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.

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Get Back on the Yoga Wagon!

Child's Pose Eve

It’s hard.

It’s just plain hard, and that’s all there is to it.

When you fall off the yoga practice wagon and try to clamber back on, it’s tough finding the muscles you need.

Here we are in mid- February. It’s still relatively early in the year. And, you had all those great intentions and your January resolutions as well. But soon life intervened. 

There are countless events that can interrupt a disciplined routine. Extended holidays will do it. Being laid low with an illness, or suffering an emotional upset. Moving house and even changing jobs are other meddlesome events. 
 
I tell myself that after taking a long trip, I will to get back into my practice as soon as I’m on home ground. Yet, it doesn’t always happen that way. As the folks of Westeros are prone to say, ‘Words are wind.’
 
All that matters in the end is that you take action. Getting right back on the mat and into a regular routine.
 
Have you something similar happens when you’ve been maintaining a healthy, moderate diet but then take a tumble?
 
When Daniel and I travel to the U.S., we have to remind ourselves to order one meal for two. American portions are huge and calorie-laden. I have to especially exercise my ‘no’ muscle when there are new tastes to try. You know, those exotic, never-to-be-repeated experiences. Inevitably , the result will be a blown-out waistline and/or irregular digestion. You will hopefully live and learn. It’s harder to shed weight afterwards than to have exercised a modicum of control along the holiday way.
 
We’re only human, it’s true. But there is that divine spark that is our conscience. A mental tap on the shoulder which says, ‘Whoa! Do you really want to do this?’ One more bite, one more drink, one more dessert?

It’s not always hard

I have practiced yoga fairly regularly for 47 years. Is it easy for me to get back on the wagon if there are major disruptions? Easier than if I hadn’t had all that practice under my belt. There’s a saying, the best time to plant a tree is yesterday. Given that that particular yesterday opportunity has gone, the best time to start your practice is now. Then, start again straight away if there is a glitch.
 
Here’s a Pema Chodran quote from a talk she gave at a 2009 retreat. It offers the best context for doing our practices.
 
There is nothing more important on our spiritual path than developing gentleness to ourselves.
I take this to mean it’s deleterious to our spiritual development to be harsh to ourselves. However, in the same talk, Pema mentions another important aspect of gentleness. It’s where our strength comes in, that is, discipline. Allowing ourselves to indulge in bad habits is not practicing gentleness.
 
Discipline comes from simply turning up the volume on that ‘quiet voice within’. And, possibly remembering how hard it is to climb aboard the practice wagon once again.
 
*Here’s some simple advice for newbies to yoga practice.

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.

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What Are the Principles and Foundations of Yoga?

 
Why bother with principles and foundations?
This week, I’m teaching a module on principles and foundations of yoga to trainee teachers. It sounds like a big topic, so where to start?

Of course, The Internet! I googled the above terms to see what was out there. Not so much, it would seem. Then, I wondered about the definitions of the terms.

Finally, I thought, why are we bothering anyway with these subjects in a teacher training? Thirty-seven years ago, it wasn’t part of my training.

Well, it should have been. […]

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Days of extreme weather might be the way of the future. Who knows? Most scientists say this is the way we are heading.
If so, we need to include reflective practices as part of our yoga routine. We need the tools that create mental and emotional space to deal with difficult situations. It’s not enough to keep up with a strong physical practice. Meditation, savasana, yoga nidra, and pranayama are necessary to weather all conditions. Not only extreme climactic fluctuations.

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I think that I’m pretty good at planning for the future. Perhaps planning is an inherited trait. Either you are or you aren’t. There are those of us who plan from when we open our eyes in the morning to when we close them at night. (It’s possible that planning is going on even in our dreams.)
For me, the bad thing about planning is when I overdo it. It can squeeze the life out of any spontaneity and fun.
The good thing is that planning can lead to getting what you want. […]

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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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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.

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