Dear Yogis,

We all grow older, and we decide to do this in different ways.  In this century we can decide and some of the results are less than flattering.

We yogis work at it in mind body and spirit. We may not think about it specifically as we do our practice, but we do get the results.  Where would we be without our daily practice?
Some people have grown older gracefully – the actress,  the late Audrey Hepburn was one of these.

For all the no Botox no Plastic Surgery women – When they asked her to reveal her beauty secrets, Audrey Hepburn wrote this beautiful text that was later read at her funeral.

′′ To have attractive lips, speak kind words.
To have a loving look, look for the good side of people.
To look skinny, share your food with the hungry.
To have beautiful hair, let a child cross it with his own fingers once a day.
To have a beautiful poise, walk knowing you’re never alone, because those who love and loved you accompany you.
People, even more than objects, need to be fixed, spoiled, awakened, wanted and saved: never give up on anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a hand, you’ll find them at the end of both your arms.
When you become old, you will discover that you have two hands, one to help yourself, the second to help others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, in her face or in her way of fixing her hair.
The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the door open to her heart, the source of her love.

The beauty of a woman doesn’t lie in her makeup, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the tenderness that gives love, the passion that it expresses.
The beauty of a woman grows over the years ′′


HERBS AT HOME – we discussed this (and more) last nite at our Herbal Workshop.

I dry calendula petals (as you do I am sure), and blend these into oils for sugar scrubs.   I use the petals only in the infusion, not the whole flower, because I prefer to leave the petals in the scrub. I think it looks very attractive and alive.

I have put the recipe here for you, it is easy, and if you don’t have petals, your local health food store may have or you can buy them online, although they are a disappointing colour and strength in comparison to what you may be able to make at home.  It is always good to have them in your pantry for herbal teas and desserts.

Calendula Sugar Scrub Ingredients

1/2 cup of calendula infused sweet almond oil  – you could use any oil though, even olive oil.
1/3 cup calendula infused coconut oil – fractionated oil consistency, although you could use the solid oil if you prefer a more solid result. Melt and add the petals, then mix with the other oil.  It is a more complex recipe.
2 cups white sugar
10-20 drops of essential oil (optional)

  • Plan ahead – Infuse calendula flowers into sweet almond oil and coconut oil separately. Make more than you need so that you will have some in reserve.
  • Combine coconut oil with sugar and mix well.
  • Slowly pour in sweet almond oil while mixing until desired consistency is reached.
  • Add essential oils if desired

You can use this herbal sugar scrub every time you shower, or anytime really to refresh and revitalise your skin.  Although it is called a “scrub”, please don’t scrub.  Just massage gently.  You can alternate it with soap or your favourite cleanser.  You will work out a routine. Gently massaging it into your skin feels great and the oils will leave your skin soft, nourished, and glowing. A word to the wise – don’t forget to use a mesh catch for your drain so you don’t clog up the plumbing with the calendula petals!


Don’t forget to diarise The NEW yoga classes at 1pm and 2.15 on Friday at the Studio.  Because they are filling up beautifully, and 1pm looks to be full… please email me in the first instance to book your place in the 2.15 class.

We have our Yoga Luncheon on 12 noon,  Thursday the 30th June (Last Thursday in the month as usual), The Victoria Hotel, Woodend.  You are all welcome, it is wonderful to meet up socially.  Please let me know so we can alert the hotel to be prepared.


I will see you on the mat.