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
It's Sunday in this little Outback dot on the map called Silverton, NSW. We woke up today to chittering apostlebirds, said to be so named because they go around in groups of 12.
Eight days from home and I've been experiencing the discordance of being cut loose from moorings, such as work and house and routines. Some good things about our road trip west: having adventures, seeing new landscapes, tasting new foods cooked deliciously in the out-of-doors.
Best of all so far is a new insight I had. Seventy-four years old and I'm still learning. Admittedly, maybe my realisation is something that most people already know. That some may have already come into the world knowing.
This new insight is related to a saying that my dear friend Heather subscribes to: there's nothing wrong here. Meaning we don't have to fix this.
In the past, I've argued with her. How can what you believe be true, I've said? There are famines and wars and a big fat climate crisis!
But she hasn't budged.
So here's my insight, a gift of being on the road in the vast space of the state's western desert, where the night sky is visible from horizon to horizon.
Don't assume that what happens was not meant to happen. Don't think that things were meant to turn out differently than they did. Suffering comes from the expectation of a different outcome and not accepting things are the way they are.
I don't think this view means I will end up being resigned to the sadness of the world, maybe only that I will have a little more perspective and contentment in myself.
Do let me hear from you while I am carvanning through NSW, South Australia, Northern Territory, and Queensland. It will be so lovely to have you along on this trip.
Don’t assume that what happens was not meant to happen. Don’t think that things were meant to turn out differently than they did. Suffering comes from the expectation of a different outcome and not accepting things are the way they are.I don’t think this view means I will end up being resigned to the sadness of the world, maybe only that I will have a little more perspective and contentment in myself.
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Why would ‘caveat emptor’ apply to yoga teacher training? Probably because the trainings are now commodified, as yoga teaching has become an popular industry. Generally we can enjoy the fact that yoga is more mainstream, but for those considering teacher training, they have to do their do their due diligence. What is it that makes a great training course?
I believe and know from my yoga experience that connecting through community is the most health-promoting and fulfilling activity I can do. Just recently I joined a local pool community for aquarobics classes and am enjoying connecting with a whole new group of health-minded and lively people.
No-one is safe from illness. Anything can strike anyone at any age. When something happens we have to find a way to accept it and learn to live with what is. The good news is that yoga can help with diabetes.
Yoga is all too often considered synonymous with body contortions. This view is re-inforced by book, magazine and calendar images. But is it really yoga?
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.
Yoga Basics Pack. $24.95
10-week beginners Yoga course.
Specially designed for beginners, Yoga Basics is an easy to follow program for better health, flexibility and peace of mind. This pack contains 10 beautifully illustrated cards, one for each week of a ten-week course that tie a clear, practical and portable guide to getting started in yoga.
Yoga Tool Kit. $24.95
10 beautifully illustrated cards that give clear, practical and portable programs to meet a variety of needs. The customised sequences help provide holistic healthcare – better health, flexibility and peace of mind – so you can stay on top of your daily requirements with a safe and effective regime. Practices for boosting the immune system, insomnia, menstruation, post travel, low backache, stress and anxiety relief, fatigue, encouraging mental balance, managing menopause and regenerating.
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.