Radiance New Year Issue ...

The essence of our New Year and Summer Yoga Cleanse & Pamper Retreats is still resounding within me. What a powerful way to begin the year with so much yoga, walking, meditation, healthy eating, relaxation and pampering - everyone was glowing!

Sangsurya is such an idyllic setting for a retreat set in beautiful natural surrounds with ocean views and the gorgeous beaches within walking distance. Our 2011 NYE Yoga Cleanse & Pamper Retreat is on Dec 27th - Jan 2nd 2012 and our Summer Yoga Cleanse & Pamper Retreat January 5th - 11th 2011. Something special to look forward to...

Sangsurya Retreat Pool with ocean views...

Upcoming Retreats...


Our next Radiance Yoga Cleanse & Pamper Retreat is coming up on Fri 11th - Tue 15th February staying at the boutique Gaia Retreat & Spa in Byron's beautiful hinterland. This all-inclusive retreat is perfect for deepening your yoga practice in stunning surrounds. The retreat includes deluxe accommodation, a 1-hour massage, all healthy gourmet vegetarian meals, cleansing juices, twice daily yoga, pre lunch core strength classes, guided meditations and evening yoga nidra.

April: This retreat is also on in April from Friday 15th - Tuesday 19th

Let me know any questions you have. We'd love to welcome you...

March & November: We also have Radiance Yoga Cleanse & Pamper Retreats at the lovely Sangsurya Retreat in

March and November. These all inclusive retreats include beautiful beach walks and swims, dedicated twie daily yoga, massage, chanting, the core strength classes and evening yoga nidra. Click here for more details.


April & May: Our Bali retreats offer pure indulgence and renewal. The location and people are beautiful. The 5 star spa journeys pure bliss. The scenic walks and cultural insights enriching and the food delicious...

The Honeymoon Pool on our Bali Yoga Spa Wellness Retreat

This year's Bali Yoga Spa Wellness Retreats are on April 30th - May 6th and May 14th - 20th staying 6 nights at the lovely Honeymoon Guesthouse in Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. As well as dedicated yoga, meditation and deluxe spa journeys, we explore Bali's unique culture and stunning environment. There are some very affordable flights to Bali on offer with Jetstar, Virgin Pacific, Garuda and Air Asia. If you have any questions please email me.


September: This years France Yoga & Pyrenees Hiking Retreat is on Sep 24th - Oct 1st staying in the gorgeous 17th centaury Chateau Robert.

Chateau Robert, France Yoga & Pyrenees Hiking Retreat

On this exclusive retreat we explore the ancient Pyrenees mountains, visit nearby historical towns & famous coastal cities, we immerse ourselves in the French culture through market tours, food and wine tastings, hiking, art and amazing sights. Click here to read more...

September & October: Our Spanish Yoga & Asturias Hiking Retreats are Sat 3rd - 10th September and Sat 8th - 15th October staying 7 nights / 8 days at the lovely Hotel Fuentes De Lucia in the lush Quiros Valley. The mountains are simply breathtaking and right outside our front door!

Walking in Quiros Valley on our Spain Yoga & Hiking Retreats

If you've ever wanted to explore this region, and would love to do so combining inspiring daily yoga, wonderful food, great company, fun and adventure, then please come and join us. Let me know if you have any questions or click here to find out more.

Yoga for Healthy Digestion...

Maintaining a regular yoga practice relaxes and balances the systems of the whole body and in particular the digestive system. Our digestive system can easily become sluggish due to stress or 'holding on' physically or emotionally. One of the best ways to get the digestive system functioning well is to boost your exercise with lots of walking and yoga; in particular the practice of inverted and twisting postures.

Yoga's twisting postures massage deep into the digestive organs to stimulate cleansing and elimination. They also release tension in the back and stomach muscles. There are many different types of twisting postures to explore for all levels so get twisting and be healthy...

For the love of Chanting...

The Bhajans on our retreats are always a highlight for those who love chanting. It's easy to relax into the singing of the beautiful Sanskrit songs after a full day of yoga and relaxation. The vibration of the songs and Sanskrit mantra's is powerful and heart opening. If you love chanting and would like to do more ask your yoga school or check out these upcoming events:

Kevin & Mel, who often lead the Bhajans on our retreats in Byron Bay, are touring Australia (and the world) this year. In February and March they'll be at various yoga centres throughout Sydney & Melbourne. Check out their calendar of dates: www.kevinjamesheartsongs.com

The sublime Deva Premal & Miten are in Brisbane in February and Melbourne in March. Check out their touring dates and wonderful CD's at: www.devapremalmiten.com

Some of my favourite chanting singers are Snatam Kaur (www.snatamkaur.com). Her 'Live in Concert' CD is one I play in my classes sometimes. For other chanting CD's Deva Premal & Miten's collection is beautiful also Bhajans and Kirtan by Jai Uttal (www.jaiuttal.com), Krishna Das (www.krishnadas.com) and Dave Stringers CDs Mala and Japa (www. davestringer.com).

The beauty of AUM or OM...

Speaking of chanting AUM or OM is the mantra that we ussually chant to begin our yoga practice. Chanting the AUM is a powerful way to begin a yoga or meditation practice as it quiets the mind and takes us inwards where we connect with our heart and honour entering into the sacred space of our yoga practice.

The sound of all mantra's is contained in the AUM. Sounded all the way back from the back of the throat through to the lips, it encompasses the entire spectrum of frequencies of being - the physical (Ah), the subtle (oo), and the spiritual (mm) realms. When we AUM together all the different voices merge together into one beautiful AUM...

New Year Inspiration:

"As a bee seeks nectar from all kinds of flowers, seek teachings everywhere.

Like a deer that finds a quiet place to graze, seek seclusion to digest all that you have gathered.

Like a mad one beyond all limits, go where you please and live like a lion completely free of all fear."

Dzogchen Tantra

If there's a yoga focus or idea you'd like me to cover in the next issue please let me know.

Happy yoga-ing and I hope to welcome you on retreat soon..


"Radiance comes from within, manifesting as shining skin, hair and eyes.
Radiance Retreats are a complete renewal"