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March 2, 2017

As a yoga teacher, I am often asked this question. Here's my take on it.

Ok so all the experts tell us that in order to lose weight, we need to exercise more and eat less (and healthier foods of course). That's it right? Well if it were that simple, the western world wouldn't be faced with such a growing obesity epidemic. Of course there are many factors that are contributing to the fact that our world is getting bigger and sicker, and these can include the fast food industry, education, broken homes, parenting etc. Here's what I think the biggest reason is though: our world is getting unhappier and more disconnected than ever.

Let me explain what I mean by this.

When we put on weight, there are very high chances that we are eating more than what...

March 18, 2016

The first signs of spring have begun to emerge. Many believe that the arrival of the new season symbolises growth and new beginnings. It may just be pure and utter coincidence, but this period has been quite a transition for me, on a personal level. Over the past few weeks, I have experienced difficulties, uncertainty, breakthroughs, and then more uncertainties and more breakthroughs.

 

I don't believe I am alone when I say that sometimes I feel lost. I find myself asking questions like: What is the point? What is it all about? What does happiness truly mean? Yes... ridiculously heavy stuff, I know. If you are an over thinker and an over analyser like I am, perhaps you can relate. I'm not sure why just yet, but these questions seemed to come up q...

February 12, 2016

I was not a gymnast or a dancer, for heaven's sake I could barely touch my toes... So when I first started practising yoga, I would get frustrated. The perfectionist and Type A in me always pushed harder and strived more. My ego would surface during every class, ignoring all of my body's signals to slow down and breathe. I realised that I cared way too much about what others thought of me. It was almost as if I was determined to show to all the other practitioners in the room how strong I was, how flexible I was. And did they give a damn? Hell no. It sounds pretty ridiculous when you put it into words. Or maybe it wasn't about the others at all, perhaps I was determined to prove something to myself, out of fear that I would be a failure? Why do...

January 15, 2016

 

I remember it well. It was on the last night of my Baptiste Yoga Level 1 training in Arizona in June 2014, while I was scoffing down the most addictive caramelised pecans after dinner, that it suddenly dawned on me - I have an eating disorder.

 

I am not sure what it was that triggered this realisation; after all, it was certainly not the first time I had binged. Perhaps it was the week-long journey of self-inquiry and emotional breakdowns, I don't quite know, but I am grateful that it had finally hit me. Somewhere along the way my relationship with food had deteriorated, and for lack of a better word, I had become an "addict". We have only ever associated addiction with drugs and alcohol. Food addiction however, I believe, is much less unders...

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