Dear Yogis,

ZOOM: SUNDAY 10AM THE GITA STUDY.  If you want to join us, everyone is welcome.  Please pay by going to the web site and clicking on PAY VIA PAYPAL.

Friday already.. and heaps achieved.  Even did everything I could see with my new Karcher Steam Cleaner – The YOGA OF STEAM.  If you want to get chemicals out of your life get a steam cleaner (not a window vacuum thingy).  Kmart has one for half the price, but be aware, we are talking about high pressure steam – you may not want a cheaper model, although those students who have one say they are fantastic.

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED A “RESTORATIVE YOGA COURSE”
to add to your current qualifications.  If you have graduated, I have updated a SHORT Restorative Course – the first steps in this wonderful discipline which will inform all your teaching.   Once you have done this course you will be able to teach the basics, and can add to them if you want with a full course later.  You will love to take this to your senior students, those coming out of surgery, people who are anxious, depressed, those with life threatening illness, or those who just want to relax….  Hugely helpful in this time of COVID.

Cost: $75 pre-paid for this short course, or $25 per month for 4 months with a Certificate of Attainment.  Don’t under estimate the value of this course.  You will love it, and you will be able to add it to your class menu in about a month if you work hard at the course.   Please contact me if you want more information:  yogafirst@netcon.net.au

 

DEATH ANYONE?

I thought you would be interested in PAINTING YOUR OWN COFFIN.  One of my clients recently died, and as part of her Last Wishes she had all her friends paint the casket and pop meaningful items in with her.  I think this is quite beautiful, and to me, looks like a boat…  a very Egyptian ending.    You can buy flat-pack cardboard coffins… why not start yours now? Don’t leave it to friends to imagine what you want after you have “moved on”.

 

THE STUDIO:

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.  – Henry Ford

I have been re-learning about how to work both in and on the Studio.  We all had a bit of a rest and a time to restructure and re-consider during the lock-downs, and now it definitely is BACK TO BUSINESS, and is so relaxing to be here.

Thank you all for your support – writing the newsletter, keeping in contact,  takes time and dedication, and getting your support means everything to me.  Thank you.

I can’t massage or tattoo on Zoom, but I can do a TAROT READING ON ZOOM  FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED.  After being on zoom almost every day during the great rest, it is quite different to be back in the studio,.  I miss seeing my students from all over the country, all over the world.  It has been most interesting.  But now, with everyone getting their jab, we are in a different place. It doesn’t mean we are back to normal, or things are as they were, but it does mean that once again we have the time to look at our lives and become more self sufficient.  Like the coffin, don’t leave it for other people to do.  Prepare now.

Something is coming – we can’t know what, we are yogis, we can think, we can wait and we can breathe.  As the Qur’an says.  Nothing can happen that is not the will of Allah.  Trust this” .  When you do trust what is coming, then life becomes most exciting, without the worry of having to organise the future.

 

I WILL SEE YOU ON THE (OR ON THE ZOOM) SOON.

NAMASTE – JAHNE

 

 

Dear Yogis..

ZOOM SUNDAY MORNING 10AM:  The Gita Study.(All welcome – see the home page of the web site for details)

Friday again in this new world we live in.  Although there is possibilities of travel, because of flash lock downs and restrictions, what may LOOK  possible isn’t really – unless you have a spare few thousand to pay for quarantine.  Thank goodness there is so much to do, to get ready for the next wave… or just to live a life closer to the earth.  I miss zooming with you (never thought I would say that), but every day brings something new.

 

SATURDAY STUDIO CLASS (22nd May)

This will be in two parts.
Part 1. SALE OF WORK: 1pm to 2pm –  Sleep Herb sachets, bags of beads, Framed paintings on tea bags.
Part 2.  ART/CRAFT CLASS ($25): 2pm to 4pm.  Knitting/crochet/darning….  bring wool, needles, things you want to work on.  If you don’t have needles or wool you have plenty of time to haunt the op shops – they have plenty at this time of the year.  We could start knitting-nancys, plaited rugs, crochet rugs.  We can play.

 

ARE YOU THINKING OF DEATH

I am not getting morbid.  Over the last few months there have been a few deaths.  Some unexpected, some “a welcome relief”, and I wonder if you have thought about it for yourself.  When we finish the Gita we are going to spend time with The King James Bible and the Bardo Thodol considering death – or how to live.  Surely you don’t want to get to the end of your life and discover that you have never lived?

I recently watched the funeral of Prince Philip.  Here was a man who had been planning his death for some time. He had started tinkering with his JEEP HEARSE since 2016, and commissioned Psalm 104 to be put to music for four voices.  People knew what he wanted, and he got it.  Do they know what you want? Have you discussed it enough with your family so that when the time comes they will neither be sad, nor afraid, but excited to put your plans into action.  Joyful to mark your passing – it is just turning a page.  You really will not be “gone”.  

One of my clients died yesterday and she has organised friends and family to decorate her casket with photos, words, poems, anything they would like to add as a ‘goodbye message’.  What have you got planned?  A home made cardboard coffin, painted, decorated… Is this too “out there” for you? I recently was at a funeral where the casket was bamboo.  A step in the right direction, but uninspiring.  I have always offered to add ashes to an oil painting.. subject of your choice – but could just as easily decorate your coffin.  I have been employed to do both of these for pets, and for my own gorgeous pet who passed,  keeping the skull and decorating this (beautiful not creepy at all).

“The successive existences in a series of rebirths are not like the pearls in a pearl necklace, held together by string, the “soul”, which passes through all the pearls; rather they are like dice piled one on top of the other.  Each die is separate, but it supports the one above it, which is functionally connected.  Between the dice there is no identity, but conditionality.”  (The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying).

It is like a flame  in a lamp.  Is the flame different in the beginning of the night and the end?  No,  because it is the one lamp that burns the whole night. Rebirth is the much the same.  One phenomenon arises and another stop simultaneously.  So the first act of consciousness is neither the same as the last act of consciousness, nor is it different.

 

I WILL SEE YOU ON THE MAT (I really will).

NAMASTE.  JAHNE