Browsing All posts tagged under »Yoga«

Hot Yoga 200

March 26, 2014


In a few short months I start my yoga teacher training here in Durban. I’m excited and have been spending a lot of time thinking about it… in particular, my motivations for dedicating so much time to my practice, even though I don’t really have an intention to teach… My answer, I realised the other […]

Peace over pressure

March 17, 2014


This past weekend, I spent at KZN’s Buddhist Retreat Centre. A true gem, the BRC sits on a massive country estate, immersed in indigenous bush and forest and overlooking a giant lush green valley that can’t help but take your breath away. A towering Buddha sits quietly within the grounds, a Stupa marks the perfect […]

matters of the mind

March 5, 2014


Last night I went to a talk here in Durbs by Buddhist teacher Gen La-Kunsang. On the invite were these words: ‘Discover powerful and practical methods to increase happiness and become a more confident and joyous person, capable of bringing real benefit to this world.’ Reading this, I was immediately intrigued. I’m a bit obsessed […]

A work of art, straight from the heart

January 17, 2014


Regardless of our background or beliefs, creed or culture, I can safely say that every single person reading this post has at least one teacher from their past that remains etched in their memory… one teacher who just brought a subject alive, kept us engaged, opened up our eyes, inspired us to be the best […]

Prana & power

January 1, 2014


Sipping a coffee at Mitchell Park’s Vida yesterday with my new friend and fellow yogi, Kea, she told me about an amazing initiative called Township Yogi. In fact, I remember before she even shared the details, her words were, ‘you’re gonna love this.’ And indeed I did! Township Yogi is about raising hope and changing […]

Motion of the ocean

November 24, 2013


I hummed and hawed whether to go to the final day of the Dubai Yoga & Music Festival at Dubai’s Westin hotel yesterday. As so often the case, my current workload is asking that I perform miracles but then I figured that after a few days of flying back to the desert and then being […]

Letting go

October 3, 2013


When on the move, I hate missing out on my yoga practice, so as well as my usual dose of daily sun salutations, I love checking out new studios wherever I roam. It definitely adds to the journey when you experience different teachers and styles and it really helps you to connect to a new […]

Going solo at Kamalaya

September 10, 2013


The Personal Yoga Synergy programme at Kamalaya has given me great opportunity to enjoy intensive one to one yoga classes. Perched at the top of a hill, surrounded by wild vegetation and azure seas hugging tropical islands as far as the eye can see has been a pretty awesome backdrop for these. On the contrary, […]

Food as fuel

September 8, 2013


This visit to my Kamalayan paradise couldn’t have come at a better time for me from a food as fuel point of view. Over a month into my plant-based journey and I continue to feel inspired and amazed at all that I’m learning and experiencing. I feel wonderful … full of vitality and energy … […]

My Kamalayan paradise

September 6, 2013


Yesterday, I arrived in Koh Samui at the simply stunning Kamalaya. It is absolutely sublime and despite several months of wistful daydreaming about what to expect, even my over-active imagination fell short. It all started after an introduction to the place via my friend Andrea Oschetti. Andrea is a fellow runner, writer, North Face adventurer, food […]

Sharing v comparing

July 6, 2013


I think I have died and gone to heaven. I woke this morning at the gorgeous Le Telfair in marvelous Mauritius. I opened the curtains to a feast for my eyes as right before me lay lush green trees, soft white sand, azure waters and complete and utter silence. Breakfast over conversation about all things […]

Flow, form & feeling on fire

May 14, 2013


The other night I enjoyed a perfect yoga class … one of those practices when everything just flows.  You feel powerful, strong and invincible. Your balance is beautiful, your core on fire and your monkey mind is sleeping or something because you are totally in the moment and thinking of nothing else but your flow […]

Heaven in Hatta

May 4, 2013


Like a magpie to shiny objects, in each of us, there exist certain events, experiences and people that we’re magnetically drawn to. For me? Amongst many are weekend escapes, mountain landscapes, yoga and meditation, healthy food and winning wellness, ad fab company and inspiring conversation. Combine them and you have heaven.  Heaven in Hatta to […]

Dirty dancing & downward dogs

April 11, 2013


Every morning as I inhale my first injection of caffeine and anticipate what awaits me in my inbox, I fantasise less about deadlines and demands, taxes and timelines, bills and blah blah blah and more about the sort of email I received a few days ago from Suzanne Robson, a gorgeous Dubai-based yogi extraordinaire. Why? […]

QT with your cuties

March 2, 2013


Living in Dubai and got yourself some kids?   If so, click on the links below for the complete lowdown on the best options to get fit with your kids … from yoga with your toddlers to FlyWheel with your tweens, it’s all covered, right here!   As published in Aquarius – February 2013 With […]

Sandy toes

January 21, 2013


I first met Emily, the very fit chick behind SUP Yoga at a dinner party end last year.  I immediately fell for her magnetic energy, gorgeous personality and contagious smile. At that time, she was just setting up the UAE’s first SUP Yoga company and I promised I’d be down to give it a shot sooner […]

Sublime savasana

November 10, 2012


I recently read Rich Roll’s book, Finding Ultra. Rich is an inspirational character and a phenomenal athlete. He talked much about the benefits of yoga to the athlete which I loved, because I too am a budding yogi who has long endorsed yoga as the perfect complement to the pavement pounding of us runners. I […]

Kudos for cross-training

October 17, 2012


Written for Fitness Link, a new online platform for the UAE fitness industry, soon to be launched – October 12  When you tell people you run long-distance, the first thing they tend to ask is ‘how far?’ The runner replies and then the common response is ‘HOW FAR?!?!?’ The conversation that follows normally revolves around the […]


August 3, 2012


It really does.  My favourite yoga teachers … Bram and Kasi … have said great things about it and yesterday morning, at long last, I made it to a one-on-one class with yet another cool chick called Helen. Where do I start? Swing Yoga is basically a yoga-esque cross between TRX and aerial silks. The […]

Follow your bliss

May 24, 2012


My yoga fix is pretty much a daily occurrence now. Even if it gets to end of play and I’ve deadlines looming, I strive to get to class because I know how it makes me feel.  BLISS. On which note, the lovely Noura from Yogalates Bliss sent me an article the other day on why […]

Forever 25

May 8, 2012


The blow of returning from my marvellous adventures in China and Hong Kong were cushioned by the prospect of getting back to my regular yoga sessions at Fitness First. And so it was, yesterday morning I ended a short-ish run (gently immersing myself back into the sudden sweat-fest desert temps) with Bram’s Flow Yoga. We […]

Yoga is for chicks AND dicks

May 6, 2012


Question: Is yoga just for girls? Answer: No … no no no! When Zak, the king of chiro had me doing a few mobility exercises a couple of weeks back, he seemed surprised at my flexibility and balance despite the mileage in my feet.  Without having to even mutter a word, I answered the question […]

Live, laugh, love

April 19, 2012


I had a beautiful run earlier along the open sands by Jumierah Village. Strangely, the mornings are still cool but there remains a stillness in the air that smells of the onset of rising temperatures. I feel determined to enjoy every last opportunity before the inevitable. I listened to a gorgeous podcast full of wonderful […]

Seek & ye shall find!

April 12, 2012


This morning at Flow Yoga, as our legs were screaming after being immersed in Warrior 1 for what felt like an eternity, Bram said to think about what we were doing yoga for … why we came to the class.  Just because it’s ‘cool’?  A fad? Because everyone at work does it? Is it to […]

Double detox

April 6, 2012


I arrived at Flow Yoga yesterday morning … my regular fix with Bram and one sorely missed when in Paris / Scotland the last couple of weeks. No class is ever the same and yesterday he announced we were doing Detox Yoga … had he predicted that I was fighting off the onset of a […]

Doing it in twos

March 13, 2012


Monday morning. Half nine.  My regular fix of Flow Yoga with Bram, except the asanas change every time so no class is ever the same. Yesterday? Partner Yoga. V cool, v fun, v touching! Doing yoga in twos brings a whole new element to the practice. You can only control your own movements, not those […]

Words of wisdom …

March 4, 2012


… from Gretchen the Great. Last night I finished a fabulous read … The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. A New York bestseller for yonks, the book is an account of a year Gretchen spent test-driving studies and theories about how to make your life as happy as it can be. I won’t spoil it […]

What’s your dosha, baby?

February 16, 2012


I am so loving my Flow Yoga classes with Bram at the moment that I‘ve found myself travelling all over Dubai in the past couple of weeks … Fitness First DIFC Sundays, DMC Mondays, DKV Tuesdays and Ibn Thursdays.  (I did, as a result, feel it necessarily to tell Bram this morning that I am […]

Tantalising Talise

January 16, 2012


Mention Talise and yoga in one sentence and most people think of Full Moon Yoga … Talise’s beach-side monthly yoga session, timed to coincide with … you guessed it … the Full Moon!  It’s a slice of heaven and of almost iconic status now here in Dubai. What many don’t know is that Talise also […]

Fit Kids

September 8, 2011


Do your kids spend too much time in front of the TV and not enough getting active?  Well read on for fit chick Tori’s handy guide, as published in Aquarius this month, of the coolest options in town to get your kids fighting fit!    

Sandpit Secrets

August 18, 2011

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Don’t you love it when you stumble across something new, fabulous … and previously unknown?  Of course, this happens wherever you live, whatever you do … but here in Dubai and in Tori-world, they’re referred to as Sandpit Secrets. And last night … I’m happy to have stumbled across a true Sandpit Secret.  It all […]

Downward Dog Dubai

July 4, 2011


As published in Aquarius – July 11     Yoga is often billed as the ultimate antidote to life in the fast lane and in Dubai, where our every fitness and wellness whim seems to be attended to, we are spoilt for choice with the sheer variety of classes on offer. Follow our top tips […]