About Kev Ollier

I see yoga as a whole philosophy and not an exercise regime though I’d never go as far to grow a beard that I could sit on, or to grow a beard at all really.Β  I try to live as organically as possible and am a proponent of the relatively new movement of ‘Spiritual Ecology’.
I don’t believe you can be a true environmentalist without a ‘spiritual’ consciousness nor can one be truly be on a path of non-violence and meditation without foremost a consciousness of love for all things alive.
I justify my travels by offsetting as much as possible and then some.
Apart from family, friends and yoga teachers, the main people who have influenced and still do influence my life are Ram Dass for his spiritual journey and wonderful anecdotes, Bill Bryson for being the funniest writer alive, Jim Morrison for showing me the workings of psychonautics, Robert Anton Wilson for his very cosmic view of life and a German Buddhist nun called Ayya Khema for showing me that I’m simply nobody going, nowhere and more recently Satish Kumar (google him and definitely buy his books) πŸ™‚
I prefer to spend my short life experiencing the only planet I’ll ever visit, at least in this body, rather than existing to have nice, shiny and ultimately pointless things.Β  I thoroughly enjoy walking down the streets parallel to the tourists’ streets and with a ‘spiritual’ and organic outlook. I adore the mountains and the wild spaces. I relish letting go and de-cluttering. I embrace impermanence and how very momentary life truly is.Β  I am not a neo-phobe. So much to see and so little time. Two children and a grandson have kept me sane so far.

60 thoughts on “About Kev Ollier

  1. You have some awesome stories to tell!

    I just bought Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in The Wood” yesterday, and am SO looking forward to reading it. My husband and I are seriously considering thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, so I figure it’s good starting reading material. πŸ˜‰ Is it one you’ve read?

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    1. Thanks Brittany. Yes I have read it and there are some book putting down whilst I throw my head back and laugh moments though I think it’s definitely a book more for walkers than the general population and a must read if you’re thinking of doing it, especially the avoiding bears advice. When are you thinking of doing it?

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      1. I’m not sure of an exact date, but we’re thinking of going sometime next spring if we can get prepared in time. We haven’t decided yet which month we’d like to leave. It all depends on whether we start the trail in Georgia and go north, or go south from Maine.

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  2. Thank you kindly for visiting, and following my blog. Perhaps I can learn a thing or two about Yoga. I could use it in my life that is for sure.
    Regards,
    Eva

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  3. Thank you. I have to look into a studio that teaches Ashtanga. I need it for my mental health πŸ™‚ I am most certain as a Yogi you probably have a lot of self control of food choices. Or no? lol πŸ™‚

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    1. Yoga has definitely changed not only my food choices but also my lifestyle choices as a whole in such a way that I don’t think would ever of happened had I not taken it up. For me, yoga is the red pill ! πŸ™‚

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      1. I need that for sure. I believe that Yoga is the missing link for me in my life. Actually, my Dr who practices Holistic medicine as well as conventional medicine, advised me for years to do Yoga. I only tried Bikram and wanted to run for the hills. The room was ridiculously hot, I wanted to pass out after 90 minutes. I never went back. Perhaps I should have started a less intense form πŸ™‚

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      2. I haven’t tried Bikram but wouldn’t like it as Ashtanga is as hot as I can stand. Even my teacher said Bikram is intense. Maybe try and find an Ashtanga for beginners class or Vinyasa flow for beginners (which are pretty much the same thing more or less) as that would be a good entry point in. Or even a dynamic Hatha class but ideally one that uses breath control ( a gen Ashtanga class would incorporate this) as the breath control is as important, if not more so, than the postures. You will no doubt fall into it quite easily as your diet is already sorted. Do keep me posted if you decide to as I’d love to know how you go on (another blog?) πŸ™‚

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  4. Thanks very much for the info on all the Yoga styles. I guess I went to the extreme end of things as I usually do, go figure lol Yes, it doesn’t get hotter than Bikram maybe except in India, but I heard they practise early in the morning so it isn’t so hot. I will keep you posted on my Yoga journey, thanks again πŸ™‚

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  5. Thank you for visiting my blog, Oh My India…wow, someday I will go too. That and Ireland, Ireland calls to me. Are you through with your TT yet? I am currently going through another, cant get enough. And I love Ram Dass too.
    Namaste Kev!

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  6. yes, Ram Dass has been a rock through all those strange times!
    TT is still on and when I qualify, I’ll probably keep going too – just for the heaven of it!
    Namaste Cheryl πŸ™‚

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  7. Kev is a very nice and active person. One can see him always with a pleasant face and can get motivated while speaking to him. He is a very determinant man and tries to make other happy too! I admire him a lot!

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  8. Thanks for the follow. I hope you will find something that interest you in my blog. Comments & thoughts always welcomed. Take Care.

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  9. love your ideas above especially this: “I thoroughly enjoy walking down the streets parallel to the tourists’ streets” and I thank you for following my blog and bringing me here where I look forward to exploring further. You might also enjoy my India Journal Blog with stories and photos of some of my many yearly sojourns in India: http://janesindiajournals.wordpress.com
    much love light and JOY
    Jane

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  10. Goodness we have a lot in common, including Bill Bryson! Adyashanti is our fav teacher.
    Nobody going nowhere indeed. Have had direct recognition of this, more than once, but it is not fully embodied yet. And so the journey continues.
    We also enjoy the streets parallel to the tourist streets – in fact seek them out, always.
    Nice to meet you
    Alison

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  11. Hi, Kev! It is nice to meet! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for following me. I look forward to getting to reading yours, as well!

    -Mari

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  12. Hey Kev, Thanks a lot for stopping by and following my blog. It is wonderful to be around yours and loved your India episodes πŸ˜€ Would love to read more from you.. Cheers!!

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  13. You have a lot of wonderful stories on here. Thanks for sharing them. I`ve been thinking about taking joga lessons, but by reading some of your feel now like I want to start today! So enjoyable are your stories. Thank you very much for visting my blog and certainly also for the follow.

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  14. I have only read your presentation so far – and I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for the follow – I hope you will not be disappointed…there is not much yoga in my blog… even though I sometimes use it to relax. i will be back to read more!

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  15. Ah-a πŸ™‚ this explains your comment. I feel so at home here. Thank you for visiting my place, it’s a pleasure to be here and I think your take on life is just great. There will never be a rational reason man’s quest for material possessions,(I’m slowly learning to desensitize myself from this one) and I agree, a rather young grandpa you are πŸ™‚

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  16. Great to meet you Kev! I especially enjoyed reading about your adventurous bus trip in India…sounds like some of the drivers I have experienced during my travels. Recently on a trip to Morocco, our jeep driver drove up a mountainous, narrow road during a heavy rainstorm with his windshield wipers not working! We prayed all the way…makes for interesting stories to tell back home! Thanks for visiting and following my blog…love your travel stories!

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  17. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I love Indian culture, from what little I know about it. Have never been there and it’s likely that I’ll never make it over there, so I appreciate reading about your journey.
    Debra

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