dance. more
  • sit on a small wooden bench with yourself This is a meditation trick I learned years ago. It’s simple and sweet. And I revert to it often. You might like it in these noisy, frenetic times we’re having just now. I’ve mentioned before how much I struggle with meditation. But every day I sit down and do it. Twice a day. For three more
  • who checks in on you? This week I spoke at yoga brand LuluLemon’s national conference. It was a room full of people comfortable in their Lycra and a yoga hairstyle (bun up high on head; enables headstand and backbend poses). I was in comfortable company! I spoke about How to Build a Good Life, based on advice gleaned from interviewing more
  • my little black book of natural therapies I get asked rather often what therapies, of all the ones I’ve tried – and I’ve tried a few –  I personally use and recommend. So I thought I’d post on it. I’ve tried just about every therapy in Christendom. It’s an occupational hazard. From the noise of it all I’ve distilled things down to more
  • sweet surrender. I meditate every morning. Some mornings I also do yoga. At the end of both-either I have a ritual. I finish. I send out an intention – to be truthful during the day. Then I surrender forward. I gently flop my torso over my crossed legs, or over my lap if I’m sitting in a more
  • Question: how do you exercise? Reader Amy recently asked what I do for exercise. This is a really good question. Because I’ve shifted the way I do things in the past six months or so. Dramatically so. And I think what I’ve learned (the hard way…always the hard way with me) works. For everyone. It’s not that complicated…and it’s kind. more
  • taking it away with you At the yoga school I’ve been going to since the first day (literally) I arrived in Bondi seven years ago, the instructor Rick, at the end of each class, invites us to “take it away” with us. We’ve slogged our way through our nervous tension, our annoyance with the heavy breathing dude next to us, more
  • my 10 things mnmlist just posted a list of 10 essential things. It’s his take on those lists they do in magazine with famous personage where they get them to list consumerables they just can’t live without. I avoid these kind of lists (the consumerable ones) as I don’t so much like consuming. This is probably disappointing for more
  • i like: Gwinganna sleep retreat This post has been updated. August 2013: My assistant Jo recently experienced the heaven that is Gwinganna retreat in July. I spent a week there a few years ago doing a sleep retreat (you can read about it below). That particular retreat has since been turned into a “Triple S” retreat: focussing on sleep, stress and – more
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