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A Hard-won Lesson: what I learned from a harsh review

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This month I’ll be sharing some of the hard-won lessons I learned in the process of writing, publishing and promoting Zen Under Fire as a Guest Contributor in the online Conscious Booksmith workshop. A book doesn’t come to life in a vacuum — mine certainly didn’t. A book is made real in the midst of […]

Is it time to recalibrate your compass?

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

There’s a lot of talk, in personal development and activist circles, about finding your purpose. I’m wary of that turn of phrase, with it’s implication that ‘purpose’ is both singular and fixed. I think of it more as ‘living a purposeful life’, or - as my friend Tara puts it ‘recognising your callings‘, plural. Julia Butterfly Hill calls […]

Meet Aoife Kenny — doctor & expat yogi.

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

One of the greatest rewards of my work as a yoga teacher is getting to know, learn from and be inspired by the people who take my courses. As we’re gearing up for the next round of 30 Days of Yoga, we wanted to stop and put the stoplight on a few of the students […]

A chat with Jennifer Lee about her latest book

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Jennifer Lee is one of the people I always make time to meet up with when I’m in San Francisco – there’s something particularly delightful about an afternoon spent walking and talking with her. She brings together creativity and clarity, and is able to hold in balance a kind of vibrant playfulness and a deeply […]

Meet Di Cannone — baker & beginner yogi.

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

One of the greatest rewards of my work as a yoga teacher is getting to know, learn from and be inspired by the people who take my courses. As we’re gearing up for the next round of 30 Days of Yoga, we wanted to stop and put the stoplight on a few of the students […]

The significance of (not) being an aid worker – and yoga as gardening

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Today’s post comes from Amanda Scothern, my co-teacher for the 30 Days of Yoga for Aid Workers course (which begins on 19 May). Amanda has been working in the the humanitarian sector for 15 years, practising yoga for 10 years and teaching yoga for three. Last night I was reviewing the transcript for one of […]

Meet Marcela Macias.

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Do you have a few words of encouragement for fellow home-practising yogis — or those wanting to get started?

“Just do it. Sit on the mat, press play and get started. Be kind to yourselves on the mat and outside of it. Trust your body, be gentle to it. And trust Marianne: you won’t find a kinder teacher.”

Are you ready to get clear? Let’s do it together.

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Clarity is the ability and willingness to see things are they really are and to break down complex situations into elements that are simple and small enough to understand and act on.

In my life, the greatest tools for cultivating that kind of clarity have been yoga and meditation.

An unexpected journey.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I got a job. I know. A job. It’s a bit of a surprise to me too. After being self-employed for the past four years, I didn’t expect to go back on anyone’s payroll. But this is no ordinary job. It’s the perfect job for an entrepreneurial advocate & story-teller like me. About six months […]

Horia Mosadiq on living without regret

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Today I’m sharing a snippet of wisdom from the last of our guest teachers in the upcoming session of 30 Days of Courage – Horia Mosadiq. I met Horia in Kabul, where we worked together at a human rights organisation. From the moment I got off the plane Horia, who was waiting for me in […]

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