The Nature of Rest

This year marks 23 years of sharing Restorative Yoga. I have called 2023 'a year of rest' which has included weekly classes, Restorative Yoga teacher training with Neal, retreats and even a billboard with an image Sam resting on it!

The practice continues to be a deep process of learning, insight, discovery, creativity, innovation and co-creation. What a radical and sensible idea that one would gather in community to deeply rest. I have been blessed over the years to have a group of dedicated ‘resters’ as well, dear colleagues and trainees who year after year continue to evolve the practice with me. This conscious rest practice continues to be a deep resource for my own physical, mental, emotional and energetic well being.

Writing about Restorative Yoga seems a natural evolution of sharing and making the practice more accessible. I’m not what I would call a natural writer, however I do have a passion for gathering a few words and capturing the essence of what rest is for me with the support of a wonderful team of collaborators, Todd Eyre with imagery, Suzanne Day with vision and design and Sandy Farquhar my writing mentor and editor.

So in honour of 'the year of rest' and in celebration of this deeply nourishing practice I have co-created a first journal ‘An Invitation To Rest | He Tono Kia Okioki’, somewhere I can seasonally offer my ideas about the nature of rest, and share my joy and love of rest as a life practice.

This page links to as a place to order Volume One | Pukapuka Tahi in digital form. Print copies are available for purchase at the Contemporary Yoga Centre.

It is my hope that the journals and accompanying resources here may inspire, be in service to, and companion your rest.

Aroha Mai, Aroha Atu,