What it takes to be a great teacher

Kathy Krugergratitude, yoga16 Comments

She hugs you like a long-lost best friend. And then hugs the next long-lost best friend just as warmly. Yet you still feel special. She smiles on high-beam. Her laugh is contagious and her loud American accent isn’t even annoying – it’s joy on loudspeaker, with a twang. She strums a ukulele and serenades you in Sanskrit – you’re smiling … Read More

Kathy KrugerWhat it takes to be a great teacher

Do kids get too much homework?

Kathy Krugermotherhood, perspective, work-life balance8 Comments

This is a yin-yang question in the sense that I don’t think there’s any black or white answer. I’m sorry all you teachers out there – you’ll have to give me half-marks, or accept the grey. No red ink right! I’m perturbed, or in non-school-approved vernacular, pissed-off. You see right now I’m experiencing the pains (and I’m talking me personally) … Read More

Kathy KrugerDo kids get too much homework?

Just cruising

Kathy Krugercontentment, gratitude, love24 Comments

Have you ever been on a cruise? I’ve just taken my very first cruise (a mini-one). It was almost over before it began, but not before I got to feel like life is all about cruising, not rushing – just being (not to mention laughing). Did I mention drinking (just a little bit of wine)? When you cruise you’re going … Read More

Kathy KrugerJust cruising

Do the twist

Kathy Krugerbalance, perspective, yoga12 Comments

How often do you twist? Not as in the twist yourself in knots of worry (too often), or the get-down-low-and-shake-those-hips Chubby Checker style twist (although come to think of it I should do that particular dance move more often – it’s great exercise). I mean twist as in these yoga poses demonstrated below. Twisting is great for you – and … Read More

Kathy KrugerDo the twist

Living simply when you still love things

Kathy Krugercontentment, gratitude, yoga8 Comments

When you take the yoga path, it should be one of simplicity, spirituality, and humanity, right? Well, mostly right. I do favor serenity and nature over shiny things. I prefer to donate rather than spend lavishly. I seek to connect rather than compare, to experience rather than accumulate, to enjoy instead of consume, to love people not possessions. Spiritual trumps … Read More

Kathy KrugerLiving simply when you still love things

I see red (the first chakra)

Kathy Krugerbalance, perspective, yoga17 Comments

No I’m not angry and I’m not even obsessing about a run of stop lights (don’t get me started). I’m talking about visualising the colour red and focusing on the first (or root) chakra, with its emphasis on grounding us in security and stability in our lives so that we might grow. Last year I had a lot of interest … Read More

Kathy KrugerI see red (the first chakra)

What would you do with a windfall?

Kathy Krugergratitude, happiness, perspective27 Comments

So I’ve had an unexpected windfall. Well it’s not exactly a windfall and it’s not like I won anything, but it feels unexpected and sort of lucky. And because of that, I’m keen to give this (ok smallish) sum to charity. You see a few months back, out of the blue, I received a fine from the ATO (that would … Read More

Kathy KrugerWhat would you do with a windfall?

When did life become business?

Kathy Krugerhappiness, perspective, work-life balance30 Comments

There’s a saying ‘it’s just business’ – which is just a lame excuse to justify less than nice ways of behaving towards people – a way of saying ‘it’s ok to treat you badly because it’s just business, it’s not personal’. This saying really bothers me, because really, everything is personal and it’s not nice to not be nice. We … Read More

Kathy KrugerWhen did life become business?

I blame my Dad

Kathy Krugergratitude, love, perspective19 Comments

My Dad is the nicest man I know (I say that being married to another man who is pretty nice). He’s easy-going, non-judgemental for the most part (although a little opinionated when it comes to politics). I grew up with his protection, warm love and unconditional acceptance, his time, attention and faith in me. But I blame my Dad. Ok … Read More

Kathy KrugerI blame my Dad

Shoo black dog, Ocsober

Kathy Krugerbalance, change, perspective20 Comments

Depression is a sign of weakness, selfishness, ungratefulness? YEP – pretty much how I thought. I’d been depressed before – but back then it was OK. Justified. Totally justified. Normal even. That was on our long infertility journey – in the midst of IVF failures – I mean who wouldn’t be depressed? Still it’s amazing how long it took me … Read More

Kathy KrugerShoo black dog, Ocsober

How to feel better about the jobs you hate

Kathy Krugerbalance, contentment, perspective23 Comments

Washing. Ironing. Cleaning. Bill paying. Chauffeuring. Office admin. Picking the lint off your favourite jacket, because someone other than you did that load of washing (well actually I don’t mind that one, in an inane, turn-off-my-brain-while-I-watch-TV kinda way). Jobs you love to hate (there’s a hint right there). If you can’t get out of them, what can you do? Drumroll … Read More

Kathy KrugerHow to feel better about the jobs you hate

Does a yogi bear sh#t in the woods?

Kathy Krugerlove, perspective, yoga20 Comments

Well NO, and here’s why. You might think it goes with the yoga territory to be all calm and content, patient and peaceful, enlightened even. Zen perhaps, although that’s the preserve of the lovely Lisa and her random acts (and cards) of karma and kindness. But as one of my teachers says, and I may have mentioned before, it’s yoga … Read More

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