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Aching Legs and Feet

Jennifer Taylor
Monday, February 15, 2016
Aching legs and feet? I received a wonderful question about this last week that I thought I might share. This client experienced significant pain and discomfort in their legs and feet, particularly feet, after long periods standing at work. They wondered if yoga might help. Without a detailed, personal review, I can only offer general advice and I always check if someone has sought medical attention for the condition first. This is important before trying to support any condition with yoga therapy. Specific postures for aching legs and feet will depend on the individual and the cause of the condition. It could be circulation, sciatica or any number of factors. However, I might suggest starting with something quite gentle   Read More

Case Study: Oral Cancer & Yoga

Jennifer Taylor
Monday, February 01, 2016
R. is a 43 year old woman from the Northern Territory, married with four (4) children. She is a Ward Clerk, working in hospital administration for more than seven (7) years. In July 2015, she visited her dentist with symptoms of a sore tongue, culminating in an oral cancer diagnosis requiring surgical excision of half her tongue and 31 lymph nodes from her neck. Timeline 13 July 2015 Consulted dentist with a sore tongue – no diagnosis, no treatment, recommended to come back in two weeks. 14 July 2015 Second dental opinion sought – no diagnosis, ground teeth to ensure no impact, referred to specialist 20 July 2015 Following difficulty with spe  Read More

Happy New Year - Changes at Mr and Mrs Pose

Jennifer Taylor
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Happy New Year! I want to wish you a beautiful 2016 and fill you in on changes taking place at Mr and Mrs Pose. Firstly, I want to thank you for your support since our launch in 2011. It has been a wonderful five years growing from yoga clothing and accessories for men and women to live events, online classes and video content. I launched the business with the vision to "Practice with Someone You Love." The idea was to encourage people to practice at home with partners, family, and friends. It has been such a pleasure to enjoy that evolution with you, our extended yoga family. Secondly, changes are underway at Mr and Mrs Pose. I have been accepted into the Masters in Brain and Mind Sciences at the University of Sydney   Read More

Quantum Physics, Yoga & Intention

Jennifer Taylor
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Reading the Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra last night before bed, I went to sleep with images of the micro-verse whirling in my head: Protons; Neutrons; Electrons; electromagnetic field theory; and the ‘duality paradox’ of light being both a wave and a particle in quantum mechanics. [1] (#[1]) In the quantum view of the universe, it becomes much less clear where we begin and end. Watching Jill Bolte-Taylor’s TED talk, My Stroke of Insight (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyyjU8fzEYU), many years ago, I considered that it might be only the limits of our conscious perception preventing us experiencing this for ourselves. Seeing 1950s Housewife Describes Her First Experience with LSD (https://www.facebook.com/Higher  Read More

Skin Cancer and Yoga

Jennifer Taylor
Saturday, October 03, 2015
Wear sunscreen, kids. For most of my family and friends, this is quite unremarkable. I was born and bred in the red centre of outback Australia with fair skin. This isn’t the first skin cancer I’ve had cut out of my body, and it is unlikely to be the last. The same beautiful sun that, combined with good nutrition, has granted me a strong, happy, healthy body also inflicts lasting damage. I’m fantastically lucky. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) aren’t dangerous though they can be destructive. I got this one lasered a few years ago but it recurred until I could ignore it no longer. I’ve been pretty sun smart over the years but I was a wilful child and it doesn’t take much in Australia. I hav  Read More

Commercialisation of Yoga

Jennifer Taylor
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The judgement ‘that’s not Yoga’ is heard regularly within the Yoga community. Whether it’s criticism of: one tradition against another; criticism of ‘workout mentality’; overemphasis on asana at the expense of the other seven limbs of Yoga; or the proliferation of Yoga teachers tumbling out onto an unsuspecting public with inadequate certifications. Some aspects of these criticisms are founded, some represent unwelcome elitism and negativity. Being in business as well as steeped in Yoga for nearly 30 years, this is a topic I contemplate often. The commercialisation of Yoga is an easy target for criticism. As I researched this article, I found that the criticism fell into two main philosophical sc  Read More

Philosophy & Meditation Webinar with Swami Pujan Tue 16 June

Jennifer Taylor
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Our first Philosophy & Meditation Webinar with Swami Pujan on Tuesday night proved a wonderful forum for learning, growth and exchange. Our main reason for launching this type of webinar is to create a forum for students at all levels, whether beginners, intermediate or yoga teachers and advanced students, to continue their spiritual study (svadhyaya). Even when trained in yogic philosophy and meditation, learning does not stop when we leave the classroom, the inquiry is lifelong. Access to our teachers is one of the difficult aspects of modern yogic life. Therefore, creating a forum like this lead by a spiritual teacher like Swami Pujan creates a community of like minds (sangha) to support us. Last night, one of our attendees   Read More

Five Things I Change in Winter

Jennifer Taylor
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Winter can be a cozy delight or a heavy burden. If you are familiar with Aryuveda, you'll understand that a Vata Dosha constitution like mine can find the cold depleting and uncomfortable. (If you're not familiar with the sister science of Yoga, Aryuveda, and the three mind-body types you can read more and take the Dosha quiz here.) As a result, I pay more attention to my rituals as it gets colder and make some changes: Body Oil: This is probably one of my favourite daily rituals. I make my own body oil blends and in winter I change the combination of carrier and essential oils. I prefer more moisturising carrier oils like Avocado and Apricot Kernal oil when it's colder. I mix these with essential oils like Tangerine, Neroli a  Read More

Women Leading Change 2015

Jennifer Taylor
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
I had the incredible fortune of being invited to attend the Women Leading Change conference a couple of weeks ago run by The Wake Up Project (http://wakeupproject.com.au/). The line up was impressive: Seane Corn (http://www.seanecorn.com/), Yogin Activist; Petrea King (http://www.questforlife.com.au/), founder of Quest for Life; Tara Moss (http://taramoss.com/), Author Advocate; Claire Bowditch (http://clarebowditch.com/), Songwriter and founder of Big Hearted Business; Sarah Wilson (http://www.sarahwilson.com/), Author and founder of I Quit Sugar; Tami Simon (http://www.soundstrue.com/store/), founder of Sounds True; and the inimitable Lucy Perry (http://www.lucyperry.com.au/), former CEO of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia in Austral  Read More

After Dawn Service on ANZAC Day

Jennifer Taylor
Saturday, April 25, 2015
I am always moved by Dawn Service on Anzac Day but this year, after the ceremony at the Cenotaph in Martin Place early this morning, I am compelled to write. It was the largest crowd I have seen in the many years I have attended. The 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing is no small matter, it cuts to the heart of our Australian identity: Courage; Loyalty; Mateship; Fairness; Egalitarianism. There were contributions from, and acknowledgements to, servicemen and women, Australians everywhere, the Australian Aboriginal people, New Zealand and Maori people and those from many other parts of the world. It was beautiful to see so many generations from all walks of life, together in common purpose. 'Lest We Forget’ is c  Read More