Dear Yogis,

A lovely sewing bee as usual.  It is interesting that no matter what the class is – yoga, sewing, meditation, tarot anything –  people come if they feel that can GET something.  They rarely come in order to give – give time, companionship, skill, healing…..  we missed your company.  


Maybe you thought that because I had many interests, my yoga is being drowned… not so.  I sit and I draw and sew and paint – all the while I think! With all that is happening in the world, I thought I would bring your mind once again to THE YUGAS, in particular the age that we are living through at the moment, THE KALI YUGA.

THE AGE OF DARKNESS:  In the Hindu traditions it is said that existence moves through cycles of increase and decrease, expansion and contraction.  These cycles are divided into four eras or yugas.  The first, THE SATYA YUGA is the longest – a time of beauty and harmony, purity and perfection when desires and fulfilment arise simultaneously – This era is said to last 1,728,000 years.  The next is the TRETA YUGA of 1,296,000 years.  In this era,  perfection wanes slightly,  longing, paths and goals begin to unravel.  In the DVATPARA YUGA which lasts 864,000 years, desires, classes,  action and intentions get more and more varied.  Then we come to our era THE KALI YUGA. Kali Yuga (Sanskrit: कलियुग, romanized: kaliyuga or kali-yuga) means “the age of Kali (demon)”, “the age of darkness”, “the age of vice and misery”, or “the age of quarrel and hypocrisy”. A complete description of Kali Yuga is found in the Mahabharata, Manusmriti, Vishnu Smriti, and various Puranas.

In the Kali Yuga, desires and the objects of desire have been separated.  We struggle to bring them together but our attempts at best are temporary.  It is a time marked by anguish, longing and rage.  In this time spiritual, moral and ethical life degenerate, material life becoming the only motivator and goal.  Pollution, corruption, disease degeneration and violence fill our mind and poison the world.  The only useful virtue that can be practised is COMPASSION. We are moving inexorably towards the end of time as we know it.  We feel the end approaching.  The tempo of mass destruction has increased, dread and a sense of unreality now pervade the midstream of the modern age.

Yugas and Human Consciousness.   The solar system with the Sun and the planets around it is moving in the galaxy. It takes 25,920 years for our solar system to complete one cycle around a larger star. From the effects upon the planet, we believe this big star or big system that our system is going around is not located in the center of the orbit but somewhere to the side. Whenever our solar system comes closer to this big system, all the creatures living in our system rise to greater possibilities. Whenever our system moves away from it, the creatures living in our system come to the lowest level of possibility – we say this is Kali Yuga.

When our solar system is closer to the “Super Sun,” a Satya Yuga will begin. The human mind will be at its highest capability. People’s ability to know life, people’s ability to communicate, people’s ability to live joyfully will be at its highest. Or in other words, we will have sensible people. All it takes to live well on this planet is a bunch of sensible people.

Krishna also said that after over 5000 years, there will come a many thousand year period of time that will be fabulous.     At the same time, no matter which time, which yuga, which planetary position we are in right now, individual human beings can rise above all this. Individual human beings can live in a golden time within themselves. Even in the worst of times, the possibility to be well above it is always there for an individual human being.

We can set the foundations and have the joy of creating an atmosphere for a stretch of thousands of years of golden time upon the planet. This is not all predictions and conjecture – this is based on a deep-rooted understanding about what happens with the human mind in relation to the planet on which we live. We do not only live on this planet – we are the planet. If you do not understand this today, you will understand this when you are buried. The planet understands that you are a part of it – only you think something else of yourself.


BACK TO BASICS – IGA VS COLES:  We all have to eat and we have these two stores in our town.  I love Croissants, and IGA have recently introduced a pack of 6 for $3.  They are individually wrapped, they are made in France, and they are quite the best croissants in a supermarket around this price….  Coles have frozen French croissants for $6 for 6, but they are not as nice.  Try IGA’s.



Windarring Yoga –  Tues. x 2 +Thurs. x 1. (some Fridays)

STUDIO YOGA WOODEND: Monday Hatha 1pm (full) Mon. 2.15, Wednesday Restorative 1pm

NEW:  CALM AND CLEANSE YOGA Thurs. 10am and Sat 2.30 starting the first week in November (next week!) 

STUDIO SEWING BEE – Sundays at 2.30

TAROT READINGS AT THE STUDIO – Look forward to hearing from you.  You can even come on the weekends, and I can do “doubles” – you and mum, maybe you and a friend. BRAILLE Tarot deck and usb – a course on tarot reading for the blind is on the way…

THE YOGA LUNCHEON:  As always the last Saturday in the month.  The next at 12noon the 28th October – PUT IT IN YOUR DIARY NOW.. I have booked for us to go to  The Full Moon in Woodend.  Warm, “homey” and great food. I love the Nachos – with chicken – with prawns – vegan, or Mexican.  Any of them are great.

SEE YOU IN THE STUDIO (and at the yoga lunch at the end of the month)