Yin yoga – FAQ’s

Kathy Krugermeditation, yinyang, yoga9 Comments

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since I taught my very first Yin yoga class, having just completed my yin training the month before – the experience took me to Cloud 10, which is floating as high as you ‘legally’ can. I’d like to say I haven’t come back down since, but hey, life! Still every time I … Read More

Kathy KrugerYin yoga – FAQ’s

The 12 worst things you can say to yourself

Kathy Krugerchange, fear, guilt10 Comments

So this is my list, but if I were a betting woman I’d guess yours wouldn’t look too different.  Maybe you’d change the order from bad to worst – depending on how frequently you find yourself saying (or rather spitting out) particular put-downs or wallowing in self-pitying refrains. Something is worse if you say it often (move it down your … Read More

Kathy KrugerThe 12 worst things you can say to yourself

Teenager in da house

Kathy Krugerchange, go with the flow, motherhood5 Comments

We have a 13-year-old (eek). The birthday girl doesn’t look any different from the child she’s been, only now she’s a teenager stuck in that awkward adolescent stage that I’d like to think balances childlike innocence with adult maturity, but let’s face it, is a ‘no man’s land’. Or ‘no parent’s land’ at least. (And no-man’s land either until she’s … Read More

Kathy KrugerTeenager in da house

Warm, not cold

Kathy Krugerlove, yoga18 Comments

Sometimes (a lot of the time) in true yin-yang style, I try to understand something through understanding its ‘opposite’. I like to use simple analogies – we understand fast because we know what slow feels like, we know dark because we experience light. And we understand relativities – a racing car driver’s fast is going to be quite different to … Read More

Kathy KrugerWarm, not cold

Divided we fall

Kathy Krugerharmony, love, red thread18 Comments

We arrive of Fiji’s Malalo Island and they serenade us with a welcome song as they greet us with a ‘Welcome Home.” The Home part is significant and heartfelt. It’s more than commercial schmaltz in a developing island nation that relies so heavily on tourism – it feels as genuine as the smiles and the hearty shouts of Bula, Bula … Read More

Kathy KrugerDivided we fall

Creativity – not like pulling teeth

Kathy Krugerfear6 Comments

Creativity should not be like pulling teeth. It should spark. It should fire. Most of all it should flow. It should strike at 2.02am in the morning and bid you jump out of bed and answer its sudden calling. Like a stream of consciousness it should magically create meaning in ideas, words, art, imagination, invention, reYINvention. It should not get … Read More

Kathy KrugerCreativity – not like pulling teeth

Mother Nature’s mercy

Kathy Krugercontentment, go with the flow, gratitude13 Comments

It’s enclosing. Cocooning. Shrouded in mist, the dark landscape seems to envelop everything under a thick, dank blanket. It feels like coming home. The rain lashes and thrashes through the landscape. Sheets slash through trees, torrents tear at leaves. It’s aggressive, violent even. There’s something biblical in this fierce weather – do we need such a heavy reminder of our … Read More

Kathy KrugerMother Nature’s mercy

Dive into the deep end

Kathy Krugerfind your flow, peace5 Comments

Let’s play semantics (yeh, my favourite game) and so be clear that I don’t mean ‘go off the deep end’! That would be losing control of your emotions, getting angry and irrational – going crazy. I NEVER do that!! I don’t even mean ‘jump in at the deep end’ – because the act of jumping implies just that little bit … Read More

Kathy KrugerDive into the deep end

When parenting goes pear shaped

Kathy Krugermotherhood, perspective17 Comments

Where do I start? With Mother’s Day, because I woke up with a hangover for starters, entirely self-inflicted (as they always are) but entirely worth it, since we’d enjoyed a lovely night of celebration with my Mum and family. Head pounding, in my niece’s bed, the kids short-circuited the required sleep-in with obligatory hand-made presents (from Little Yang) and the … Read More

Kathy KrugerWhen parenting goes pear shaped

A Mother’s Day I thought would never happen

Kathy Krugeradoption, contentment, IVF, motherhood24 Comments

It was five years ago when the last leg of the long journey took us across the spectacular Columbia Icefield in Canada, through some of the most beautiful scenery you could imagine. Appropriate that the final road we travelled was winding, because the protracted path to that point could hardly have had more twists and turns, dead ends, detours and … Read More

Kathy KrugerA Mother’s Day I thought would never happen

Zen and the Art of French Braiding

Kathy Krugerbalance, go with the flow, motherhood19 Comments

I’ve always wanted to use an eclectic, if slightly pompous sounding title for a blog post and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a classic best-selling book. I’ve officially become a Dance Mum, or a hairdresser, or probably just a shadow of both, but as we head into dance eisteddfod season this year I seem to have grown … Read More

Kathy KrugerZen and the Art of French Braiding

A recipe for balance

Kathy Krugerbalance, contentment, find your flow28 Comments

Is it just me or is cooking getting more complicated than ever these days? Is nutrition getting even more confusing? Ingredients more exotic? Techniques more bizarre? Healthy eating more nutty? You can now cook in a water bath (is there another kind of bath) which is simply? a method for baking custards, cheesecakes and the like in a pan of … Read More

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