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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Feel it: There’s Something in the Air

 

Image of a flame tree in bloom

Image of burnt out forest

Burnt-out Saltwater N.P. paperbark trees.

The Flame Trees Have Peaked

And life goes on, but not at all the same.

My Mitchells Island home, where The Yoga Shed is, is still tinged with green. It won’t last. For the first time in the 15 years that we’ve owned this property, Level 4 water restrictions are happening.

Even with bucket watering, our beautiful, established gardens have and will continue to suffer. 

Our environmentally conscientious household has already implemented water conservation. Shower buckets, kitchen sink containers, fewer and shorter showers, less clothes washing.

The drought, unfortunately, is forcing sustainability too late. And, along with big fickle winds, this drought has created perfect tinder for all the bushfires.

I doubt that the threat is over. I still have a partially packed bag leftover from when I thought we might have to evacuate two weeks ago.

The Fires Abating

To a large extent, the local fires have abated…for the time being. Yet the BoM site still informs us of ‘smoke haze’. The air we breathe is badly polluted. But there’s something worse in the atmosphere.

We are restless, somewhat distracted and very much looking for the comfort of each other. Haven’t you felt it? Some of us have lost sheds, fences, homes, friends, pets. Wildlife populations and vegetation have been decimated. The worst is the loss of security, of safety. What will life be like from now on if the air we breathe is uncertainty?

Those who have escaped material losses know they are not ‘lucky’. Drive the Pacific Highway and see vast distances of burned forests. No one can feel lucky with such a blackened landscape surrounding us.

Rather than be disheartened, I’ve become a climate activist, as you’d know from reading my recents blog posts.

I take solace in being able to participate in local and national grassroots initiatives. Perhaps you might, too.

If you’re in the Manning Valley or environs, here are a couple of events to consider:

Image of Aboriginal man on poster

Biripi People will be leading a ceremony to heal country at Saltwater N.P. Sunday December 1 from 1pm. This is a nationwide initiative so look for this ceremony wherever you are on Dec. 1st. All are invited. 

On November 29, you can join in Solidarity Sit-Downs, staged in various locations in support of climate action. Participants are demanding increased support for Indigenous land management and the Rural Fire Service.  #ThisIsClimateChange:Solidarity Sit-Down in Taree 10:30-11:30 am.

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: 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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Take Care: Self-Reflection in the Mirror of Relationships

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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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.