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
I wonder how many of you readers will want to open this post on the topic of death and dying. No one will blame you if you don't. We do live in a death phobic culture. We are acculturated to not think about death and dying. So, you can be forgiven for not wanting to broach the subject.
However, lately I've been thinking about death and dying. Not about my own, but about the topic and about other people's deaths. I will be presenting a day's seminar on the topic of 'Palliative Care and Yoga' in Sydney in a couple of weeks time. The session is part of an interesting yoga therapy course designed by Nikola Ellis. I think she is brave to feature 'End of Life Care' as part of the program.
Why brave? Because yoga therapy is often thought of in relation to fixing or curing symptoms. This is the point of western medicine practices, too. But at the end stage of life and with life-limiting illnesses, there is no future of wellness. There may be healing, but that might need another post to tease out.
Along with fear of death, western culture is not much acquainted with grief. I can certainly say this is true for me. I've attempted to move on fairly quickly from the various losses I've experienced. Or more to the point, not fully experienced. Does that mean that those many griefs have gone away? Probably, they've only been buried.
So, for the last week I've been thinking about what content, exercises, and discussions I can present to help mitigate this death phobia. And, what topics might I present relating to bereavement and grief, given the lack of my own probing.
The best I can do is enter into an enquiry about death and grief with these therapist trainees. I picture myself facilitating discussions and all of us being willing to sit with the great mystery that is the end of one's life.
I know that yoga can help in the many stages of our lives. I think together we'll figure out how.
*Photo courtesy of Julie Slavin
I wonder how many of you readers will want to open this post on the topic of death and dying. No one will blame you if you don’t. We do live in a death phobic culture. We are acculturated to not think about death and dying. So, you can be forgiven for not wanting to broach the subject.
However, lately I’ve been thinking about death and dying. Not about my own, but about the topic and about other people’s deaths. […]
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At various junctures in my life, I’ve been ‘forced’ to do more reflective practices. Illness, medical conditions, surgery, even emotional upsets have done that to me – and I have no regrets. I seem to have to learn things the hard way.
During one of these periods in my life, I discovered the healing audio recordings of Richard C. Miller. […]
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Once a month I participate in an unusual event. My husband and the other men who belong to his men’s group invite their partners along to their meeting.
I don’t know who thought up the idea of us womenfolk coming along to join in, but I think it’s brilliant. […]
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My friend Michael went back to Pune, India to do classes at the Ramamani Iyengar Institute a few years ago – his previous visit having been 30 years before.
My impression was that Michael was not overly enthusiastic about the classes he attended; he did, however, receive a great suggestion from one of his classmates. […]
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Breathing is one of those things that is just there. Or, is it? Do you always remember to breathe when you’re practising yoga?
It seems to amuse my yoga students when I ask them to breathe – not because I’m trying to be funny but because they recognise it’s so easy to suppress breathing ‘when push comes to shove’. In the effort of attaining a challenging pose, relaxed breathing gets jettisoned.
There are many theories of how to breathe for best results when doing asanas or pranayama. […]
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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