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Dear Yogis,

SCHEDULE:  
ZOOM: Friday 6.45 Learn the tarot/FREE CLASS.  Sunday 10am CCP.  Monday 6.30 Teacher Training.  Tuesday 7.30 CCP
STUDIO: Friday yoga 5.30. Monday 1pm (full), Wednesday – one vacancy, Friday 5.30 one vacancy

SATURDAY ART CLASS:  Now that lockdown is coming to an end (earlier than anticipated – NEXT WEEK),  I think it will be better to wait until we can set up a date to actually come to the studio for a class.  Everyone is hanging out for that.  TENTATIVE STUDIO DATE 2pm SATURDAY 30TH OCTOBER?  Let me know what you think about that.

Wild and wonderful weather is now a fact of life… it is here to stay. Alongside that we have fabulous spring sunshine.  I went out walking yesterday and along the Five Mile Creek (now a river) everything was lush and green – as I said to the a walker who asked what I was doing, “this is my green grocer”.  I picked dandelions, miner’s lettuce, plantago, but there was lots more – especially salsify (oyster plant).  Raspberry pants, Blackberry plants, eucalyptus… all with new shoots.  I am going back today.

I actually went to get pine needles to make pine needle tea, a mainstay of the American Indian medicinals.  My mum used to pick it as it is a great diuretic, plus it clears the chest and boosts the immune system as it has more vitamin C than lemons, plus antioxidants.  You would think it would have a strong taste, but no, it is quite mild.  I add my hawthorn tea leaves, lemon and honey for a refreshing tea hot, or cold.

As I am walking and picking people stop and chat.  The number one question is “Aren’t you afraid you will poison yourself?”, and words to that effect.  No I don’t worry about that because I don’t pick plants I don’t know about.  If they look promising but unfamiliar I pick a leaf and a flower put in a plastic bag (like the forensic scientists), take it home and research.  I handle everything I don’t know about with great care – however, there is so much out there I DO know about, that I don’t have time to pick and deal with things I don’t know about.  Not now anyway.   My advice – Don’t rush out and pick things unless you too know what you are doing, even pine can be of dubious benefit if you don’t know which pine.

If you would like to come walking with me, learn about the plants, bring them back and learn how to deal with them, then  let me know and we will set up a class.  I am not sure how we would manage on Zoom, but I am sure there is a way.  In this time of uncertainty – empty supermarket shelves, high vegetable prices… you might like to learn how to REALLY save money.  Everything you need is already waiting for you.  Don’t be like the first settlers – they starved to death because they didn’t have the confidence to eat the lush flowers, leaves and fruits that were growing all around them.

Call me and chat: yogafirst@netcon.net.au

CCP – COMPASSIONATE COMPANIONS PROJECT
This course is not just about human to human, it is also about how to work with animals.  Here is a photograph of one of our students, with a parrot she rescued and “breathed to wellness”.  

I know from the photograph you will think she is with a tame bird, but this is not the case.  It was a bird that was battered in a storm, but suffered no visible damage but was not able to fly.  The bird was able to recover and go back to the wild in a number of hours because it was treated properly, in a way that assisted healing the way birds (and most animals) respond to, not how we think they should heal.

I got an email from a potential student asking about the course who said she wasn’t interested in animals, or this or that, and only wanted to learn specifically about the “Death Doula” part.  If you feel like that, this is not the course for you.  We deal with death and dying (and living) every which way.  We learn about animals, about the the Egyptian way, about American Indians… anything that will help us understand the “passages” of our lives.  That is why it is such an important course for everyone to do.

 

SEE YOU ON THE MAT

NAMASTE.  JAHNE

 

Dear Yogis,

Last Saturday I didn’t go to Church because a friend lost his best horse whilst she was delivering a foal.  The foal died first and then the mum died.  A complex birth and he was upset – I spent time on the phone and chose that over Church.  Today I discover that the Church has become Tier one after a person at that particular Saturday service tested positive to Covid – had I been there I would have had to isolate.   I was blessed.  Sad the horse died though.

SCHEDULE
ZOOM:  Monday 6.30 Teacher Training (Free), Tuesday 7.30 CCP Study, Friday 6.45 Tarot/pendulum, Sunday 10am CCP
STUDIO: Monday 1pm (full), Wednesday 1pm (Full), 5.30pm (vacancy), Friday 5.30 Hatha (Vacancy)

COMPASSIONATE COMPANIONS PROJECT
I was listening to Radio National this morning and learned that there is a huge shortage of people who will work with children in all areas that impact mental health.

Maybe if you are a Compassionate Companion and this is an area that you are interested in, then there are opportunities out there for you.  You could contact your local council, G.P’s and other places which work with children.  I would contact “MABEL” if I was looking for CCP work.  They seem to have a lot of opportunities for people working in our area of expertise.  If you are a CCP Graduate with BachFlower expertise, this is a combo I think would be especially fantastic with children.

Last evening on our zoom call we were speaking of the film DEAD MAN with Johnny Depp.  This film is a classic, and shows one mans journey into life and death. Thanks to our student Kate, we have the link.

Dead Man movie link: https://archive.org/details/Jarmusch1995DeadMan

 

HERBS AND THE HEART

Before I had my first vax and then a week after my second I had my blood tested, just to prove to anyone out there that it doesn’t effect those markers – or it didn’t effect mine.  Everything was as it always is – fine.  However, it did effect me in another way.  After the first Vax I had periods of extreme tiredness.   This passed, and then after the second one, the same thing happened but not as extreme.  This time though I asked for a blood pressure monitor so I could see what was happening.  Yes, my blood pressure was higher (for no particular reason), and no matter what i did i couldn’t get it lower.  

 

Then I remembered HAWTHORN. The photo above  is of hawthorn in full fruit.  The leaves and buds/flowers are even better than the fruit from a therapeutic point of view..

This tree used as hedgerows and windbreaks by the early farmers is easy to find, and written about in almost every reputable herb book – English, Indian, Japanese and Chinese.   So I went out, picked the just exploding flowers, leaves and shoots, dried them,  and have been having the tea since Saturday. Result according to the hi-tech monitor is I am now back to NORMAL, after only three and half days.   Moral of this story is – go out with your bags and collect.  Now is a perfect time.  Dry them until they crackle and become tea like.  If you have a heart condition, take the tea at least three times day.

Let me know how you go with the collecting.  If you want to sample mine –  $25 for 20g plus $5 postage.  Fresh picked (wild crafted) from the MtMacedon Trees.

A LETTER FROM MERYL STREEP…..

“I no longer have patience for certain things,
not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply
because I reached a point in my life
where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me.

I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism
and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please
those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me
and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.

I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie
or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist
anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise.

I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic
arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping.

I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world
of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid
and inflexible personalities.

In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal.
I do not get along with those who do not know how
to give a compliment or a word of encouragement.

Exaggerations bore me
and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals.
And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”

I will see you on the mat (or on zoom)

NAMASTE.  JAHNE

 

 

 

 

Dear Yogis,

A beautiful weekend, and all you Spring Carnival people, there is going to be  “Spring Carnival”.  I knew that the government would think of some way to resurrect The Cup.  Imagine the millions of dollars they would lose if it was cancelled, and the ongoing problems with breeders, and trainers (and countries who donate).

SCHEDULE:
STUDIO: YOGA – MONDAY 1pm (full), WEDNESDAY 1pm (full), 5.30 (one vacancy available), Friday 5.30 (full) WAIT-LIST available for each class.  We will be able to accept more students when restrictions ease.

ZOOM: Monday 6.30 Teacher Training, Tuesday 7.30 CCP, Friday 6.45 Tarot.

YOGA:  As the restrictions are gradually lifted we will be able to bring more people in to a class.  At the present moment because of size we are limited to three students and I cannot take casuals.  You have to sign up for the four consecutive sessions.  At the present only Wednesday 5.30 has vacancies.  If you would like to come any other day, maybe Friday at 1pm, then let me know and I can organise a class and see how many would like to join you.

HERBS (AND MUSHROOMS) for your health
For those of you waiting patiently, I have just been notified that the Shilajit is on its way.  It will be here maybe Thursday?  Maybe earlier?  I also have some hawthorn tea (a mild herbal tea good for the heart), which I sourced and dried myself.  When you purchase any of the other herbs this week i will add some Hawthorn tea to the package so you can give it a try.

If you are holding back with your shilajit order, please get your request in early – it sells out quickly and is hard to get at the present time.  I also have some TYOH OIL for only $27.50 for a tiny 5ml dropper bottle.  You don’t need much.  The oils are very strong and are wild sourced in Peru.

When you buy a herb or our oil, please buy two.  Why?  It is hard to source glass dropper bottles, the ingredients sometimes are hard to get due to shipping, and then Australia Post is very slow.  If you purchase ahead of time, buy two and get express post, you will be doing the absolute best and spreading postal cost across more stock, you will have a little stash, and lockdowns can come and go without making a difference to your requirements.

ART AND TAROT
I haven’t finished the “Mary Book”, I know that, and the cards are sitting on my desk, however, I have started the FUNGI TAROT/ORACLE and am amassing information for the book. Of course Magic Mushrooms will be a big part of the cards as will SUPER MUSHROOMS, the mushrooms we turn to in order to boost our health and especially the immune system.  The mycelium can even be used to feed bees in the winter months.

You will be amazed how much you can learn once you concentrate on FANTASTIC FUNGI.  Go to Netflix and watch the film, it is worthwhile.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

 

I will see you on the mat.

NAMASTE – JAHNE