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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Diminishing Dominance: Surrendering to Age

A woman gracefully surrendering to age.

Surrendering to Age

A while ago I came across the above expression. I can't quite remember where it's from, possibly from Stephen Jenkinson. He's a Canadian storyteller and author who writes about ageing and dying. One of his books is entitled Die Wise.

As I understand it, diminishing dominance has to do at arriving a late stage in life, let's say the last quarter, and slowing down considerably. With any luck this happens gracefully, but not always.

I relate to this notion. I recall that the younger version of me was motivated by making my name in the yoga world. You would find me age 40 to 60 opening and running yoga businesses, teaching teacher trainings, workshops, retreats, writing for publication, plus, plus, plus.

Even after moving to sleepy old Mitchells Island, I got busy with drawing the local teachers together, running workshops and intensives and furiously, at times, writing to this blog.

At my age, physiology has conspired to make me much more considerate of my energy levels. No matter what kind of yoga I do, how much or how little, let's be honest, I don't have the verve of my 40 year old self. And, that is just as well as I have for some time taking up the more reflective yoga practices. Pranayama, yoga nidra, loving kindness meditation, relaxation are gifts not just for me but for my students, also.

Diminishing dominance but not a back seat

And yet, the last couple of months have pushed me onto a bigger stage. Without seeking renown, some special opportunities have found me. 

First, I was granted the honour of helping co-facilitate Maria Kirsten's 'Yoga for Older Grownups' course after Maria's untimely death in April this year. This course, part of Maria's amazing legacy, combined various resources--videos, manual and eight 2.5 hours zoom sessions.

The participants were from right around Australia, as well as the U.S. and Germany. I've never heard of such a program being presented posthumously. The poignancy of this unique event made it feel like all the more privilege to be part of it.

Then, magically, a piece I wrote last year for my memoir was picked up by on-line magazines, Tonic Magazine and The Guardian.Those pieces were met with wide audiences and much interest and led to...

... being approached by J. Brown, a U.S. yoga teacher and podcaster. He asked me to engage in a recorded conversation with him. That interview has been aired this week and it's quite alright. If you want to devote 1.5 hours to listening to J. and me talk about yoga and more, I can happily recommend it.  The name of the podcast is J. Brown Yoga Talks and is pretty easy to find.

When I listened to the recording of me talking about my life, all 76 years of it, I realised that I have a lot more to say.

Perhaps I'll have to shelve this idea of 'diminishing' for the time being. But I'm perfectly delighted to concede dominance to the young'uns. It's quieter and calmer in the shade with far fewer distractions from one's yoga practice. 

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Diminishing Dominance: Surrendering to Age

At my age, physiology has conspired to make me much more considerate of my energy levels. No matter what kind of yoga I do, how much or how little, let’s be honest, I don’t have the verve of my 40 year old self.

And yet, the last couple of months have pushed me onto a bigger stage. Without seeking renown, some special opportunities have found me. 

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Yoga Teacher Trainings: Made for Quarter-life Crises

Teacher trainings are so much more than Sanskrit, anatomy, philosophy and asana courses. In the hands of good trainers, they are programs for personal development. Especially if the training is longer, say a year, the trainees learn better ways of relating to themselves and others.

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Making the Most of These Strange and Challenging Times

Making the Most of These Strange and Challenging Times

The pandemic has taken its toll, even for those who have kept their jobs. Perhaps the worst affected are health workers. Tragically, many have died in the line of duty. Overworked, in dangerous environments, these front line workers have also had to sacrifice precious time with friends and family. We owe these people–from doctors to hospital cleaners–a debt that will be impossible to repay. How do we repay days, weeks, months of someone’s life freely given to keep us alive?

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Teach Yourself Yoga: Now is the Time

Teach Yourself Yoga: Now is the Time

It feels like it’s breathing down my neck, this pandemic. Thankfully, my immediate friends, family and I are all safe. I feel, though, for the world’s hotspots, especially my native U.S. And I’m aware that my protected status could change any time. The real danger of bushfires is that they can be transformed capriciously by a shift in the wind. This virus can attack us as a result of contact with a sick person, at any time or place.

So in this uncertain period, I depend more than ever on my yoga practice. I am blessed to have developed a dependable yoga practice over forty-nine years.

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R.I.P. Donald Moyer, Yoga Teacher, 1946-2019

R.I.P. Donald Moyer, Yoga Teacher, 1946-2019

Donald was so beloved by his students, yogis who had followed him for years. I was fortunate to be given a place in what turned our to be essentially an Iyengar-type class. However, Donald’s approach was inquiry based: ‘How does it feel to do the pose this way? Where does your effort come from? Might you do the pose in a way better-suited to your body?’

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