Dear Yogis,

Here I am in my own little cocoon making dolls and teaching yoga.  I said to my students yesterday “so much to do, so little time”, and it occurred to me that I was right, and one of the things I have not done, is commemorate all of you in a concrete way that can be handed down when I am no longer here – I am not thinking of leaving soon by the way.  When the yoga studio is gone, I want something that goes on.  Forget about a book (many of you have asked me to write one), I know and you know that people are reading less and less.  However, it occurred to me that we could make a PATCHWORK QUILT.  Something that will go on into the future, and commemorate your time with us and the beginning of your yoga teaching journey.   Perhaps a book will come out of the quilt.  Who knows.

 

A PATCHWORK  YOGA HISTORY QUILT.

There are hundreds and hundreds of you that I have taught.  Hundreds who have become yoga teachers because we are here and devised a way when there was no way, and were one of the first to offer distance yoga teacher training.   Surely enough of you can sew a simple postcard size (or less) square to commemorate you and what you are doing now. Make it a project for the students in your class or your studio. What to sew onto your POSTCARD SIZE fabric…. POSTCARD SIZED FABRIC SQUARE (by you or one of your students)  is…..

1. a fabric print of a head shot of you (something that won’t fade) or your studio or logo…. (you can get fabric transfer paper to use in your printer from any good newsagent – use the rest of the sheets for T-shirt printing after you have finished your quilt square).
2. Your name
3. The year you started your Teacher Training,
4. and a tiny image or words that says something about you – An appliqué bird, or asana, or  rising sun, or an image from your town – something.  Doesn’t have to be fabulous.  The fabulous will come when we join it all together.

5. If you are an enthusiastic sewer you could sew a little line of poetry or something from the sutras….

When it is complete I will donate the quilt to the local museum or library, or to the Melbourne Branch of the Theosophical Society.  Somewhere that will honour the quilt for the wonderful history that we have built together.  I am looking forward to doing my squares.. something about Margaret Segesman, and my teacher Abbots.

I may be carried away with the romance of it all – perhaps we can have quilting mornings when we can come together to work on the quilt – won’t that be fabulous!!!

My students now in Ireland, Norway, the USA, Japan, Russia, Serbia, Dubai and all over the world and all around Australia reading this, please do a little square (or two).  Even if you can’t manage a postcard size square do half that.  Anything.  I can sew your piece into the quilt whatever size it is (no bigger than a postcard please).  It doesn’t need to be profound.  I imagine that I will do a square to commemorate this studio, a square to commemorate my teaching travels, and a square to commemorate my teachers.  Don’t stop at one!!!

The wonder will be when it is all joined together.

 

THE YOGA CLASSES – please book before you arrive.  They are small classes and one unplanned extra may not be able to join

MONDAY HATHA : 1PM, 2.15/WEDNESDAY RESTORATIVE 1PM, 2.15 Teacher Training/FRIDAY HATHA 2.15 (meditation at 3pm – you have to book to join us for this)
MONDAY ZOOM: Teacher Training 6.30
HERBAL WORKSHOP ZOOM CLASS, Tuesdays at 7.30, please register your interest.
MONTHLY YOGA LUNCHEON:  Victoria Hotel Woodend, Thursday 25th August, 12 noon. RSVP

FOR BOOKINGS, ENQUIRIES – NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: yogafirst2@bigpond.com

HAVE YOU CHECKED IF YOUR REGISTRATION IS UP TO DATE?  IF NOT, MAYBE IT IS TIME TO DO THIS. EMAIL ME AND I WILL SEND YOU THE APPLICATION:    yogafirst2@bigpond.com

SEE YOU ON THE MAT.

NAMASTE JAHNE

Dear Yogis,

Busy, busy as you are coming out of the covid mind-set.  Just relax and go with the flow.  If you (like me) have been vaxed, just work with what you have.  You can’t change what you have but you can change what you think about what you have.  “Nothing can happen that is not the way of God.  Trust that”.

 

SEWING BEE

I have been wearing summer skirts over my trousers… (My friend Annie once said “You would look quite attractive if your dressing was less unusual”.  I took it as a compliment although I am sure it wasn’t one).  I like the look, and my favourite is a layered taffeta.  How extravagant!  I thought I would make a skirt or two and went on-line to get the taffeta.  To people who sew out there – forget it (unless you have lots of cash to spare).  Taffetta is hard to get,  and any slinky patterned evening fabric is expensive –  $169 per meter is not unusual.  So, back to the drawing board.  I will be repurposing old dresses and dressing gowns I find in the op shops and I crave a beautiful silk or satin dressing gown for day wear as per Angel.  Even Dorothy wears a mini version.   Any fabrics/ clothes in op-shops/boot sales over $10 I used to think of “investment pieces”.  Op-Shops have changed, and charge more, but no matter what they charge, it is cheaper than fabric by the yard.

Keeping “economy” in mind.  I have been watching the Great British Sewing Bee.  One of the things they don’t manage well is wastage.  I watch them placing their patterns on the fabric and wonder if they would do the same if they were paying for the fabric, or if they had to account for it to a client.  I think not.  There are massive fabric pieces apparently thrown away – they could throw them in my direction, I would use them.

Don’t forget the TEACHER TRAINING tonite on zoom.  

I have to remember to send out the new ID.  If you have not joined us before, it is going to be a very reduced list – this time, you get in contact with me.  The core students will automatically get an invite, though all of you are invited.  If you haven’t ever joined us, please email and i will send you and ID.  It is FREE.  Yogafirst2@bigpond.com

THE YOGA CLASSES – please book before you arrive.  They are small classes and one unplanned extra may not be able to join

MONDAY HATHA : 1PM, 2.15/WEDNESDAY RESTORATIVE 1PM/FRIDAY HATHA 2.15 (meditation at 3pm – you have to book to join us for this)
MONDAY ZOOM: Teacher Training 6.30
HERBAL WORKSHOP ZOOM CLASS, Tuesdays at 7.30, please register your interest.
MONTHLY YOGA LUNCHEON:  Victoria Hotel Woodend, Thursday 25th August, 12 noon. RSVP

FOR BOOKINGS, ENQUIRIES – NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: yogafirst2@bigpond.com

HAVE YOU CHECKED IF YOUR REGISTRATION IS UP TO DATE?  IF NOT, MAYBE IT IS TIME TO DO THIS. EMAIL ME AND I WILL SEND YOU THE APPLICATION:    yogafirst2@bigpond.com

SEE YOU ON THE MAT.

NAMASTE JAHNE

Dear Yogis,

You just want to learn about yoga, yoga is a life-style, not just a series of asanas.  For me, yoga is first, but I have lots of other interests – my dolls and bears are top of the list.  I love them.  They are filling my mind.

Are you Confused about bear/doll making? Come see me.  

The Saturday 2pm BEAR MAKING workshop…   On arrival you will have the opportunity to cut your own simple pattern based on my template (You can take your patten home and make many bears after the workshop)… you will have access to our house stash of felt, fabric and trims to give your doll/bear that individual touch.  If you are interested in making a customised doll or bear? bring in your textile treasures and trims and I’ll help bring your vision to life.

These are our first studio workshops since the big covid lockdown.  Our  workshops are small, relaxed and friendly but we get through a lot in each session.  The toys you make will stand out for their finish and attention to detail and my aim is to inspire makers of all skill levels but also equip them with the inside know-how to produce beautifully made toys too.  You’ll go step-by-step through the whole construction process and along the way, I’ll pass on all the things I’ve learned over the past years designing handmade products .  You can make your small doll entirely by hand, or you can do the ONE seam on my machine.

– If you’re a beginner, this is good entry level project.  You’ll  go home enthused and with the confidence to explore your creativity.

– If you are already an experienced sewer but are less confident sewing by hand, this workshop will be a refresher course in some basics and a chance the add to your skill set.  I am a dab hand at embroidery, and can help you master the simple stitches which will take your toy “out of the ordinary”. You can even monogram your bear – the first step in making your very first HEIRLOOM BEAR.   EMAIL NOW TO BOOK it is not too late.  yogafirst2@bigpond.com

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO MAKE A BEAR, you can always buy one of my hand made, hand stitched and monogrammed bears.  These are not Beanie Bears made in China!  They start at $165 for a little one.  The one on the right is nearly complete – the personality and face to be decided.  Hand designed and worked monograms start at $25 extra – you can use this monogram on clothes and linens.  A special and individual gift which can be handed down.  I will email you a choice of styles, and an example of the monogram.  Each one different, each one a work of art, presented in a tissue lined box, and Postage paid in Australia.  Let me know the initial you want on the front of the bear.

I can also make tiny ones for Baby Shower gifts, you name the occasion and we can design a bear to commemorate the occasion..

 

FORAGING.

I am out and about picking my greens instead of paying Coles.  

The dock, cleavers, chickweed and herb Robert are all bursting into life.  We will be looking for these and more on our Sunday FORAGING WALK (about an hour plus a peek at my dried herb stash) along the 5 Mile Creek Walk.  If you want to join me (and the weather is kind to us), be at my house at 2pm.  37 Morris Road, Woodend.  If it is wet and windy we will postpone to another day.

 

THE YOGA CLASSES – please book before you arrive.  They are small classes and one unplanned extra may not be able to join

MONDAY HATHA : 1PM, 2.15/WEDNESDAY RESTORATIVE 1PM/FRIDAY HATHA 2.15 (meditation at 3pm – you have to book to join us for this)
MONDAY ZOOM: Teacher Training 6.30
TEACHER TRAINING:  Studio Class Sundays 2pm (please register your interest).
MONTHLY YOGA LUNCHEON:  Victoria Hotel Woodend, Thursday 25th August, 12 noon. RSVP
BEAR MAKING WORKSHOP – Saturday 13th August 12 to 4 pm.  $45 – please register your interest NOW at the email address below. To pay as usual on PayPal.  Go to  the home page of our web site www.yogabeautiful.com.au.  click on PayPal at the bottom of the page.  PayPal takes debit and credit cards, and it is easy.

FOR BOOKINGS, ENQUIRIES – NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: yogafirst2@bigpond.com

HAVE YOU CHECKED IF YOUR REGISTRATION IS UP TO DATE?  IF NOT, MAYBE IT IS TIME TO DO THIS. EMAIL ME AND I WILL SEND YOU THE APPLICATION:    yogafirst2@bigpond.com

SEE YOU ON THE MAT.

NAMASTE JAHNE