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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Australian Bushfires and the Climate Crisis

Smokey atmosphere image after Australian Bushfires, on the river breakfront.

Smokey morning on the Manning River, Mitchells Island

Bushfires: A week from hell

It’s not often that I am at a loss for words. But over the last week, I’ve felt unable to ‘put pen to paper’.

In retrospect, this is as it should be. The Australian bushfire losses we’ve experienced are too big and one’s feelings still so raw.

As I write this, we are still being ravished by bushfires. More than a million hectares have burned so far.

Yesterday was the first day I felt I could let out a prolonged sigh of relief. I’ve been wandering around my house trying to figure out what I should be doing, distracted, displaced. It seems clear now that our Mitchells Island home is not under threat.

But how do you know? Those dwelling at nearby Wallabi Point wouldn’t have thought in a million years they might lose their homes. Fortunately, due to the water bombing from intrepid firefighters, the beach residences were saved.

The developing climate crisis

At the beginning of this year, I started thinking that we humans had crossed a line. That the expression ‘climate change’ was inadequate to describe what was happening on the planet, for instance the viciousness of wildfires. 

There’s been a general shift in the reporting of climate events around the globe. More and more, we hear the expression ‘climate crisis’ or ‘climate emergency’. The Guardian Newspaper ‘style guide’ has recently revised its climate language vocabulary in this direction.

Our Australian bushfires reflect more than a temporary crisis or an emergency. In scope and destruction, they are indicative of Australia’s extreme vulnerability to global heating.

For a long time, Australia has worn the mantel of Earth’s driest inhabited continent. One of the reasons we have been able to sustain our populations at all is that the majority of us cling to coastal land. Even more so with the influx of ‘sea change migrants’. I’m one of them. 

But the coastlines of Queensland and NSW have been under fire attack. People are in mourning for lost forests, lost properties and, saddest of all, lost lives. Too many us have been affected. Even those who have managed to get through unscathed feel guilty about being the ‘lucky’ ones.

If you think in a yogic way, that we are all one, no one is lucky in this scenario. To the degree others are suffering, you and I bear their pain, too.

Caring for each other and for the Earth

We will get through these Australian bushfires, and we will get through future crises…because of the generosity of our communities. Something has been triggered by our vulnerability, an obvious looking out for each other, our neighbours, our friends, our families. Crises can invite overt expressions of love.

My Wingsong Choir community after the Australian Bushfires week.

Our Wingsong Choir community in support of each other. – Photo by Lesley Bond.

So far, I have not known what my part is in this new order of climate emergency. It’s made a difference to update my vocabulary and to become more realistic about what is happening across the face of the Earth.

And, as a writer, I can write. At times I’ve felt that I’m too out there. As an almost 75-year old, shouldn’t I just be enjoying my retirement?

But, the fact seems obvious to me: that no one can afford to be retiring when it comes to ministering to the Planet.

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

Take Care: Daily Self Care in All Sorts of Ways

Take Care: Daily Self Care in All Sorts of Ways

Nearly a month ago, I committed to posting each day to the theme of Take Care. The idea being that, because of writing about self-care, I would pay more attention to caring for myself.

I’m almost at the end of 30 days of posting. Have I done daily posting? Not exactly.

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Take Care: Time to Put on the Brakes?

Take Care: Time to Put on the Brakes?

When I woke up on Wednesday morning this week with an extremely sore shoulder, I was annoyed. I knew I should put the brakes on.

Did I want to and did I? Of course not! First I tried to figure out what I might have done to create such a painful shoulder. I went over the previous day’s activities and the day before, too. It was very mysterious, as I couldn’t think of anything I’d done out of the ordinary.

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Take Care: Pedestals Are for Statues Not People

Take Care: Pedestals Are for Statues Not People

Years ago I had osteoarthritis of both hips. I had hip replacement surgery in 2010 and have gone from strength to strength since then.

However the period when I was first diagnosed was hell for me. My ego felt crushed like a stepped-on grape. I was convinced that the orthopaedic surgeon’s diagnosis spelled career suicide for me as a yoga teacher. The idea of my sporting artificial hips filled me with dread and resistance.

I certainly didn’t want any yoga students to know I was less than perfect. I only wanted to present a healthy, ever-youthful image. […]

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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.