'Respond to every call that excites your spirit' ~Rumi~
I've been teaching yoga now for a couple of years and earlier this year I felt really compelled to reach out and offer something a little more than a 60-90 minute class. I felt that everything I was doing in my days; whether it be writing, yoga, reading, parenting, bush walking, journaling; all of it was intricately linked to my yoga practice in some shape or size. And indeed it has been the unconventional time off the mat that I feel I've learnt the most - a connection with a bird on a nature walk, the challenges of maintaining my calm whilst consumed in the daily throes of motherhood
A short 5 minute extract from 'Yoga - The Essence of Life' on an interpretation of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the 8 Limbs of Yoga - Enjoy! Tehla xx
When Xavier Rudd took the stage at Marrickville's Factory Theatre last night to a sell out crowd, his insane beats and vocals sent vibrations through to the very core of every being in attendance.
His incredible musical talent, notably his arcane ability to simultaneously play guitar, harmonica, drums AND didgeridoo (with pauses to sing!), is matched only by his equally talented adeptness at delivering powerful political messages about indigenous Australia in his unrelenting rich undertones of LOVE and CONNECTEDNESS.
There was a time in my life when I used to think that if I could ever possibly release my hips enough to achieve Lotus Pose I would know all I need to know about yoga.
Boy how wrong I was!
~There's more to this ancient volcano than meets the eye ~
I grew up near this majestic mountain and yet it's taken me over thirty years to actually climb it! As a child my Dad would recount many stories of the steep ascent (and descent!) that he would take with the schoolkids he taught at one of the local High Schools in the area. At the time I had no real inclination to do the climb myself, however in recent months I felt so drawn to this mountain from my childhood that I was even dreaming about it! Then it appeared in a major feature article in National Geographic magazine and I learned so much more about it's spiritual significance to the local Aboriginal Yuin people, and I felt so incredibly ignorant that it had taken me this long to notice its vital value to the local area. So, over the Christmas break I strapped on my boots, packed my backpack and reserved a full day to immerse myself in a mountain of discovery.
I have been reading a fabulous book lately called 'Elders - Wisdom from Australia's Indigenous Leaders' and how much we can all learn from this! One of my favourite chapters was called 'Healing', authored by Max Dulumunmun Harrison of the Yuin people on the Far South Coast of NSW.
🌟I wrote this down in my journal a few years back now when I started seriously considering a major transition in my career and life - once I stripped out all the job titles, networks, degrees and ‘should be’ stigmas I was really left with
About a year and a half ago I scribbled out a little paragraph in my journal that reflected my new beginnings in career and lifestyle - and it still rings very true to me today.....
Hi there and thanks for dropping by! I'm Tehla Jane and I'm a self-confessed word nerd, bookworm and yoga devotee from Wollongong, Australia. I love to wonder and wander, and especially love spending time with my two little girls and hubby Glen. My blog is inspired by my daily musings in my trusty journal, where I scribble out endless pages in almost illegible handwriting and occasionally convert this into a typed format! Welcome!