Caroline Coggins

Playing & discovering

For more than 37 years I have practiced yoga, and yet still I feel I am learning another language. It takes me by surprise, as things that are new often do. This language, this series of poses, is fresh, alive, requiring a different way of entering into the conversation. We can certainly box yoga into a continuation of all of our habits, but the body

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Yoga on the soil

I taught a class at Carriageworks. It was a soil installation by Asad Raza called Absorption. Walking into the space was to find a room full of dirt … 300 tonnes of it!  But the dirt was not just dumped and left as if dirt was just an idea . It was loved nurtured, combed (raked) air stroked through it, fed all sorts of

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Path walking

Something niggles, under the settlement of your everyday eyes. Do you really believe that you are connected to everything around you and that in each moment we are in airwaves of communication?   What arrives in the email box, what song, what sight, calls to you? Do you believe that what stirs your heart, speaks to you, could have meaning? Indeed could be especially

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I have had a teacher

I have learnt about life at this woman’s feet. Today what I know is that it is not what I leant but the transformational impact of that person. My emotions, my grief and loss are separate, in a way only my own. She changed the world around around her by who she was and how she lived. In the small mind when someone is

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Retreating in Bali

  Pilgrimage Narrated by Caroline Coggins Video works by Simon Tonini from the 2019 Annual Bali Retreat   Our little village where we stay has thickened, there are  more rooftops, less rice paddies. Yet arriving in the night, the fragrance is in the air and the quiet penetrates. I feel welcomed. I wait to start, first with the teachers who are training, and then

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Opening our hearts & minds

  Wales, 2019   I was moved to read the story of the American Yogi Maty Ezraty, who died suddenly this week aged 55.   Maty’s life was about yoga, she founded a business that became very successful, but what was interesting to me was her clarity and simple open hearted response to yoga and the life she made around it. She thought about

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The leaves must fall

  It is autumn and the leaves must fall for their tree to flourish next year and for the roots to be nourished. The days shorten and the air grows colder so this renewal can take place. We can find that we want to go back into our shelter, back to what we know, the familiar body, into our own house, to the Australia with a reliable weather pattern.  But it is not going to be so. In the changing seasons, in the unknown, in changing bodies, we are pulled up. A mind set emerges that could have always

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Art & Yoga

It’s interesting isn’t it, what we pay attention to, and what we look for? It sounds like such an innocent question, yet it is a reflection of who we are, and how we have been shaped. I went to a Matisse exhibition when I was in London. What struck me was a comment he made as an older man (with only fourteen years of

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The heart of practice

Yoga, yogasana, what is it that we do and come to love? How do we turn the switch that agrees that we’ll start to work with ourselves? I believe that something happens to us as we start to practice, some light comes on, and that at the core of this is an intention that gets fanned to life. Can you see this when you

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