Another Day, Another Dog Pose

Another Day, Another Dog Pose

When I wake up in the morning and look out at our rural views, I automatically think, ‘Another perfect day in paradise.’ But it’s not ‘another’ day. It’s today. It’s now, and the truth is that there’s much that’s...
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

(via Pinterest)  Having just completed teaching one workshop, I’m now mentally preparing for teaching in the Yoga Therapy Intensive in Byron Bay. However, I’m following my own advice to the driven, stressed-out people who take up yoga to relax: chill a...

Swings and Roundabouts

I’ve been on a gentle roller coaster ride. Early in the morning, I cleaned the Yoga Shed and it sparkled with sunny energy. Then, I did my yoga practice in the shimmering space. I don’t know why it happened; I just got caught in the ruminating jaws of my...
Yoga Practice, Not a Performance

Yoga Practice, Not a Performance

The sun was shining this morning, the temperature balmy, and not a skerrick of a breeze – a respite from the hard rain we’ve had over the last few days. In the Yoga Shed, I felt inspired to do surya namaskar and included all the standing poses I could...
Ganesha’s Blessings

Ganesha’s Blessings

New Year’s Day 2012 Here is Ganesha, still sporting the beanie he wore at Christmas. His post is at the entrance to the Yoga Shed and signals a friendly welcome to all students. As the harbinger of new beginnings, I can imagine that Ganesha also welcomes us into...
Fusion

Fusion

Lots of people ask me what the best thing is about having moved to the country. Maybe they are trying to build a case for doing the same? Every time I get this question, I make it up. I don’t have a pat answer. I also don’t remember what I said the last...

Big, Not Better

Yesterday I was shopping in our nearest town, Taree,  and was shocked to see so many obese people around, mainly women. In one store there was a party of three overweight shoppers accompanied by a child who was already seriously chubby. I don’t remember seeing...
Six-six

Six-six

Who would have thought? I am 66 yrs. old today. Twenty-three years older than my father when he passed away, and thirteen years older than my mother when she passed on. It may be that their relatively young demises led me to seek out the youth-ifying benefits of yoga....
So Useful

So Useful

Are we meant to think of yoga as utilitarian? Probably not, if you think of Classical Yoga, Patanjali’s yoga. He seems to recommend that we give ourselves to yoga to uncover our true selves. That’s very different than me stumbling out to the Yoga Shed and...
Spring Clean

Spring Clean

With only two weeks to go before the end of spring, there’s still time to do your spring cleaning, that is, if you’re so inclined. I was raised by a very squeaky-clean type of mother. My sister and I did a lot of the grunt work – basically taking our...
The Growing Season

The Growing Season

Ever since returning from the U.S. last week, I’ve been happily ensconced in the Yoga Shed each morning around 6:30. My body is remembering the grooves it used to slip into with ease before holidays and even before major surgery through up barriers to progress....
Family

Family

First I should mention yoga mainly because I haven’t been doing that, and, after all, this is meant to be a yoga-type blog. The last two mornings I’ve done a little yoga practice but not enough to have broomed every nook and cranny of my body where dust...
Tempus Fugit

Tempus Fugit

Daniel and I have been country residents now for about nine weeks now. That means that I’ve probably logged in about 60 6 am yoga practices in the Shed. I’ve hardly missed a morning…me who used to love to do my yoga practice in the afternoons to put...
Ganesha: God of Endings & Beginnings

Ganesha: God of Endings & Beginnings

  New Year’s Eve 2009 Ganesha, being the cool dude type of god he is, is sporting a Christmas beanie, at the same time as welcoming us into the Yoga Shed from his guardian position at the entrance. Revered for being the god of all beginnings and endings, Ganesha...