Entries by Katherine Mair

Mindfulness 101.

According to Jon Kabat-Zinn to be ‘mindful’ is to pay “attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn is the father of modern mindfulness). Cultivating mindfulness enables you to be more focussed and fully present. And more and more people in the Business World and the Sphere of…

Yes I Am. Vulnerable.

There are times when it might be seen as a dirty word. A sign of weakness or inability. Yet the ability to show and share our vulnerability paves the way for establishing trust. If we think about the Trust Equation, vulnerability helps us to establish greater Intimacy by virtue of sharing or revealing something people…

Shifting the Needle on Mental Health

Over the past three months we’ve been teaching a weekly yoga classes with a group of teenagers at a High School in Sydney. Students were primarily female participating in 11 weekly yoga classes based on carefully planned M.A.D. yoga sequence that included: Mindset Physical Postures Concentration Exercises Breathing Exercises Relaxation Mindfulness Techniques We surveyed the students at…

Pause. Reflect. Reset. Refocus.

I’ve just come to a critical juncture in a large piece of work I’ve been involved in. Like any complex project, there have been several teams, lots of people and a large number of moving parts involved. We’re now at the end of the first phase of work. In so many ways it has been…

Investing in Community

  Community is the essence of our existence. Think about it. Whether it’s the team we work with all day, the school our children go to, or the block we live on, the connections and relationships we build over time are bigger than ourselves. And that’s community. M.A.D. yoga is passionate about connection and community.…

Letting It Go Or Building It Up?

We all need a damn good vent now and then. Let’s face it, if we don’t get things off our chest we might literally explode. At the wrong time. With the wrong person. Besides, a good old verbal vomit is cathartic and just feels plain good. But how often do you find yourself venting over…

Instant Re-boot

Do you regularly find yourself running from meeting to meeting? Do you feel like you lurch from task to task, request to request, as you toil through yet another manic day? This simple technique can be used anywhere, anytime to re-boot, reset and refocus. It takes just a few seconds. Literally. INHALE – straighten your…

Do It Once and Well

A colleague of mine recently shared a link to a thought-provoking article by Travis Bradberry looking at How Successful People Work Less and Get More Done. Chock full of useful insights, the one that resonated with me most profoundly was the research he referenced about the “dangers of multi-tasking”. Aside from lowering productivity, trying to…

Phone Free Day

What? A day without the phone! Impossible. This absurd idea occurred to me as I caught myself compulsively checking my phone – as though something new had arrived since the last time I’d checked, oh just a few seconds earlier. It took a week before I could even attempt this daring feat and I’m proud…