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Where you can find me in the next few months…

Monday, August 10th, 2015

After a year of focusing pretty much exclusively on ActionStation, I have a few teaching and presenting events coming up: Muse Camp 2015 – August 21st-23rd, Bend OR Yoga in Action: Off the Mat, Sept-Oct, Wellington, NZ Game Changers: Yoga Journal Live Event, 27 Sept-1 Oct, Colorado Muse Camp 2015 August 21st-23rd, Bend OR Muse […]

The Courage To Change: a guest post from Tia Kelley

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

I was born in the middle of the night, on the floor of a little stone house, in India. This isn’t unusual; millions of little girls share the same birth story. Mine takes a turn for the unusual when I include the fact that my parents in this moment are young European hippies living in […]

Tara Mohr on Playing Big

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

The first conversation Tara Mohr and I ever had, about four years ago, was about her desire to write a book (I was writing Zen Under Fire at the time) and how she was confronting the fears, doubts and challenges that come with the kind of ‘playing big’ it takes to do so. About a […]

Why my yoga practice & teaching is part of my humanitarian work

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Today we hear from Amanda Scothern, my co-teacher for the 30 Days of Yoga for Aid Workers course (which begins on 6 October). Amanda has been working in the the humanitarian sector for 15 years, practising yoga for 10 years and teaching yoga for three.   Why my yoga practice & teaching is part of my humanitarian work […]

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 […]

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 […]

We need you. No one else will do.

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

I want to live in a world where we all work together to find solutions to the big challenges facing the planet, where every person on the planet knows that their part in the big pictures matters and that their story needs to be heard.

I’m so tired of seeing amazing people – like you – being told that they are not qualified enough, not important enough, not educated enough, not famous enough to make a difference. I’m tired of hearing brilliant women (and men) tell me they don’t have anything important to say or do, or that someone else can say it just as well.
It’s not true.
No-one else will do. We are all in this together.
And we need you.

I want you to know how important your voice and your participation is for the future of our planet –and to I want you to have the courage you need to tell your story and play your part.

How Jen Louden, Danielle LaPorte & Rachel Cole changed my puritanical view on desires

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

It’s the beginning of a new year, and it seemed like a good moment to revisit my systems, including how I plan my days. I’m a minimalist when it comes to planning. I plan as much as I need to: to reduce stress for myself and others; to give myself some parameters around how much will be enough so that I don’t work all night; and to make sure the things that really matter to me happen.

But I’ve always been wary of traditional approaches to planning – guided as they often seem to be by external ideas of success, and sufficiency. Many planning approaches feel too restrictive and rigid for me – as someone with a constitutional tendency towards rigidity, the last thing I need is a rigid planning tool!

So I was excited when two of the women I’ve learned the most from over the past four years as a business owner – Jen Louden and Danielle LaPorte – recently released (or in Jen’s case, re-released) books sharing their own approach to planning.

Avoiding despair when disaster hits: aid, advocacy, action.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

When we are faced with large scale human suffering, like Typhoon Haiyan, we want to help. Our desire to help is part of what is most beautiful about being human, our capacity for empathy and compassion. Helping is also one way of keeping despair at bay. But what kind of help is most useful? Here […]

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