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
Our Twenty Years Anniversary
I've been happily immersed in a nurturing world as I met up with my eight women friends this last weekend.
We are a special group who meet annually. We reside variously in W.A., S.A., N.S.W. and Victoria. This year's reunion was remarkable for two reasons: it was held virtually and it was number 20.
It's a tribute to our adaptability that we could transition from our normal 4-day in-person, AirBnB, event to show up on Zoom.
Usually we take a holiday letting at a quaint seaside village or in the South Australian wine country. There have been several brilliant stays on Kangaroo Island. We've even done a houseboat trip on the Murray River. We follow a leisurely, informal schedule of morning yoga, meditation, scrumptious meals, afternoon naps and walks. Parlour or board games occur of an evening, some of them surprisingly competitive and always hugely hilarious.
For this year's geographically distanced event, our together time had to fit a virtual platform. But we were still able to continue with the most important part of our reunion: our shares.
Sharing and Caring
Each of us had an assigned time to share about what has been going on in our lives. There were two sessions on Friday night, four on Saturday arvo and two on Sunday. The mute button on Zoom assures that the listeners are completely silent while the sharer is speaking. But at the end of a share, unmuted, there might be questions or challenges.
What did we share about this time? We talked about our hopes, fears, successes and failures, against the backdrop of COVD-19. Feelings came up, plenty of them, accompanied at times by tears and laughter. Support was offered and will undoubtedly continue as we've decided we will meet virtually once a month.
The weekend finished with a wonderful exercise called 'an angel shower'. Each woman had an opportunity to listen to each other women in turn sharing a few appreciative words or a sentence or two about her. These words were recorded by Shirley on voice memo and later sent as an audio recording to keep and replay later.
I wish I could tell you what is so attractive about our women's reunions. As they say, you'd have to be there. And be there over years and years as layers of trust and love are built. I can describe how our meetings make me feel: like a swim in the gentle and warm waters of a tiny sheltered bay. The reunions feel healthy and refreshing. Together we women create a pool of energy that we continue to dip into long after the reunion has finished or the 'leave meeting' button has been pushed.
I wish I could tell you what is so attractive about our women’s reunions. As they say, you’d have to be there. And be there over years and years as layers of trust and love are built. I can describe how our meetings make me feel: like a swim in the gentle and warm waters of a tiny sheltered bay. The reunions feel healthy and refreshing. Together we women create a pool of energy that we continue to dip into long after the reunion has finished or the ‘leave meeting’ button has been pushed.
The Previous 4 Posts
I want to address a question raised by one of my readers, Katrina Hinton, about a recent post, Take Care: Self-Reflection and Constructive Feedback. Katrina was a bright and enthusiastic yoga teacher trainee at Nature Care College back when I was part of the yoga training faculty. Now Katrina is an established yoga teacher in the ACT.
Katrina’s comments below were useful in helping me clarify the common idea that another person can hold up a mirror to help you understand yourself.
I love the honesty in your posts Eve. […]
The other night I asked my dear husband, Daniel, to cast his eyes over my draft ‘Yoga Suits Her’ post. He gave me constructive feedback, but, sadly, I became upset when I heard it.
Daniel and I have been married nearly 25 years. That’s plenty of time for marital niceties to have faded just a little. Or, maybe to see there was no need to soften any feedback, especially when he knows I want to keep improving my writing. What he said was honest and incisive, but it just didn’t sit well with me. […]
I’ve been invited to teach at a very special festival at the end of the year called Shambala–Lost Paradise.
Now that I’ve accepted the invitation, I’m wondering what it will be like. From the description below, it sounds like so much more than a yoga festival experience. Here’s how Lost Paradise advertises itself, incorporating some of these elements:
A Hidden Wonderland…Dancing under the Stars. Nurture by Nature. Sparkling Conversations by Water. Yoga in Full Flow. Acoustic Sessions. Inspirational talks. Pop-up Performances. Twinkling Pathways. Rejuvenating Massage. Disco Yurts. Twilight Parades. Electronic Alcoves. Sumptuous Feasts. Four-Poster Day-Beds. Late Night Speakeasys. […]
The subject of ‘self-care’ is a complex one
Heather Hyde, my friend, colleague and sometimes student has generously offered her thoughts on the subject of self-care for Yoga Suits Her. I especially appreciate the way she has opened up the whole topic for us and questioning why we women are not better at self-care and how we might improve our skills. […]
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