The Yoga Suits Her Blog
I’ve been blogging for 12 years now. At first, I was quite nervous about publishing my thoughts. Because I was shy about writing, my old posts were almost exclusively photos of the view from our bedroom in our Tambourine Bay house.
Remarkably, my original Ville Blog still exists. Does anything on the internet ever go away? It ran from November 05, 2006 to January 12, 2010 and it’s still just where I left it. If you’d like to have a look, the address is http://thevilleblog.blogspot.com.au/.
These days, because there are way too many YSH posts to browse through-over 1200-I’ve put some major themes together in The Vault. I hope this makes it easier to find exactly what you want.
If you love yoga and have thought about enrolling in a training so you could dive deeper into this discipline that has infinite depth, just do it.
The purpose of this particular sequence is to soothe and quiet, and the props that are used help keep one’s brain passive so you don’t overwork. The trick is to discover how to work from your “inner body” by tuning in, listening to your breath, and surrendering to each posture.
I remember hearing a well-known yoga teacher say, “If you can do forward bends easily, you probably can’t do backbends; if you can do backbends easily, you probably can’t do forward bends; and, if you can do both easily, you probably will have difficulty with pranayama.”
Well, usually we do have our strong suit. Forward bends were never mine, but over the years I guess I’ve surrendered myself to them more. […]
The great thing about doing abdominal exercises is, if they are done properly and pitched to the right level, they make you feel fabulous.
Like the family of poses called inversions, back bending poses can elicit a love-hate relationship with yoga practitioners.
The word inversions when applied to yoga asanas strikes fear into many a heart. Formerly polite and obedient students will openly rebel against doing them. Previously undisclosed injuries and anatomical asymmetries will be used as excuses for not participating. And, women who stopped menstruating years ago will claim having their period as reason for abstaining.
Standing poses, and especially the ones which require physical balance, are symbols for stability and firm foundations.
I didn’t mean to. From Nov. 2009, I really intended to be just a semi-retired yoga teacher in my rural bailiwick. But that wasn’t meant to be. I had so much momentum from 30 years of teaching in a major city that it wasn’t likely I’d disappear off the map. In fact, I had a great 2011 with invitations from various associations, schools and individuals to teach yoga. Writing for and being interviewed by the Australian Yoga magazines, plus almost daily posting on this blog , kept me busy, too. […]
I’ve been learning a new skill this week: printmaking. It’s an art in which it probably takes decades to attain any degree of mastery. I’ve been looking around in our class of twelve and trying to figure out what it is that makes the students who are particularly good at this art stand-out. And what makes our tutor masterful.
I made up this list of qualities which I think also apply to being “good” at yoga and yoga teaching:
Being willing to make mistakes, or not get it perfect from the outset. […]
When the body calls out for care, it’s like hearing you phone ring and answering it: it’s time to get the message.