A Sutra a Day

Between 14 May 2012 and 22 February 2013 I worked my way through the 196 Sutra of Patanjali. I called the project "A Sutra a Day". I tried to relate each of the Sutra to my life in a personal way. Here are the results.
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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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Time to Bolster Your Immune System

woman doing yoga standing pose bending forward.

Bolstering Our Immune Systems

Does anyone need to be told that we are well into the cold and flu season?

We are approaching the shortest day of the year. But we’re fooling ourselves if we don’t see that the Aussie winter is just beginning to settle in.

As smart yogis, we can bunker down, take care and look after our immune systems so as not to succumb to colds and flues.

For optimum health, all of us know to eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables, Vitamin D and lean protein. We also know we need to reduce stress in various ways, as in listening to music, playing with the dog and enjoying the company of friends.

Yet yoga is one of the most powerful medicines in the winter months. Postures, pranayama, relaxation and meditation are tools for boosting the immune system. These practices lower stress hormones and, at the same time, strengthen the respiratory organs, lymphatic system and overall circulation.

So, instead of cutting back yoga practice, let's do practices that support our immune responses. Even when it’s hard to throw back the doona, get out of bed and get on the mat on chilly mornings.

Incorporate Setu Bandhanda Sarvangasana for 5 to 10 minutes at the beginning of your practice and perhaps again near the end. B.K.S. Iyengar described this pose as “a boon to mankind”.

Here’s how to do it:

Lie back over a bolster in a passive backbend. Rest your feet on an upright block at the wall. Check your shoulders are on the floor. You can bind your legs together just above your knees with a belt to keep your back relaxed. Then, once you’re settled, release the front of your neck and stay for at least 5 minutes.

 

image of woman in yoga pose reclining over bolster and blocks

 

Yoga Nidra

Regularly practising the art of yoga nidra is a great way of bolstering the immune system.

I’ve been a big fan of Richard C. Miller since the 90’s. He’s one of the main proponents of Yoga Nidra practice and has even put his own particular spin on it, calling it “the meditative heart of yoga.” Check out his website to see what a remarkable difference his teaching is making on the planet in all sorts of special populations, from post traumatic stress to drug dependency: http://www.irest.us/

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Time to Bolster Your Immune System

Bolstering Our Immune Systems
Does anyone need to be told that we are well into the cold and flu season?

We are approaching the shortest day of the year. But we’re fooling ourselves if we don’t see that the Aussie winter is just beginning to settle in.

As smart yogis, we can bunker down, take care and look after our immune systems so as not to succumb to colds and flues.

For optimum health, all of us know to eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables, Vitamin D and lean protein. […]

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The Previous 4 Posts

Forward Bend Poses: Nice or Nasty?

Forward Bend Poses: Nice or Nasty?

This week, I have set as a loose theme for my classes, forward bend poses. I say ‘loose’ because I wouldn’t want to leave out important elements like: standing poses, inversions, backbends, twists, pranayama and meditation. […]

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When Your Back Needs Rebooting – Restorative Yoga

When Your Back Needs Rebooting – Restorative Yoga

Sometimes my body does my bidding without complaint, and other times she is just 68-years old cranky.
After 2-1/2 hours of weeding, shovelling, and mulching in the garden, my lower and upper back and hips were demanding some nice treatment.
Thank goodness I had a few of these restorative poses up my sleeve. […]

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True Confessions From a Yoga Teacher T.V. Watcher

True Confessions From a Yoga Teacher T.V. Watcher

Many yoga practitioners spurn watching television and some don’t even like reading the newspapers. In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ll just say that I’m not one of them. In fact, I watch a lot of programming. I am discerning. My interest in good programming started way back with a couple of brilliant shows called, “The West Wing” and “The Sopranos”*.
I felt sad last night when I heard that James Gandolfini,  the star of the “The Sopranos” had passed away. […]

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Arguing with Your Yoga Poses

Arguing with Your Yoga Poses

 
yogashaktiravena.it via pinterest
When you do your yoga practice, either in class or at home, have you been paying attention to the ‘push-pull’ energy that certain poses have for you?
What I mean is that spontaneous feeling of contraction you experience mentally or physically when your teacher says that you are going to do chaturanga dandasana (the yogi’s push-up pose), for instance, or ardha chandrasana (half-moon pose, pictured above).
Sometimes the push feeling might register as strong aversion, like a tightening in your gut or a furrow between your brows.
On the other hand, at times, you […]

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Specially designed for beginners, Yoga Basics is an easy to follow program for better health, flexibility and peace of mind. This pack contains 10 beautifully illustrated cards, one for each week of a ten-week course that tie a clear, practical and portable guide to getting started in yoga.

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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 teaching since I was 35. I'm now 76. In that time there have been a few changes. Click here if you want to find out a bit about my life.

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I put this Savasana on YouTube in 2012.
Since then it has been viewed (or listened to) over 365,000 times.

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