HOW TO MAKE YOGA AN INTEGRATED PART OF YOUR EVERY DAY LIFE

KL GlenorchyKara-Leah Grant is passionate about yoga.  She writes about yoga, teachers yoga, and is the founder & editor of TheYogaLunchbox.co.nz, New Zealand’s highly popular on-line yoga magazine.  Earlier this year Kara-Leah also released her first book ‘Forty Days of Yoga: Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice’.  She will be teaching in Te Anau the last weekend in September, and hopes this workshop will give people the tools to establish their own personal practice.

Te Anau Yoga teacher and workshop host Kerri-Anne Edge said: “Most people notice some benefits from attending a couple of weekly yoga classes.  They gain a degree of strength and flexibility, breathe better, and feel grounded and calm after class.  The real benefits, however, come from a consistent daily practice; even if it’s short, say 10 or 20 minutes.  A personalised home practice is about developing a deeper awareness of what you require today, to support yourself for life.  It’s not about over-doing it in a 2hr session because that’s the only time you’ve scheduled to get on your mat this week.  Group classes definitely have an important place with regard to instruction, they’re social and community-focused, and there is undeniably a collective energy which supports the individual in a class setting”.

So while millions of yoga practitioners are attending classes, workshops and retreats around the world – twenty million yoga students in the USA alone – relatively few struggle to fit it into their busy, modern-day lives.

Through Kara-Leah’s book and teaching she provides solutions. She’s had a consistent regular home yoga practice for eight years and has an intimate understanding of the psychological process required in making yoga a priority.  Kara-Leah takes readers on a journey into their lives and into their psyches so they can understand what they need to shift and change to practice yoga daily. She skilfully shares a deeper understanding of the essence of yoga while using worksheets that prompt readers to challenge the ideas that prevent them from practicing yoga daily.

“It’s not enough to say ‘I want to practice yoga at home’,” says Kara-Leah. “You need to assess your life, observe your mind and design a strategy that supports your needs. Otherwise, yoga just becomes one more thing to do on your never-ending to-do list.”

Far more than a how-to book, Kara-Leah doesn’t tell readers where to put their feet in downward dog or their hips in warrior one. Instead, she outlines principles of asana practice that help practitioners find their own way into yoga.

“Ultimately yoga is a personal practice. It meets us where we are, with what we need,” Says Kara-Leah. “Only when we begin to practice at home can we tune into what those needs are and respond.”

Forty Days of Yoga is available online and will be discounted for workshop attendees.

For full workshop details visit teanauyoga.co.nz. Bookings essential.

About Kara-Leah:

Initially drawn to yoga because of chronic back issues and fears of requiring a second spinal fusion (she had her first at 16 years old), Kara-Leah has been practising yoga consistently since 2000. In 2004 she experienced two episodes of psychosis and turned to a home yoga practice as the foundation of her recovery. Now passionate about the benefits of regular home yoga practice for physical, emotional and mental well-being, Kara-Leah believes that if 20% of our population practised yoga at home regularly we’d experience a major tipping point in society. Many of the serious issues facing our society today – increasing mental illness, increased addiction and abuse issues, increased incarceration, an ageing population, a health system in crisis – could be positively impacted by widespread yoga practice. And yes, the research backs this up!

About The Yoga Lunchbox:

Launched in 2008, The Yoga Lunchbox is New Zealand’s online yoga magazine with more than 600 articles, plus Skype interviews with prominent yoga teachers and videos. Thousands of people every month turn to The Yoga Lunchbox to find out more about yoga and how to integrate their yoga practice into their every-day life.

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