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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.

 
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Yoga Teacher Trainings: Made for Quarter-life Crises

 Photo of ana davis, yoga teacher.

Why are yoga teacher trainings so popular?

Facilitating yoga teacher trainings is one of the most rewarding occupations I've been involved in, and that has been for thirty years.

Even with a pandemic in full flight has not stopped yoga teacher trainings. They are still being carried on, mainly by video conferencing. Even with huge numbers of yoga teachers registered in every part of the planet, still more are being churned out.

What is the attraction?

Teacher trainings are much more than Sanskrit, anatomy, philosophy and asana courses. In the hands of good trainers, they are programs for personal development. Especially if the training is longer, a year-long or more, trainees will learn better ways of relating to themselves and others. They will move in the direction of living a life of fulfilment.

Right from the beginning of a training, the experience can be one of coming home to oneself. I certainly felt this kind of homecoming and still do each class I teach and each practice I do.

I was reminded of the value yoga teacher training when I received this lovely bit of writing from Ana Davis. Ana was a trainee at Sydney Yoga Centre in 1996. A highly regarded yoga teacher and trainer, she is now pursuing another passion--writing--which generated this following piece. The 'prompt' from Ana's writing course was: Think of an incident in your life that had a formative impact on your current identity.

The antidote

There are only a very few times in my life when I have felt like I’d come home; that I’d found what I’d been looking for, unlike the song, and January 1996 was one of those times.

 

I was 25, newly arrived in the big smoke—a disembodying metropolis that had me feeling alone and lonely.  I had been combing through the classifieds, why, I don’t recall.  Was I looking for something in a conscious or deliberate way?

 

Those were the days when one read the classifieds with interest and curiosity; we didn’t have the internet then, or smart-phones. I had spent many a lonesome Saturday morning with a cumbersome pile of newspapers in an inner-city café, reading, hoping for, what? Connection? Something to fill the hole: of youth, of potentiality…?

 

Anyway…there it was: an innocuous little ad that was to change my life.  I rang the number.  On a phone.  A real phone, connected by a phone line in our Newtown share-house, where it sat in its place of honour on the scuffed coffee table on which my flatmate would rest his Doc Martins, despite my disapproval, which surely must have been obvious.

 

Anyway… the woman who answered was softly spoken and American.  There was a smile in her voice and her speech was full with pauses.  Pauses that spoke of a quietude that was abiding and deep.  And I wanted ‘in’.  I wanted what she was having.

 

There I am:  ascending the little steps of a back-alley warehouse in trendy Surry Hills. ‘Clifton Reserve’, a surprising little oasis, tucked away from the thundering traffic of Crown Street.  The yoga studio was dark but friendly, with strange ropes hanging from the loft-style rafters and moored into the exposed brick walls.  The carpet was thick and pale and was to become a familiar place of repose: enveloping me in a loving way as I lay, like a corpse, sweaty, shaken, and content.  The annex-room at the top of the stairs was to become a place of rowdy, joyful conversation as bodies, both male and female, stripped off their city skins, ready to make peace with themselves.

 

And there I am walking down Crown Street, past the cafes that were to become our post-practice haunts during our year of self-discovery.

 

There we all were: spilling around teetering tables, languid and light, over frothy cappuccino mugs and tall, fruit-filled muffins.

 

And I knew it.  My body knew it.  I was home.  A nascent fluttering in my belly that rose up and filled the sad spaces in my chest told me I’d found my tribe; I’d found my way forward.

 

I’d found what my body had ached for, but didn’t know, not until that moment.  And in the months to follow, it was to joyfully take its prescribed shape: the soft puppy fat dropping away, replaced with contours of toned, long, lean muscles, a straight spine, and a self that was finally sure and whole, and had nothing to do with alcohol or the intellect,  or food that comforted, rather than healed.

 

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Yoga Teacher Trainings: Made for Quarter-life Crises

Teacher trainings are so much more than Sanskrit, anatomy, philosophy and asana courses. In the hands of good trainers, they are programs for personal development. Especially if the training is longer, say a year, the trainees learn better ways of relating to themselves and others.

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Take care: why is it hard to indulge ourselves?

Take Care: Why is it Hard to Indulge Ourselves?

When Indulging Becomes Self-Care
When we first moved to Mitchells Island, we hadn’t yet winterised our house. Like a lot of people, we had mostly completed the interior but still needed to install a fireplace and block-out curtains. That first winter was painfully cold. Temperatures at night hovered around 3 degrees, with high winds and an unseasonable amount of rain.

There’s a windless, sheltered spot on one of our decks. During the day if the sun came out, I would grab fifteen minutes of unmitigated rays. […]

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Take care: what is self-advocacy?

Take Care: What is Self-Advocacy?

It might be an expression that’s been around for years, but I’ve just woken up to what a great one expression it is: self-advocacy.

It’s similar in meaning to self-care. But ‘self-care activist and mentor’, Christy Tending says it’s just the beginning. In her blog post, she says:
The art of self-advocacy means boldly declaring what we need in order to feel whole and well and like ourselves.
I was reminded of how advocating for ourselves can be a life or death matter when I read the news yesterday. […]

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Take care: restorative yoga is the great healer

Take Care: Restorative Yoga is the Great Healer

Restorative yoga helps you recover from illness
As I started up my Take Care blog series last week, I was reminded by my friend Lesley of the healing properties of restorative yoga practice. Lesley speaks from experience when she writes:
Dearest Eve, thank you for your article. As you know, I have used restorative yoga and yoga nidra to support my recovery from illness. It has helped in so many ways – supporting my immune system, helping with pain management & reduction (fibromyalgia), reducing fear/anxiety, and keeping me smiling through some very difficult times. […]

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Take care: the life changing magic of tidying

Take Care: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying

A few years ago, my friend and yoga colleague, Donna Cavanough, told me about a book that she had read called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. When I visited Donna’s home, she showed me the impeccable organisation of her pantry, kitchen cupboards and bedroom drawers and wardrobe. She had followed author Marie Kendo’s notions and created a beautiful environment from what may have formerly been chaotic spaces.

Unfortunately, I am still, at age 73, rebelling against the ideas of organisation that my mother tried to instil in me. […]

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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.

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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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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.