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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Happy 75th from Roads and Maritime Services

Photo of Turquoise 1967 Ford Mustang

Bad News?

 My first birthday greeting arrived this week, way too early. It was well in advance of my December 75th. It was a stark reminder that I am heading for my ‘last quarter’, as my housemate Michael calls it.

What was this greeting? Roads and Maritime Services sent me medical assessment forms for me to take to my doctor.  Based on the results of the exam, she then determines my fitness for driving. All license holders, when they reach 75, need to submit to such a medical exam. And then, I will continue to submit to this assessment annually.

The Roads and Maritime letter reminded me of when I was first driving, just 16 years old in Tucson, Arizona. The family car I learned on was a 1960 Ford Falcon. One month after I’d become a licensed driver, I had an accident at a four-way stop sign. I looked the wrong way. I began to roll slowly forward and got pranged by the car I should have given way to. Fortunately, we were all in slow motion, so the smash was not bad. No one was hurt, unless you count my pride.

Just as well that I got any further car crashes out of my system. My next car was my pride and joy, a turquoise 1965 Ford Mustang. 

Good News!

I could, if I wanted to, view age 75 as the beginning of the end, which in a way is true. We are all creeping towards our demise from the day we are born.

Yet there were a couple of good things that came out of the process of having to submit to the Roads and Maritime exam.

  1. My relationship with my beautiful g.p. She has been looking after my medical needs for eight years. When she looked at my forms, she was able to tick ‘no’ in every one of the boxes. No heart problems, no diabetes, no epilepsy, no medications, and so on. I’m not bragging. I know that well-being is a fragile ecology. It can be disturbed in many ways. But as of this week, knock on wood, I am a healthy almost 75-year old. I appreciate my doctor for supporting my wellness, and giving me the thumbs up for another year of driving.
  2. Acknowledgement. When I presented myself and my forms at the Services Office, the lass who served me gave me a huge compliment. She was shocked that I was about to join the ranks of 75-year olds. To her I appeared too young to be standing before her. 

In large measure, I attribute my good health to a healthy lifestyle on all levels. It’s helped immeasurably to have had yoga as my steady companion for forty-eight years. Hopefully I will continue to enjoy many more years of healthy and safe driving.

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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Take Care: Self-Reflection in the Mirror of Relationships

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. […]

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Take Care: Self-Reflection and Constructive Feedback

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. […]

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Take Care: A Yoga Festival and So Much More

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. […]

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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.

Visit the Vault!

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.