from growing up in vanuatu, to a genetics ph.d. in england, yoga teacher training in the united states, living in bermuda and settling in australia; amanda the founder from yogi spirit is one fascinating wandering yogi greenie superstar. yogi spirit is an eco conscious online yoga store based out of sydney with everything from clothing, mats, water bottles, mala beads, and body oils. when you want to shop consciously it can be a bit overwhelming so yogi spirit is what I've been searching for - one place where I can be confident that all the labels are ethically and environmentally responsible. I chatted with amanda about the impact of the fashion industry on the planet, her selection process, and the yogi spirit.read full post
once I finished my yoga teacher training I was ready to go out there and do my thing but there were a few things I needed to set up first. thankfully in my 200 hour course with ashtak yoga school we covered a lot of the business side but I thought I'd write this post with all the specific things I did and used. I'm not saying you have to do or use all these things but it may be a good guide if you're not sure where to start.read full post
last year on a visit home from london I got to meet my cousin's partner brenna. I adored her straight away and soon found out that she was an artist with a cute little etsy store selling eco-friendly, australian nature inspired watercolour artwork. I chatted with brenna about how she first got into watercolour, her inspiration behind her designs, and what makes megyeri sustainable.read full post
on thursday I found myself stuck at home due to severe storms from cyclone debbie. with my classes cancelled I lit some candles, made coffee, and curled up in bed watching law & order. I continued the self-indulgence and treated myself with a pamper session using mooloolaba made natural & vegan body care range botica bliss.read full post
shapes in the sand is an eco conscious swimwear label that is handmade in australia using eco printing and 100% regenerated materials collected from landfills and oceans like nylon contained in old fishing nets. I spoke with alex the founder of shapes in the sand about recycled plastics, eco printing, capturing the aussie bush, and rehabilitating koalas in need.read full post
“love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure: acceptance, understanding & appreciation. remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart. think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions? so, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.”
trikonasana is a standing posture that really opens the chest, hips and shoulders. it stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees and ankles, improves the digestive system and helps alleviate stress.read full post
nomadix creates versatile, eco friendly, recycled & recyclable travel towels and apparel. I met the guys from nomadix on a spontaneous road trip down to mexico on my travels just over a year ago. straight away I could see that the guys embodied and lived their brand. since that trip my nomadix towel has wandered to over 15 countries with me which I've used for my yoga practice, as a makeshift tarp camping at a music festival, dips by the pool & sea, and many of a time as a blanket at the airport in between flights. I use my towel every day teaching yoga and always have students asking where my towel is from and commenting on the design. I chatted with zack one of the founders about the nomadic lifestyle, eco-friendly living, fast fashion, and world adventures.read full post
"never argue with a 90º angle - it's always right."
samakonasana is a standing posture which helps straighten the spine by strengthening the back, shoulders, arms and area behind the chest. it also helps release tension by stretching the hamstrings and thighs. this pose is great at helping improve our posture as most days we're slumped over a desk.read full post
wize monkey is a coffee leaf tea which empowers communities by creating year round income for nicaraguan farming families. I'm a coffee fiend but having moved to england I've felt the pressure to step up my tea game so wize monkey's coffee leaf tea has been a perfect bridge between the two. besides original there are other fun flavours like mango party and minty marvel which I like to have during my afternoon slump as a pick me up. I chatted with max rivest one the co-founders of wize monkey about the coffee leaf industry, the health benefits of coffee leaf tea, and how they support the local community.read full post
katichakrasana is a standing twisting posture which helps tone the back, waist, shoulders, arms and neck. it releases tension from the spine, the mind and aids digestion. it's important to really use the breath to get deeper into the posture so that on the inhale you lengthen through the spine and on the exhale you can create room to twist. this will really lubricate all the joints in the vertebrae.read full post
VLTA is an environmentally conscious company that produces sustainable jewellery to house essential oils made by matt pril & irene seelig. I met irene in whistler, canada on my travels around the world this year and we instantly became great friends with our passion for health and sustainable living. we spoke about the inspiration behind this eco-conscious label and the benefits of essential oils for wellness.read full post
ettitude is an australian lifestyle label that makes organic, affordable luxurious bedding & homeware that respects you and the environment. I chatted with ettitude about the creation & inspiration behind a sustainable bedding label, the benefits of organic bamboo lyocell, and their current collections.read full post
"the palm tree that sways in the breeze stays standing the longest"
similar to tadasana, tiryaka tadasana is also a grounding posture where you lean over to each side to stretch the ribs and side muscles. this posture can help reduce excess fat and strengthen the sides of the lower back. it's important in this pose to focus on the breath to help bend further and deeper into the side stretch.read full post
satva living is a brand that sells 100% organic fitness clothing for women that is global organic textile certified. I chatted with satva founder puja barar about what led her to create an ethical and sustainable fashion label, organic living, social impact on the global community and the inspiration behind the new fall line.read full post
advice from a palm tree: "stand tall & proud, remember your roots, drink plenty of water, be content with your natural beauty and enjoy the view"
in sanskrit, tada means palm tree. this is a grounding posture where you plant your feet to find balance, and stand tall and strong. this asana improves mental & physical balance, stretches the spine & nerves, tones your abs, stabilises the mooladhara chakra, stimulates the lymph nodes in the armpits and improves blood circulation.read full post