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
Daniel and I are camped tonight in the central desert, Coward Springs, SA, to be exact. It's an amazingly modest spot, except for the fact that it has its own tiny spa that emanates from a natural spring. Very refreshing!
Another thing to know about this area is that it's the driest place in Australia. No rain since a smattering of 8 mm in 2017. I'm sure it could get an award for flies per square inch of a person's body.
Probably you wouldn't have heard about Coward Springs, unless you've driven the Oonadatta Track, between Marree and William Creek.
I wish I could recommend this particular route but the track's corrugation and dust put me in a foul mood today. I now know where the expression, 'I feel rattled', comes from. At least I had the sense to take advantage of the nourishing spa at the end of today.
After two weeks on the road, I'm watching all my 'normal' coping strategies fall by the wayside. So far, we've had a dud battery, our van water tank has sprung a leak and the microwave door flew off somewhere on this morning's bumpy ride. There's more, but in balance, I've thus far met all challenges, with Daniel's smart troubleshooting.
I've started to realise how important it is, vital even, to get away and see the world. To shake off the cobwebs and get far away from the perfect flat white you order at your favourite cafe.
There's a great opportunity coming up this winter for all you yoga teachers and trainees to give yourself a complete break. You can retreat to the little hamlet of Stroud, NSW. Instead of heading out to the central desert, you can join us at the Stroud Monastery. Yoga teacher and trainer, Megan Jones, is organising a weekend where we can enjoy collegial company and a peaceful environment away from our normal routines.
We will practice and learn together, and especially return to our teaching renewed and refreshed. (I will be guest teaching with Megan.)
Click here for more information.
I’ve started to realise how important it is, vital even, to get away and see the world. To shake off the cobwebs and get far away from the perfect flat white you order at your favourite cafe.There’s a great opportunity coming up this winter for all you yoga teachers and trainees to give yourself a complete break. You can retreat to the little hamlet of Stroud, NSW.
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I like to think that some wisdom has been born of age. I recognise that for most of the time, like you, I’m doing the best I can. Mistakes happen and they always will. Sometimes the more we do to have mistakes not happen just creates more painful experiences when they do.
Who hates being exhausted? Me!It’s not sexy to find oneself in a state of exhaustion. It could even be viewed as decidedly unattractive. Worse, exhaustion is often accompanied by low spirits, including a whole lot of resistance to feeling this way.My dictionary defines exhaustion as extreme tiredness, great fatigue, weariness, and burnout. So, we’re not just talking about feeling a little tired after housecleaning or gardening.Okay, I’m going to dob myself in. I’m not here only to write an exposition on exhaustion or to merely define it. I’m here to tell you that I am exhausted. […]
A human body cannot continually be pushed, with the pendulum swinging widely between extreme behaviours. Maintaining a sense of well-being for as long as possible is only really likely if we can opt as much as possible for the middle ground during our lives and seek balance in all things.
When I was 27, I discovered yoga. I thought that this ancient system would help me defeat disease and old age. Of course, I now know this view was terribly naive and ultimately fallacious. But because both of my parents had died young from heart problems, I wanted to find a guaranteed way to live a long, healthy life.
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.
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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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.