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Feeling challenged? Here’s what you can do


Sometimes Life’s challenges flow thicker and faster than we feel we have the capacity to handle. Here are some simple  practices I follow to get through. 

  • I acknowledge that it’s more than I feel capable of handling and compassionately accept my reality.
  • I release the need to resolve the matter (or matters) all at once. It will take the time it takes. 
  • Gratitude practice – I ponder all the things I can be deeply grateful for: a roof, clothing, food, running water.
  • I linger in moments of great beauty around me until feelings of anger, injustice or anxiety dissipate.
  • Cultivating contentment by reflecting on what is good – friends, health, successful and happy times past, how little I need to be content, access to Nature, the blessing of a Life that forges resilience.
  • I allow myself to be happy, despite the issues , even if it’s only for a few minutes.
  • I remind myself that I am in control of my response to Life.
  • Visualising things I’d like to enjoy in my life changes my chemistry and perception of what is possible.
  • Doing something that soothes me (beach walk, bath, read a book, mat practice).
  • Call upon a friend, or actively distract myself in pleasurable or therapeutic activity (cleaning! decluttering!) until I can return with a more able attitude.


 Term 2 yoga begins next week. Autumn practices to ground & release. Join us 🙂
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Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a senior yoga teacher and freelance writer/editor.

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The Getting of Wisdom

“What would a wise man or woman do?”    

As a moment by moment practice, I love this suggestion made at the philosophy class I attend. 

“Wisdom” was on our discussion agenda recently. What are the qualities of wisdom, we asked, what is wisdom? Among our responses were: “acting with integrity”, “acting from a deeper connection to [Insert your higher power of preference]”, “having a balanced view“, “clarity of intention”, “the ability to act” and “assertiveness”.

Most of all, we decided, the getting of wisdom comes from gathering and examining life experiences, and integrating and applying the outcome of our learnings.

This idea has been offered by sages and philosophers for centuries.

The unexamined life is not worth living – Socrates

It’s not what happens to you that matters, but how you respond – Epictetus

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom – Aristotle

I never lose. I either win or learn – Nelson Mandela

We discussed how there must be varying levels of wisdom then too, as we grow in our awareness and openness to learn from life’s challenges. 

I particularly enjoyed Susan’s story:

“I got up early and was about to go out and thought of my husband lying in bed still asleep and the question just popped into my head, ‘What would a wise woman do?’.  So I went and gave him a kiss. He just made a funny noise and stayed sleeping. I thought he might have reacted differently and was a little disappointed, but then I realised the question had moved me to an act of love.”

What a gentle way to inspire ourselves to live more thoughtfully, don’t you think? 

Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a senior yoga teacher and freelance writer/editor.


R U Woke?

“Are you woke?”

Because our teens need to know. Their future is at stake.

It’s a question doing the rounds of their vernacular, assures Mum-of-teens and counsellor Sarah. If you are thinking of doing, or are practising yoga, being “woke” is definitely on your agenda.


So what does it mean? Digital trends monitor BuzzFeed says to be “woke” is “to challenge problematic norms and injustices through complete awareness”.  But Sarah and I agree this welcome question carries deeper import.

To be woke is to raise your consciousness, to strive for my three favourite ‘S’s:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-responsibility
  • Self-mastery.

The time is now. Goodness knows, the world needs more light workers, that is, people committed to raising their consciousness as world service. 


Astrologically, we are at the dawn of the “woke” Age, the Age of Aquarius, which began in 2011-ish (astrologers argue the dates but generally speaking, an Age spans 2000 years). The Aquarian Age is about developing the leader within, cultivating and employing our innate wisdom.

Yes! That is why there is yoga on every street corner. It’s why organised religions struggle to recruit, yet individual spirituality continues to grow. It’s why the internet came into being now, in order to support consensus and true democracy, giving voice to millions. Think of the social action campaigns such as and crowd funding.

Before Aquarius, the Age of Pisces (0 AD to 2011-ish) gave us strong leadership to get things done. It coincided with the birth of Jesus Christ and included other great leaders such as Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Ghandi, as well as ignominious ones, Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin Dada, Pol Pot, Saddham Hussein. The Piscean Age created hierarchies of power. But as Aquarius began her approach, the great institutes and powerbases began to fall: the stock market, the housing market, corporations, banks, dictatorships, outdated approaches …

The world now asks us to connect and chart progress through our innate wisdom that is governed by love and benevolent will.


The upshot? Get some yoga into you 😉 Make 2018 the year you start a home practice.

Liv Mitchell

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