Last year I had the pleasure of speaking with the ABC's Sophie Meixner about some of the latest yoga 'crazes' and whether they are, in my humble opinion anyway, incompatible with yoga's 'true' aims. Goat yoga continues to be the butt of many jokes, so I thought this article was still worth a share!
We have so many amazing resources out there in the world of yoga scholarship to turn to. Of course the academic realm can be a little intimidating, and difficult to access at times, so to get you started I’ve put a short list of recommended resources together.
The Yogasutra (also known as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali) is considered a seminal text for modern yoga teachers. Arguably, it is also the most commonly referenced text in yoga teacher training programs. Aside from its popularity among modern yogis, the Yogasutra is also one of the most translated Sanskrit texts and has been the … Continue reading Who was Patanjali?
Here we are, the business end of the uni semester, and the final weeks of my degree. There isn't a lot of time for writing things that aren't being assessed, but apparently I found time to feed my obsession with making yoga music playlists! So please enjoy these great new tunes for your practice, for … Continue reading Another Yoga With Jess playlist for YOU!
Recently, in a brief moment of ‘omg thank goodness uni semester is over and now I can do other things!’ I decided to undertake a visual imagery project involving yoga selfies. It’s a project I’ve been thinking about for a while, truth be told, but the combination of having a bit of time, and fresh … Continue reading 31 Days of My Real Yoga – a selfie project exploring yoga representation
One of my favourite things about creating a yoga space is putting together music playlists. I love to share the kind of music that inspires me to move and my playlists now more than ever have moved away from the usual 'chant gurus' to include much more electronica and world beats. Music has always set … Continue reading A Yoga With Jess music playlist – FREE for you to enjoy!
If you’ve picked up a Yoga Journal mag lately you may have noticed (although perhaps not consciously) that the covers are all starting to resemble the standard fashion magazine format. The cover models featured are female, white, and thin. These women, with seamless makeup and wearing tight clothing, are photographed from provocative and flattering angles. … Continue reading Yoga Representation, Body Image and Gender
So here we are, mid Christmas hols in Australia, relaxing, probably eating slightly more than we should, and alas, the yoga classes on offer are slim pickings. As I discussed in part one of this blog, home practice is the perfect remedy for this time of year, but for most, difficult to achieve. From my … Continue reading Christmas holidays, time for those two scary words: home practice (part two – suggestions).
It’s that time of year again: the weather is getting warmer, quirky suburban light displays are appearing, end of year Christmas celebrations fill restaurants and bars around town, and most of the yoga studios are taking a break or running reduced classes. For the committed yogi who relies on their chosen class for any or … Continue reading Christmas holidays, time for those two scary words: home practice (part one – reflections).
Lately I have attended a range of yoga classes around town and very much enjoyed them, with one minor catch. During classes, as well as in yoga focussed conversation, I’ve started to notice a lot of Sanskrit words pronounced, let’s just say, less than accurately. I’m sure to lots of yoga enthusiasts this is no … Continue reading For the love of (accurate) Sanskrit