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Dear Yogis,

I hope you have noticed that it is a busy month.  To add to my “busy’ness” we are having a Christmas in July OPEN DAY on Saturday the 16th as well as Sunday the 17th at 2pm.  I am not ready, but then, there is only me, if i don’t get time for something, well I don’t get time.  There is always another day, another way.

I plan to have a range of dolls available from very big to very small… I was hoping for old fashioned, hand crafted jewelled doilies, but I have used them on the dolls. There there are the paintings even some big angels are looking for a home.  Don’t hold back.  Come, experience, and leave with an art piece – even something small like a pendulum – or just say Hi in person, the first time since the Covid lockdowns.

AROUND THE HOME…

I have spent the weekend cutting back the wisteria which in spring grows “triffid like” as you watch, as you can see from the photograph on the left. It reaches for the stars and I can often be found on a ladder trying to catch up.

In my spare time this weekend I have been studying the tarot, in particular the 5D aspects.  I even pulled out my old book called “The Flight of the Feathered Serpent”.  This book on the tarot was thought to be unusual in the 1970’s when I purchased it, but is a collectors item now.  My dealer says that even with my margin notes and scribbles,  it is worth $1,300 which is not a bad investment seeing I scraped together $35 when I bought it.  I am not selling.  It is a great book and I pull it out whenever I have an unusual or difficult tarot reading coming up.  It is an inspirational book.  Unfortunately I couldn’t afford the cards when I bought the book, and it has been years since I have seen a deck.  This being the case, they are probably out of my price bracket now.

Please book a zoom Tarot reading – I would love to work with you. Email for a booking: yogafirst@netcon.net.au

I am a “midnite sewer/darner” and usually pick up sewing about 8pm even on the weekend.  I am usually wide awake (having had a 7pm short cat nap), and I get a lot done.  Unfortunately it is midnite or later when I suddenly realise the time and go to bed.  I do not do a 5am meditation, it is 6.30 before I “sit” but I sit for a long time. It is important to do this every morning, and I do.  Plus a have a spiritual reading time morning and nite, which is a kind of meditation of itself.

AROUND YOUR HOME

If you are looking for yoga to effect a change, to “make you well”, to diminish your anxiety or anything else,  then stop a minute and understand that yoga is not a “pill”.  Yoga is a lifestyle, and to effect a change you are going to have to take it very seriously.  There is only one thing that can change you, and that is you.  Don’t imagine for a second that one class of yoga or meditation is going to cure your ills.  The one hour with me needs to be the “top-up” to your daily yoga program.

In the beginning this can be a 3 MINUTE MEDITATION followed by a 7 MINUTE “5 TIBETAN” REGIME.  If you have do this DAILY, then yoga will change you.  If you can only do yoga for one or once a week, and 10 minutes “when you have time?”, then probably it won’t change much at all, except you will be able to say to your family and friends “of course, I do yoga”.  It needs to be genuine LOVE of yoga and not a need or want – “If I do this yoga must to do that!!!!”  You can’t SHOP for wellness, even with yoga.

If you have been reading (or you-tubing) about a new yoga program you think will ease your pains, and expect to do it for a month and nothing more will be needed, please understand that it is highly unlikely.  It is a good place to start, but it is not a good place to finish.  A month is an introduction that is all it is.  

I would love to have you as a student, especially if it is the beginning of a lifelong practice.  What if you don’t like it?  We all get those days.  The heroes in the class pay no attention to these days and march on through them.. learning along the way what yoga really is.  It is a health regime for body mind and spirit.  It is not a magic wand.  There are no “Harry Potter Moments”.

If you are able to dedicate a small amount of every day to yoga – 10 MINUTES at the same time in the same place – then we can guarantee that life will change for you.  No complicated breathing, no flexibility,  no olympic effort required.  Just a genuine desire, having tried other things which have not worked very well,  to invest 10 minutes a day, every day, in yoga.  I wrote about the Vagus nerve last week.  A regime like this is KEY. 

I can only control myself, you have all the necessary resources to solve your own problems despite how hard they may be. My job is to pray for you, love you, and encourage you but it’s up to YOU to solve your difficulties find your happiness.   I can only give you my advice if you ask me and it depends on you to follow it or not. There are ALWAYS consequences, good or bad, to your decisions and YOU have to live them.

 

CURRENT STUDIO/ZOOM SCHEDULE: (Studio Yoga – Mondays at 1pm are Full)  (PLEASE BOOK AHEAD – NO YOGA STUDIO DROP-INS, sorry)

ZOOM: Mon. 6.30 FREE OF CHARGE Teacher Training, Tues. Herb workshop 7.30 ($50 per month – part of the Bach Therapist Course), Friday 6.45 Tarot –  $50 for 4 Friday classes.
STUDIO YOGA:Mon. 1pm (full) 2.15pm, Wed. 1pm Restorative(vacancy for July only), 2.15pm  Friday 1pm, 2.15 Hatha. (Possible Sat.1pm Hatha or restorative).
Fridays only – If you book you can join us at 3pm for a short meditation session on Fridays only.  Because it is the end of the class and I need to plan, you will need to book.

CONSULTATIONS: Zoom Tarot/Bach/QHHT HYPNOTHERAPY (a very powerful form of hypnotherapy), Bowen or a combo – by appointment only.  $85 To discuss or book,  email  yogafirst@netcon.net.au

MONTHLY LUNCHEON:   Thursday 28th July at 12noon at “The Vic” in Woodend (If you are running a bit late, relax, it’s OK – drop in for dessert.  We have the meeting room, so it is separate and quieter).  Please let me know if you can join us.  We will post an invite closer to the day.   RSVP PLEASE

WEEKLY MEETINGS:  We have free Teacher Training zoomed on Mondays 6.30pm, and we began our yoga teacher asana class/meeting in the studio WHICH WE HAVE ORGANISED FOR EVERY SECOND SUNDAY BETWEEN 2 and 3pm.  NEXT STUDIO TEACHER TRAINING CLASS Sunday 31st July at 2pm.

OPEN STUDIO. Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July,  2pm to 4pm BOTH DAYS.   I have been looking forward to this right through Covid.  Please pop in between 2 and 4pm on the day and see (purchase) paintings,  my dolls and other goodies – herbs, smoking herbs, vintage items and fabulous pendulums.  You can even have a lesson in using the one you purchase.  Of course there will be champers and Christmas nibbles.
It is after all July and we can have a CHRISTMAS IN JULY. .  You can even come and discuss a tarot booking, 

I WILL SEE YOU ON THE MAT (or zoom).

NAMASTE – JAHNE

Dear Yogis,

Thank you to those who came to our lunch.  The group is small, but we enjoy our monthly time together.  I hope you will make an effort to meet us – the last Thursday in the month.

I hope that you paid attention to my write up in our last newsletter on the vagus nerve.  Yes, you have one, and the article did pertain to you, to all of us.  Print it out, and save it.  You may need it.

ROE vs WADE –

Thank goodness you girls have got up to speed on this.  When I first started talking about it I was met with blank stares and a “here she goes again”, attitude.  Now you have realised how important this is to all of us.  In the day I was militant.  In the day I belonged to the feminists who got behind this decision in Australia – we thought we had made a difference.  Had we? It seems not.  

I am not endorsing any party but this arrived in my inbox regarding Roe vs Wade.  Please don’t reply to me regarding your politics or what you presume mine are.  I include this only because the Greens have already taken a stand, and I think what they said was important enough to pass on.  .


“In the US this week, we saw the overturning of Roe v Wade. This move is devastating and such a huge step backwards for reproductive rights.
The Greens give our solidarity to everyone impacted by this decision, and all those who are fighting back.

I wanted to take some time to write to you about abortion rights in Australia. Thanks to decades of activism, abortion is now legal across the country. But having been part of this long, difficult journey in NSW, I know that we can’t take our rights for granted.This US decision is a harsh reminder of the inadequacy and precariousness of our right to abortion. The Roe v Wade decision is proof that we don’t have the luxury of complacency, because the threat to our rights being taken away is omnipresent.

As I wrote today in the Canberra Times, access to abortion in Australia is still a lottery depending on where you live, how much money you have or who you are.  People of colour, those living in remote and regional areas, and those unable to afford the costs of privatised services are the most affected – not to mention non-binary and trans people, who also need access to these services.

Our objective must be for governments to treat abortion services like other healthcare and ensure they are provided through our public hospitals, fee-free and covered by Medicare. Moreover, the Greens will always push for accessible, affordable reproductive healthcare across Australia, including easier access to the pill and long-acting reversible contraceptives, and support services that help people understand their options.  By normalising one of the safest medical procedures, we can remove the stigma and shame surrounding abortions, and provide access to all those who need it. We deserve nothing less.

Over the coming days, there will be calls to action taking place across the country. Please join them and raise your voice for safe, free and legal abortions. We must ensure accessibility of abortion, but more broadly we must build a strong, inclusive and intersectional feminist movement to dismantle the patriarchy that wants to control our bodies. 

Once and for all, let’s ensure that ‘our body our choice’ is not just a slogan but an unambiguous universal truth”.

 

THE TAROT – THE ASCENSION

Just a reminder that I am available for tarot readings over the zoom.  Are you stuck?  You might be caught between dimensions.  It can happen.  Not quite in the next dimension, not fully out of the other.  This can make your life quite complicated, however, knowing this can occur, and where we are in this shift can make our days flow a lot better.

We are in the middle of a big shift right now, going from our familiar 3D consciousness, through 4D to 5D.  In the 5th Dimension, nothing is as we are used to.  Take time, for example. In 3D, we use a watch to tell the time, we are happy with that, don’t notice any changes, and we move according to what the watch says.   When we advance into a 4D Consciousness, we discover that time moves faster when we are having fun, and slower when we are waiting for something we are not looking forward to. However, in 5D, our perception of time changes again. In 5D (and some of you are already there) it is always NOW because the past is not there, and the future hasn’t happened yet.

This will interest everyone who studies Karma.  Our concept of good and bad, right and wrong, is another thing that changes as we expand to higher levels of consciousness. In 3D, things are either good OR bad. In 4D, there are shades of grey and in this dimension we realize that people can do good things with bad consequences, or bad things happen that result in a positive outcome. In this dimension things can get rather complicated.   However, in the 5th Dimension which we call 5D (nothing I think to do with Telstra) in 5D, we realize that good and bad are just two sides of the same coin, and we all have both within us. What we choose good or bad,  is our responsibility and is especially influential because we can see both sides.  In this dimension we have totally integrated and owned our shadow so we can become whole, and it is all good…

CURRENT STUDIO/ZOOM SCHEDULE: (Studio Yoga – Mondays at 1pm are Full)  (PLEASE BOOK AHEAD – NO YOGA STUDIO DROP-INS, sorry)

ZOOM: Mon. 6.30 FREE OF CHARGE Teacher Training, Tues. Herb workshop 7.30 ($50 per month – part of the Bach Therapist Course), Friday 6.45 Tarot –  $50 for 4 Friday classes.
STUDIO YOGA:Mon. 1pm (full) 2.15pm, Wed. 1pm Restorative(vacancy for July only), 2.15pm  Friday 1pm, 2.15 Hatha. (Possible Sat.1pm Hatha or restorative)

CONSULTATIONS: Zoom Tarot/Bach/QHHT HYPNOTHERAPY (a very powerful form of hypnotherapy), Bowen or a combo – by appointment only.  $85 To discuss or book,  email  yogafirst@netcon.net.au

MONTHLY LUNCHEON:   Thursday 28th July at 12noon at “The Vic” in Woodend (If you are running a bit late, relax, it’s OK – drop in for dessert.  We have the meeting room, so it is separate and quieter).  Please let me know if you can join us.  We will post an invite closer to the day.   RSVP PLEASE

WEEKLY MEETINGS:  We have free Teacher Training zoomed on Mondays 6.30pm, and we began our yoga teacher asana class/meeting in the studio WHICH WE HAVE ORGANISED FOR EVERY SECOND SUNDAY BETWEEN 2 and 3pm.  NEXT STUDIO TEACHER TRAINING CLASS Sunday 31st July at 2pm.

OPEN STUDIO. Sunday 17th July,  2pm.   I have been looking forward to this right through Covid.  Please pop in between 2 and 4pm on the day and see
(purchase) my dolls and other goodies – herbs, smoking herbs, vintage items and fabulous pendulums.  You can even have a lesson in using the one you purchase.  Of course there will be champers and Christmas nibbles.  It is after all July and we can have a CHRISTMAS IN JULY. .  You can even come and discuss a tarot booking, 

I WILL SEE YOU ON THE MAT (or zoom).

NAMASTE – JAHNE

 

Dear Yogis,

THIS THURSDAY IS OUR MONTHLY YOGA LUNCHEON AND YOU ARE WELCOME.
Where? At the Victoria Hotel, Ground floor Meeting Room, 12 noon Thursday the 30th June.

 

SAVING, SAVING, SAVING….

As I have been flagging, I have gone back to wood heating.  My new small Nectar wood heater was installed a little over a month ago.  I got my gas bill today – 42% LESS THAN THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  Now that is what I call a result!  I don’t light the fire consistently until about 4 in the afternoon, although some days it is still in overnight due to an extraordinary piece of wood rather than me trying to achieve an overnight burn…I am still using gas as a back up and during class.   Now imagine what would happen if I really tried to save.  How amazing is 42%!  

Now I have to think about the electricity.  Because of my age (not that I think I will die soon), solar panels really would not be economical, especially seeing the government gives so little back.  A battery would be good, but the same initial cost vs return applies.  

I have retained my old fridge and freezer because they use one third less energy that the modern no-frost models. I need the computer which can’t be converted to pedal power), and the fans on my gas furnace probably use a reasonable amount, but seeing I am not using my furnace nearly so much, it will be interesting to see how that reflects in the bill.  I will let you know.  I will keep on thinking.

I save at the supermarket because I grow my own greens although I do top up from Coles but I really don’t have to, that is optional spending.  I cook soup and stews on top of the wood heater = a small saving.  I will make the cats food the same way = another small saving.  I think all these small savings will add up. I will let you know.

 

STUDIO YOGA CLASSES – A REMINDER…..

PAYMENT AND COMMITMENT Because these small classes are almost personal training and the members of the class are balanced in abilities, once a class and your place in the class is set I can’t easily invite anyone else in, sense our policy regarding “use it or lose it”.  This isn’t a dental appointment (although they do charge if you don’t keep appointments) – I can’t just take one person once.  Plus I want committed yogis, not just “fly-in-fly-out”.  I do my best to  offer an alternative class, but can’t always oblige as it is dependent on class numbers, style, and class members.  (*We can of course accomodate a sudden Covid, or illness absence, or the type of job that requires a week on and a week off – part of a regular schedule.  We can also help you when you have lost your job or other examples of hardship).  

If you are not serious about your yoga and if you just want a casual, occasional class before your social engagements, then maybe I am not the teacher for you.  I have been teaching and doing yoga for most of my adult life – I am serious and love my yoga.  I hope you do too.  If you are looking for a teacher SERIOUS about yoga, if you want change,  then come to me, I would love to have you in my class.

Although many in the public seem to think that yogis (and artists) don’t need to charge for their work – WE DO.  We don’t have a Union, or minimum wages, we rely on you.   Keep in mind that for yoga teachers  yoga is their life AND their job, not just a casual social interest.  If you come for a one-on-one, a class, or a booked consult you are on their time.  I am sure they would like to offer everything free of charge – but they like you, need to cover their expenses (and they are getting greater all the time – especially rent, and insurances).  For me, I try to balance this by showing you how you can more easily balance your rising household  expenses.  Hence the herbal workshop and the examples of how I have reduced my expenses – not insurance or registrations unfortunately.

We do recognise our students who have been with us for many years.  This ceremony is coming up shortly when we have three students who will receive LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT awards and GUARDIANS OF YOGA Certification.

 

TELEVISION.   I enjoy watching dissections and surgery, but have any of you watched the Foxtel series on 106 about Surgeons.  It is fabulous if you turn the sound off.  I am sure that the guy who does the voice over descriptions of the actual surgery also narrates The Great British Bake Off.  It sounds exactly like that – Breathy, British, and theatrical. A little bit “Princess Di”.   It spoils the show for me. I can’t help laughing.  Nothing funny about removing hearts or lungs, but the narrator makes it sound like they are going into the oven, or best served with salad.  Even the surgeons try to be funny – it is not funny.  I understand they are letting off steam.  My request? I would like them to be funny somewhere else, and a serious narration please.  What do you think?

 

THE VAGUS NERVE, LONG COVID, AND ANXIETY.
This arrived in my inbox from Harvard University, and thought you may be interested.  I get their newsletters every week, and the information is well researched and mostly valuable – often quite yogic!  
If you are interested in current medical advances, log into their web site, and subscribe to their newsletter.

What is the vagus nerve? The body’s lengthiest cranial nerve, the vagus nerve stretches all the way from the brain to the large intestine. The word “vagus” means “to wander” in Latin, and this nerve essentially wanders throughout the body, connecting the brain, heart, lungs, gut, and intestines. It plays a role in a variety of involuntary bodily functions, including heart rate, perspiration, and getting food from the mouth into the stomach.

The vagus nerve is involved in both the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system and the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system. It activates the sympathetic nervous system when you’re in a dangerous or stressful situation and then switches back to the parasympathetic nervous system when the threat is gone. When vagal tone—how well your vagus nerve communicates with all these various organs—is healthy, your body is able to downshift back into relaxation mode more quickly. In some people, this important nerve can get stuck in fight-or-flight mode, ramping up feelings of nervousness and anxiousness

Emerging research points to a link between long COVID symptoms—such as tachycardia (fast heart rate), dysphonia (difficulty speaking), and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)—and vagus nerve dysfunction. A recently study used ultrasound to examine the vagus nerve in patients with long COVID and found changes, such as nerve thickening as well as signs associated with inflammation. This and additional studies suggests vagus nerve stimulation may have therapeutic benefits for those suffering from long COVID.

NATURAL WAYS TO STIMULATE THE VAGUS NERVE AND CALM ANXIETY
Here are 12 natural ways to stimulate the vagus nerve and elicit a relaxation response.

1. Get vocal.The vocal cords located at the back of the throat are connected to the vagus nerve. Gargling, singing loudly, humming, or chanting activates the nerve and improves vagal tone.In 2019 a study in BMJ Open found that singing significantly reduced anxiety over a 6-month period.

2. Go for a foot massage.Reflexology is a method of massage that when used on the feet activates the vagus nerve, decreases sympathetic response, and lowers blood pressure, according to recent findings Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

3. Try cold exposure.   Recent scientific articles (and Wim Hoff) show that cold water immersion triggers vagus nerve activity that is associated with a decrease in heart rate. Take a cold shower, go outdoors on a frosty day, or simply immerse the top half of your face—down to your cheeks—in cold water to elicit the response (Jacki Onassis did this every day) .  I turn cold water on my legs and feet at the end of my morning shower – not as challenging as whole body cold water immersion, and I can deal with it for longer.  Research also shows that cold water also reduces inflammation.

4. Use your mind to warm your hands. Using metal imagery to warm your hands counteracts the stress response and increases parasympathetic tone and relaxation. A number of studies report lowered blood pressure with hand-warming.  In research from Korea,  a significant decline in the systolic and diastolic blood pressure was observed in the treatment group.

5. Watch what you eat.    High-fat and high-carbohydrate diets have been found to impair vagus nerve signaling, according to a 2021 studies in Scientific Reports. Conversely, consuming fiber-rich foods—such as oatmeal, broccoli, or chia seeds—improves vagal tone for better signaling.

6. Enjoy a belly laugh.   Letting out a good chuckle can stimulate the vagus nerve and promote relaxation in response to stress. One 2018 studies in BioPsychoSocial Medicine suggests that simply hearing laughter can increase a parasympathetic response.

7. Meditate.Decades of research show that this ancient practice stimulates the vagus nerve, decreases the sympathetic fight-or-flight response, promotes relaxation, and reduces anxiety.

8. Get active.  Physical exercise promotes vagus nerve stimulation while lowering the stress responses associated with the sympathetic nervous system.

9. Blow on your thumb.  This may sound weird, but it works. Put your thumb in your mouth and blow on it, but don’t let the air escape. This odd trick activates the vagus nerve.

10. Breathe deeply.  Scientific research indicates that slow diaphragmatic breathing activates the vagus nerve and reduces the stress response. It can also help stop a panic attack quickly. To do it, lie on your back and place a small book on your belly. When you breathe in, make the book go up, and when you breathe out, make the book go down. Shifting the centre of breathing lower in your body will help you feel more relaxed and in better control of yourself. *If you make this a practice whilst you are watching television – use the ad breaks to focus on your breathing.  Some shows have 10 ads per break which is plenty of time to get really good with the “in and out” breath.  Start with in for 4, hold for 6, out for the count of 8.

11. Listen to calming music.  Music creates vibrations that can impact the vagus nerve.  Listening to relaxing music can trigger a parasympathetic response that reduces anxiousness.

12. Smell the lavender.  Aromatherapy activates the parasympathetic nervous system, according to scientific studies. Specifically, in 1917 research papers, the scent of lavender was found to soothe anxiety.

OTHER NATURAL WAYS TO SOOTHE COVID-RELATED ANXIETY

Natural supplements that can help promote relaxation and calm an anxious mind include:

  • GABA: Low levels of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) have been found in many psychiatric disorders, including anxiety. GABA is an amino acid that has a calming effect for people who struggle with anxiety or stressful thoughts. It promotes relaxation.
  • Magnesium: In the brain, magnesium helps activate GABA receptors, which can help calm the brain and reduce anxious thoughts.
  • Probiotics: A healthy gut is critical for a healthy and calm mind.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Scientific papers show that omega-3s may help reduce anxiety.
  • L-theanine: Found in green tea, l-theanine inhibits the excessive firing of neurons, which results in a feeling of calmness and more self-control.

 

CURRENT STUDIO/ZOOM SCHEDULE: (Studio Yoga – Mondays at 1pm are Full)  (PLEASE BOOK AHEAD – NO YOGA STUDIO DROP-INS, sorry)

ZOOM: Mon. 6.30 FREE OF CHARGE Teacher Training, Tues. Herb workshop 7.30 ($50 per month – part of the Bach Therapist Course), Friday 6.45 Tarot –  $50 for 4 Friday classes.
STUDIO YOGA:Mon. 1pm (full) 2.15pm, Wed. 1pm Restorative(vacancy for July only), 2.15pm  Friday 1pm, 2.15 Hatha. (Possible Sat.10am Hatha)

CONSULTATIONS: Tarot/Bach/QHHT HYPNOTHERAPY (a very powerful form of hypnotherapy), Bowen or a combo – by appointment only.  $85 including remedy (including postage if zooming)  Past-Life (QHHT taught by Dolores Cannon) $250 via email or in the studio.  The reading includes Time, date, place of the prior life. To discuss,  email  yogafirst@netcon.net.au

MONTHLY LUNCHEON:   Thursday 30th June at 12noon at “The Vic” in Woodend (If you are running a bit late, relax, it’s OK – drop in for dessert.  We have the meeting room, so it is separate and quieter).  Please let me know if you can join us.  We will post an invite closer to the day.   RSVP PLEASE

WEEKLY MEETINGS:  We have free Teacher Training zoomed on Mondays 6.30pm, and we began our yoga teacher asana class/meeting in the studio WHICH WE HAVE ORGANISED FOR EVERY SECOND SUNDAY BETWEEN 2 and 3pm.  NEXT STUDIO TEACHER TRAINING CLASS Sunday 3RD JULY.

 

I WILL SEE YOU ON THE MAT (or zoom).

NAMASTE – JAHNE