18.8 C
Byron Shire
January 25, 2021

Healing the planet at Starlight

Latest News

Lismore police pursuit ends in charges

Police say a man has been charged over alleged pursuits and a crash overnight.

Other News

Schoolboys trek 130km for brain cancer research

Three Byron Bay teens have hiked from Cape Byron to Brooms Head, raising over $3,300 for brain cancer research and awareness.

Global pandemic changes attitudes to food

COVID-19 and lockdown have changed attitudes towards food consumption and waste, according to recent research – a finding echoed by local community gardens groups who experienced a spike in participation and awareness during the first months of the pandemic.

Business confidence bouncing back

The state's peak business organisation, Business NSW, says confidence is returning, but lockdowns and border closures are continuing to present challenges.

Call to extend Job Keeper for live music industry

Blues Festival organiser Peter Noble has joined calls for the government to step forward and Save our Stages and support musicians and workers in the live music industry as they struggle to make ends meet.

Be alert for tick fever

Following the confirmation of tick fever in cattle on two properties in the Tweed area, North Coast Local Land Services and NSW Department of Primary Industries are reminding producers to be alert to the risk and practice good farm biosecurity.

In other words

Jason van Tol, Myocum I’m partially sympathetic to Patricia Warren’s letter (Echo 6/1/21). People at the drum circle should follow regulations...


Seriya Cutbush is a Byron yogini, whose exposure to her mother’s yogi and healer lifestyle, has left strong impressions on her being.

Her journey guided her to practising and studying meditation and healing throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Central and North America, deepening her knowledge and understanding, and realising her own intuitive relationship to herself, her community and the divine. She is one of the many featured presenters at the Starlight Festival of Healing at the Bangalow A&I Hall over 5–8 January.

What is a yogini?

A yogini is a female yogi. A yogi is someone who has dedicated themselves to living a yogic lifestyle by practising yoga on all levels, not just the physical.

How did you find yourself on the yoga path?

I grew up in the Byron Shire with my parents practising a lot of meditation, yoga and chanting at home. From when I was born until my teenage years I was travelling a lot to India and also living in different ashrams with my family in different parts of the world. This was my foundation. And then I rebelled against it all as a teenager, only to rediscover it within my own direct experience as a young adult when I was living overseas and fractured my tailbone. That period led me to seriously reflect on how I was living my life and guided me to spend my twenties travelling the world in search for the answers about who I really was. Over time I was led to the Sivananda tradition where I began to study and practise the asanas, philosophy, ritual, chanting and power of breath within that lineage.

From then on I kept opening more and more, studying with different teachers, different traditions and, most importantly, unleashing more of my own practice.

What do you offer to people in your workshops?

I have so many passions. So I just simply share these within my workshops. I share what works for me and if it has helped me along the way then I trust it may also help others. Working with crystals, mantra, sound, yoga, chakras, and meditation are some of the focuses within my retreats. It’s important to me that I offer a space where people can ‘experience for themselves’ rather than feel like someone is ‘teaching’. I love to empower others in using tools to discover more about themselves. If we just listen to what our heart resonates with then that in itself will often crack us open and increase the desire for more!

Who, how often and why should you meditate?

I believe everyone benefits from meditation. However, different personalities resonate with different practices. What I do is offer various techniques which people can then adopt what they like and leave what doesn’t work for them. A daily practice of some kind is ideal. And to find the balance. For example, being disciplined when it gets challenging but not judging yourself if you don’t meditate on another day. Meditation nourishes us when times are running smoothly and supports us in the challenging times.

How can yoga practice and meditation help people in their everyday?

Meditation helps us in so many ways. Our minds as humans are usually incredibly busy. Meditation helps us in quietening the monkey mind and can assist us to take a pause before we go into a reaction in our lives. It helps us in understanding our emotions, our ways of being, our patterns and fears. It gives us an opportunity to look deeper at why we might be feeling or acting in a certain way. For people who live a hectic life it’s an opportunity to find the stillness. Practising yoga supports us in being more in tune with our bodies. When we take the time to listen to what it is communicating to us on the mat then we can begin to understand our own limitations off the mat. When our body is nourished in this way we naturally support ourselves healthily in all other areas of our lives.

What effect do you believe yoga practice has in the big picture?

Yoga, meditation, chanting, sound, indigenous traditions and the yogic philosophy are all guiding forces for me to really learn, open and discover my essence and what I really want, not just for myself but for our global community. At the same time there are numerous paths for this discovery and no-one is better or worse than the other. Quite often, however, they are all journeys into deepening our self-awareness. I strongly believe that the more we understand ourselves the more we can be conscious in our actions in the world, which in turn can help bring peace to the planet in a bigger way.

What will you share at Starlight Festival?

A nourishing Crystal Bowl Sound Healing journey for deep relaxation and balance. A guided chakra meditation journey to discover more about our own energy system and how to keep it in tune. A heart opening yin yoga class to support us in opening to love for self and others.A kirtan chanting session, which is a meditation that activates the devotional parts of ourselves that are ready to just let go, surrender and sing!

For tickets and session times go to starlightfestival.com.au.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. I love the interview. It’s true that everyone can benefit from meditation if they find their own way. I, many of my friends had the same “issue.” Now, after several years it would be impossible to live without meditating even just for few minutes every day! 🙂


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Drowning risk warning for Australia Day weekend

Royal Life Saving is urging the public to take care around water this Australia Day weekend, with their research showing that the risk of drowning doubles on public holidays.

How the study of dolphin airways could help save endangered whales

Paul Bibby A new study exploring the health of dolphin airways has revealed findings that could help save endangered whale species. During an eight-month study at...

Conspiratorial breaths

R Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Thanks to the Collins English Dictionary 4th edition, for insight to the realm of words. Conspire 2, to act together towards...

Wollumbin track closure may be permanent

Paul Bibby The debate over whether it’s appropriate to climb Wollumbin – also known as Mt Warning – could ultimately be decided by concerns over...
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -