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
When a light goes out in the world, we can only hope that that peson's special spark has enkindled many other lights. In the case of two much-loved women, Amanda Frost and Jacqui Guiliano, this is patently true.
I knew Amanda Frost back in the eighties and nineties through yoga, shiastsu and also as a Bronte neighbour. There were a number of us women who I called the Bronte Belles: Karen, Pam, Mardi, Elisabeth, Amanda, and many more. We were dedicated to health and wellbeing, and all of us would go on to influence our wider communities.
I lost track of Amanda as she left Australia and based herself in Europe. Part of her journey was a long term battle with cancer.
I didn't know it, but she was also a warrior in the world of dog rescuers. Reading her eulogies on FB, you meet a woman who left a legacy of many thousands of dogs rescued from terrible conditions.
Amanda was beloved by her friends for her beauty, caring, loyalty and unstinting selflessness. Her light has now passed on to each of the owners of the countless dogs she saved.
It might be audacious of me to think of students I've trained to teach yoga as my family, but it's true. So, I feel a great sadness to hear of Jacqui's death. Like Amanda, she faced off with cancer for a long time, and for a while it seemed like she might have won out.
Jacqui worked as an artist, as a yoga teacher and a retreat facilitator. She inspired students to want to teach yoga, too, a way of passing on her bright light and energy.
May the families and friends of Jacqui and Amanda be warmed by the incandescence of their good works, their memories and their legacies.
The Previous 4 Posts
Practising self-forgiveness along the bumpy roadI thought it would be easy, but no. In two weeks of travel up the coast of NSW, I’ve only managed a few yoga practices. ‘Just do it!’, I’ve advised students over the years. Set up a regular practice. Do it and you’ll reap the benefits. If you do your practice regularly, it will become an unbreakable habit.Well, I’m feeling a little chagrined about the fact that habits are breakable. I’m not fitting in much practice time.Worse, my body is suffering. […]
I was recently selected to be an ‘Ambassador of Yoga’ by the Australian Yoga Journal. The magazine has created a community of 10 ambassadors, two men and eight women. You can see us in the latest issue.
Like me, you may be wondering what such an ambassador is or does. The editor says that the AYJ will rely on our group to help connect the magazine to ‘the greater yoga society in Australia.’ She adds, ‘We’ll be tapping into their expert knowledge…passion and wisdom.’
Some years ago I attended a yoga teacher–friend’s class and shared a cup of tea with one of his female students after class. When my friend’s student heard that I specialized in yoga for women she confided that she suffered debilitating menstrual pain every month. I asked her if she still attended my friend’s yoga class during her period. She replied that yes, of course she did, she just took a pain-killer as she didn’t want to miss her ‘yoga-fix’. “So how do you feel after you do the class?” I enquired, curious, because my friend’s classes were of the dynamic, yang, make-you-sweat type. “Oh, I feel worse!” she replied, resignedly.
The rainy weather here on Mitchells Island has been extreme. There’s been widespread flooding, including our neighbours’ paddocks. The overflow has spilled on to our property and filled part of our paperbark wetland. We’ve come to expect these occasional wet events. We live on an island, and it’s less than a kilometer from a river channel.
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.
(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.
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