Yoga Blog

I’m hiring

A casual part-time administration assistant position is now available with Upward Dog.  I am currently seeking someone to stay across the nitty gritty of orders on digital systems, and reply to customer enquiries on email, phone and social media.  There is a possibility of taking on more tasks in time.  Experience with bookkeeping in Xero, social and email marketing, or maintaining an eCommerce website are an advantage. If you have the space to receive and store a small amount of stock...

bye. bye. bye, 2020.

Firstly - 20% off your order today with the code bye2020. Secondly - a yearly reflection. Reflecting on such a year is overwhelming - at once there is so much to say, and the exhaustion means I don't know where to start. I send compassion and love to all of those suffering, from COVID, from racial injustice, from environmental catastrophe, from violence. 2020 has made our connections as a species on this planet inescapable. We transmit viruses to each other, we spread...

Support across space

Online yoga has clearly exploded during the working from home life that many of us are now in.  There are lots of good aspects to this.  If it is a paid service, it may help teachers and studios create a little income.  If it is free it can be a (relative) democratiser of yoga (although, it still takes a device and internet access, which not everyone has). Another great thing about online yoga learning is that you can find someone...

A good haul or a garbage patch?

I am about to embark on refining the model of Upward Dog, as a part of a business course that I am doing.  One aspect of this is to decide whether to stock apparel again.  If I do I stock clothes, I want them to be the most eco and ethical threads possible.  Recycled polyester activewear has become a prominent category in the yoga world, and is promoted as the eco yoga option. I have been wondering if recycled polyester...

Escape Within

I am finding it hard to move feelings of frustration and grumpiness today.  Many of the ways that I self-soothe involve being alone, and when I have both kids, a working partner and an anxious dog at home - plus business course work and work-work to do, I find it hard to find my centre.  When my eldest kid was 2 I escaped  - it wasn't ideal, but it was after a very hard period.  It did the trick...

My Purpose

I am here to follow my curiosity and flex my creativity. I am here to share the beauty and healing found in embodiment. I am here to heal myself and my ancestry. I am here to decolonise yoga. I am here to dance with postcolonial critique, feminist power, the planetary cry for justice, and the personal desire for bliss, calm and love.   I am here to weave these into one art project. I am here to write about the bodily realm. I am here to...

Holding myself

Lockdown in Melbourne resumes tonight.  One week of school holidays extended.  Possible resumption of remote learning after that. I am currently doing a course for the business well as parenting, housework, managing this business and looking after the family and myself.  So, yes, this is a lot.  Many people are enduring much harder circumstances.  I have also had harder times and gotten through them - extreme chronic pain and horrible symptoms, for years. So, as a part of writing about my...

I have questions

Many of them.  About the world and the self, the planet and the interior, moving and stillness, form and function.  Expect to hear more:) In the meantime, I am putting the business through an accelerator program and to that end, here is a short survey.  Takes 2 minutes to complete and is easy-peasy.  Responses would be greatly appreciated and will help me serve you better.  I want to know what you want in your yoga gear and how you buy...

Australia Post, ‘disruption’ and interdependence

Hello, humans in lockdown.  I am heartened by the renewed interest in yoga home practice, and grateful for the orders for home yoga gear that we have received. While the demand side of the yoga business has been strong, the supply and logistics flows are kinked with bottlenecks.  We mostly use Australia Post to send our parcels.  They have had a "decade's worth of disruption" in the last month, with "the number of parcels up 80 percent in the last...

Settling inner restlessness

Hi all, It has been quite a while since I got bloggy. I am thinking of everyone, as our interconnection is magnified at the moment. There has been a huge surge of interest in yoga gear as people are at home, wanting to look after their bodies, minds and souls. And perhaps their kids', also. Thank you for the interest; how heartening. However, I suggest getting in orders if you are after something, as stock is seriously depleting for us, and our suppliers....