May 2012

Big Questions Sutra – I-4

Big Questions Sutra – I-4

I have a friend who is doing SEO research relating to the topic of meditation; she was surprised to discover that huge numbers of people google “Why am I here?”
I get that. It’s a pretty fundamental question, but probably not one that arises often, unless one is of a philosophical bent, depressed, a spiritual seeker, or at a crossroads in life.
Another friend of mine has been searching for how to express his purpose in life and not been altogether successful to date. […]

A Sutra a Day: Sutra I-3 New Directions

A Sutra a Day: Sutra I-3 New Directions

The Inner World
There’s a moment at the end of a yoga class when the students have placed themselves in savasana and have settled down to relax. Stillness gradually begins to fill the space. It doesn’t always happen. But when it does, it’s like a tumbler clicking in a lock, and the door to an inner world may begin to open.
Finding Balance With the Outer World
Of course, there is plenty of evidence for the opposite happening in savasana: noise. I used to teach lunchtime classes in the soundproof radio studio at SBS in Sydney. […]

A Sutra a Day: I-2 The Power of Mind

A Sutra a Day: I-2 The Power of Mind

Some people think that just because my job title is yoga teacher that I have awesome power over my mind. It’s what makes me self-disciplined. In psychology, this is supposition is called projection. “It’s easy for you,” is what they say. My husband, Daniel, emailed me the above image with the subject heading, “I saw this and thought of you.”
This is what I mean. To be fair, I project onto Daniel; he is my computer guru. If he doesn’t know the answer, either no one does, or he will find out.
We humans are funny beings. […]

A Sutra a Day: Sutra I-1 Blessings on a Beginning

A Sutra a Day: Sutra I-1 Blessings on a Beginning

If Patanjali were alive during this age of the internet, would he have succumbed to blogging?
And, if so, would he have ended up being as pithy in his writing?
Would readers want to spend days/weeks/months unraveling each of his sutra?
Or, would readers, sensing it would be hard work, just want to move on to a YouTube video or MP3 file?
These questions are uppermost in my mind because today I am introducing a new format into “Yoga Suits Her”: a look at The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.
Perhaps I can be like blogger Julie Powell of “Julie and […]

Adaptive Yoga

Adaptive Yoga

I subscribe to an on-line discussion group for the International Association of Yoga Therapists that comes to me via LinkedIn. It’s a useful site. In one thread of discussion on osteoporosis, I found a wealth of information for a workshop I’ll be presenting at the Byron Yoga Therapy course in June.
Tonight I came across a video interview with Matthew Sanford that I found riveting. Matthew has explored yoga in a way that few people have. He became a paraplegic at the age of 13 as a result of a motor accident. […]

You never know

You never know

In relatively recent times, I’ve experienced friends and family go through upheavals, such that their lives have been turned upside down. When someone close gets rocked, you feel the aftershocks, too. Suddenly your nose is pushed up against your own vulnerability.
The most recent person to have suffered upset is my sister-in-law who had to undergo major surgery. She and we are grateful that the surgery was successful, that is, life-saving. However, she admits her life has changed irrevocably.
All our lives are changing gradually day by day. That describes the drip, drip, drip of ageing. […]

Friending

Friending

I’ve been thinking about friends today as I farewelled Heather and Rick this morning, heading off to Canada for 3.5 months.
I have a relatively small family of blood relations, and they are all in the U.S. This makes friends I have in Australia precious to me.
If you are blessed to pursue the vocation of yoga teacher, you make many friends. The line between student and friend gets blurred easily and, to mind, fortunately. I’ve befriended students and they have me for 35 years. There’s something special about relationships that develop out of the yoga connection. […]

All Endings = New Beginnings

All Endings = New Beginnings

Tonight’s a sad/happy night. Sad because our dear housemates, co-proprietors, and companion travellers on life’s journey are leaving for their native Canada.
Heather and Rick have what many aspire to: a toehold in their homeland and a toehold in their adopted country. Every year when the Aussie autumn chill starts to segue into winter, they fly off to Vancouver Island for the North American summer. […]

Yoga by Accidental Candelight

Yoga by Accidental Candelight

I’ve been struggling today with getting things done on my computer. The problem is, to paraphrase Winnie the Pooh, I’m a girl of very little computer brain.
I couldn’t figure out why, suddenly, postage wasn’t getting charged in the YogaAnywhere on-line shop. I couldn’t get the high resolution photos I needed to email to a magazine editor to send. And, I don’t like to keep asking the Computer Guru who shares office space with me for help. […]

Finding Your Yoga Funny Bone

Finding Your Yoga Funny Bone

The saying – “You can catch more flies with honey” – is true, and by extension so is, “You can catch more flies with humour”. That’s why we see as many humorous messages in emails and Facebook these days as we do inspiring ones.
People who do a great deal of public speaking know enough to have a funny anecdote or joke up their sleeves to warm up their audiences. It’s no less important for yoga teachers to be able to inject humour into their classes to help students feel at ease and create a warm environment. […]

Nature Show

Nature Show

When I lived in the city, I would mostly be unaware of where the moon was in its monthly cycle. Occasionally I would make a special effort to find out by looking in the newspaper or on-line. But it was hard to get a visual read because of buildings in the way or the smoggy atmosphere.
Here on Mitchells Island, the night sky can be a heart stopper. […]