Dear Yogis,

We had such a fantastic time in our ZOOM CAFE YOGA meet-up on Friday at 11, you should have been here.  Here is a partial shot of the group.  There were others present.  Thanks Caroline for the photograph – I never think to do this.  I gave a short intro on how to tie a scarf, and most were so comfortable wearing it that they kept it on throughout our meeting, not even lifting it to have a coffee.   One of the newcomers noted that I had ‘A GROUP OF QUIRKY WOMEN AT THE CAFE”… well yes, I guess we are, that is why it is so much fun.  Nothing much is “out of bounds”.  

I know that we had fun but I had not expected to notice the deep quietness in my house after we closed the meeting.  I remember when my children had left home and came to visit, that same quietness I had to get used to again when they left.  So thank you girls for enlivening my life and the atmosphere in the studio.  We all look forward to this girl time together.  I went into the kitchen afterwards and out of habit sanitised my hands… I must have felt at a deep level that we had been THAT CLOSE.  Please don’t miss it.  Next Friday our project is something that we have made with a Coles bag, the red and white ones.  Crochet, knit, weave…whatever.


1. RESTORATIVE YOGA Saturday 12.30,
2. TAROT TRAINING CLASS Saturday 2pm to 4pm,
3. BHAGAVADGITA is the topic of TEACHER TRAINING Sunday at 10am,

and 4. MAKE YOUR OWN TAROT CARDS… Sunday at 2pm.  Bring paper and pencil for notes, a number of SMALL paper or plastic bags, and some magazines that you like….  No glue,  cardboard, or paint needed at this stage.  



Since I started out in yoga and massage all those years ago, I have “treated” hundreds of women suffering from fatigue, stress, grief, PMS, infertility, depression, menopaws(?), and various life threatening conditions…all too common today.  I am not a Western trained doctor, but a long time yogi trained in other modalities, massage being a stand-out.

NEED A BREAK? In this time of isolation I invite you to come along for a “THAI HAND REFLEXOLOGY MASSAGE”.  All the covid requirements can be met and I will be doing a temp check, signing in, etc etc.  No disrobing of any kind except the hands required, (a hazmat suit optional#!?).  You and I will be wearing masks, and sanitising ourselves until our skin falls off (I am moisturising my hands after each wash). The all important cost? $50 for half an hour…

My aim is not to fix or cure, but to rebalance the body,  to relax and restore my clients so that they can come to a new understanding of their body and emotions, and how through preventative self-care, they can improve their health, increase vitality and avoid illness.  If we build the Chi it will protect us from all ills.

ZEN SAYING:   “If you bring forth what is within you it will save you.
If you DO NOT bring forth what is within you – it will destroy you” 


SOUP – a soup for “what ails you” 
You might need to search for a couple of the ingredients..  This soup helps the liver energy to flow, activates the flow of Chi, nourishes and invigorates the blood and invigorates the spleen.

6 cups water, 1 cup black rice, half a cup of dried longan fruit (available at Asian stores or good health food stores),
10 dates, 2 tablespoons raw cane sugar (half an inch of raw ginger peeled and thinly sliced add to finished soup).

Place all ingredients into a large heavy saucepan.  Bring to boil over medium heat.  Reduce heat and gently simmer for 2 hours (or in a crockpot) stirring occasionally.  The finished congee will have the consistency of soup.  Ladle into a bowl and sprinkle with the ginger slices.  EAT.

Typically of Chinese medicine, we need to bring the YIN AND YANG back into balance.
 Many practices TCM recommends, in particular self-help like the soup above,  are common sense, and yes they are.  I have found that common sense is not all the “common”.  In these stressed times, interesting times, common sense practices are sometimes hard to carry out.  For example, the most important considerations are –  try not to get too stressed, too overworked, or overtired.  This is not so easy to achieve, but it is an investment in a healthy,  long life.