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A Sutra a Day

Between 14 May 2012 and 22 February 2013 I worked my way through the 196 Sutra of Patanjali. I called the project "A Sutra a Day". I tried to relate each of the Sutra to my life in a personal way. Here are the results.
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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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I've been adding meditations, short instructional video and an ever-growing selection of complete yoga classes.  Click on any of these below videos to view them directly.  Or click on the button below to explore the entire channel.

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Yoga Teacher, Yoga Community and Technology

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Get over it!

It doesn't pay to be afraid of the technology that so totally makes up our environment these days. It would be like being fearful of the air we breathe. If you resist taking a breath, who are you hurting?

I got my first computer in 1995. My husband Daniel, who I often refer to as my technology guru, picked it out for me. We bought it on my advance from Simon & Schuster Publishing for writing Teach Yourself Yoga. What model was it? A Performa, perhaps? That device presented me with a big learning curve, but I couldn't have written the book without it. Then, along came email technology and suddenly I could be in daily contact with my family (if I wanted to). Before that, Australia Post would take up to two weeks to deliver my missives.

The year two thousand was the birth year of Simply Yoga in Crows Nest and my first website. I did a photoshoot with David Clare of First Light Photography, and the images were very show-offy. But hopefully the website was successful in attracting students to our new school. This was the era before FaceBook marketing and long before Instagram was a gleam in Mark Zuckerberg's eye.

Image of a yoga teacher in an advanced upside down poseImage of a yoga teacher doing an advanced arm balancing poseAn image of a yoga teacher in a side balancing pose in half lotus

My next technological challenge in 2006 was writing a blog. I was petrified that my posts would reach a global audience--people whom I'd never met. Really, I need not have worried. Perhaps members of my family and a few students followed it. But this current 'Yoga Suits Her' blog was destined to go up on the shoulders of that earlier one. Of course now I would hope for a worldwide audience. I do hear from people whom I've never met in person and that makes my day. I feel connected to this big yoga world.

Where would we be without zoom?

There have been many markers that show I've moved with technological advances, but none so compelling as the ones I've encountered in lockdown. Where would we be without the video communication apps that seem to have spread almost as rapidly as the Delta variant. 

While we were in last year, 2020, many of us were thinking/hoping that in 2021, we would be free. Back in offices, back in yoga studios, back in theatres, back in airplanes. But no. Here we are in Australia, and for the most part we are sheltering in place.

So, I've surrendered. I would like to say that I've embraced presenting live zoom classes at this time. But at least I'm not resisting. What I've discovered is that my brain is being taxed in ways that doing cryptic crosswords and jig saw puzzles could never touch.

Recently I've even had my first go at playing a musical instrument and, in the process, realised that I needed singing, as well as my harp lessons. Then I found out that if I want to do these sessions on zoom that I have to be able to handle google docs and downloading recordings. 

Sometimes my head hurts with the effort of creating all these new neurological pathways, But in fact, now that I've stopped resisting, there are aspects of this new learning that are pretty exciting. They fulfil my deep yearning to staying connected and to growing our yoga community.

I think that there are plenty of people who, having discovered that working from home is better than office work, will not likely return. Many have moved away from city environments and are enjoying cleaner air without those long commutes that kept them away from family. 

It's entirely possible that yoga teachers will not take up their rented yoga spaces again. I have a studio on our property so I don't have to be concerned about paying a landlord. Call me old-fashioned, but I look forward to the day when I can teach in the warm and intimate atmosphere of face-to-face classes that I've enjoyed over the years. But I might just keep the zoom string for my bow in case some students can't get to Mitchells Island.

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Yoga Teacher, Yoga Community and Technology

There have been many markers that show I’ve moved with technological advances, but none so compelling as the ones I’ve encountered in lockdown. Where would we be without the video communication apps that seem to have spread almost as rapidly as the Delta variant. 

While we were in last year, 2020, many of us were thinking/hoping that in 2021, we would be free. Back in offices, back in yoga studios, back in theatres, back in airplanes. But no. Here we are in Australia, and for the most part we are sheltering in place.

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The Previous 4 Posts

Yoga teacher trainings: made for quarter-life crises

Yoga Teacher Trainings: Made for Quarter-life Crises

Teacher trainings are so much more than Sanskrit, anatomy, philosophy and asana courses. In the hands of good trainers, they are programs for personal development. Especially if the training is longer, say a year, the trainees learn better ways of relating to themselves and others.

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Making the most of these strange and challenging times

Making the Most of These Strange and Challenging Times

The pandemic has taken its toll, even for those who have kept their jobs. Perhaps the worst affected are health workers. Tragically, many have died in the line of duty. Overworked, in dangerous environments, these front line workers have also had to sacrifice precious time with friends and family. We owe these people–from doctors to hospital cleaners–a debt that will be impossible to repay. How do we repay days, weeks, months of someone’s life freely given to keep us alive?

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Teach yourself yoga: now is the time

Teach Yourself Yoga: Now is the Time

It feels like it’s breathing down my neck, this pandemic. Thankfully, my immediate friends, family and I are all safe. I feel, though, for the world’s hotspots, especially my native U.S. And I’m aware that my protected status could change any time. The real danger of bushfires is that they can be transformed capriciously by a shift in the wind. This virus can attack us as a result of contact with a sick person, at any time or place.

So in this uncertain period, I depend more than ever on my yoga practice. I am blessed to have developed a dependable yoga practice over forty-nine years.

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R. I. P. Donald moyer, yoga teacher, 1946-2019

R.I.P. Donald Moyer, Yoga Teacher, 1946-2019

Donald was so beloved by his students, yogis who had followed him for years. I was fortunate to be given a place in what turned our to be essentially an Iyengar-type class. However, Donald’s approach was inquiry based: ‘How does it feel to do the pose this way? Where does your effort come from? Might you do the pose in a way better-suited to your body?’

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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:

(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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Bit About Eve

I've been teaching since I was 35. I'm now 76. In that time there have been a few changes. Click here if you want to find out a bit about my life.

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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.