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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RIP Gita Iyengar–Yoga Transformer

A photo of the Indian yoga teacher Geeta Iyengar

RIP

An obituary for Indian Yoga teacher, Gita Iyengar, appeared in my newsfeed this morning. She died suddenly in India on Sunday from a heart attack.

I was fortunate to have attended Gita’s workshops in Sydney on several occasions. Before those seminars, I experienced Gita’s tuition at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Intstitute in Pune in the eighties. I found her to teach with rigour and depth, a strong woman in her character.

A yoga transformer

I’ve thought of Gita as an almost-astrological twin as she was born just two days after me in 1944. Her death has saddened me greatly as I think of her as a yoga transformer, particularly for women.

Here she writes in her seminal book, Yoga: A Gem for Women:

An Indian woman’s life is a veritable tight-rope walk. Her status in society, the problems she has to face due to social and economic pressures, the burdens nature has imposed on her–all these result in stress and tell upon her health. The more I thought about my sisters–women and their particular problems–the more I was convinced that Yoga was the answer.

Gita has said that her mother was the impetus for writing this book for women, as she didn’t have faith in her own abilities. Her mother said, ‘God has given Yoga as a priceless gift for women, and this you must reveal to the world.’

I always felt that Gita lived the life of a nun. She dressed in white and was steeped in the wisdom of spiritual texts. Gita devoted herself utterly and completely to the needs of her father and brother after her mother’s death. She worked tirelessly to ‘reveal’ yoga to the world, travelling and teaching, even as her health was failing.

Many of the current women yoga teachers stand on Gita’s shoulders, and I am one. Pre and post natal yoga, menstruation and menopause practices, yoga therapy and restorative yoga flow on to us from her teaching.

In my view, 74 years is too early an age to die. But in terms of a legacy, Gita has left a tremendous one and a long-lasting one.

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:

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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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.

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.

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.

A Bit About Eve

I’ve been teaching since I was 35. I’m now 73. In that time there have been a few changes. Click here if you want to find out a bit about my life.

Media

I know, I know.  Yoga teachers all want to teach remotely.  I’ve been no exception.  Here are some video and audio productions that I’ve made. Not many – it’s something that I alway mean to get around to.

Shop

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.