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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Climate Yogini in Australia’s Coal Country

The 'New' Government

I didn’t realise it would be so hard being in Qld for the federal election. Daniel and I pre-voted in Winton, not knowing where we were going to be on the day. We've been traveling the Outback and most recently Central Queensland for the last two months.

Then, on the night, we were in Rubyvale Caravan Park (The Gemfields). Remarkably there was a tv room with a satellite connection. We shared the viewing space with a couple from the Blue Mountains who voted Lib, and a tough old Queenslander who did too.

Daniel and I were crestfallen as we watched the results come in, especially with what was happening in Qld. The results were bought, as we've heard, by Clive Palmer. His big election spend on advertising, he said, was designed to 'polarise the electorate'. The opposition took risks, creating policies to support us into the future. And, taking strong actions in addressing the climate crisis. 

It's been feeling like the only thing that could save Australia’s environment from climate disaster would be a drastic change in government policy. A new government.

This current not-new government will likely go ahead with the Adani mine and go on approving fracking licenses in Qld. I have to admit I took the high ground, indignation. And arrived at the familiar refrain, we’ll all be rooned!

We'll find a way

Then, I got a bit of a comeuppance. For a couple of nights, we parked our little van at the Bluff Hotel. We did happy hour with the locals. We heard how the whole economy of this tiny town depends on coal mining. The Bluff Railway Station is directly across the street from the pub—a major depot for the surrounding coal basin.

The publican was thrilled that a new coal mine was soon to open. Although he did bemoan the fact that most of the Bluff population is itinerate.

(Incidentally, the next nearest town to Bluff—Blackwater— is called the coal capital of Qld, home to The Australian Coal Mining Museum.)

We had a look at one train that was ready to roll, with its myriad cars filled up to the brim with the black stuff. Here's a fact I ran across: the value of saleable coal per train is approximately $850,000 to $1 million. How often do they roll? I don’t know.

I can’t imagine how people in this State will change. I’m glad I had the opportunity to hear from a few Queenslanders, though. Being on the ground and listening to those who will be most affected has to be the first step in favour of change happening.

But the more I hear about temperatures and sea levels rising and have viewed the terrible drought in Australia up close, the more I am concerned. It seems like there’s a big train coming down the track and it’s not just a coal train.

I've decided to dedicate time and energy to educating myself re climate change. I've decided to somehow marry my yoga practices with positive actions and intentions for the planet.

I don't have a roadmap for this, but I thought a good place to start would be facilitating a workshop for yogis. The Ekam Festival 2019 organisers have kindly provided a forum for me. The workshop is called Climate Yoga. I invite you to come along for some lively discussions and practices: September 14 and 15 – Ekam 2019. 

I think that together we can figure some things out. We can take the energy we receive from our practices and give back to the planet in practical ways.

 

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Climate Yogini in Australia’s Coal Country

I didn’t realise it would be so hard being in Qld for the federal election. Daniel and I pre-voted in Winton, not knowing where we were going to be on the day. We’ve been traveling the Outback and most recently Central Queensland for the last  two months.

Then, on the night, we were in Rubyvale Caravan Park (The Gemfields). Remarkably there was a tv room with a satellite connection. We shared the viewing space with a couple from the Blue Mountains who voted Lib, and a tough old Queenslander who did too.

Daniel and I were crestfallen as we watched the results come in, especially with what was happening in Qld. The results were bought, as we’ve heard, by Clive Palmer. His big election spend on advertising, he said, was designed to ‘polarise the electorate’. The opposition took risks, creating policies to support us into the future. And, taking strong actions in addressing the climate crisis. 

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The Previous 4 Posts

First Yoga Rule: Be Kind to Yourself

First Yoga Rule: Be Kind to Yourself

Recently I learned (or learned for the 1,000th time) a Be Kind to Yourself lesson.If you’re like me, you don’t learn these vital life lessons easily. This is why long life can be a good thing. Because you can buy a little more time, and hopefully more wisdom.Recently I was on a two-day boat trip with nine other people. After the first day, one of the passengers got on my nerves. Seriously. A sailing boat doesn’t have much room for seclusion. […]

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Put down that yoga book and read a good yarn instead!

Put down that yoga book and read a good yarn instead!

I have many discerning book reading friends, I recently discovered.When I tried googling best books of 2015, and 2015, I found myself uninspired and confused. Then I decided to ask my friends. I threw a line out on Facebook.I asked my friends, ‘Any recommendations for well-written, can’t-put-down reads….your personal favourites?’Remarkably, I received more than 70 suggestions from almost as many people.What am I supposed to do with this sort of cornucopia? Obviously, share it in a post.So, here is the list–some from yesteryear, others hot off the press. Some I’ve read, and some I’m not likely too. […]

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What This Yogini Has Learned About Camping

What This Yogini Has Learned About Camping

Yogini in steep learning curveI have a persona that I rather enjoy presenting to the world–that of being a skilful Yogini. I admit this fact in order to be completely transparent. I know that yoga is meant to help you divest of guises and the ego, but there it is.Now that I’m away from my yoga studio and teaching, that comfortable role has fallen away. I’m faced with this new role, that of a camping traveller.I’m in a big learning curve. Every morning I wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, totally at the effect of weather. […]

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The Yoga of Practising Kindness

The Yoga of Practising Kindness

The kindness of friendsI’ve always thought that practising kindness was one of the most beautiful yoga practices there is. I’m not always good at it but kindness and generosity are my aims.In this post, I’d like to credit some of the many people who have extended kindnesses to Daniel and me thus far on our northerly camping odyssey. Even though, if these people heard me praise them, these special people would probably declare, ‘Aw, it’s nothing.’From the very first of our camp sites in the Coopernook State Forest, we’ve been pampered. Ken and Sal McGowan did everything for us. […]

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