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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institutes and powerbases began to fall: the stock market, the housing market, corporations, banks, dictatorships, outdated approaches …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

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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Melbourne Mindfulness Course

Head in Ground Pose. It's alright. We've all been there. But it's better to go seek, than to hide.
Head in Ground Pose.


It’s okay, we’ve all been there. Head in Ground Pose. Pretending that Life is ticking along just fine so long as we can ignore the growing exasperation of a life on spin cycle and the quiet inner gnawings of “questions that have no right to go away” as poet philosopher David Whyte so aptly observes.

Our inner world will have its out. Inevitably, something happens to question the wisdom of how we spend our days: work stress, chronic health, issues, the loss of someone close, loud feelings, exhaustion.

I watch train and tram people, walking-to-work people, and Henry David Thoreau most often comes to mind. In his reflective work, Walden, Thoreau writes of the human condition after spending two years living simply in nature: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation, is confirmed desperation… unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.”

Even in 1854, Thoreau observed that people took no time to be “anything but a machine”. He goes on to say that “the finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.”

We can hide, our heads plunged firmly in the sand, or we can have the courage to see clearly.

When it is time to question the way we are living, whether we are prepared to do things differently in a big or small way, that first inclination toward change comes from the part of you that always knew you could do it, and will.

 The next 6-week Mindfulness Course begins Wed 17 February.

Liv Mitchell

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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How Corporates Co-opted Mindfulness to Make Us Bear the Unbearable

glass ball

What a great read from The Conversation website this article is – how the Corporate World has hijacked the ancient practice of mindfulness.  When I hear students talking about the mindfulness courses they have done at work, I hear snippets about active listening with a colleague, or writing a report, or preparing emails for efficient response. No one talks about the presence of being with difficult feelings that brew and erupt, or taking a meaningful lunch break to eat properly and revive, or to practice on a daily basis the teachings of being compassionate or indifferent to chaotic personalities that disturb you most. Mindfulness is the most rewarding experience when practiced with realistic expectation and patience. But it is the practice of a lifetime.


Liv Mitchell

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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