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
I have the old Bob Dylan rain song running in my head at the moment, A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall. Patti Smith famously sang this song at the Nobel Awards ceremony, as she represented the absent poet/songwriter/performer.
Dylan's hard rain is a metaphor for tough times and the likelihood of them getting tougher. Were there ever more depressing song lyrics? The times were tough. Not only in the United States. Globally too, there was a depressing culture of injustice, suffering and warfare.
Last week, I had a day of depression. I don't know how else to describe it. Something like a twenty-four hour emotional flu. When it was on me, I felt as wretched as you do when you have a lightning dose of the flu. Laid low by my mind and spirit, not by my body.
What brought it on? I'd like to be flippant here and say, the usual. Communication breakdown, relationship difficulty, feeling separate. But when this sort of hard rain comes, it's difficult to see my way clearly, to answer how and why and who. This short term depression is all there is when it happens. Raw feelings that are accompanied by here-we-go-again.
My mood lifted in relatively short order. I know enough to try to reach out, even though it's the last thing I want to do.
I came across an Elephant Journal article after my 'flu' episode called 'Everything the Buddha Ever Taught in Two Words'.
History proves this. The Civil Rights legislation miraculously passed. The Cold War was resolved, and the Vietnam War finally ended.
Apparently, Bob Dylan even recorded an upbeat version of 'Hard Rain' during a 70's concert performance.
Yes, I plan on keeping the Buddha's two words on a mental post-it note. For me, it's so important to remember that there are always kindly people close by--even if it's a phone call away.
Tough times I have the old Bob Dylan rain song running in my head at the moment, A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall. Patti Smith famously sang this song at the Nobel Awards ceremony, as she represented the absent poet/songwriter/performer. Dylan's hard rain is a metaphor for...
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The head is proportionately a heavy part of your body. The average weight is 6.6 to 8 pounds. So your neck may end up feeling compressed, especially from long hours at your desk or from doing detailed work.
Here’s a way to lengthen the back of your neck. Use a wide strap with a looped to make a sling from which to suspend the back neck. The strap goes over a chair and then round the occiput (base of your skull). […]
I’ve just finished my stint of teaching in the Byron Bay Yoga Therapy Course, which will continue until next week.
My contribution to the course is in the area of “Working with the Older Client”, i.e., what are the complaints of the Aged and how can yoga help.
Even though the above photo of the group shows us behaving like silly mugs, these trainees are very inspiring. Yogis decide to train as teachers because of a huge love of yoga. […]
This may be just what you need to feel a neck extension that is thoroughly supported by a firmly rolled mat. […]
Supta Padangusthasana, nicknamed ‘lying-down big toe pose’ is one of the most versatile yoga postures. Apart from its therapeutic benefits, it can be used in many varied sequences.
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.