Chakra Balancing Tonic Elixir: A Herbal Cure-All!

Tonics are traditionally prescribed to “restore, tone and invigorate” and this dark, sweet elixir is designed to do exactly that. It will deeply nourish your body, increase your resilience to stress, stimulate your immune system, optimize your digestion and support your cardiac and nervous system. Created for my recent herbal yoga workshop on boosting vitality,…

The Sacred Heart: Natures Gateway to Happiness

There is an old saying that the way to greatest happiness is in helping others. But did you know that this altruistic form of love actually activates and strengthens our own hearts and quite literally sends love to those who surround us? Cardiology has established the heart generates energy in the form of an electromagnetic field…

How Yoga Changed My Life: A Journey Into The Soul of Nature

I’ve long been a disciple of yoga. But a few years ago a Tarot card reading told me my what I’d come to suspect – that working with nature was my soul work now.  Arriving to this place was took years, because as yoga slowly returned me to my body, I began to discover another…

The Reclamation of the Yogini

“The identification of the human woman with the Universal Goddess is most explicit in tantric theology- yet the very existence of female masters, lineage holders and tantric adepts, although referred to repeatedly by tantric texts, is still doubted by some… Here there is no quarter given to feminist spiritual yearnings, or for women mystics to…

Erasing Spirit? The Cultural Appropriation of Yoga

Last year in a marvellous post titled why-i-stopped-teaching-yoga-my-journey-into-spiritual-political-accountability, Andrea MacDonald laid out her reasons for leaving the “industrial complex of yoga”. She writes, “I know in my heart, my mind and my gut that what we are doing in western yoga is an entitled, willfully ignorant act of theft”. This post created a small ruckus…

The Body Divine: The Biology of Immanence

When I first began practicing yoga it was all so simple. Breathe and move in a certain way and the life-enhancing benefits of yoga would flow into your body. Then things got more complicated. Yoga experts began to abound – and they disagreed about practically everything – from technique, methodology and physical alignment, to the…

Yoga, Magical Thinking and Depression

Hemalayaa’s now infamous post “Shocked by Yoga Teachers Who Take Meds” sparked a lot of heated debate in the yoga community.  Her original post (now removed due to the hoopla) has been replaced by a heartfelt apology—so I can’t quote her directly. But her view, as summarized by Matthew Remski, that “people who practice yoga…