Five Minute Poses: Supta Baddha Konasana

Five Minute Poses: Supta Baddha Konasana

Supta Baddha Konasana: An All-Rounder Years ago I did a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat. The only yoga pose I did during the course was Supta Baddha Konasana. It helped balance many hours spent in sitting and walking meditation. When my meditation energy was...
That Wise Old Guy: Leonard Cohen

That Wise Old Guy: Leonard Cohen

This past week two sad things happened. To spare you any further U.S. election angst, I’ll refer to only one of them. The incomparable and inimitable Leonard Cohen passed away. The media has heaped so much praise on this legend of music that I don’t...
Eve’s Yoga Workshop in Port Stephens

Eve’s Yoga Workshop in Port Stephens

  May you walk in beauty — Navaho prayer and blessing   In January of this year I taught a five-day immersion course for yogis with the theme of Beauty–living life beautifully. It occurred to me that the quality of beauty is a worthy one to...
Temperatures Rising? Try Cool Yoga

Temperatures Rising? Try Cool Yoga

Regarding your yoga practice, when temperatures start rising, do you go to ground? I’ve learned that you don’t necessarily need to skip your yoga practice. In Aussieland, we are experiencing a summer where the atmosphere is heavy with...
Yoga Therapeutics: The Lazy Dog Trick

Yoga Therapeutics: The Lazy Dog Trick

Here’s a way to get the that delicious back stretch of Adho Mukha Svanasana without having to bear your own weight. Your back muscles will release simply because they are supported in letting go. You can do this pose over the back of a soft, stuffed chair or by...

Musings from the Blogosphere

Source: ciaomom.com via MiMi on Pinterest   I have an author/illustrator friend who is about to launch himself into the blogosphere. When that event happens, his blog is one that you will definitely want to visit, and I’m anticipating sharing his address...

Modern Communing

If you’ve ever poked around on the “Yoga Suits Her” site, you’ve seen that I live in what I call a small community. We are three couples, all in our sixties, living under the same roof. Our situation is unusual. Mostly people are polite enough...
Yoga and Garlic

Yoga and Garlic

I’m a tribal person. I like hanging out with people, and I love doing activities with them. Stella, our neighbour who grows biodynamic garlic, dislocated and broke her wrist last week, just before the crucial planting time. She and her husband put out a call for...
Envisioning Your Life: How Yoga Helps

Envisioning Your Life: How Yoga Helps

  In our small community of six, we have a January custom of sharing our vision for the coming year which we did this evening. When I was growing up, life seemed to get fired at me point blank, and it just had to be dealt with on the spot. I lived in a dramatic...
Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

Anyone who regularly reads “Yoga Suits Her” will know that I speak glowingly about my life in the beautiful surroundings of Mitchells Island.You can also read the story of the small, intentional community we’ve set up here.) Usually I’m a...
Tall Poppies

Tall Poppies

 I will never be a tall anything. One hundred sixty centimetres short, I’m not going to beat around the bush: in a forest of generations of increasingly tall people, I am a shrub. I actually used to think that I would be able to increase my height through yoga....
So Many Things to Worry About

So Many Things to Worry About

Some of my friends don’t read newspapers or watch the news because it’s all bad. I wouldn’t go as far as avoidance but I do filter what I read. Hey, I used to hang out with  journalists, so I know what a beat-up is. Gym memberships are likely to...
You Never Know

You Never Know

Six years ago I and my communal accomplices began planning our retirement. At that time we had no idea exactly what it would look like, but we started talking it over, bouncing ideas, and found enough of a common vision to take some concrete steps….Steps that...

Discomfort

Any teacher worth their salt – it doesn’t matter if the subject matter is yoga or biology – will be learning from their students as well as teaching them. That’s how teaching becomes an art, and it’s what makes teaching a great...
What’s so Spiritual about Christmas?

What’s so Spiritual about Christmas?

Loosely speaking, I do celebrate Christmas. But, to be honest with you, I don’t believe in Christ. Notwithstanding, the birth of Christ is a great story – just the very idea that a child could be born unto a virgin, for one thing. And then the image of...
De-cluttering

De-cluttering

Believe it or not, I do try to weave in a yoga theme in each of my posts. Sometimes this is such a weak or oblique attempt that I seem to never get around to even mentioning the Y word. You might well wonder what de-cluttering and yoga have to do with each other. I...

Smarty-pants

Recently I’ve been in the throes of a new writing project. I was swept along in the early days by enthusiasm and euphoria. But today I noticed that I have a mountain of work ahead of me, and I started to procrastinate and figuratively shuffle papers. A decade...
Teach Yourself Yoga

Teach Yourself Yoga

In 1997 Simon and Schuster published a book I wrote called, “Teach Yourself Yoga”. It took me 5 months to write it, in between teaching classes. I was really chuffed that I could pull this off, being a first time book writer and all. I remember getting a...

Incineration

Last night I went to a celebration. A friend had just successfully completed a property settlement on the house she and her daughter live in, all part of the process of her husband becoming her “ex”. She was staging a bonfire-lighting and had recommended...
Where Does the Time Go?

Where Does the Time Go?

I fear at times the answer to the sped-up-time question is “from not paying attention”, and after nearly 40 years of practising yoga, I certainly hope I can do better than that. I bought a book for my husband a few years ago called, Why Does Time Speed Up...
Biorhythms

Biorhythms

On a list of things that are good for recovery from jet lag, I reckon digging in your garden rates pretty high. What doesn’t work well, I believe, is looking at a screen for hours on end, be it iPhone, iPad or Mac. Also leave out any inordinate amount of...

Lake Shasta

Our current port of call is our friends’ houseboat on this man-made lake in Northern California. There’s hardly anyone about because this is the end of the season with cooler temperatures – maybe 10 degrees o’nite. But daytime in the...
Not Perfect

Not Perfect

It’s been almost 7 months since I had bi-lateral hip replacements and I thought it was time to have a look at how my yoga poses were coming along. Through the eye of a camera. Daniel was kind enough to take some photos of me posing 😉 Now, you probably know that...

Heading Home

Great news today about a friend’s results from a PSA test – all good. Looking forward to being home soon after a 1.25 hr. hold up on the Pacific Hwy. because of a road accident. Getting into regular yoga practice tomorrow morning is going to another great...

Hesitancy

I noticed I was avoiding writing this post as it makes very real that I am beginning the surgery process. I’ll check in to the hospital in just an hour for pre-admission, with my bilateral hip surgery scheduled for tomorrow  morning. My intention is to keep you...
Slow Yoga

Slow Yoga

This afternoon things really hotted up at Scotts Road, Mitchells Island. 35 degrees, brains coddling and bodies steaming. A visit to the local beach is a often a reliably good solution, but we’d already done that earlier in the day. A siesta is, of course,...
Back to New Year’s Resolves

Back to New Year’s Resolves

Maybe it was a little arrogant of me to be in advising mode on Day One of 2010 when in fact I hadn’t volunteered what I was up for this year. Certainly Day Three of the New Year can’t be too late. So, here goes: I am going to be a nicer person. There! And...
Feet

Feet

I’m finding my feet here with this brand-new blog, and I’m more than a little worried that my bare feet are going to leave big muddy tracks all over a clean white page. But, hey, isn’t that the definition of An Author. Which I am, BTW. But more about...