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
Lovely views, wicked winds
Years ago when we were planning our escape from Sydney, we wanted our new home to have a beautiful outlook. We bought a property on Mitchells Island and had our house built on the top of a rise. We’ve ended up with views: mountains to the west, wildlife in the forest, green pastures and even water views.
What we also ended up with as a result of being so elevated is full exposure to blustery south-westerly winds. These have been hammering Mitchells Island over the last few days.
I wouldn’t trade our lovely outlook for the windless quiet of a sheltered valley. I love being able to see broad horizons and big skies. At the same time, this is just the sort of weather that makes the transition from autumn to winter unpleasant. Perhaps even unhealthy. It can weaken one’s immune system and lead to colds, coughs and flues.
In Chinese medicine, there are acupuncture points on the neck and shoulders which are called the wind gate points. These are said to be entry points to muscles and joints where a cold chill can travel into your muscles. Exposed to boisterous wind conditions, you might end up with sharp neck pain and restricted movement. Weather conditions could also contribute to cold symptoms, such as chills, headache and runny nose.
Ayurvedic medicine, called the sister science to yoga, recommends pacifying practices for ‘vata disturbance’–the imbalance of this air element.
- Avoid over-exercising and do gentle yoga.
- Do meditation and pranayama to soothe vata anxiety.
- Keep up a regular routine with regards to sleeping, eating, working. An ideal bedtime is between 9:30–10:00pm.
Windy yoga poses
Some of the best poses for colds, sinusitis and the immune system are inversions. Even if you’re not a fan of headstand, shoulderstand and plough poses, there are effective alternatives to inversions . Some of these are downward-facing dog pose, wide-leg forward bend, supported bridge (on bolster and blanket) and legs-up-the-wall.
If you are situated high up on a windy hill as we are, or even in one of those urban wind tunnels created by high-rise buildings, be prepared. For winter, rug up, muffler up, and go head down, bum up, in your yoga practice.
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I know, I know. Yoga teachers all want to teach remotely. I’ve been no exception. Here are some video and audio productions that I’ve made. Not many – it’s something that I alway mean to get around to.
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.