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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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Creating a Happy Brand Spanking New Year

Forearm balance

Forearm Balance


A very long time ago, 44 years to be exact, I started a personal yoga practice, and pretty much since then, I've kept it up.
I admit that my enthusiasm for doing regular practice has ebbed and flowed along the way. Hey, I'm only human. But I can say unequivocally that I'm grateful to have made yoga my life companion.
On this brand spanking new first day of 2014, I'm wondering if perhaps you may have resolved to do more yoga, maybe even regular practice?
You know that I'm going to recommend it. You're fortunate in this current era of yoga to have so many helpful resources to support you.(I've listed several at the end of this post.) In my early days of learning yoga, there were no videos, dvds, tele-seminars, streamed classes, mp3's, and very few yoga texts. I know, I know, it was the Dark Ages!
If your life in recent times has been rotating between the refrigerator and couch and you've finally decided to do something about your sorry state, it probably will take mega resolve to create and keep up your commitment to change.
So, please permit me to offer a little advice for those of you who would like this to be the year when you feature yoga more centre stage, and even to take up home practice.

  1. Enlist friends and family by letting them know what you intend to do. It's much harder to break a promise to a group of people than one that you've made secretly to yourself.
  2. Make your goal realistic. Everyday yoga practice might be too big a bite to start with, in which case you'll start to feel dominated by your good intentions. You don't want to lose your enjoyment of yoga by being overzealous.
  3. Try on practising 3 or 4 times a week, but stay with your program for a month. It's said that doing an activity for 30 days is what locks in that behaviour as a habit.
  4. Set regular times when you will do your yoga. Diarise the times, and treat them like an appointment with yourself. If you have to miss a session, re-schedule it, but do it as soon as possible.
  5. At the same time, don't be too rigid. This is, after all, yoga we're practising. It's meant to foster mental as well as physical flexibility.

Keep reminding yourself that your resolution is an opportunity, a word which derives from the Latin "opportunus"- ob- ‘in the direction of’' plus portus ‘harbour', as in, a friendly wind sailing us into a harbour. How great to look at opportunity in this way?
If you felt tossed around by the ups and downs of 2013, this could be the year when you create a safe refuge for yourself each time you roll out your yoga mat.
Resources:
YogaAnywhere Practice Cards  - The Basics Pack is a self-contained 10-week course, in an easy to use, portable format.
BKS Iyengar: The Path to Holistic Health - A big, juicy book for all seasons, with philosophy, postures, programs. Fantastic value.
YogaGlo - On-line classes with various expert yoga teachers, offering various styles. You can pick the appropriate level for you and duration of it.
 Yoga for Grown-ups dvd - My personal favourite dvd by Maria Kirsten. She makes yoga fun, interesting and accessible.
 The Wisdom of Yoga: The Yoga Seeker' Guide to Extraordinary Living - This is a book to inspire you. Stephen Cope writes about the depth and breadth of yoga in a book that reads like a good novel.
 Yoga Shed ' January Intensive' - A great way to light up your enthusiasm for doing more yoga or practice is to do a longer course, instead of single classes. Find a weekend workshop, retreat, conference or 'intensive at the beginning of the year to participate in.
 

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Creating a Happy Brand Spanking New Year

A very long time ago, 44 years to be exact, I started a personal yoga practice, and pretty much since then, I’ve kept it up.
I admit that my enthusiasm for doing regular practice has ebbed and flowed along the way. Hey, I’m only human. But I can say unequivocally that I’m grateful to have made yoga my life companion.
On this brand spanking new first day of 2014, I’m wondering if perhaps you may have resolved to do more yoga, maybe even regular practice?
You know that I’m going to recommend it. […]

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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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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:

(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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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.