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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.

 
Photo by: Julie Slavin Photography, Old Bar

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I've been adding meditations, short instructional video and an ever-growing selection of complete yoga classes.  Click on any of these below videos to view them directly.  Or click on the button below to explore the entire channel.

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Poses to Help You 'Stomach' the Holidays

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Like me, you might be feeling a trifle too full in your tummy after Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day repasts of turkey, ham, seafood and pudding. Perhaps these have been washed down with beer, champagne, wine and liqueur? And, there's still New Year's eve and Day to face!
The stomach is a special organ. Think of all the great expressions that we associate with it: we get butterflies in our stomachs when we fall in love; we have gut feelings when we are being insightful, and armies are known to march on their stomachs.
To keep the stomach in a healthy condition, it needs to be well-exercised. That's why we practice yoga postures utilising the bandhas - Mulabandha and Uddiyanabandha - and regularly include the abdominal strengtheners, Navasana and Paripurna Navasana.
Especially when you've been overeating and want to get back on an even keel, it's helpful to do poses that stretch out the stomach and other organs.
Supta Virasana is probably the premier pose for opening up the digestive area of the body.
Here's a couple of ways you can do it propped up on supports.
1. This is my favourite version. I have two lengthwise foam blocks supporting my spine and head. The blocks can be placed vertically (upright) for maximum lift or on their lowest end, depending on how the body accepts the pose.

Supta virasana

Supta Virasana


2. Here's Daniel using two bolsters plus a blanket for the same pose to support his back and head. You can also use a block between your knees if you struggle to keep them together.
Supta virasana

Supta Virasana


If you find Supta Virasana difficult for reasons relating to your back, knees, ankles or feet, try this passive backbend, Setubandhasana.
Setubandhasana

Setubandhasana


One of the main benefits of this pose, I find, is the way it stretches and opens up the whole front of your body. You discover how much tension you may have been holding in the abdominal area. As a fringe benefit, the pose expands your chest for better breathing.
In my yoga practises over the years, I've noticed that Supta Baddha Konasana done for 5 minutes, followed by Supta Virasana done for equal time create a calm state of mind. Here's how you might use the props for a relaxed opening in Supta Baddha Konasana.
Supta baddha konasana

Supta Baddha Konasana


Keep these poses in your yoga tool box and bring them out when you need to counteract the consequences of any holiday indulgences.

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Poses to Help You 'Stomach' the Holidays

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Like me, you might be feeling a trifle too full in your tummy after Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day repasts of turkey, ham, seafood and pudding. Perhaps these have been washed down with beer, champagne, wine and liqueur? And, there’s still New Year’s eve and Day to face!
The stomach is a special organ. […]

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The Previous 4 Posts

Hesitancy

I noticed I was avoiding writing this post as it makes very real that I am beginning the surgery process. I’ll check in to the hospital in just an hour for pre-admission, with my bilateral hip surgery scheduled for tomorrow  morning.
My intention is to keep you posted 🙂 about what this process is like, especially from a yogini’s point of view. […]

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Smooth as….

The rocks in our local surf are rough and shiny, but I by the time I take them home they are dull, dull, dull.
Approximately four weeks of shaping, smoothing and polishing and the rocks are as pretty as gemstones. They actually have to lose a fair bit of their mass in my rock tumbler to finish up being satiny and attractive.
A number of years ago I heard a renowned yoga teacher say that it takes at least 12 years for a trainee to become a skilled teacher. […]

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Levity vs. Gravity

Levity vs. Gravity

I was practising yoga out in the Shed this morning with my friend and housemate Heather. What ecstasy to have our own yoga studio a few steps from the house! Pretty much we just roll out of bed and onto the mat, more often than not still in pyjamas.
On some mornings, we single-mindedly, silently, and with gravitas pursue our yoga practice. Other times we have a bit of a goss about the neighbours or our spouses. We have been known to rehash a movie we’ve seen or discuss books. […]

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Pain

Pain

For me, the really ugly thing about being in pain isn’t the pain itself but the way it takes me out of relationship with people and the environment. I just want to go to ground and isolate myself, like an animal crawling down its lair. This is not the way I usually express myself in the everyday world; I’m not reclusive in the least.
The pain I experience intermittently is the result of advanced osteoarthritis in my hips which I have decided not to battle anymore. […]

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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.

Electronic versions:

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(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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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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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.