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 nearly autumn in Australia. Here on the East Coast we've experienced the hottest summer in many a year. Fortunately, the weather has become milder recently, but still exceedingly humid.
With a hint of cool weather in the air, Australians are beginning to dream about setting off in their vans for northern coasts, inland lakes and The Outback.
This Saturday Daniel and I will do just that. We will head off for an 11-week sojourn, towing our A-Van-home-on-wheels. The centrepiece of this trip will be a singing workshop called The Big Sing in the Desert. Non-indigenous singers will be joining with central desert women choristers for a 4-day workshop in the East McDonnell Ranges.
I will of course pack my yoga mat.
I know from experience that my body will take a pounding driving for hours over many days. So, I will probably also take along two foam blocks and a couple of yoga blankets.
When I'm travelling, well-being needs to be made a priority as there are on-the-road stresses. There's the lack of control over normal dietary needs. You eat various foods that you are not habituated to and sometimes finish up eating at strange mealtimes.
With any luck, I might find sanctuary in a yoga class somewhere between Dubbo and Quorn. Or, between the Oonadatta Track and Mt. Isa. Small town classes often present unusual interpretations from the yoga I'm used to. But usually a yoga centre's ambiance is peaceful and no doubt I'll feel rehabilitated just by coming home to my body.
Speaking of homecomings, one of the YogaAnywhere cards that we designed for special situations is for recovery from travel. If you are anticipating holiday or business travel, do have a look at these cards.
Here's a couple of hints from the travel sequence:
A Simple Breathing Exercise – Upon arriving at your stopping place find a quiet spot to lie down with your legs up the wall and stay for five or ten minutes. To help you feel more grounded, observe your breath, while breathing completely naturally.
Supported Poses – If you find that your energy goes up and down throughout the day on which you arrive, do Supta Baddha Konasana or Setu Bandhasana for 5-10 minutes.
Here are some additional common sense suggestions for post travel recovery:
You can't do better than walking on the beach or in the bush. If you are travelling through different time zones, sunshine in limited exposure will help reset your biorhythms. Wholesome meals are important, too. Eating meals at regular times is nurturing–if possible ones that you've cooked yourself.
Best of all for your wellbeing is home yoga practice, as much as you want, any time. When space and time are limited, keep it simple. Make the focus watching your breath and practising relaxation.
I hope you'll stay tuned to FB so you'll be able to come along for the ride.
It’s nearly autumn in Australia. Here on the East Coast we’ve experienced the hottest summer in many a year. Fortunately, the weather has become cooler recently, but still exceedingly humid.No matter what the weather is like this time of year, Australians are beginning to dream about setting off in their vans for northern coasts, inland lakes and The Outback.
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How is it that our own beauty and goodness seem hidden from us? In my healing journey, the way to seeing my beautiful self has necessitated shining a light onto my shadow side. Uncomfortable as that process is, I know that the tender exposure of my negativity is the path to the goodies, Beauty being one of them.
“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”
The above quote from Pema Chodran appeals to me. I relate well to metaphors–word pictures. I know I am not really the sky, but to be able to feel into my mind, having it be as big as the open sky, well, it’s not hard.
Yet, most days I go around in a skyless world, one circumscribed by what is in front of my nose. […]
Recently I taught an ‘intensive’ week at the Yoga Shed. I based my teaching on the abstract concept of Beauty. I wove in poses that I considered appropriate to the theme and developed a sequence for each day. The first day we followed a sequence of standing poses. The aim was to experience the beauty of being grounded.
I’m excited to present to you a new iteration of my popular blog ‘Yoga Suits Her’. Six years old now, she needed a makeover, and fortunately I found the perfect web designer to do it.
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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