Dear Yogis,

What an inspired/inspiring weekend.  The zoom meetings were truly stupendous… wonderful.  The tarot class was just so much fun, and the Gita on Sunday morning really covered a lot of ground.  I wish you could be with us.  What is more important than “life”?  Anything else is illusion.  A lovely illusion, comfortable, but not “life” from a Gita point of view.  We took a lot of our text from my personal notes from my Oxford studies, leaning on Prabhupada’s translation and the expanded view by Yogananada which brings in koshas and chakras.

ZOOM AND STUDIO

MONDAY: This afternoon at 1pm there is a STUDIO yoga class.  It is Hatha, and there is one vacancy.
TUESDAY:   7.30pm ZOOM SUTRA CLASS.
WEDNESDAY:  12.30 ZOOM RESTORATIVE CLASS and 5.30 STUDIO CLASS

*YOGA MONTHLY LUNCHEON: 11th December at 12noon at Mt.Macedon Hotel Please email me to book.
*CHRISTMAS HOLS  Last class December 23rd at 5.30.  First class of new year –  1pm Monday January 11th.

VISION BOARDS:  I have asked if any of you would be interested to take part in a VISION BOARD making class.  An afternoon (Tuesday, Friday, Sunday)  Let me know if any of those days are available for you, and let’s do this.  I think it would be most helpful.  We are coming out of Covid, having to re-think our lives, and a vision board is just made for this kind of growth.  It would be simple, not expensive, and we would all learn something.  I would continue with my big board, and you could begin any size you like.  A$ would be a good starting point.”

This photo is not of a vision board, but it could be.  I just started cutting and pasting, and as I am working through it I see it is my yoga morning practice. Interesting how I would make a painting of it.  It certainly is meaningful…  “how” meaningful is yet to be made known.

 

“PPT + CRANIOSACRAL  COMBO MASSAGE”…plus some Bowen moves.  Yes, it all fits together like the most inspired jigsaw.

I have been getting back to massage with great purpose since the covid has been lifted, and as always I have re-membered how I love working with the body.  Palpating, feeling the muscles and the bones, working with the nervous system..  This week I have had a number of terminally ill patients come to me, and I am so glad that I have the combo of PPT, craniosacral  and the Cerebro-Spinal Fluid knowledge (.. and I feel I am just a beginner).  How I would have managed without this understanding I just don’t know.

Maybe you need a refresher? AN EXTENSION TO YOUR YOGA/MASSAGE KNOWLEDGE?   Maybe you have just been doing the physical massage and would like to work into a massage that will “speak” to the nervous system.  I am not sure how we would do it, but I would like to try zooming a short course… There is a way I am sure.   I am making a plan and will get back to you.

The work that I am doing has the potential of providing dramatic help to a significant number of so-called “medical basket cases”.. and others for whom conventional medicine has proved ineffective.  Orthodox medicine has yet to acknowledge the the existence of the cranio-sacral system and its pathophysiologic significance.  They have still failed to embrace the concept of dynamic activity involving skull bones, meningeal membranes, cerebro spinal fluid, the intracranial vascular system, the development of the brain, the movement of the body fluids, the tonicity of the muscles and the function of total body connective tissues as influenced by the craniosacral (cerebrospinal)system, and the cerebrospinal fluid that we talk so much about, and work on influencing in our restorative yoga practice.

My teachings in massage (“my way”) are for anyone who is a body worker... that is,  anyone in a healing profession who uses their hands as  diagnostic or therapeutic  tools.  Let me know if you would like to take you understanding, and your facility in this technique further.  Email me at yogafirst@netcon.net.au.

 

I am here – Learn from me.

NAMASTE – JJAHNE

 

 

Dear Yogis,

 Friday already.  I did have a GARDEN MEDITATION day yesterday, (My regular THURSDAY RETREAT TIME) with a small deviation when I just had to spend an hour to fetch groceries.  I would have been OK, but I have a full day today and wouldn’t have a chance to get ready for a breakfast meeting on Saturday.  I have to plan this “eating thing” better.

 

WEEKEND ZOOM FOR YOUR DIARY. 

Friday:6.45.  This class has been cancelled for today only.  It will resume next Friday.
Saturday:2pm TAROT ART CLASS  Sunday: 10am Bhagavadgita Study

STUDIO CLASSES:  Check out the web site for times – www.yogabeautiful.com.au.  Still only three in a class which is almost a private class.  Take advantage of this while it still applies.

THE YOGABEAUTIFUL SHOP:  Great goodies in the shop with Christmas coming.    Plus, the new Turkey Tail powder is expected and will be ready to post on Monday.  If you want some (and I unreservedly recommend it) get your order in $35 for 25grams.  It is strong and fantastic….  I have ordered extra because I don’t know when the next shipment will arrive.  This goes for all the oils too. Order yours today.

 

FEELING THE HEAT:

Things are hotting up in more ways than one.  Yes, the weather is heating up, but the speed of life is heating up too.

We have a whole lot less physical work to do than our parents, more appliances, time out for gym – but there still seems not enough time.  Post Covid we seem to be more tired, short tempered and our lives have taken on a tone that we seem unable to change.  Is this you?

Here’s a verse from a famous Indian Buddhist book.. (My mum used to repeat a similar idea as I was growing up)

“If a situation can be fixed why get upset about it?  If a situation cannot be fixed, what’s the use of getting upset about it?”  Mum used to say “If you are wrong it is not useful to get angry.  If you are right there is no need”.    

What they are talking about here are those flashes of anger and negativity… and the immediate benefit of refusing to give in to them.  When you refuse to give in you are protecting yourself against the same thing happening again down the track.  I understand that you may have to arm wrestle your mind into a calm state, a positive attitude, and most times this is not easy at least in the beginning when you are developing mental muscles.

Instead of a “He said, she said”, or finding someone to blame, turn your mind to finding a solution right here, right now – concentrate on the immediate – don’t get political (Easy to do in this troubled world) because this is a blame game, and you can’t fix it..   When you focus on the solution for YOU, (something you can change) and look at the problem as a situation to be solved, your mind clears, your face “unscrews and softens” your heart returns to a normal beat and your breath is deep and relaxed.

Practise with small things, so that when a big issue surfaces (and it will) you will automatically go into repair not “blame” mode, and the problem will pass.  I found that meditation was hugely helpful in allowing me to turn such issues around, no matter how big and mind threatening they were.  I was able to drop into my calm space, and no matter what happened I was safe.

This is what I have called mental gardening.  If we think of it like this, we will be more able to achieve the positive mind state which will be most helpful in any negative situation.  Just let the anger float off into the universe, avoid the bullet.  Remember, you are gardening for your future, in this life and the next.  Try this technique and there will be fewer negative, unsettling situations in your world.

SEE YOU IN THE GARDEN

NAMASTE.  Jahne

Dear Yogis,

WEDNESDAY MENU
Zoom yoga 12.30 today.  Studio yoga 5.30 today (one vacancy –  please contact me if you would like to join us yogafirst@netcon.net.au).  

Although we have a foot in the zoom schedule and a foot in the studio schedule, neither of these are less valuable than they were a month ago.  In fact they are more valuable as we move into a new normal.  This is the time to set regimes in place – or continue with the schedule you set up during The Covid Pause.  As yogis,  the advantage that we have in life is that we are “reflective”.  We think about the things that other people may think are habit.

Some students tell me that they haven’t got time for yoga things or meditation, but on looking back into their time of lock down they had lots on their to-do list but did none of it (or hardly any).  Now is the time to change that.  Last night in our sutra class we re-visited the concept  of “THE BOOK OF SIXES”  (stopping at least twice a day to review and write into our little notebooks about how we are dealing with the blockages in our life, emotional, financial, physical – whatever).  We cover that briefly in our teacher training, but it should take up a whole class and various reminders given – it is so important if you really do want to control what is happening in your life.  It doesn’t mean that everything in your life will suddenly look sunny, but it does mean that you will be calm about what is happening, and know that you have handled it the best way you can, with as few karmic repercussions as possible in this moment.

THEN once you have mastered this, you could try “A GARDEN CIRCLE”.  We could have achieved this more easily in covid lockdown, but we can do it now.  It involves taking ONE REGULAR DAY OFF and using that day to contemplate where you are and where you are going.    A day of total quiet, (the same day every week or month)  away from TV, BOOKS, FRIENDS DROPPING IN or THE PHONE and TECHNOLOGY OF ANY KIND.  Just you and the garden or studio or where-ever.  

To achieve this you will have to schedule it – it must be regular.  I must say that during covid lock down, my Thursdays (I have Thursdays off every week and have done this for many years) disappeared, and I will have to work at re-instating it. I call it a Garden Circle because I spend an extended time in the garden when I can on these days – hard, physical gardening.   If you can’t manage a weekly time then a monthly day of contemplation would be good.  This is not a holiday, it is a serious attempt to know yourself better, and re-connect with  the spiritual in your life.  We are addicted to what we do, and the way we do it.  Every addiction takes work to deal with.

The schedule for my day goes something like this.  An hour of complete silence alternated with an hour of spiritual study, an hour of quiet walking or other exercise and an hour in the middle of the day for a light meal eaten mindfully.  All this interspersed with catching up with the entries in your Book of Sixes which you may be able to do every two hours as the Tibetans do.   The day goes very quickly if you schedule it – which in itself is a good discipline.  It is important that after this day you trust the decisions, ideas and resolutions which come to you whilst you are on this “PAUSE”.

At some time during the day make a conscious decision to HELP someone. There is nothing that will give you more power in your personal and business life.  The point of this day is to get away from concentrating on ourselves.  Don’t let your friends or family hijack this time.  They think you are just taking a day off.

At the end of the day, review your Book of Sixes.  Try not to think about what you have to do the next day.  Let the silence and the peace you have experienced remain with you during your sleeping hours so you wake up refreshed, creative and inspired to start your week (until your next Garden Circle).

I know that when you get back to the frantic speed of your life and the catch up after your day away, you may not trust the insights you received, and perhaps label them as “unrealistic”. Don’t you believe it!  This is just your monkey mind trying to reassert itself.  To change will require a little risk and a whole lot of courage.  I have to say that the few days before your day off, do try to resolve any easy issues, be especially nice to those around you, get into a good position in the every-day and you will start your PAUSE with the right imprints in your mind.  You won’t have to deal with immediate troubles…

It is important that your family and friends understand that this is not just an opportunity to laze and bunk-off.  This is an important day which will help you to become a better worker, get more done, and be generally easier to get along with (if this is an issue for you).  It is not a luxury.  You may have to get your family alongside and get their permission for this day – this is important too.  It may take some time before they understand that this is to get you out of a rut and a mind set.  If you achieve this, then they will be the winners too.

We yogis are all in the business of “MENTAL GARDENING”.

NAMASTE.  JAHNE