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.

Photo by: Julie Slavin Photography, Old Bar

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Take Care: Time to Put on the Brakes?

A wise quote from Marilyn Monroe

If you are a person who likes to keep moving, physically and mentally, you know what a nuisance it is when an injury trips you up.

I’m one of those on-the-move people. If you assessed me according to Ayurveda criteria, I would come up as a Vata type.

So, when I woke up on Wednesday morning this week with an extremely sore shoulder, I was annoyed. I knew I should put the brakes on.

Did I want to and did I? Of course not! First I tried to figure out what I might have done to create such a painful shoulder. I went over the previous day’s activities and the day before, too. It was very mysterious, as I couldn’t think of anything I’d done out of the ordinary.

I had three major appointments planned for this day. My Taree writers’ group, lunch with a student/friend and a visit to my palliative care patient. I could have passed on any of these activities just by picking up the phone. But I kept to my schedule. I didn’t even do it out of a sense of duty. I was looking forward to doing everything I’d planned, even though I going to be in some discomfort. Crazy, huh?

By the time I returned home in the late afternoon, I was exhausted. I’m not averse to taking a pain killer, even though I would do it rarely. One Neurofen tablet and the pain symptoms abated slightly.

I have a little pearl of wisdom that I pass on to yoga students who might have a tendency to push themselves. This is when I deem what they are doing in their yoga practice is downright unsafe:

How do we know where our limits are? By going over them.

I certainly had gone over my limits even though, in balance, I’d had a fulfilling day.

The really interesting thing about this whole episode was that my shoulder got better gradually, all by itself. To the point that two days later, I am pain-free.

Was this a test to see if I know when to put on the brakes? Whether I can follow my own advice and better judgment?

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.