Eve Grzybowski

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

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Housing for New Times: The Shedders


Pastural landscape with full rainbow.

Who are the Shedders?

If you know me at all, you would know I’m a community junkie. I’ve created several yoga communities over the 35+ years that I’ve been teaching. I’m part of the Manning Valley singing community. There’s our Mitchells Island community that includes our own hall, school and, of course, the Yoga Shed. I belong to the Palliative care community of the mid north coast, working as a volunteer. And there are book clubs and writing groups, too

So you would expect that I would live communally too. We call our small ‘intentional community’ the Shedders. Why? Partly because of the big green shed on our property and partly because we three couple had to shed so much stuff to be able to fit into one house. My housemate, Michael named us in 2005, and the name has stuck.

If you’d like to know more about us, there are newspaper articles, magazine features, and television and radio interviews. Just google ‘Shedders ABC’ or ‘Shedders Sydney Morning Herald’ or ‘Shedders Judith Lucy’, and see what comes up. Some of the main hits you’ll get when you put Shedders in your browser are links to my housemate Heather’s blog, as well as her ebook, Shedders.

Heather has chronicled the early part of our journey in her well-written and often humorous book about learning to live menage a three couples.

This week I’m honoured to present Heather to you as a guest blogger. She’s flagging a timely event at which she’s presenting, and also giving an update on how the Shedders are travelling at this stage in our lives.


Shedders scoring well

I’ve been asked to participate this week in an event in Bellingen called the Affordable Housing Local Solutions Forum.

Bellingen is having a housing crisis. Because it’s such an attractive community, people are relocating from Sydney – spending their plentiful Sydney dollars and pushing prices up out of the reach of ordinary shire citizens.

As a result, Bellingen residents are needing to explore innovative solutions to the housing problem. I’ll be there representing the Shedders in the realm of “housing for new times” and “small scale for-purpose development”. That’s us.

My contact, one of the forum organisers, suggested I might reflect on why we chose to do this “innovative” thing in the first place, and now that almost a decade has gone by, how it’s turning out. The vision versus the actual. When I mentioned this to Rick, my husband, a few days ago, he said, “That’s easy. Tell ’em 9.5 out of 10.”

So, I’ll just elaborate on Rick’s intuitive leap. Some 17 years ago, when we first began talking about our vision of sharing retirement together, our conversations centered around three things. We wanted to avoid isolation as we age, to stretch our retirement dollars as far as possible, and to provide support for each other through tough times.

And now, after over 10 years of living together, how has that gone?

Shared finances. Rick and I live in a big, beautiful home on a 4-acre lot with sweeping views, near the ocean. We travel overseas for several months every year. We have a nice vehicle, a ride-on mower, an amazing variety of appliances, fabulous gardens, endless yoga equipment, quality meals every night of the week. Rick and I could not have afforded this lifestyle on our own nest egg. This community has saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars. 9 out of 10 for this one.

Mutual support. I experience day-to-day support in our Shedder environment. Sometimes it’s a helping hand with something I’m doing, sometimes it’s a cup or tea or a “How’s it going?” On a more intense scale, over the time we’ve been together we’ve had 3 major surgeries, 1 medium one and a dozen smaller ones. A steady flow of support means that there’s never been one over-worked spouse who has to carry the whole burden. We’ve been there for each other. 9.5 out of 10.

Avoiding isolation. Unless someone is away, we see each other daily. Mostly we dine together in the evenings. We share a strong interest in yoga, in choral singing, in books, in palliative care, in gardening, in cooking. Not only that, but these shared interests lead us into larger communities – the yoga classes, local choirs, the garden club, the palliative care community – that fill our lives to the brim. We are about as un-isolated as people can be. 10 out of 10 on this one.

Our Shedders experience suggests that although the Bellingen audience will be interested, they’re unlikely to rush out with their friends and buy a property together. But they’ll get a good taste of why it could be a very good idea.

We Shedders have invented our own future, and we like it. Anyone could do it.

It’s been out of print for 15 or more years but now it’s back.  It’s available as a paperback as well as a range of digital formats for different devices.  The design of this edition is modelled as closely as possible on the original release from 1997.

Electronic versions:

Paperback version:

Any bookshop, whether online or bricks and mortar, can order copies of Teach Yourself Yoga.  Just ask and quote ISBN: 978-0-6487945-0-9.

Please send me feedback about the book.  I’d love to hear about any errors or problems with eBooks on various devices.  And please review the book wherever you get it.  Reviews will help more people discover the book.

The Previous 3 Posts

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Workshops on adjusting students in yoga poses are rare and especially when they are taught by an old hand 🙂 If you happen to be in the northern rivers area or Queensland over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, you might want to attend this event. […]

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Okay to Be in the Here and Now… Just Now and Then?

Okay to Be in the Here and Now… Just Now and Then?

 

 
In my mindfulness meditation practice the other morning, I had the experience of being in the moment – for a moment. In that ten minute period of sitting, I might have had three ‘being in the here and now’ moments. […]

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Corpse Pose: Needed and Wanted

Corpse Pose: Needed and Wanted

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Every now and then, I fall off the wagon. I recognise that I need to re-incorporate corpse pose into my yoga practice. Writing a post about this pose will inspire me, and you too, if need be.
I first learned about corpse pose (savasana) from one of my yoga teachers, Martyn Jackson. As Martyn explained it, corpse pose isn’t meant to be in any way considered a morbid notion. It defines the ultimate state of letting go.
When we do savasana, we may rise from the pose feeling we’ve slept the sleep of the dead. […]

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Classes and Workshops

I’m currently teaching two weekly classes on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales where I live. I also lead workshops here and in other parts of Australia.

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I’ve been regularly contributing to this blog since 2009.  There are now over 1250 posts about a very wide range of topics. Click here to explore.

Yoga Resources

Books, videos, teachers, websites, places to buy really hot yoga clothes (kidding), and generally anything I find that I think others might find useful.

A Bit About Eve

I’ve been teaching since I was 35. I’m now 73. In that time there have been a few changes. Click here if you want to find out a bit about my life.

Media

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.

Shop

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.