Exploring the Intersection of Yoga + Permaculture: Observe & Interact

Exploring the Intersection of Yoga + Permaculture: Observe & Interact

"Permaculture is a practice, a way of life, a consciousness based on holistic, sustainable living.” This is a beautiful definition of permaculture that also applies to yoga. And it’s beautiful how the principles of permaculture collide, coincide, compliment and collaborate with the practice of yoga. The 1st permaculture principle, observe & interact, is applicable across a variety of life situations.

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Breathe Intent

Breathe Intent

When we are born, the first thing we do (before all the crying) is breathe.

This is why, in Yoga, we must always return to the breath. This life-sustaining force that welcomes prana (life-force energy) into our being, connects us back to those first innocent moments here on earth.

During Asana practise, we use the breath as a guide for our movements – inhalation for expansion; exhalation for the release.

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Magic of Cacao Medicina

Magic of Cacao Medicina

WHO LOVES CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!????

Or perhaps more fitting - who doesn’t?

Guess what - chocolate happens to love us, too.

IXCacao is known as the Spirit of the Cacao Tree, Goddess of the Earth….

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YTT Curious? A Must Read to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training that is Right for You!

YTT Curious? A Must Read to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training that is Right for You!

The first step to changing this world for the better starts within. Committing to a Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) can be one of the most powerful decision that you make on your spiritual journey but with 1000s of programs available, how to choose? Clearly we are biased, however, this bias exists because we believe that this path is a transformative and powerful approach to individual and social change.

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My Journey into Awakened Spirit's Sacred Earth 200 Hour YTT

My Journey into Awakened Spirit's Sacred Earth 200 Hour YTT

Embarking on such a journey with the unique and genuine souls I was surrounded by was such a pleasure amongst these teachings. As one of the most wholesome periods of my life thus far, it set me up on a path to places I can envision with so much clarity in the future. One of my intentions was to find more direction and I now know I'm becoming ever closer to my calling as I seek to maintain that inner peace we're all so fond of.

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Motivating Yourself To Get On The Mat

Motivating Yourself To Get On The Mat

I think us Yogis would all agree just how much we adore Yoga.

So why is it so darn hard sometimes to just roll the mat out and get on with it?

Whatever the reason, we’ve all been there.

So how do we get past it and get on that mat?

Here’s some motivation for exactly that…

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The Meaning Behind Mala & Mantra

The Meaning Behind Mala & Mantra

Have you ever seen those beads that spiritually-inclined people tend to wear around their necks? Ever wondered what they’re all about?

Originating in Hindu and Buddhist culture, I first encountered Malas in Thailand and later again during my travels through India. I was aware they were prayer beads, similar to those used in Christianity, yet their deeper meaning escaped me on these trips.

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Yogic Permaculture - Thriving Inside & Out

Yogic Permaculture - Thriving Inside & Out

In which ways do Yoga and Permaculture intersect?

Whilst on Awakened Spirit’s Sacred Earth Yoga Teacher Training, the Principles of Permaculture were passed along to us. Permaculture is the sustainable merging of people with nature that creates an ecosystem for all to thrive in. The ideals of this concept were coined by the duo David Holmgren and Bill Mollison and have since inspired many conscious humans (including myself!) to live by their values. This echos beautifully what yogic philosophy teaches us: when we embody these ancient principles, we are forging and creating a more harmonious existence with the world within and around us.

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I took a nap! And nobody cared...

I took a nap!  And nobody cared...

Why isn’t resting rewarded?  What is it about nourishment that just isn’t sexy? Why don’t we reward self-care and resting in the same way that we reward achievements and productivity? If we consider urban centres in North America (which is my most familiar habitat), the emphasis is set squarely on the doing, the going, the producing and the running around until we fall into bed in utter exhaustion at the end of the day.   Why are we always so busy?  Why do we often find ourselves in a loop of doing?

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