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Archive for the self care category

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 […]

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.

Why I Teach 30 Days of Yoga (which starts on Monday!)

Monday, January 13th, 2014

I’m writing from Sydney — where I’m leading a weekend workshop exploring how yoga supports us in getting clearer about both our purpose and our shadow, helps us cultivate the compassion to meet all of ourselves with kindness and develop the courage and creativity to express our unique purpose in the world in a way […]

Everything I know about rest, I learned the hard way

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

I grew up on a dairy farm where there was always more work to be done, so I was raised on the virtues of labour. Spending an afternoon on the couch with a book? Woefully indulgent. Even today it takes a lot of discipline for me to rest. But I’ve learned the hard way that […]

Courage, Comfort Zones and Creative Joy

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Last week I said that life takes practice, and practice takes community. Life also takes courage. And courage loves company. One of the key themes of my life over the past 18 months has been the centrality of courage to the life I want to live. Creativity takes courage. Compassion takes courage. Curiosity takes courage. […]

Retreat, Rest & Press Reset on 2013 – July 21-26 in Big Sur, CA

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

This year I’m hosting a sweet retreat at one of my all time favorite places in the world: Esalen in Big Sur. Five years ago, soon after I had left Afghanistan, I went on retreat at Esalen with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling of Off the Mat, Into the World. During my week in Big […]


Friday, March 15th, 2013

Last week I wrote about all the women I know who are working harder and harder and harder, and still feel they can never do, or be enough. I’ve been thinking about them all week, particularly with the polarised debate raging online and in the mainstream media about ‘Lean In’ – the new book from Sheryl […]

I know need this now because I don’t have time for it.

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Today one of my 30 Days of Yoga graduates wrote a post explaining why she’s signing up again for the course starting next Monday. She wrote: I need this right now. Because I don’t have time. Because I’m too tired to make the effort on my own. Because I feel weak and I know it’ll […]

You can’t do any better (but you can feel better)

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

In the past week I’ve spoken to more than a dozen of my female friends about their current work, family and life situation. Two things struck me about all these conversations. Firstly, everyone is doing so much and secondly, no-one feels they are doing enough. One of the women works in a government department where […]

Yoga for long haul travel

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

On my flight from Honolulu to San Francisco last night I got talking to Joey, the Purser on our flight. He’s been flying for more than 40 years and he looks fantastic. His secrets, he told me, are the gallons of water he drinks every day and his yoga practice. He asked me to suggest […]

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