January 2011

Something different (reprised)

Something different (reprised)

This blog has been hijacked once again.  Sorry.

By popular demand…  well, more because it seemed like a good idea at the time… another odd video has been produced and uploaded to YouTube for your enjoyment (?).  It still doesn’t have much to do with Yoga, except that one of Australia’s best loved Yoginis appears in it and all of the performers admit to practicing Yoga.
Please let us know what you think.  Is this the start of a spectacular career or what?  If you like it please forward to everyone in your address book. […]

The Artist's Way

The Artist's Way

This post is using a stolen title. Of course, it’s from Julia Cameron’s major work, The Artist’s Way.
If you have been wishing and pining and hoping to write, buy a copy of Julia’s book and dive in. You’ll take up daily writing called “morning pages” and probably some creative juices will start flowing, if that’s what you are looking for.
I did the book’s program for a year, followed by a writing course with Roland Fishman in the mid-nineties. […]

Bush Poetry

Bush Poetry

Peter from Dingo Creek Rainforest Nursery visited us today and read us poetry from the bush at the back of our block.
What I mean is, he led a little expedition with Mike, Daniel and Heather into the 2.5 acres of our wetland, an area we usually stringently avoid. […]

Happy Hips

Happy Hips

Very few people seem completely content with the way their hips work, a sad thing to say about such a pivotal part of one’s anatomy. For some of us, our hips are too tight and for others too flexible.
Here’s a sequence that will give your legs, groins and hips a good workout. For you supple yogis out there, focus on keeping firm to centre, holding the muscles around upper thighs and hips close to the bones. […]

Australia Day '11

Australia Day '11

Australia has a hard, even at times cruel, climate, one that keeps complacency at bay. It seems one of the most extraordinary things to me that our farmers keep going back to husband the land after fires, floods and plagues. Tragic stories of lost properties and livestock  abound accompanied by stories of communities pulling together for mutual support, as in the recent Queensland flooding.
We’ve been very blessed this season on Mitchells Island – spared, as we’ve been from the 40 degree temperatures of the Drought Years and saved from the northern floods of this year. […]

Armpits, Take 2

One of the comments from yesterday’s post, a question really, is from Amanda who says:
”Eve – could you say something about ways to assist those with this problem [shoulder problems} to recuperate without surgery…I have been exploring alignment of the muscles around the rotator cuff and strengthening them also and working sensitvely with the cuff tears area/impingements…with students and self…seems to happen when people have had a regular practice (4/5/6 days a week) over many years and then irregular for some years and  then come back in with a new determination, and an assumption/wish that the body will respond […]

Armpits

Armpits

For reasons that are sometimes all too obvious, armpits are an often maligned part of the anatomy.  Perhaps if we referred to armpits by their anatomical name, axillae, we would be more cheerfully disposed toward them. I find I feel more friendly about my axillae since I discovered the word is diminuative of “ala”, wing.
Axillae are absolutely crucial to many yoga poses. Take adho mukha svanasana, as an example.

This photo of me was taken in my pre-armpit-activating period. […]

Attitude

Attitude

There’s Attitude and attitude. The monk I snapped in a Burmese market was obviously not shy about being photographed and demonstrated plenty of Attitude.
Yoga practice is a place where one’s attitude (in Sanskrit “bhava”) shows up. Putting yourself on the yoga mat, you can observe various attitudes and work with them. Here are a few ways things to consider about your attitude while practicing.
• Alignment. […]

Good For What Ails 'Ya

Good For What Ails 'Ya

I first came across this pose (above) at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, where it was used extensively for students in the “medical classes” (read therapy).
So, it seemed like a good one to pull out of the rabbit hat in the weeks after my hips were operated on nearly a year ago. I was reminded of it yesterday, visiting with Maarit who is a couple of months post-hip surgery.
The Institute’s medical classes are like a multi-ring circus. […]

Pune 1981

Pune 1981

Thirty years ago this month, Martyn Jackson and I went to India together. As a long-time student of B.K.S. Iyengar, Martyn was on a mission which unfortunately turned out to be unsuccessful. He asked the great Guru if western yoga teachers could be allowed to teach at the Ramayani Iyengar Yoga Institute.
Martyn’s idea was that if western teachers could be trained to teach at the Institute, their standard of teaching would improve and be more aligned with the Iyengar method. […]

Expectations

My bridge teacher tells me that if I lead a certain card that that promises I have something to back it up. It’s like nonverbal code to let my partner expect a next play will turn out according to his expectations. Better not be misleading.
We went to a Sydney Festival performance last night which had garnered awards when shown in other cities. And the lead performer had had accolades heaped on him from past Festival events. […]