Journaling through the 5 Sheaths (Koshas)

Yoga Journaling and the Koshas I wanted to share a journaling practice with you. It is a great practice to do daily and one I have incorporated into my own life for a few years now. Originally when journaling I was writing freestyle…which I still do. This freestyle was inspired by reading Julie Camerons book ‘The Artists Way” and doing her ‘morning pages’. A few years ago I wanted to dive deeper into the philosophy of yoga and also to find some structure to help put those morning pages into a context which was practical and could offer more insight. a little […]

Gem Maryan Yoga

Yoga Practice and facing challenge

THE CHALLENGE I deeply love this practice. It has been my rock, keeping me on track many a time. It’s not easy, it’s very challenging most of the time. The mind will say it’s impossible & perhaps elements are, they arise and lead us to doubt or over exaggerate our abilities However, the mind is the biggest challenge of all to overcome – all our conditioning, all the stories we hear about ourselves from outside and from within, they arise and lead us to doubt or over exaggerate our abilities. THOUGHTS – EMOTIONS – BELIEFS – […]

It's not about YOU!!

Teaching Yoga – 5 Rules (It’s not about you!!)

Rule number 1 Its not about you!! l learned this the hard way. Teaching yoga is not about YOU. What do I mean? Well a lot of the time we get caught up about our performance as teachers and find ourselves tormented with questions like: What if they don’t like me? What if I deliver a crap class? What if I don’t know something? What if I am not good enough? This list goes on, but it is all just mental chatter, your brains way of tricking you into thinking that the whole world revolves

incremental progress

The power of accepting incremental progress

A lot of people don’t consider things that evolve incrementally as too spectacular. It seems like people are drawn to the idea of grand breakthroughs, drastic changes, irrespective of who caused them—the bigger, the better. I started Ashtanga in March 2014. I intentionally didn’t gather too much information—the only two things I understood before my alarm went off that first morning were the idea of self-practice (everyone works at their own pace, according to their abilities), and that my new teacher