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The articles listed below are written by Claire Heywood for her SunYoga newsletters. Claire's writing is inspired by her personal life experiences and her ongoing exploration of the path of a modern yogi in everyday life.  



The Tangled Web - June 2015

From restless thoughts, that, like a deadly swarm
Of hornets arm'd, no sooner found alone,
But rush upon me thronging.
~John Milton


The mind is a right slippery little sucker, elusive and complex, and fiendishly difficult to grapple with!  Consider the photo below; a large bird’s nest which I found at our clean up Australia day event earlier this year.  This nest fascinated me.  It’s made of an incredible combination of wire, lots of…

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Palawan Retreat Pleasure - May, 2015

I have recently returned from a retreat on Palawan, an amazing island in the Philippines.  The weather was hot and still, perfect for the adventure retreat which included lots of swimming, snorkelling and generally messing about in boats. Yes, it was quite a holiday and I loved it!  Peppered through my holiday story is a selection of snaps.  Let your eyes sink into the photos and be infused with the warm, calm, luscious…

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Year of the Sheep - March, 2015


Before we herald in the sheep year let's look back at the previous year of the Horse and reflect on how the year transpired. When I re-read my article about the Horse year, there was promise for it being a lucky year, with lots of opportunities and fast movement.  The year of wild, unpredictable, unbridled action.  Did you feel this powerful Horse energy in 2014? How did it play out in your world?…

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Life is a Creative Adventure - November, 2014

I have been teaching yoga for many years; officially for the past 15 years and unofficially over a 30 year period.  My very 1st classes were held in a dirty, dusty, pigeon club hall behind a friend’s house in South Melbourne around 1985.  The classes in  the beginning were called “Stretch, Strengthen and Relax” and later morphed into “Not Strictly Yoga”, paying homage to Baz Lurhman’s movie, Strictly Ballroom.  The “we can make…

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Accept your Spots - May, 2014


Do you approach yoga, (or life in general), as a quest for self-improvement? Shedding, reshaping and replacing your self-proclaimed undesirable parts along the way?  2 years ago on retreat I had a huge aha moment - it was the moment when I realised that I didn't need to change.   Ridiculously simple, yet deeply profound.  In a brilliant flash of clarity I understood not just intellectually, but with every cell of my being that…

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Year of the Horse - February, 2014


Farewell Year of the Snake, slither back into hibernation, and see you in another 12 years!  As of the the new moon on January 31st we have entered into the Year of the Wooden Horse. Those born in Horse years, (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and 2014), are likely to have an important and significant year, with the opportunity to do well and flourish in all aspects of their life.…

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Taking the One Seat - September 2013


I've been enjoying reading A Path with Heart - A guide through the perils and promises of spiritual life. It's written by meditation teacher, Jack Kornfield, and in layman's language the book discusses the journey of the spiritual seeker through the practice of meditation. This wonderful book, which I highly recommend, has prompted me to share some of my personal journey with meditation thus far. Perhaps by shining a little light on…

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Looking Out Back, Looking Back In - August 2013


Regular readers know that I am in my year of turning 50, and that my recent outack road trip was part of marking this major milestone.  I wanted to spend a decent chunk of time with my hubby exploring some wild, outback, natural locations.  I had the urge to flee far away from the hectic city hustle, willingly place myself in unknown territory and bathe in the soothing waters of nature.…

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Take No Prisoners - June 2013


I have entered what I have come to appreciate is a precious, golden period of opportunity.  After 7 years of intense and all consuming focus; head down, bum up in the Sun Crescent SunYoga studio I find myself standing in a freshly plowed field.  The ground is fallow, the earth is rich and sweet smelling, full of nutrients and raw potential.  I am cherishing this rare place where nothing is set in…

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