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    Virgo New Moon

    Yesterday’s New Moon in Virgo highlights the theme of societal and governmental transformation that we have been grappling with for quite a long time now, while at the same time showing us where we need to be our own authority and how we are taking care – or not – of our personal structures like our body, our health and our daily routines. It will also have us wanting to ground something in ‘reality’ which might have been in the works since April or May. If you’re working on something and it’s still not ready, take some more time and get it right – Virgo wants to see all t‘s…

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    Guru Purnima eclipsed

    The Lunar (Full Moon) eclipse on July 27th is quite special for a number of reasons. First, it happens to be the annual celebration of one’s most important teachers, known as Guru Purnima. Teachers come in many forms, and though you might feel you don’t have a special teacher, we can think of ourselves as the only student in the universe, and everyone else as our teacher. Honour the energy of everything you learn from. Secondly, this eclipse coincides with Mars, which is now closer to Earth than it has been in 15 years, conjunct the moon and the Moon’s South Node (Ketu). An eclipse on the South Node is…

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    Can you spare any change?

    “Travel light; arrive quickly.” ~ Sathya Sai Baba The only constant is change, nothing lasts forever, and this, too, shall pass. We have all heard these and similar phrases our whole life, yet we rarely take them to heart. We still cling to who and what we love, and can’t bear to let them go. Change is difficult. To avoid too much suffering, we must constantly remind ourselves to keep our relationship to material and earthly things as real as possible, meaning we genuinely realise they are all borrowed from the near or distant future, and sooner or later must be given back. Change is easy. But only if we…

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    Transformational Retreat at Basunti in India

    This is it!  The retreat you’ve been waiting for – a chance to discover India in relaxed and genteel comfort, practice yoga, take care of yourself and explore your own life at the same time. ONLY THREE SPOTS LEFT! BOOKING CLOSES ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2018 Join us at Basunti for an unforgettable and life-changing holiday. Basunti is an idyllic private lakeside retreat centre, set on a promontory in a nature reserve nestling in the foothills of the great Indian Himalayas. Situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India and surrounded by the waters of the Maharana Pratap Sagar, it sits at the heart of a wildlife reserve and…

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    Another Big Cycle of Endings and Beginnings

      Following on from its conjunction with Monday’s inspiring new Moon in the last degrees of Sagittarius (December 18th), Saturn moves into a very potent alignment (known as cazimi, the closest possible conjunction) with our Sun in the early hours of Wednesday, December 20th when it enters its home sign of Capricorn, one day before the Sun marks the winter solstice with its own entry into Capricorn on the 21st. Both the Sun and Saturn will be at 0 degrees of Capricorn at the Solstice, which is extremely rare and auspicious as a point of new beginnings. What does any of that mean and why do I care? This is…

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    Impermanence is the fountain of youth!

    When effort is needed, effort will appear. When effortlessness becomes essential, it will assert itself. You need not push life about. Just flow with it and give yourself completely to the task of the present moment, which is the dying now to the now. For living is dying. Without death, life cannot be. ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (Important message at the end, if you don’t have time to read it all!) Every day and throughout life we live in cycles – morning-noon-night; active-passive-active-passive – which are set within ever greater cycles: days turn to weeks turn to months turn to years, and on and on. Within each cycle there is…

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    Transforming yourself to transform the world

    Turning your dreams into reality is one of the major themes of Sunday, March 12th’s full moon, and I am definitely feeling excited by the positive feedback and interest in my webinar and new online course – a longtime dream of mine! You can watch the webinar replay at any time – it can be useful to anyone going through a period of change or self-examination. The Special Offer ends tonight, so jump on board now if you want to join us for this journey! Today’s Full Moon highlights your creative imagination (with Neptune – the planet of otherworldly, visionary influences – conjunct the Sun) as well as a review…

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    Align with Purpose – a Free Webinar with Susan!

    Dear students and friends in yoga, We certainly are living in interesting times! We’ve gone through another eclipse cycle in the past couple of weeks, and the big question to ask yourself now is: Do I still love it/him/her? If the answer is NO, then it’s high time to move on! Who are you in that job, that relationship, that society? Does that role you play align with who you feel you can be? What doesn’t work for you? What are you modeling for your children, and for those looking up to you? “…the great chewing complacency.” Did you feel that?! Ouch! This is not about making a frivolous change.…

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    Ubuntu* ~ “I am what I am because of who we all are”

    Twenty years ago this month I received my first yoga teacher certification in Goa, India. I didn’t see myself as a teacher at that time, just a seeker who needed to stretch out of the box I had put myself in since my high school years. Anyway, a certificate doesn’t make one a teacher and just as parents are born along with their child, teachers are born from their students. In the months following my training, friends started asking me to teach them something. So, bit by bit, I shared what I knew for free until friends of friends and then strangers started to join in, at which point I…

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    How not to go crazy in a mad world

    “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurthi (1895-1986) It’s pretty hard to observe what’s going on in the world these days without – at the very least – shaking your head in wonder. The Internet and social media make it feel all the more urgent, and it’s a challenge to avoid getting drawn into agonising over the madness. But how real is any of this? I often remember what a delightfully calm Ayurvedic doctor told me when I sat down with him to ponder the insanity of the Kundalini Yoga Festival I was attending in Rishikesh a few years ago:…