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
It's been 4 years since I moved to the country from Sydney. One of the things I feared when I left the Big Smoke was that I would be forgotten by the many yoga students and teachers who were my family there for more than thirty years. I used to know everyone who was anyone in yoga. I couldn't go anywhere without running into someone from my yoga community. I loved that.
I got to test my theory/paranoia when I was in Sydney for a brief time last week. I attended a yoga class led by an old student and friend who is has been an accomplished teacher in her own right for many years. At the beginning of the session, she kindly introduced me to her class. As I looked around the room, I saw one or two people I knew from the 'old days' but for the most part, I and the students were strangers.
Of course, in recent years I've been busy establishing my teaching at the Yoga Shed and fostering a rural yoga community. In the meantime, many yoga friends, students and colleagues have visited me on Mitchells Island. I shouldn't be so precious about whatever reputation I established in the past, but there you go; I still want to be remembered (and told so). To be honest, this very 'Yoga Suits Her' blog is partly a bridge to those I've know in the past.
Death is the ultimate leave-taking and those who have departed will be forgotten. It may take years or decades but eventually it will happen, unless perhaps they are eminent in the world - like Nelson Mandela.
My friend Susan left her body on Wednesday of this week. Susan is also my housemate and soul sister's sister - that is, Judy. So this death is poignant. It's also brought up the sadness around my own sister's passing which was 15 years ago. I don't think of her so often anymore, but when I do, I've elevated her to a pedestal and remember mainly the best things about her and who she was in the world.
The other day I heard an octogenarian say, 'It's so sad. All my friends are dying.'
This will be our fate one day - for some sooner and some later. We may be the last person standing in our circle of friends. Who knows?
Is there anything to be done? Maybe just to live with and appreciate the impermanence of life and even recognise that my concern about being forgotten could be practice for the final departure.
It’s been 4 years since I moved to the country from Sydney. One of the things I feared when I left the Big Smoke was that I would be forgotten by the many yoga students and teachers who were my family there for more than thirty years. I used to know everyone who was anyone in yoga. I couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone from my yoga community. I loved that.
I got to test my theory/paranoia when I was in Sydney for a brief time last week. […]
The Previous 4 Posts
Our local beach at Manning Point is rough and tumble; the rips are rough and most days the tides will tumble you like a clothes dryers. That’s why it’s such a great place for rock collecting.
My very first visit there more than five years ago I was seduced by the variety of smooth stones and had to have them. […]
One of Leonard Cohen’s most loved songs, “Anthem”, has the refrain:
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
I’m of the opinion that the song’s sentiment is so popular because we humans would like not to have try to be so perfect. A good idea. It looks good on paper. Sounds good when sexy old Leonard sings it. […]
…does it take to make a habit?
Thirty days? Thirty months? Thirty years?
I started yoga in 1971 with a ten-week course held at the YMCA. Over the ensuing years, I did classes with various teachers in a variety of places, but practising yoga for me was intermittent until I went to the Iyengar Institute in India in the mid-eighties.
There I let myself be inspired by the commitment of the senior teachers, and became more like a wheel rolling from my own centre. […]
Day four of a northerly road trip with darling Daniel, of whom Libby says after meeting him for the first time, ” I thought he would be nice, but he’s really nice!”
Libby is one of Byron Bay’s older yoga teachers, in terms of age (same as me) and experience. Her ceevee includes acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, physiotherapy, and now work with sufferers of osteoporosis.
Daniel, Libby & I went out to dinner in Byron where one the waitrers at our restaurant was a yoga teacher. […]
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