Spring Cleaning and Essential Oils

Sep 22, 2021

I'm deep in the throws of lockdown / isolation with my kids and it's an interesting time to say the least.  I'm also just past my first trimester of my fifth pregnancy so enjoying a surge of vitality and some serious nesting energy is kicking in.  I'm decluttering and spring cleaning the house - clearing out cupboards and dusting all the hidden corners.  I'm also diffusing lots of essential oils around my home to freshen the air and blow away the cobwebs.  Here's my simple guide to how I'm using essential oils in my home right now: 

In the kitchen: 

To clean dirty pots and pans the natural way, add 10 drops of Sweet Orange to your pots and pans and then sprinkle with a thin layer of warm water soaking for half an hour before washing as normal.

Because the kitchen is such a popular hub in the home, it can often be the gathering place for germs and bacteria. The doTERRA On Guard Blend is the perfect essential oil for promoting a clean kitchen....

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Fallen Gurus and Conspiracy Theories

Sep 09, 2021

I had an interesting conversation via Instagram messages with a woman who has been following my work for a while and wrote to me because she was upset that I had posted a quote from a well-known women’s wellness doctor who is also a covid-denier.


As I was putting the quote in question up on social media I did have a hesitation, knowing that I don’t agree with the authors recent rants against vaccination and denying covid.  But I also remembered how much of her previous writing and teaching I do love and how positive and impactful it has been for me.  I felt conflicted but decided to post anyway.  Afterall we all contain multitudes and I can like one thing someone said without having to like all the things someone said.


But later I reflected a bit more …


I’ve since deleted the quote from my feed.  For me this conversation echoes the dialogue that has been huge in the yoga community in the last few years around all the...

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Sep 02, 2021

My partner woke up this morning and asked if we could go and sit in the church where he grew up and say some prayers together.  He was raised Catholic and the church he is talking about is one he has attended since he was a baby. I'm up for prayer of any kind so I responded with a keen 'yes' but it got me thinking about what prayer is and what it means to each of us. In this reflection I realise I have a very broad and open-minided perspective on what it means to pray (I talk more about this in my book 'Mindful Living') and I'm inspired by any practice which brings us closer to the Divine.  This is the true essence of Bhakti - a life lived with meaning in sincere relationship to our highest ideals and the version of God resonant for us. 

I loved this extract from the brilliant (if slightly harrowing!) book 'Bright Burning Things' by Lisa Harding.  I love her idea of prayer as 'a line of communication with a Higher Power'. 

Here is what my teacher Sharon...

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Easter Reflections - Kali Power

Apr 03, 2021

Namaste beauty!

I hope you are enjoying a restful and decadent long weekend, however you celebrate Easter.  I mean ‘decadent’ in the simplest form of the word.  For me these days decadence is all about time and attention. When I slow down and listen to my child carefully, or sip my chai mindfully, or jump in the ocean and feel my whole being recalibrated into vibrant cell-tingling zing that’s decadent living. May each and every moment of our lives be filled with the decadence of embodied living! 

At its root this time of year is about renewal.  I’ve been thinking about this a bit recently and what it means to start new.  There is a lot in my life that I’ve been letting go of and shedding. And while she might not be an obvious Easter symbol I’m going to be calling on plenty of Kali energy in the next few weeks.  Kali (image above) is all power and one of my favourite goddess...

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Cultural Appreciation or Appropriation?

Jan 25, 2021

I've been reflecting on what it means to culturally appropriate, appreciate and reinvent, in response to the beautiful headdresses recently showcased at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (pictured here).  

I am no expert on this subject but I do come to it from a place of deep embodied contemplation (not academia, although I am quite an academic person and I have read substantially on the subject in this context).  I also come from a place of wanting to grow and heal and very much take responsibility for my own privilege and prejudice as well as that of my ancestors.  

These amazing headdresses were created by Polish artists who were inspired by a vision for recreating traditional Polish Slavic Wreaths.  I’m especially interested in the celebration of old ways and skills in a modern world where it intersects with our own heritage and I see this as part of our collective healing.  It's part of the Ayurveda Goddess course I run - an...

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Honouring our Ancestors - an Ayurvedic practice

Jan 02, 2021

Tarpana is a Sanskrit word which refers to making an offering and relates specifically to making an offering or acknowledgement of our ancestors. 

Honouring your ancestors is the first step in reclaiming your spiritual heritage. As you begin to recover your ancestral memories, you will also uncover unconscious, troubled memories that prevent you from knowing the truth of who you are. According to the Vedic sages, we humans are the only species which has the power of intuition. Yet too easily we forfeit our sacred birthright and with it the ability to change and grow, create, and strive for inner freedom. We have largely forgotten the joy, love, and wellness that are intrinsic to human nature, and we can rediscover them through honouring our intuitive knowing of our ancestors and their wisdom.” Maya Tiwari (Wise Earth School of Ayurveda)

The beginning of the year is a wonderful time to remember our ancestors and the lineages we come from. None of us exist in a...

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Cultural Awareness for Yoga Teachers by Eve White

Dec 12, 2020

Cultural Awareness for Yoga Teachers

5 Ways for Yoga Teachers to be Respectful to Aboriginal Culture by Eve White (Wiradjuri woman)

I am proud of my Aboriginal heritage I am a Wiradjuri woman from country NSW a little town called Parkes. Our Aboriginality was not embraced in the past, which is why I’m so passionate about keeping this beautiful culture alive and this is why I have created a Cultural Awareness course for yoga teachers.

As a yoga teacher for the last 8 years whilst discovering more about my Aboriginal heritage, I was finding so many synchronicities in these ancient cultures. Every-time we open a yoga class we are holding ceremony connecting with breath and mother earth, to connect with the long lineage of culture and ceremony beneath our feet makes each class more meaningful and potent.

From a modern-day perspective we look at the world as if it is simplistic but through a complex lens, from an Aboriginal perspective we look at the world as if it is complex but...

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Nov 02, 2020

Haribol friends,

I recently gave up coffee for two weeks and I put a post on Facebook about my process.  I was astounded by how much interest and commentary that post generated.  It seems coffee is a hot topic!

So I thought I would also share with you here some of my thoughts on the subject.  First let me say I’m not a huge coffee drinker – I have one a day.  But I do love it.  I do find it hard to give up when I take a break and, yes, I do get a headache. 

Some elements of giving up any addiction are:

  • Letting the habit / ritual go (this is easier if you replace it with an alternative)
  • Change in identity or social perception when you change your behaviour
  • Physical withdrawal (when I give up coffee I get a headache!)

One friend said to me it was harder to give up smoking when she only had one cigarette a day than giving up when she smoked 10 or 20 a day.  She said it’s something about giving up completely that’s really...

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Oct 26, 2020

You've figured out your Ayurvedic constitutional type (and if you haven't you can take our quiz here), but how does this impact your working life? Once you know your type (dosha) you can use it to support your productivity and avoid the potential pitfalls you're most likely to be distracted by.  

If you are a pitta (fire) type: Your strength is in your ability to cut through confusion or overwhelm and get stuff done.  You are focused and linear, approaching tasks with a laser like attention to outcome.  This means you are the most productive of the dosha types.  However when out of balance you can rush and not pay enough attention to detail.  You may also struggle to collaborate with others because pitta's like to be in charge!  Impatience and frustration (leading to sloppiness) are your shadow sides.  Your mantra for productivity is 'I am diligent and consistent and I pay attention to details.'

If you are a vata (air) type: Vatas are the...

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