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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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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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I've been adding meditations, short instructional video and an ever-growing selection of complete yoga classes.  Click on any of these below videos to view them directly.  Or click on the button below to explore the entire channel.

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Cultivating Wisdom: The Challenge of COVID-19

A quote about how to handle your life.

We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves--after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us. For our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world. The lives that you admire, the attitudes that seem noble to you, have not been shaped by a paterfamilias or a schoolmaster. They have sprung from very different beginnings, having been influenced by evil or commonplace that prevailed round them. They represent a struggle and a victory.-- Marcel Proust

Self-help

I resolved a number of years ago that I would never read another self-help book in my life. I know, I know. Never say never.

Then recently, a high school friend recommended 'The Happiness Hypothesis' by Jonathan Haidt. It's proven to be a helpful book for these uncertain times. I'm feeling bolstered by the 'wisdom of the ages' content, such as the Proust quote above.

In these COVID-19 times, I've been digging deep into my tool box of life lessons and yoga learning to uncover resources.

A recent article from the on-line publication The Conversation suggested some survival strategies. These are ideas with which we are already familiar but I was happy to be reminded of them.

Six Wise Suggestions

Work with what can be changed

Since we are stuck with the pandemic into the foreseeable future, all we can do is change our responses to it. Rather than resistance or non-compliance with health advice, we can understand that we are protecting others and ourselves. This is a service. It's an opportunity to grow our sense of community.

Be sure of what you speak

Psychology Today reports that as the rate of infections and the death toll associated with Covid-19 continue to rise, fearracism, panic buying, and conspiracy theories have become increasingly common.

But there's no need for us to be jumping to conclusions or catastrophising. It's not hard to find the truth regarding the sort of ideas that are circulating in the pandemic atmosphere.

One helpful fact-checking site that my husband subscribes to is Snopes. Wikipedia, too, will provide you with lists of fact-checking sites.

Take an expanded view

This is one of my favourite techniques for gaining perspective when I am confused or conflicted. Imagine climbing a ladder to get a view of the forest, rather than just focussing on this tree right in front of you. From your expanded view, you can see horizons and in all directions.

Consider the billions of people on the planet that are doing it much harder than we are. As well as the past and future generations who are likely to face greater hardships than we have or will.

Choose a role model

I have a local role model. She doesn't have an Order of Australia and not many would know of her contributions. I call her Aunt Phyll. She is now a nonagenarian, and for decades she has been a volunteer in many of the Manning Valley communities.

Another local person I admire is my next door neighbour, Farmer Scott. When the droughts were getting close to Mitchells Island last year, he and I had a chat over his fence. His general attitude was: this too will pass.

Who are you inspired by? And who do you look to for inspiration?

Expect the worst but hope and work for the best

This may sound like negative advice, but it echoes the wise advice at the top of this page: life is all about how you handle Plan B. Preparing for disaster means that the fear and negative emotions connected with impending difficulty is more likely to be mitigated. Forwarned is forearmed. Then, if the worst does not transpire, we can breathe easy and feel fortunate.

Enjoy what is still in your power

Speaking of good fortune.... There are so many ways that our lives are good, even now when some of our freedoms have been constrained.

This is from The Conversation article, 'What Would Seneca Say?'

Being stuck at home doesn't stop us from loving, reading, studying, laughing (including at ourselves), listening to music, watching good TV, having great conversations....

In fact, the majority of my yoga colleagues have said that when we were in full lockdown, they enjoyed a slower pace. They were able to catch up on work that had been shelved. And there was that whole world of zoom, live stream and recordings to learn about.

At the top of the list for self-empowerment, though, is fostering our relationships.

While we couldn't do this through being in physical contact, most of us have the Internet at our fingertips. And, our phones probably even closer.

Never have our networks of support been more important. So, this is my last suggestion: phone a friend...or family member today.

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Cultivating Wisdom: The Challenge of COVID-19

This is one of my favourite techniques for gaining perspective when I am confused or conflicted. Imagine climbing a ladder to get a view of the forest, rather than just focussing on this tree right in front of you. From your expanded view, you can see horizons and in all directions.

Consider the billions of people on the planet that are doing it much harder than we are. As well as the past and future generations who are likely to face greater hardships than we have or will.

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The Previous 4 Posts

Take care: why aren’t women better at self-care?

Take Care: Why Aren’t Women Better at Self-Care?

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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Take care: soul care and decision-making

Take Care: Soul Care and Decision-Making

I have a decision to make. Which course should I enrol for at Camp Creative this year? Not an easy decision as I need to choose among 60 or so courses offered over the week in Bellingen, NSW.

There are obvious courses that are out for me: Only Men Aloud (singing), Metalwork and Welding (I know… I should be more open-minded) and Hip Hop (for young people).

I usually make my decisions on the basis of gut instinct. But this year, I’m struggling more than usual. […]

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Take care: better wellbeing one day at a time

Take Care: Better Wellbeing One Day at a Time

The key is one day at a time
For today’s post, I’m happy to welcome Rebel Tucker of Yoga Rebel as a guest blogger. Rebel is a yoga practitioner and teacher who radiates good health and vitality. Her enthusiasm for yoga, meditation and healing through naturopathy have helped many students and clients improve their wellbeing.

Here’s Rebel:

There are so many tips and tricks for better health and wellbeing. It can be confusing. I like to keep it simple, because if it is too hard, I just don’t do it. […]

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Take care: ‘safe and sustainable’

Take Care: ‘Safe and Sustainable’

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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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:

(Note: Book retailers set their own prices that are all different and constantly change.  It's worth shopping around for the best price.)

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.

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Yoga Basics Pack.  $24.95   

10-week beginners Yoga course. 

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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Yoga Tool Kit.  $24.95

10 beautifully illustrated cards that give clear, practical and portable programs to meet a variety of needs. The customised sequences help provide holistic healthcare – better health, flexibility and peace of mind – so you can stay on top of your daily requirements with a safe and effective regime. Practices for boosting the immune system, insomnia, menstruation, post travel, low backache, stress and anxiety relief, fatigue, encouraging mental balance, managing menopause and regenerating.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Bit About Eve

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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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.