Dear Yogis,

A couple of you have said that there has been no newsletter for a couple of days… well, I have written them EVERY DAY but our friend mail chimp has had a glitch and without notifying me was not delivering the news to everyone.  This is problem – as this is the main way I can get news  to you.

ZOOM DIARY:
FRIDAY: ZOOM CAFE
11am.  Everyone welcome -The more the better and its FUN/free. 5.30 RESTORATIVE with weights.
SATURDAY: 12.30 RESTORATIVE YOGA,  2pm MAKE YOUR OWN TAROT
SUNDAY: 10am. THE BHAGAVADGITA (and yoga).

We will be having a Watercolour Painting Class starting Tuesday at 1.30, but that will not be the only class.  Another class will be organised in the evening – not sure the day until you let me know your preferences.  In the meanwhile book for the watercolour class. The photo to the right is a pic of a set of four cards I am playing with.  Just doodles.  Easy, and you can do it too.  NO ART EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.  All the details are on the HOME page of www.yogabeautiful.com.au.

REGISTRATION:  At this time of the year it might be a good idea to glance at your registration papers.  Is your membership still current?  Everyone who re-registers between now and the end of October will receive one of my beautiful Small Pendulum Charts (17cm x17cm)  and a Purse size chart FREE.   That is two charts FREE so you will never be without one.  I wasn’t sure how useful they would be, after all we have the large one, but these are perfect.  I have the medium one near my computer and the tiny one in my purse with my travelling pendulum.  If you use your pendulum as a friend, and have it near you all the time, you will use these charts often..  REGISTER TODAY.  Email me to get your application for re-registration. yogafirst@netcon.net.au

YOUR TO-DO LIST.

Here’s a thought.  Like the plastic wrap you use to keep your celery fresh, your to-do list is IMMORTAL.  Mine will live on even when I die.  My daughter will get to read it and think I am nuts..  Every day we get a chance to drive ourselves crazy with the thought that we are “lazy”, not good enough, or not doing enough.  Every day you have the opportunity to practice stress or practice PEACE.   Keep in mind you have a CHOICE.  All it takes is a willingness to change and some common sense.  There are only so may hours in a day, we all have the same.  Use them wisely.  My garden (which is therapy) is the photo below. Bluebells, blue hyacinths, borage, tulips, forget-me-nots, violets, daffodils, jonquils, mint, chocolate mint, agapanthus and so on….  I just put them in and stand back.

We live in a very worried, stressed culture and Covid is making this worse.  Prior to the pandemic 70% to 90% of visits to primary care physicians are attributable to stress.  When I first came to the Macedon Ranges there were few doctors, one or two for each of the little clusters of communities.  Not only could you easily get an appointment, the doctors and their small staffs had time for yoga.  Now there are 20 and more doctors where there used to be one or two (multiplied by medical offices springing up all over the Shire, plus specialists etc.).  In spite of the huge increase in doctors and support staff, you can’t get an appointment, hardly anyone values yoga, and fewer come to class.  New practices are springing up all the time.  It is not about how many offices you have, it is the time you can give to each client.  There are many who go to the doctor who just need comfort, not medication.  People who need someone to talk to, something to give meaning to their day. The doctors themselves need to de-stress.  You can help.

 

Today I am going to paint, and take my time.  It’s my day off….  See you at ZOOM tomorrow.

NAMASTE – JAHNE

Dear Yogis,

ZOOM
WEDNESDAY (Today): 12.30 RESTORATIVE,  5.30 RESTORATIVE weights optional, 6.45 MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
FRIDAY: 11am YOGA CAFE ZOOM  5.30 RESTORATIVE with weights and bands

What a strange morning… there is so much confusion in the atmosphere.  Not relief, not gratitude but confusion and anxiety are ruling the airwaves.  Remember, we are all connected.  More news coming out of England, Europe, South America and so on, then we have the American Elections which are decided in November but are happening right now – People are voting…  We shouldn’t be surprised that we are all feeling slightly off centre, off course.  Good job we have yoga and meditation to keep us centred.

ART CLASS – THE TAO OF WATERCOLOUR (ZOOM). ($50 for a series of three classes).

TURNING YOUR DOODLES INTO ART.  I have been painting.  Doing small pieces that I can teach to you.  We even have interest in our classes from the USA.  I haven’t decided on a class time – I am waiting to see how the class pans out, but if the American interest grows it will be a morning class.  It has to be because of time zones.  We can always have a second class. I would love to hear from you.  Please email your interest at yogafirst@netcon.net.au.

The painting above is two of a series of four to an A4 page,  each painting card size.  When you come to class you will learn to handle the brush, the water and the paint.  The actual painting will take no time at all.  It is about how to make the most of your doodles.  Once you have got a little confidence and can chase the paint around the page, you will be able to make your own cards for any occasion, or expand your skills to larger and larger works. They don’t take any time at all – just relaxation and entering.  It is like magic.

My own skills are based on Chinese Brush Painting training.  I learned for years with some wonderful teachers… (Andre Sollier was just one) and I did some huge works.  Then the yoga became the central part of my life and I didn’t have the time for painting that I like to have.    It’s always about balance and choices.  I never stopped my art, but the works became smaller and different.  I am liking the “accidental” feeling that Chinese work gives me.  Chasing the paint, rather than forcing.  Breathing rather than concentrating and constraining.  Meditation with paint.  No expensive kit is required.  We can use almost anything.

An example?  The artist Sam Byrne from BrokenHill, was never formally trained in art,  used Dulux and cockatoo feathers as his equipment mainly because that was all he had and didn’t know he needed to buy brushes etc.  Today his paintings are in museums.  He wasn’t a yogi,  but he was yogic.  He painted to record scenes for others because he wasn’t much good at writing.  It was his service. He only had one idea – he painted as a gift to his children and community.

For those who think that you should concentrate on one thing – Sam Byrne worked as a miner, Andre Sollier was an artist,  a poet, a martial artist, and a Zen Archer.   We also have the example of Patanjali – Yogi, doctor/surgeon, philosopher, dancer, poet…etc.

Don’t be intimidated….just be one thing at a time.  Put all your effort towards what is in front of you.  “Do what you can with what you have, where you are” (the Buddha).  It is all about balance and following your dreams.  “Just one dream” for me would be a nightmare, and might be for you.  Thanks to Covid, you have been given time and space to explore new directions.  Embrace the gift and go places you have always wondered about.   “if only….”.  If Only is TODAY.  Do it.

Remember.  Whether we are painting, doing yoga, or parenting,  we are not looking for perfection.  As with anything, small steps will get you to where you are going.  If you take honest, small steps in the direction of your dreams, I am sure you will get to places more extraordinary than you can imagine.  There is a Divine hand guiding you, working unseen.  If you take a step towards the Divine (painting, yoga, meditation, loving, serving),  that energy will be pulled towards you.  New worlds and new possibilities will open up and synchronicities will appear that will surprise and delight.

SEE YOU IN CLASS.

NAMASTE. JAHNE

Dear Yogis,

ZOOM
TUESDAY: 7.30 to 9pm.  YOGA lecture. The Chakras.
Next Tuesday:  1.30pm THE TAO OF WATERCOLOUR – Making beautiful cards/paintings from your doodles.
WEDNESDAY:  12.30 RESTORATIVE YOGA.  5.30 RESTORATIVE YOGA, 6.45 MINDFUL MEDITATION

REGISTRATION:  At this time of the year it might be a good idea to glance at your registration papers.  Is your membership still current. Everyone who re-registers between now and the end of October will receive one of my beautiful Small Pendulum Charts (17cm x17cm)  and a Purse size chart FREE.   That is two charts FREE so you will never be without one.  I wasn’t sure how useful they would be, after all we have the large one, but these are perfect.  I have the medium one near my computer and the tiny one in my purse with my travelling pendulum.  If you use your pendulum as a friend, and have it near you all the time, you will use these charts often..  REGISTER TODAY.  Email me to get your application for re-registration.

 

YOUR TO-DO LIST.

Here’s a thought.  Like the plastic wrap you use to keep your celery fresh, your to-do list is IMMORTAL.  Mine will live on even when I die.  My daughter will get to read it and think I am nuts..  Every day we get a chance to drive ourselves crazy with the thought that we are “lazy”, not good enough, or not doing enough.  Every day you have the opportunity to practice stress or practice PEACE.   Keep in mind you have a CHOICE.  A CHOICE.  All it takes is a willingness to change and some common sense.  There are only so may hours in a day, we all have the same.  Use them wisely.

We live in a very worried, stressed culture and Covid is making this worse.  Prior to the pandemic 70% to 90% of visits to primary care physicians are attributable to stress.  When I first came to the Macedon Ranges there were few doctors, one or two for each of the little clusters of communities.  Not only could you easily get an appointment, the doctors and their small staffs had time for yoga.  Now there are 20 and more doctors where there used to be one or two (multiplied by medical offices springing up all over the Shire, plus specialists etc.).  In spite of the huge increase in doctors and support staff, you can’t get an appointment, hardly anyone values yoga, and fewer come to class.  There are many who go to the doctor who just need comfort, not medication.  People who need someone to talk to, something to give meaning to their day. The doctors themselves need to de-stress.  You can help.

We all have skills we don’t use.  Change is more exciting and certainly easier when you share your intentions and your wins with someone you care about, or a close group.  If you need support, you could consider bringing together an “Inner Peace Group” so that you can check in with each other about ideas, and progress.  In this way you can create a small supportive community where love and understanding can live and grow.

In the middle of this Pandemic, techniques for de-stressing are very important.  There is going to be an avalanche of needy students as the months move towards Christmas and the new year.  When the monetary aid is removed and scaled down we will really see where the help is needed. This will be a new kind of pandemic, visible and invisible, but like Covid, worldwide.

As the Dalai Lama reminds us, we are all the same,  we are all alike in our desire for happiness and the need to avoid suffering. The answer is simple but it is not easy. You can start at the beginning.  Baby steps, baby steps.

SEE YOU IN CLASS

NAMASTE – JAHNE