Commitment, Devotion and Marrying My Soul

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“By day ten, you’ll be fine,” said my teacher with a knowing smile, referring to the morning sadhana practice we were all committing to as part of our Kundalini Yoga Teacher training. The morning practice began at 4am, requiring me to wake up at 330am, douse myself in cold water from the simple ashram shower (a yogic therapy for the nervous system), dress in white comfortable clothing and walk through the grounds past the still-sleeping cows to the yoga hall. … Keep reading…

India Reflections and My Upcoming Retreat

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My feet may have landed back in Australia, but my heart is still filled with the sights, sounds, smells and surreal experiences of my recent journey to India. I just completed the Aquarian Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh with the renowned Golden Bridge Yoga School, which was one of the most magical experiences of my life. The training was intense beyond my imaginings, deeper than I expected and more thrilling than I ever dreamed it would be. I loved every minute, even the … Keep reading…

Beyond the Beyond in Holbox

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A snippet from our recent Journey to Shine retreat on isla Holbox, Mexico which I’ll never be able to describe as anything other than ‘Beyond the Beyond’… Talk amongst the group had been on Flamingos; Were they going to be here? When did the season start? Agatha had a dream about thousands of flamingos flying toward her and through her and said it felt beautiful. Irene said that according to Lonely Planet, they arrived in April some time, so maybe … Keep reading…

BIG LOVE

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Happy Valentines! It’s my first single Valentines Day in a decade and I’m realizing that I am a die-hard romantic. I posted on Facebook a while ago (when making the requisite changes to my profile, given my new situation) that I wished there was a relationship status of  ‘Embarking on a passionate love affair with oneself.’ Because the ‘single’ status seems to send a different vibe to what I’m currently cultivating. And where I’m at is a place of deeply and unconditionally honoring … Keep reading…

Join me for my Mexico retreat in 2016!

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I’m very excited to finally announce the ‘Journey to Shine’ retreat on Holbox island, Mexico in April, 2016. I say finally because it is something I have dreaming about, planning and sending out into the universe for some time now. Let’s face it, a retreat in Mexico has always been on the cards and I have had my eyes open for the right location for the last year. Then, in early May this year I went on an impromptu girls … Keep reading…

My (surprising) journey with essential oils

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It was back in Colorado that I discovered essential oils at a health food store and decided to make my own scented sprays. Lavender, lemongrass and rosemary were my oils of choice; lavender to relax, lemongrass to uplift and rosemary to… I wasn’t quite sure except I loved the woody scent. A while ago a woman who I follow online and have enormous respect for began sharing her experience with doTERRA essential oils. She is a spiritual practice coach, author, … Keep reading…

Blessed by Bali

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As I sit here in Mexico sipping Bali coffee and munching on Vegemite toast (having been up since 3AM due to jet lag), my time in Bali almost seems like a dream. A beautiful, blissful dream. I’ve hesitated to write about the retreat due to not having anything other than hyperbole to describe my experience. Magical. Life changing. Blissful. Abundant. And yet, it is all true. It was all that, and more. So much more. Nothing could have prepared me … Keep reading…

Thoughts before Bali

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I fly out to Bali on Sunday. It seems like yesterday I had the (then) crazy idea of organizing a meditation retreat, but it was a year ago. In a week and a half, I’ll meet up with 17 women from 5 countries and drive through the heart Bali, through rice terraces and temples to the village of Bondalem where we will spend seven days in relaxation, reflection and retreat. Blessed doesn’t cut how I feel right now. When I reflect … Keep reading…

Yoga at the lights

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I’m sitting in my (icily air conditioned!) car at an intersection south of Playa del Carmen. It is Saturday morning and the sun has well and truly risen over the horizon, casting its warmth over the jungle, the buildings, the beaches, the highways, the monkeys and the people. I love Saturday mornings. It’s the time I attend a Kundalini yoga class with my favorite teacher. A few of my friends have started going and we often converge afterwards for juice or scrambled … Keep reading…

A Moment of Clarity in Bali

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The following is an exerpt from week two of my ‘Journey to Shine’ e-retreat, titled ‘Moments of Clarity.’ Six months later I was on a yoga retreat in Bali. I had done yoga on and off for years, but mostly for the physical benefits and had never delved into the spiritual side much.    The retreat involved long periods of meditation and I had never sat still like that before. For five days we meditated and practiced light yoga for … Keep reading…