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Flowing forward with yoga-inspired resolutions

Flowing forward with yoga-inspired resolutions

2020 was a year of hurdles, shocks and radical change, for all of us – and on many levels. It was an unprecedented year that many of us are still recovering from to varying degrees. With the initiation of any new year, we move to set goals and resolutions. Though,...
All about the 7 Chakras

All about the 7 Chakras

According to many schools of Eastern philosophy, on the most basic level our bodies are made of energy. This energy structures itself into our physicality, emotions and thoughts…  but before this, it structures itself into meridians and chakras. In other words,...
5 Tips for a Spiritual Summer

5 Tips for a Spiritual Summer

There’s no denying the magic of lazy summer days. You know, the ones where soft sand calls our name, and we spend our eating fruit and drinking in sunlight. It’s the time of the year where adventure beckon us, to create some of our most treasured memories… On...
Ways to be More Eco-Friendly at Home

Ways to be More Eco-Friendly at Home

At Happy Buddha Retreats, we look to the yogic principle of ahimsa; meaning “compassion” – to guide how we treat ourselves, each other and our planet. This is why we’re all about practising small acts of kindness around the Happy Buddha home that benefit the...
Welcoming the Winter Solstice

Welcoming the Winter Solstice

‘What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.’ ― John Steinbeck While our neighbours in the northern hemisphere move into summer this weekend, June 22 brings us the Winter Solstice. A solstice describes the annual moment when the...
The Power of Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

Sometimes when we wake up in the morning, our alarm screaming at us, and responsibility smacking us in the face… it seems like we’re immediately being forced to run a hundred-meter hurdle race. Flannelette pyjamas flailing in the wind as we rush around our busy...
The Benefits of Yin Yoga

The Benefits of Yin Yoga

Derived from Hatha yoga, the practice of Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concepts of Yin and Yang; the opposite and complementary principles of reality. Simply put; as an energetic state, yin is feminine. It’s stability, passivity, downward moving and cold. Yang on...
How to Quieten Your Mind: Part Two

How to Quieten Your Mind: Part Two

According to many of the great Eastern spiritual traditions, our inner awareness or energy is exactly the same as the energy that creates and sustains all life. If we quieten our mind we can sit within this energy, experiencing stillness and a deep sense of peace. In...
Success And Happiness… Can They Both Co-exist?

Success And Happiness… Can They Both Co-exist?

In our modern world, it seems that our pursuit of high achievement can sometimes detour us from true and lasting happiness.  But what if there was a way for you to use yoga to increase both? Your Yoga Retreat: Downshift To Dominate That’s right… in order for you to...
How to Quieten Your Mind: Part One

How to Quieten Your Mind: Part One

It’s easy to rattle off the main functions of our physical bodies without encountering much debate at all. You may have noticed however, it’s not the same case when we look at the Mind. In fact, it’s quite baffling to consider the different ideologies...
The Magic of Yoga Nidra

The Magic of Yoga Nidra

I first came cross Yoga Nidra whilst in Peru. I was visiting a small town full of alternative healing wonders; shamanic pharmacies and crystal stores by the bountiful. Keen on taking in the full visitor experience, upon seeing a poster for a Yoga Nidra class I...
Put Yourself First:  Serve More By Becoming Selfish

Put Yourself First: Serve More By Becoming Selfish

“Dare to be selfish first so that you can become truly selfless always.” Jason “J-Boom” Legaard This is a quote that tends to shake up a lot of people when they read it for the first time.  The initial reaction is wait a minute… be selfish first? But we’ve all been...
Let Yoga Stretch Your Limiting Beliefs

Let Yoga Stretch Your Limiting Beliefs

When people think of yoga, the first thing that comes to mind is impressive flexibility and body contorting postures.  But did you know that stretching with a yoga practice can help you also push beyond your limiting beliefs? Stretching For Success If you’re like most...