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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I've been entertaining the notion for a while of relaunching my Yoga Suits Her blog with the above title, 'Old Dog, New Tricks'. What I want to convey is the idea that I'm the Old Dog, and I'm still mentally and physically flexible enough to learn new skills.
After surveying a few friends and not meeting with resounding enthusiasm regarding my clever title, I abandoned the new name. However, I'm not abandoning the theme.
Can old dogs really keep learning new tricks? And, for how long?
You likely have heard of the new industry in 'brain gym' training. This type learning is meant to encourage mental agility, and one way it's done is by playing various games on-line. Here's a link for one of these brain training programs that's home grown. Baby boomers who are concerned that their mental functions are deteriorating as they age are big consumers of these products.
There is much evidence that people who keep learning into old age do better in terms of memory, concentration, and quick thinking.
I've just been in a mental and physical pressure cooker for the last week at Camp Creative in Bellingen, NSW, where I did a printmaking course. The Camp Creative organisation takes over the local primary school and high school, as well as other venues, offering over 60 courses. As many as 1100 people of all ages participate in classes as diverse as ukelele playing, animation and circus skills. It's a thoroughly enjoyable week that includes lunchtime and evening performances by singers, dancers, drummers, and even some celebrities.
Taking on the challenge of learning new things doesn't have to come at huge expense as many of the brain training programs do. Steven Novella, clinical neurologist and Yale University professor, has simple recommendations for maintaining and improving your mental faculties on his website, Science Based Medicine,
Here are his bottom-line conclusions after studying available data on the efficacy of brain training:
- Engaging in various types of cognitively demanding tasks is probably a good thing.
- Try to engage in novel and various different types of tasks. These do not have to be computer-based.
- Find games that you genuinely find fun – don’t make it a chore, and don’t overdo it.
I would add to this list taking up a new activity, completely out of the ball park from what you do in your normal life. Just for waking up the brain cells that perhaps have dulled over the years. Just for the challenge of laying down some new neuronal pathways. And, especially, just for the fun of it.
I’ve been entertaining the notion for a while of relaunching my Yoga Suits Her blog with the above title, ‘Old Dog, New Tricks’. What I want to convey is the idea that I’m the Old Dog, and I’m still mentally and physically flexible enough to learn new skills.
After surveying a few friends and not meeting with resounding enthusiasm regarding my clever title, I abandoned the new name. […]
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I’m sure I could become the next guru if I could explain to people how to do “portion control”. These two words didn’t fall together so often until relatively recently, until the “obesity epidemic” started mushrooming.
I can imagine my sensible Midwestern-born 90 yr.-old mother-in-law saying, “You just push your plate away when you’re full. That’s all.”
I’m a member of that camp – stop eating when you’re full. Scientists link this ability with something called an “appestat”, like a thermostat for central air control on the wall, only appetite control is in your brain. […]
Miracles of modern times. I’m sitting here in my chair, with my 6 day old happy hips and sending my words out across the globe. Trishna and Krishna, twins conjoined at the back of their brains, are separated and live to tell about it. Faces are transplanted. Eight children are born in one labour.
This is only possible through advances in medical technology, surgery and drugs. […]
There’s a particularly delicious sound that the in-line rollers of rollerblades create when you’re moving with a rhythmic stride. I’m sure it’s theta wave inspired like what happens when the sadhus chant “Ram, Ram, Ram” for hours on end. The potential problem here is that the blader can get hypnotized by the music of his feet and crash!
Today for the first time I learned to use crutches, practising walking with my new prosthetic hips. I’m a tiny bit embarrassed to say I experienced some of the exhilaration of my old blading days. […]
Yesterday I had quite a few tears. Happily sadness doesn’t scare me. To the contrary, I consider it to be cleansing and revealing. The emotion that was coming up each time I cried was associated with a certain feeling I’d been stuffing down and not allowing myself to experience. I was surprised when I realised that part of the blues was caused by the fact that I hadn’t told people I love how much they meant to me.It’s not unusual to misinterpret or ignore strong emotion. […]
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.
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