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Hi there Yogis,

SCHEDULE:
STUDIO: Monday 1pm, Wednesday and Friday 5.30. and OPEN STUDIO Sunday 30th at 12noon to 4pm.
ZOOM: Monday Teacher Training 6.30, Tuesday Herbal Workshop 7.30, Friday Tarot 6.45

OPEN STUDIO: I opened the studio so that you can see my tattoo designs and the artwork I have been doing… Plus in anticipation of your arrival I have new stock of fresh Turkey tail and my Special Oils.  I am potting up a few herbs, and have some very special collectibles available (and for sale) –  even an Elvis Diamante belt from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a “BABE” Belt from New Orleans, both Vintage, and a Louis Vuitton handbag.  Of course My Fabulous Fungi Prints are also on sale at a very special price (covid rules apply to all who arrive at the studio).

Yesterday evening we had the first of our Herbal Workshops.  The plants we concentrated on were CENTAURY and SCLERANTHUS, both available and flourishing at this time in your garden, flowering,  which is the important point if we are making our own remedies.  We actually spoke in depth about Centaury (there is so much to learn), and only identified scleranthus.  More to come.

CENTAURY  is a bitter plant.  Used for healing since ancient times it is part of the Gentian family.  It was widely used as a tonic plant, which puts down roots in impoverished soil, as does the Centaury personality.  Compact,  with no room for individuality, blending in with the environment.  Its strong roots can penetrate even the worst of soils, even the gravel in the driveway.  It carries within its genes the virtues necessary for carrying out a struggle in order to learn.

Is is lovely once you understand that there can be the link between where CENTAURY chooses to grow and in what kind of environment it flourishes, and understanding that the Centaury personality is the same.

Centaury personality is not good at saying “no”. Continuously working for others leaving no time or energy for themselves.

The Centaury type appeals to the the WATER force, docile flexible and changeable.  A submissive personality. The Kidney’s psyche bestows capacities allows the Centaury personality to have at her disposal, all the elements needed to change..

The Centaury Flower Essence strengthens the kidney.  Once the kidney is more firm, the qualities within its psyche begin to work effortlessly until the response is spontaneous in accordance with Bach’s proposal not to fight against defects. The remedy is not given to change the Centaury person into somethings else, no matter what we do she will always be (over)working and (over)helpful, but the essence will help her to “draw the line” and refuse to jump into the role of servant.

Life can be bitter like the century plant when you neglect to mother yourself.  However, when you unite your body with “abundant splendour” the Spleen/stomach meridian, and use your Bach flower remedy on the acupuncture point instead of just in the mouth,  your body can be fully nourished.  On the mental level this partnership supports your ability to discern when to be in the world and when you need to retreat a little in order to replenish your own energies.  To be “In the world but not of the world”. *The “Abundant Splendour’ channel rises between the the big toe and the next toe and travels up the outside of the Tibia, the acupuncture point we use is about halfway between the ankle and the knee on this meridian.

Century’s lesson is about accepting and working on a wiser benevolence – bringing the aspects of wood and water together to serve oneself and others.

I look forward to seeing more of you at our Tuesday Classes.  Bach Flower Remedies harm no-one.  That was the whole idea of the remedies as Bach designed them – so that every person could take charge of their own lives, and treat themselves, and to take charge efficiently you need knowledge.  This is where this short course will shine for you.

God gives the hard tasks to the people he trusts – the journey is made easier with a friend. (maybe make Bach Remedies your “friends”)

I will see you on zoom and on the mat.

Namaste jahne

 

Dear Yogis,

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
STUDIO YOGA: Monday 1pm, Wednesday, Friday 5.30
ZOOM:  Monday Teacher Training 6.30pm, Tuesday Herbal Workshop/Bach 7.30pm, Friday Tarot 6.45pm

For once the market is working in our favour!! yes it is!  We are yogis, we know how to sit and wait in a productive way, and at the moment, that productive way is to make adjustments to our studios and focus, in areas where people need help.  Most people need help adjusting to empty shelves ongoing at supermarkets, the possibility of fuel shortages further pushing us to an even tighter lockdown, and the anxiety about the various covid variants – I guarantee there are more on the way.  The post office slow downs are a concern for us all, but like everything else, we will manage that as well…

I can wander around my neigbourhood through the parts where natural vegetation is thriving, and collect enough greens for a salad, green smoothie or a veg stew EVERY DAY, no Coles, no shortages and it is free.

 

THE HERBALISTS WORKSHOP (Tuesdays 7.30pm) will show us how to replace lots of things we need to make our everyday more “tasty” and and doing it more economically.  Remember that your parents/grandparents went through all of this a number of times during wars and the great depression.  We are not at their level, but we are dealing with shortages and having to learn new ways.  My mum even saved string – I am not going there.

I think learning about herbs is important and have emails every day asking me about herb related topics.  Keeping in mind I am not an MD, just a person like you, interested in all things herbal, and having a good track record of results, why would you not learn as much as you can.

LOSING YOUR MIND?
A number of older clients who could be worried about alzheimers for themselves, friends or parents, are coming to me about a daily little drink called SOUVENAID from Chemists not Coles.  It seems to be a strong combination of omegas with an emphasis onOmega3.  People who take it say that it really does help if you are wanting to feel sharper,  worried about your memory, or want to get more on top of things.  It costs $21.45 for four little bottles which is about a weeks worth (unless you take it every day).  But if you have the success that others have, then it is a small price perhaps.

“Science is tending to show that life is harmony – a state of being in tune – and that disease is discord”  The original writings of Edward Bach.

See you on the mat.

Namaste. Jahne

 

 

Dear Yogis,

We were promised BIG rain – but where is it?  A few clouds happening,  we have had a shower or two and hopefully more to come.  At this time of the year, in spite of leaks in the roof, it is well needed, and holds off fires until next time.

A SCHEDULE REMINDER
STUDIO YOGA: Monday 1pm, Wednesday 5.30, Friday 5.30
ZOOM: Monday 6.30 Teacher Training (The ‘Gita), Tuesday 7.30 Possible HERBAL CATCH-UP, Friday 6.45 Tarot,
Saturday ZOOM HERBAL WORKSHOP at 2pm (If you sign up before the workshop – $50 for a month –  I will enable you to download one of my FABULOUS FUNGI Prints FREE).  You don’t have to turn up for the class, but you will need to enrol for the month.  Depending on your availability, I could run a catch up class on Tuesdays at 7.30.

 

HERBAL PRACTICE…

Some herbalists focus their entire practice on the spiritual aspects of plants, others incorporate this into their clinical work. For each tradition or herbalist, the way that plants are used for spiritual health may be different, but the ability of plants to support the human spirit unites them all.

In my practice, using herbs  promotes spiritual health and is another option for herbalists who have studied the spiritual side of herbalism through traditions passed down from indigenous healers, medicine men and women, particularly in our case, Edwards Bach, Yoga and Ayurveda.

Many herbalists use a number of  skill sets (I think this is us), so it is perhaps now apparent that an herbal education can lead in a number of previously unimagined directions, such as an herbal researcher or botanical illustrator which has been a part of my path. I am hoping I can be your mentor or instructor to lead you in studies pertaining to not only to plants, but also helping each of you see how their particular gifts, experiences, skill sets, and interests can best manifest work and engagement with the world of herbs.

When you do this workshop you will not become a trained herbalist – however, you will be able to work with your family and students to improve their wellness, and enhance their spiritual health.  The herbs I use and the essences I distill are remarkable.  I invite you to join us.  Many of the herbs grow in my garden.. you are always welcome to come and experience them for yourself.  Please ring first and make an appointment.

MIRKA’S DOLLS.

I love making dolls.  The Late Mirka Mora made wonderful dolls and I had the great pleasure making dolls with her.  After the bushfires in particular, making dolls was a relaxing and “out of the world” experience which allowed me for the time I was with her, to put the troubles aside.  She could always find the joy, just being with her changed everything.  When I make dolls, Mirka is with me.

I think most people who made dolls with Mirka learned something about themselves and the world.  For many it changed their lives.  She had workshops in halls, barns and railways station, for one person or for a hundred… nothing stopped her, she was remarkable.  I knew her from way back when she was a resident of Collins Street, when her Cafe was the artistic hub of Melbourne.  No web, no instagram, no mobile phones – just art, exhibitions, and life, real life played out with real people.

The doll on the right is under construction, unfinished.  I don’t have a real plan of what is happening, I just play and see what emerges.   These are not dolls for children, but dolls for adults – a doll to calm the mind.  A doll like this leads the mind down new paths, changes the (inner) world.  Making dolls is not frivolous, it is not a waste of time, it is not (always) for children.

At the end of the month I plan to have a STUDIO OPEN DAY, and I will show my dolls at this time…  If you follow me on Instagram you will see them under construction so to speak – the yoga of dolls.  I can always do a workshop at your studio – email me.  You can make dolls without a machine, all you need is materials paints and needle and thread, and you can even do without paint.  It is not about what you haven’t got, it is about “doing what you can, with what you have where you are” as the Buddha said.  

If God gives you ten things to do, do them, one at a time.  

I will see you in the garden, or on the mat (or in your studio).

 

Namaste.  Jahne