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.
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For a long time I've pondered the questions of what is yoga, what is that I do when I practice yoga and what should I be doing. So, I was happy to encounter some wisdom via 'The Yoga Lunchbox' blog this week which has helped sort these questions.
Kara-Leah Grant of TYL interviewed Jennifer Allen about the topic of safe and sustainable yoga, an approach to which she is committed. Jennifer is the founder of Jayayoga of New Zealand, and she has coined the phrase 'the dissipation of expectation'. That is, the letting go of our expectations about what we should be doing on the yoga mat and instead giving ourselves permission to practice in exactly the way that best serves us in the moment.
As someone who was originally trained in the Iyengar yoga method, these words would have sounded heretical to me long ago. But that was a couple of decades ago. I've learned from injuries and medical conditions to be adaptable and intuitive about what and how I practice now. To do what serves me best at this time in my life. This is what I hope I'm passing on to those I teach: to know themselves and to practice yoga that will sustain them for life.
Here are few quotes from Ms. Allen. I hope that you will take time to watch the interview that I've attached.
I can’t stress enough those two big words: safe and sustainable. It has become such an important part of my own practice and now such an integral part of my teaching journey.
Why aren’t we looking inward at sustainability in terms of our bodies and our ability to have this experience of yoga? Not only in a way that’s functional and accessible for our daily life but in a long term sustainability that I means I can do my yoga practice until I’m one hundred years old.
I’ve witnessed so many instances, in practice and in teaching, of overuse of the body and injury, and taking more than what we should in the moment, rather than just opening ourselves up to receiving whatever is there.
I can thank goodness that there were no sustained injuries that came from my yoga practice. What this has become about for me is allowing people to be a witness to the sensory experience in the body rather than coming to the mat as another thing on the To Do list ‘Do yoga. Do it hard.'
For a long time I’ve pondered the questions of what is yoga, what is that I do when I practice yoga and what should I be doing. So, I was happy to encounter some wisdom via ‘The Yoga Lunchbox’ blog this week which has helped sort these questions.
Kara-Leah Grant of TYL interviewed Jennifer Allen about the topic of safe and sustainable yoga, an approach to which she is committed. […]
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I’ve been enjoying a break from our routine life on Mitchell’s Island this week, visiting such varied places as Uki, inner city Brisbane, and Sunshine Beach, Queensland. I’ve also had downtime from sitting at my computer, and as a result had some insights.
Out of necessity from being on the road, I’ve begun disconnecting from some of the social media and blog sites that send me regular updates through my email.
I hear people say that they don’t have time to keep up with the plethora of information, advice, marketing and entertainment that shows up in their inbox. […]
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.
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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.
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