On the Cusp of the Path of Love Course

 

Sitting at the airport in Los Angeles, my two and a half weeks in the USA is about to come to an end. It’s been intense. I’ve been to the Sonoran desert of Arizona, attended a heartfelt family wedding on Ohio’s Lake Erie, stayed in the Golden Gate Park neighbourhood of San Francisco, enjoyed Napa/Sonoma’s wine country, bathed in the mineral springs of Harbin, and spent a night in the severely bushfire-ravaged region of Lake County.

When I began this trip, I was feeling sorely in need of a change, a shake-up of a low winter mood. How to describe it? The predominant emotion I was experiencing, if indeed it is an emotion, was loneliness — a mood that occupied me for no logical reason, although I did try diligently to invent a cause.

Im happy to say, that this holiday has produced a felicitious result. I spent time with a myriad of friends and family who have been amply generous in providing accommodation, nourishment, nurture and many other gifts.

My journey is not quite over yet. From Monday, I will be on retreat for a week in the Hunter Valley. I will have time shared with the other 30 or so participants and time on my own. 

I found this delicious quote from a poem by English poet David Whyte, words that sum up where I am in this moment… the crazy nowhereness of airport transitions, as well as anticipation of the impending retreat.

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation. The kettle is singing even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots have left their arrogant aloofness and seen the good in you at last. All the birds and creatures of the world are unutterably themselves. Everything is waiting for you. — from the book Everything is waiting for you

I’m Back! My First Sydney Yoga Workshop in 6 Years

Lifelong-Companion-Flyer_A5_DIGITAL It’s been a long time, nearly six years; but I’m thrilled to let you know that I will be teaching a yoga workshop in the greater Sydney area on Sunday September 20th. The topic of my day-long workshop is the power of yoga — particularly relating to the practices that support us through all of […]
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No Yoga Mat, Will Travel

restorative-yoga-props I don’t have to tell you it’s winter in Australia. On the east coast we’ve experienced mild weather, then bitter cold, and even snowfall where there isn’t meant to be any.  No matter what the winter weather is like, Australians have a habit of fleeing our island continent for tropical paradises as the chilly temperatures bite. In a […]
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Enliven Your Yoga: Practice Mindful Asanas

Garudasana    What are we doing when we practice mindful yoga asanas? The sun was shining this morning, the temperature chilly, but thankfully there was not a hint of a breeze. It was a happy respite from the heavy winds we’ve had over the last few days. I felt inspired to do a dynamic practice of […]
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How to Choose the Yoga Poses You Practice

magmyogamagnets400 Do you feel overwhelmed about how you choose what poses to practice? That’s not the least bit surprising. Organising a yoga practice and sequencing poses are not skills that we learn simply by attending classes. Even yoga teacher training courses don’t necessarily cover this topic in depth. When one learns the basics of putting together a yoga practice, […]
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Forty Plus Years of Personal Yoga Practice

FB   Fitting in Personal Yoga Practice I had a stimulating conversation with my friend and student, Alexa Nehter last week. We discussed an age-old problem: how do yoga students and teachers fit in a regular yoga practice?  We are all so busy! I’m semi-retired, and even though I don’t have a job to go to each morning, I’m too busy, too. Sadly, busy is a […]
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Yoga Teachers Don’t Get Sick….

namastay   … except when they do. Lurgy Time* I’ve been suffering from a nasty cold/cough for three weeks now. Finally and at last, I’m on antibiotics, and I’m quietly hopeful. I’ve been up and down. I thought I was getting better and then crash-kaboom! That has been discouraging. The worst thing about this period of time is […]
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Professional Development for Yogis

Audio Book Recording - 2008 Professional Development for Yoga Teachers Last week I submitted details and documents to Yoga Australia (association) that support the professional development I’ve completed in the period July 1, 2014 till now. This is the method whereby I maintain my status as a senior yoga teacher in this organisation. You can’t get away from P.D. No matter what […]
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The Art of Yoga Practice: Guidelines and Props

poses Tools for Yoga Practice Four years ago, Gretta Kool and I hatched the idea of producing an aid for yoga practitioners/teachers. We researched what was available in the way of tools to help practitioners do their yoga practice at home. It seemed that we could fill a missing link by supplying simple yoga sequences for […]
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