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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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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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Chalk writing on the sidewalk: life is short, do what matters

The elder immune system

I ran across the 'life is short' quote chalked on the sidewalk in New York City a few years back. It made me wonder, who wrote it, why did they write it? I decided it was someone of advanced years feeling their age and the brevity of their remaining time. It could have also been an unwell younger person who was suddenly facing their mortality.

At present, most of us are more aware of our mortality than ever with the coronavirus presenting as a pandemic. Every day we hear that aged populations and any persons with weak immunity are most at risk.

I woke up this morning and thought, I need to do a relatively passive yoga practice with an good number of upside-downs in it. Aha! A while back I designed such a practice for the YogaAnywhere special needs card packs. So, I just dipped into a pack and pulled out the Immunity Booster card.

I can't say that the following sequence of poses is a guaranteed boost for the immune system. I do know from my own experience that it has several benefits. It helps clear my sinuses when they are congested. It creates space throughout my body as I drape myself over the soft props. I can do this while being quiet so I can centre myself and see what's happening internally. That means I can feel into my body, right into all my body's systems.

The program

Having some basic equipment is helpful to make practising these poses accessible. With props for support, you can relax because your mind sends the message: relax! You're not having to do it all on your own.

Setubandha Sarvangasana, lying over bolster, feet on blocks at wall and strap around legs (5 min.)Immune system - your immune system: take very good care
Supta Baddha Konasana, bolster, blankets, strap, (5 min.)

Lying down yoga pose with knees bent out to the side and feet together, supported by props.
Supta Virasana, bolster or two blocks, blanket, (3-5 min.)

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Repeat Setubandha Sarvangasana (5 min.)

Adho Mukha Svanasana with bolster and blocks (2 min.)

Eve doing downward facing dog pose with bolster and blocks

Sirsasana or preparation for Sirsasana at the wall (2-3 min.)

Woman doing headstand preparation with block at wall.

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana, lying over a chair, head supported on bolsters or blocks, (3 min.)

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Sarvangasana, supported on chair (5 min.)

Daniel in chair shoulderstand supported yoga pose

Halasana, supported (3 min.)

Repeat Setubandhasana Sarvagasana, (5 min.)

Viparita Karani, on bolster with blanket and strap, (5-10 min.)

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Savasana, blanket, eyes covered, (5-10 min.)

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Finish with some seated breathing, say Ujjayi Pranayama or Viloma Pranayama.

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Your Immune System: Take Very Good Care

Yoga Sequence for Boosting the Immune System
Yoga practitioners are human and subject to illness, despite following the most conscientious lifestyle. So when in recovery from any nasties, this practice based on one of B.K.S. Iyengar’s sequences is an invaluable practice. […]

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The case for joining yoga associations

The Case for Joining Yoga Associations

Beware of the preface, ‘Back when I was a girl’. Or, boy, or youngster. What is about to follow this phrase is likely to be a thinly disguised judgment about the way things are going to hell now. Life used to be simpler, the air was cleaner, and people could still afford to buy their own home.
Yet in many ways, life is better for us. […]

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Recover from gardening labours with yoga

Recover from Gardening Labours with Yoga

Like many of you, I do gardening. Which means I know firsthand how hard gardening is on the body. When my yoga students arrive at class with achy backs or sore shoulders or gardeners’ knees, I know it’s time to break out the poses that target these complaints.
Maintaining the yoga practice presented here will help us all sail through this Spring gardening season. 

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The flower of meditation–resilience

The Flower of Meditation–Resilience

I may be an elder but that does not always make me wise. One of my goals in doing regular meditation is to develop the quality of resilience. To be able to get myself out of a heavy mood in a reasonable timeframe. To get up off the floor when I feel like I’ve been run over by a Mack truck. The Japanese have a saying, “Fall down 7 times, get up 8.” 

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Communal living and another 15 minutes of fame

Communal Living and Another 15 Minutes of Fame

I believe in the importance of community so much that I’ve chose to live communally. We are three couples, living under the same roof, sharing our lives together. This experiment in a different way to do retirement has been highly successful. We’ve been the subject of media attention even from the inception of our vision thirteen years ago.

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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.