This Sunday (5th July) is the date set for in-house Teacher Training class. As usual 2pm to 4pm. I will not at this stage be zooming, but it may come in time. I am offering a regular Sunday morning Dharma Class starting from July 12th. This will include Yoga Nidra, Dharma Talk and Shared Lunch from 10 to 2. That will mean that on future Teacher Training days you can spend the whole day here from 10 to 4 or any time within that. I am so looking forward to REAL PEOPLE IN REAL CLASSES. You will need to indicate interest. Once I get three plus people we will go ahead.
NOT ZOOM, but my tech expert is setting up VIMEO, so when we get this set up, you will be able to do teacher training (and tarot training) from videos on your computer, where you want, when you want. Just by logging in to our web site.
To facilitate this, I bought a beautiful new camcorder at Michaels in Melbourne yesterday (the last one of this brand and type available in Victoria), I tried everywhere. To warn you – printers, cameras etc etc hard to buy at the moment because no shipments are arriving from OS. The bottom of the market or the super expensive can be available but in the middle, nothing. Don’t buy tech for another month – supply should start getting better by then. Right now you will be encouraged to buy even when the item is not useful to you, or short term.. use the time to research what you really need.
With regards to COVID and Teacher Training. So many suburbs are in lock-down that looking at the list I can see that a few of you will not be able to come to Teacher Training. The usual covid requirements apply. I need you to book your place – email asap and let me know IF YOU CAN COME. The cost is $20, and you can pay DD or bring cash (not coin please).
If you watch the VIMEO when they become available, take notes from studying my DAILY newsletter, and are also able to come to the Sunday trainings from July 12th, you will get more than ever before. Certainly more than monthly teacher trainings, or 45 minutes of Zoom once a week.
Talking about booking for a service. I went to Myer this morning. They had a “covid monitor” on every floor taking temps and offering sanitiser at the beginning of every escalator, lift and door.. I bought a coffee and they wrote down my name and telephone number on a register. There was a 30 minute visit limit per client. No lingering over a coffee, although this was not strictly enforced (thank goodness – but there were not many clients). I loved it. If only it could stay like this. No crowds, no rubbish, not much traffic, and all services working beautifully.
I travelled from Woodend to Melbourne by bus. I do however think just 6 people on a big, modern, air-conditioned bus is a total waste. In China they have a fabulous frequent service of mini buses that you call via your phone. Mobilising a mini bus service, or even a limousine service as they do in the USA, then six clients from Woodend to Melbourne, and four customers on the way back could have made sense. I appreciated the service on the big luxurious bus (especially with covid distancing in mind), but I was aware of the eventual cost to tax payers. Nothing for nothing. Our taxes at work!
Everything is part of our yoga training. I was especially reminded of this as different students responded to me about covid and my travel down to Melbourne Central today.
Some people emailed and helped me find the right train, the best coffee, things to see in this unusual time, and were joyful.. I was just taking a train, not signing up to go to War! This is what used to be a regular journey.
Others worried that I would get sick, and told me terrible tales…In the time of the Black Death they were the folk hanging Garlic around their neck, totally useless, but when there is nothing to really worry about they will find something. To them Murphy’s Law is actually Murphy’s Judgement on them.
Then there were the students who were worried about EVERYTHING. Pickpockets (yes, really!!), illness, people coughing, late trains, and dangers from every side..
Totally a waste of email time and effort. Not helpful.
Living my yoga is like living every moment as both the first and the last moment of existence. In the first moment we are fresh, alive and clear, we are in a state of awe. In the last moment we know that only that moment matters. Each step is all that is. We are going nowhere. Each step is all there is.
In doing/living my yoga I am not on a track, but enjoying every moment, moment to moment.
As the Zen Master Dogen wrote “Mountains, rivers, earth, the sun, the moon and the stars are mind. At just this moment, what is it that appears directly in front of you? (Tanahashi 1985, p.88).
Have a beautiful day. Catch a train and experience travel it can be. No crowds, clean, courteous and joyful. Enjoy the moment.