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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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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In the Week of Her 69th Birthday, The Yogini Hits the Wall

Wall

Recent studies show that one of the best ways to stay mentally fit and enjoy a long life is to exercise regularly.
Is a program of asana-based yoga enough to encourage optimum health? Well, that probably depends on whether a component of your practice is aerobic. I would say for the most part, yoga practice does not get an individual's heart rate up, and for many people that isn't the real purpose of yoga anyway.
I've always liked doing sports and exercising, but I admit that in my sexagenarian years, I've become rather more sedentary.
So… recently, I made a decision that, in the spirit of keeping my body and mind flexible, I would try developing a new skill: climbing.
My friend John has built a climbing wall on his covered verandah. It is beautiful, as well as challenging. In the above image, you can see all the colourful hand and foot holds that look like a puppy's squeeze toys. One of the walls slopes in at about a 15 degree angle, which makes it even more difficult than a vertical climb. If you were game and more experienced than I, you could attempt the climb up and over the ceiling, too.
How did the Yogini go?
Because of the fact that I have absolutely no climbing technique, and I also found John's coaching difficult to follow, I used an all too familiar approach. I threw myself at the wall; I grunted; I groaned. I was surprised to hear myself sounding like Serena Williams when she dives for a wicked return.
Was all my overexcitement helpful? I did get to the top of both walls but only because of raw intentionality.
After several go's, my muscles gave out. My spirit was still wanting to attack the wall, but my flesh was pooped. When I looked at some photos that were taken of me, I could see how I looked like a coiled snake.
I've seen people come to yoga classes with the same sort of teeth-clenching determination. I've even been one of them. What is that drive? Is it crazy? Is it the stuff of personal bests? What ever happened to the idea of 'effortless effort'?
Maybe I don't need to know the answer to what makes us push ourselves beyond endurance at times.
I do know that this week I've been out in the Yoga Shed, which doubles as a home gym, doing plank poses, chaturangas, utkatasanas, as well as my version of P90X. More importantly, it's been hugely fun!
And… I know that I and the wall are going to meet again soon.

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In the Week of Her 69th Birthday, The Yogini Hits the Wall

Recent studies show that one of the best ways to stay mentally fit and enjoy a long life is to exercise regularly.
Is a program of asana-based yoga enough to encourage optimum health? Well, that probably depends on whether a component of your practice is aerobic. […]

read more

The Previous 4 Posts

Grow Yoga

On a roll here with my rhymes, so I’ll keep them going maybe for one more time. A couple of years back, we felled about 100 pines from the back of our property. I don’t mean to offend any tree-lovers; I’m one myself. But this variety of pine is opportunistic and will eventually overtake everything, except the lantana which has an unfortunate (for us) symbiotic relationship with them. A horticulturist recommended planting some grasses and ivies on the slope to save it from sliding into the wetland below. […]

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Slow Yoga

Slow Yoga

This afternoon things really hotted up at Scotts Road, Mitchells Island. 35 degrees, brains coddling and bodies steaming. A visit to the local beach is a often a reliably good solution, but we’d already done that earlier in the day. […]

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Show Yoga

Show Yoga

A couple of years ago, I enjoyed viewing a calendar that had been put together by a group at a yoga retreat in New Zealand. It was designed to spoof the “cover girl” approach to yoga magazines and calendars. You know what I mean? Images like this:

Or even like this:

And, how about this:

The retreaters’ calendar was quite hilarious and included pics of yoga students doing lots of versions of  savasana (the yoga relaxation pose). […]

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Thumbelina

Thumbelina

What else to call a creature only a little larger than your thumbnail? This one popped out of a pot to which I was transplanting a bamboo plant today. It was very lucky not to have been spliced in two by my spade.
When you think about it, it’s quite miraculous that tiny beings survive at all in nature. It’s such a bird-eat-frog world out there.
Frogs are a lot smarter than I thought, though. A little family of them lives in the circuit box on the side of the house. […]

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I put this Savasana on YouTube in 2012.
Since then it has been viewed (or listened to) over 365,000 times.