I've been teaching yoga since 1980. A lot of my identity is tied up with being a yoga teacher. What does that mean? What should that mean? On this site I explore my personal journey and provide commentary on the state of yoga in the twenty-first century. I invite you to have a look and see what may be here for you.
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A Yoga Workshop for All Ages
Libbie and I met through yoga almost forty years ago. We were in the ingenue stage of yoga. You know...stars in our eyes about the many benefits of the path we were on. At that time, in the early part of our journey, we were in Pune, India, at the BKS Ramamani Yoga Institute. We would have not then, in our wildest imagination, pictured us as old women, teaching a workshop entitled 'Ascending the Mountain: Two Elders Sharing Their View'.
I firmly held to the notion that yoga would grant me longevity (which it has, in good measure). But I thought yoga would also offer enduring youthfulness. I believed that the peak powers of a twenty or thirty year-old me would last. Naivety or arrogance?
Fortunately, I've kept yoga near to me as a faithful companion over all this time, which has allowed more of the subtleties and wisdom of this old friend to be revealed.
With the several COVID lockdowns, both Libbie and I independently started up zoom classes. Even though we live at a distance of 450 km, zoom let us drop in on each other's yoga sessions. Although our styles and content are different, we recognised symmetrical values and qualities that we'd gleaned from our practices and life experiences.
At some point it became obvious to me that it could be a joyful experience to collaborate in teaching. I said I thought it could be fun, and Libbie agreed whole-heartedly. And so it has been. Our first of what I hope will be several other presentations, staged in different locations, happened in the lovely northern rivers part of NSW.
We had a very special group of participants who added as much value as Libbie and I, through discussions, willingness to learn and dedication to yoga practice.
I had an insight after we finished the weekend, when I'd had a chance to digest the experience of being with our group. I think that there is a call-out from younger, middle-aged and older people for old people like Libbie and me to show up. To participate and contribute.
Stephen Jenkinson, a Canadian author, educator and activist, wrote a book called 'Come of Age'. I can't totally recommend it to you as it's been variously described as a 'murmuration' and a 'agitation', in other words hard to read. But the back cover does carry this line, 'Elderhood is a function rather than an identity.' Quite the opposite from retiring. Retirement is definitely not on our horizon.
A friend wrote this little poem that sums up my sentiments:
To live large, to live well as we grow older
We just need to live as if we're already really old
Without the time to spare
For waiting here
Or stopping there.
It occurs to me that you might consider inviting Libbie and me to bring our workshop to your part of the world. We'd like that.
A Yoga Workshop for All Ages
I had an insight after we finished the weekend, when I’d had a chance to digest the experience of being with our group. I think that there is a call-out from younger, middle-aged and older people for old people like Libbie and me to show up. To participate and contribute.
Stephen Jenkinson, an Canadian writer-performer, wrote a book called ‘Come of Age’. I can’t even recommend it to you as it’s been variously described as a ‘murmuration’ and a ‘agitation’, and I’d have to agree. But it does carry this line, ‘Elderhood is a function rather than an identity.’ Quite the opposite from retiring. Retirement is definitely not on our horizon.
It's been out of print for 15 or more years but now it's back. It's available as a paperback as well as a range of digital formats for different devices. The design of this edition is modelled as closely as possible on the original release from 1997.
(Note: Book retailers set their own prices that are all different and constantly change. It's worth shopping around for the best price.)
Any bookshop, whether online or bricks and mortar, can order copies of Teach Yourself Yoga. Just ask and quote ISBN: 978-0-6487945-0-9.
Please send me feedback about the book. I'd love to hear about any errors or problems with eBooks on various devices. And please review the book wherever you get it. Reviews will help more people discover the book.
Classes and Workshops
I'm currently teaching two weekly classes on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales where I live. I also lead workshops here and in other parts of Australia.
Visit the Vault!
I've been regularly contributing to this blog since 2009. There are now over 1250 posts about a very wide range of topics. Click here to explore.
Books, videos, teachers, websites, places to buy really hot yoga clothes (kidding), and generally anything I find that I think others might find useful.
A Bit About Eve
I've been teaching since I was 35. I'm now 76. In that time there have been a few changes. Click here if you want to find out a bit about my life.
No, I'm not selling yoga mats or clothing. I don't even have a t-shirt... yet. But from time to time I find myself with something that someone may want. Have a look, I'm never sure what you'll find.