Yoga Suits Her
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.
Photo by: Julie Slavin Photography, Old Bar
What is a legacy?
I was hanging out with a dear friend recently and told her that I was pulling together a collection of my yoga classes for my YouTube channel. I referred to what I'd done as creating a kind of legacy. She looked horrified, as though I was imminently going to shuffle off this mortal coil.
I definitely am not about to, but this exchange had me scurry to my Merriam-Webster to find out exactly what the word means. My friend and I were both on the right track. The first definition of the word is 'bequest', which suggests a gift of money or property that is transmitted through a will.
In a broader sense, while a person's legacy can indeed involve money or property, the idea of legacy has come to mean much more. It is about the richness of a person's life, for example, accomplishments and impact. The story of a person's life reflects their legacy, and since we all have a life story, this means we will all have a legacy to bequeath. (It should be noted, though, that the legacy one leaves behind can be a negative one, as well.)
A 'Living Legacy'
I started to think in this broader meaning of legacy when I turned sixty. I decided that my ensuing years could increasingly be about contributing to society and my communities, although I'd already been doing this to a certain extent. Any yoga teacher of long-standing, or a teacher trainer/mentor is a contributor. I started blogging about yoga and life which extended my reach into the community. I began drawing together a group of yoga teachers when I moved out of Sydney to regional NSW. I began volunteering at the Mitchells Island School and in palliative care.
Orienting myself towards finding contributing has meant that I keep looking for opportunities. This last year I was a judge for the 'Tell Me a Story' competition for primary school kids in the district.
While we were in COVID lockdown last year, I completed my memoir/autobiography. Perhaps this will be a way that my son, stepson and grandkids will get understand how important it is to have a legacy. The memoir is a collection of family stories, as well as my journey of healing. I wish I had this sort of record from my parents who both died at relatively young ages.
Back to my YouTube channel collection, it is still modest in size, but COVID has given me another leg-up. A couple of months ago in yet another lockdown, I started zoom classes. Besides the delight of putting me in contact with the students I had previously taught in Sydney, I discovered that I like this medium. I've met some new people on zoom, too. It's so easy to record the sessions. Local students have been willing to attend hybrid sessions, whereby they can be present in the studio while I'm zooming.
My YouTube channel includes some lovely meditations that I've recorded, Susan Stott's pentatonic harp music, short tutorials and even a tour of the Yoga Shed and our gardens.
If the idea of creating a living legacy for yourself appeals, here's a link to a website called 'Bestow' that will help inspire and organise you.
The latter part of life doesn't have to be all about giving. Creating a fulfilling life means ticking items off the bucket list. My husband and I have a lengthy caravan trip planned that will take us all around Australia: the Top End, the Kimberley coast, the whale sharks of Ningaloo reef, Margaret River and the Nullabor Plain and more.
Have I whet your appetite?
I think that any good legacy should should include elements of adventure!
I was hanging out with a dear friend recently and told her that I was pulling together a collection of my yoga classes for my YouTube channel. I referred to what I’d done as creating a kind of legacy. She looked horrified, as though I was imminently going to shuffle off this mortal coil.
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Where do people get their ideas? Often through social media. These days, Instagram and Facebook carry much responsibility for publishing impossibly beautiful and youthful images of people doing yoga. Discouraging to anyone who is trepidatious about taking up yoga in the first place.
There have been many markers that show I’ve moved with technological advances, but none so compelling as the ones I’ve encountered in lockdown. Where would we be without the video communication apps that seem to have spread almost as rapidly as the Delta variant.
While we were in last year, 2020, many of us were thinking/hoping that in 2021, we would be free. Back in offices, back in yoga studios, back in theatres, back in airplanes. But no. Here we are in Australia, and for the most part we are sheltering in place.
Against the background of global heating, wildfires, floods, COVID-19, war, and oppression, Australia is truly in a relatively safe bubble. I’m not used to hardship, so the disappearance of things I’ve taken for granted is a wakeup call. It’s made me more acutely aware of the need to take care of those in our communities who are not faring so well.
Vaccinations are proven to be the most effective way to protect against infectious diseases.
Vaccines strengthen your immune system by training it to recognise and fight against viruses.
When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and helping to protect the whole community.
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