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
The virus: a parenthesis in time
It's called self-isolation by government bodies, but it could be described in other interesting ways: seclusion, severance, reclusion, retirement, separation. My thesaurus has offered up a poetic word, 'caesura', a break or pause (usually in the middle of a verse line). I like the expression, self yoga retreat.
This was the first week of what I'll call 'Corona Time' when I was not teaching yoga. Not because of holidays or my being ill, but as a community service. I didn't want to stop, but in talking it over with my dear husband, I arrived at, 'this is the right thing to do.'
I wasn't the first yoga studio to close, but I think I was a week ahead of most of the ones I know. I couldn't quite stop, though. I thought, 'what would be the harm of a pop-up class on the beach?' I did it. I led a morning session last Sunday at Main Beach, Old Bar.
But that was yesterday and things are changing so fast. I now know that it's time to stay closer to home. Not quite shelter-at-home, as has happened In San Francisco and other major U.S. cities. But that may come tomorrow or the next day in the Manning Valley. There's an expression widely used during the 2019 bushfires: this is all unprecedented.
Yoga retreat, a mixed success
At first I thought of my time-off as a self yoga retreat. I was going to do more yoga practices, weed the garden, organise the garage, practice my choir songs and certainly clean off my desk. I was going to ring, email, text friends with whom I'd been out of touch.
You can see where I'm headed. I did bits of all those things. In between, I likely did too much, too often, looking at FB and the news. One thing I did was clever. I kept a concise diary of what happened in the first week of my yoga retreat. Despite not doing all I wanted, I accomplished a few important things with the help of my tech savvy husband: 1) we made a youtube video class, 2) we promoted my revised 'Teach Yourself Yoga' book, 3) and I practised good self-care (rest, exercise, diet).
At this time, I and those in our household are well. I won't be giving up my avid following of the news, mainly because I know so many on the planet are not well, are in fact dying. It's my reality check. More important for me, it's a way of holding all those people in my heart.
Come to think of it, that's a pretty good benefit of a yoga retreat in these uncertain times...opening one's heart.
This was the first week of Corona Time when I was not teaching yoga. Not because of holidays or my being ill, but as a community service. I didn’t want to stop, but by talking it over with my dear husband, I arrived at, ‘this is the right thing to do.’
I wasn’t the first yoga studio to close, but I think I was a week ahead of most of the ones I know. I couldn’t quite stop, though. What’s the harm of a pop-up class on the beach? I did end up running a morning session on Sunday at Main Beach, Old Bar.
The Previous 4 Posts
Recovering from a hysterectomy can be a daunting process. There’s an emotional side to it: the loss of a major organ. A hysterectomy can also precipitate the sudden onset of menopause. On the physical side, the suggested healing time is six weeks, a long time to be dealing with discomfort and restricted activity. Mentally, it’s a time for taking it slow and easy, perhaps a difficult discipline if there are children to look after and home and work to juggle. Yoga was the perfect companion in my smooth recovery from a hysterectomy.
Hip replacement surgery is a daunting prospect for anyone. Fortunately, the first suggestion of the surgical option usually comes well in advance of the need for the actual operation. You have time to get used to the idea. Nevertheless, a visit to the orthopaedic surgeon starts to shape your thinking towards the inevitable. This is especially true when levels of pain and physical limitations are increasing.
If, like me, you try to find more natural ways, of dealing with health issues, then surgical intervention can seem scary in the extreme. Now that I’m five years on the other side of double hip surgery, I can say that your hip replacement surgery may give you your life back. I’m thankful to modern technology performed by a highly skilled surgeon.
If you are situated high up on a windy hill as we are, or even in one of those urban wind tunnels created by high-rise buildings, be prepared. For winter, rug up, muffler up, and go head down, bum up, in your yoga practice.
It would be a very nice thing if we were able to get through our days and years without pain. I’m talking about any sort of pain–emotional, mental, physical or spiritual. A nice thing, but we know it’s not going to happen.
I’m here to tell you that getting on in years is a further impediment to being pain-free. There are ‘inconveniences’, such as loss of hearing and changes in vision. And there are the discomforts of stiffening muscles and rusty joints. Then there’s the outright pain of that goes with serious medical conditions which can happen at any age.
Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about how I can preserve the relative good health I enjoy. I want to avoid future pain, too, to the extent that is possible.
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.
(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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