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Meet Ai

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m countering it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Meet Ai

Ai started her practice just over a year ago here at Go Yoga and has really jumped right in. She attends all 3 beginners vinyasa classes almost every week and has just recently started up Spiritual Warrior classes for the disciplined practice they instill. Yet, discipline is not something she is lacking – although a busy mum to the sassy but adorable Minnie (3 years old), Ai is always the first to arrive to class and finds her peace in sukhasana pose while everyone else piles in. Over summer you’ll recognise her as the Frangipani Yogini, petite and exotic with the sweet smelling white flowers in her hair. Read about her Yoga story…

What drew you to begin practicing Yoga?

I was originally drawn to Yoga as I was looking for something to help me de stress and to seek relief from my busy everyday life, especially with my young toddler. I was also in need for inner peace at that time.

What is your favourite class and why do you keep a regular practice?

My current favourite class is the Beginners Vinyasa class, as I would like to learn the basic poses properly before I go onto the more advanced classes. I keep my regular practice to stay physically and mentally fit, and of course to be Happy!

Have the philosophies and/or practical practice of Yoga penetrated your daily life and if you, how?

The philosophy of yoga has taught me to (and continues to) stop comparing myself to others in a negative way, to love and accept myself and to be truly happy with who I am. I am now a much happier person and that means that I am also a kinder person to others as well. Ever since I started practicing yoga, I am much more active and I now have a strong desire to improve my yoga skills.

In your view is Yoga for everyBODY?

Yoga is absolutely for EVERYONE! I am 38 years old and no matter how old you are or no matter how fit or unfit you are, you will find a happy place in every yoga posture. It’s never too late to start. My only regret with yoga is that I did not start much earlier. I am quite sure that I will be practicing yoga until the day my body gives up. Yoga has become that much of a part of my life and my joy.
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Meet Jan

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m countering it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Meet Jan

Jan started practicing yoga with me in 2012 for flexibility, relaxation and meditation – she was a regular in my Jivamukti classes for many years. Nowadays she enjoys Beginners Vinyasa classes for breathing and to sustain her flexibility…when she isn’t on nanna duty to her pre-schooler grandkids that is! She is now an active 63 year-old, attends Yoga twice weekly and is a firm believer that all ages can practice yoga.
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Meet Howard

I taught Howard privately for about 18 months before he retired and his time freed up to join classes at Go Yoga. Well, not strictly privately…his dogs often joined us on the mat too! His cheeky grin, wonderful sense of humour and generous nature mark his popular presence in class with the other students. Here’s a run-down of his Yoga story…
Hi I’m Howard, I used to practice Yoga back in the U.K. When I arrived in Adelaide life was so busy sorting everything out I just didn’t find the time. A couple of years ago I did experience some minor back issues. It was suggested that I try Yoga. I didn’t realise how much I had missed it and the benefits it can bring. I think that Yoga isn’t just about exercising the body it’s also about the mind. I find it helps to bring about a peaceful outlook to life, reduces my stress levels, and helps to see life for what it is, to be enjoyed.
Finding the right class is really important I didn’t realise how many different styles there are. Hatha Yoga and Beginner Vinyasa are the ones that I attend.  I find that attending the class weekly helps to keep my body in good shape. The day after I can really tell a difference. I also like the fact that there isn’t any competition everyone is just at a different stage of their own personal development. Also it doesn’t matter how old you are. I have found being retired (I am 62 years old) just makes it easier for me to attend a class. It’s also a chance to meet some really nice people.
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Meet David

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m fighting it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Meet David

Digger David started practicing yoga in his 50s – he is now 70yo and has amazing strength and flexibility, proving it’s never too late to begin a regular yoga practice! He believes all styles of yoga generate benefits, but his favourite classes are #hathayoga and #beginnervinyasa , which he attends twice weekly. He also believes the philosophies of yoga, the breathing and meditation all have positive impacts on his daily life. This humble guy is himself an ex-serviceman and generously donates most of his time now to #legacy , a charity supporting returned servicemen and their families.
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Meet Gary

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m fighting it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Gary in Fire log pose/agnistambhasana

Meet Gary

Gary began practicing yoga with me as part of a Corporate Yoga class at his workplace in 2009, but joined classes at the studio after wanting more! Back then I had to physically help him out of a pose like agnistambhasana, seen opposite. With dedication his asana practice blossomed and, as you’ll read below, so too did his holistic view on life.

What drew you to begin practicing Yoga?

There are 2 main reasons that drew me to yoga. One was  the need for increased flexibility in my muscles and joints to help me deal with the daily rigours of parenting 4 boys. Secondly, I studied Indian History in Year 11 and 12 looking deeply at the different religions in India. Yoga(not a religion) kept being mentioned with its leaders and teachings which  intrigued me. Its values and beliefs can easily be applied in daily life especially at the fast pace we live with now.

 

What is your favourite class and why do you keep a regular practice?

My favourite two classes are Jivamukti Open and Spiritual Warrior. Jivamukti Open is a fun class where you can work at your own level with breath control. Spiritual Warrior is a more structured class where you follow a set routine each time requiring a bit more discipline. They are both dynamic classes that make you feel  reinvigorated  ready for the day ahead. As a surf boat rower I commit to a regular practice to keep my flexibility and as a primary teacher the meditation and values lessons help keep me thinking  positively in both the classroom and life.

 

Have the philosophies and/or practical practice of Yoga penetrated your daily life and if you, how?

There is always a renewed energy after each session that leads into a positive outlook for the day. The philosophies are important as a wakeup call because you can become so absorbed in your daily life that you forget the little things that make you happy and keep you going, but they also make you think about the bigger picture around the world and how your positive outlook can have a ripple effect with others.

 

 

In your view is Yoga for everyBODY?

Yoga can be for any person, age, shape or size. There are no limits. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to find an hour to escape the fast paced world they live in and to put a bit of perspective back in their lives.

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Meet Jason!

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m fighting it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Jason in Upavistha Konasona and Eka Pada Raja Kapotanasana

Meet Jason!

Jason has been practicing yoga with me for 10 years!

What drew you to begin practicing Yoga?

I am interested in improving my strength and flexibility.
What is your favourite class and why do you keep a regular practice?
Vinyasa intermediate.  I like a class with flowing movements as it better for stretching.
Have the philosophies and/or the practical practice of Yoga penetrated your daily life and if so, how?
Meditation with yoga helps relax the body and mind.
In your view is Yoga for everyBODY?
Yes.  It’s all about practicing at your level.
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Real People Practicing True Yoga – Meet Josy!

Shoulderstand, Salamba Sarvangasana

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m fighting it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Shoulderstand, Salamba SarvangasanaMeet Josy

Josy is 70 years old and has been coming to Go Yoga since mid 2014
What drew you to begin practicing Yoga?
The desire for inner peace combined with muscle strength and suppleness.
What is your favourite class and why do you keep a regular practice?
Jivamukti  Open and Spiritual Warrior. Strengthening, balance, movement/Breath in sync.
Have the philosophies and/or the practical practice of Yoga penetrated your daily life and if so, how?
Focus on my being, self worth, balance, future independence. By being aware of my expectations of independence in the future. In the way I carry myself I am more aware of posture, breath, mind focus, peaceful demeanour.
In your view is Yoga for everyBODY?
A definite YES for anybody! My wish is for Yoga and Meditation to be taught in schools from a very early age, to carry us through in fulfilment to life being the very best for us ; mind and body. Not negotiable. ?
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Lounging around watching my vision materialise!

Studio 2

Turns out the flu and colds going around this winter are hard to shake. I’ve heard so many of you and your families succumbing for weeks, I hope the sunshine expected at the end of the week brings new health to you all. I myself have been alternating classes with deep rest to try to lose the chest infection and subsequent husky cartoon character tone my voice has acquired!

This extra time at home has allowed me to experience the transformation of my large backyard shed into a magnificent, warm and inviting Yoga room. It has literally been a labour of love and I am forever grateful for the selfless work of my husband and father-in-law. As many of you artists out there may appreciate, it’s extremely difficult to articulate a vision but due to the combined efforts of many, mine has materialised. I simply can not wait for you all to come on over for classes in what I hope will be a truly grand, sacred and comforting space!

We are marking the opening of this new studio with a special 90 minute Jivamukti class on Sunday September 20th beginning at 11am. Tickets are $26 ($30 on the day) and include a Tofurkey vegan sausage sizzle afterwards. Please do join in the fun and come along – the class is limited to the first 12 students, but my husband has kindly suggested that if this 11am class books out we’ll run another one beforehand at 9:30am and he’ll cook some vegan, gluten-free pancakes for those students afterwards! Contact me to book ASAP as I’d really like to see all of you there!

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Easiest Vegan Lemon Cookies

Easiest Vegan Lemon Cookies

Special thanks to my special secret and magical lemon fairy who always keeps me stocked with lemons (and somehow always senses when I’ve run out – a fresh basket magically appears). You know who you are and Drugsy is always thankful as these are his favourite cookies.

I originally found this recipe posted by subaruthie but now I have a thermomix I’ve created one friendly for that too – so here it goes, the old school version first then the Thermomix version…

Ingredients
  • 2 1⁄2 cups (450g) plain flour
  • 1 1⁄2 cups (300g) sugar… I use raw sugar as it makes the cookies chewy, white sugar will make them more crunchy if that’s your thing
  • 2 teaspoons bicarb soda
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup mild extra virgin olive oil
  • 1⁄2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure organic vanilla essence
Instructions for non-Therma users
  1. Preheat oven to 180C or 160C fan.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, soda and zest.
  3. Make a well in the center and fill with liquid ingredients.
  4. Stir together until well blended into a sticky dough.
  5. Roll tablespoonful size balls and flatten slightly on baking paper about 5 cms apart.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Instructions for Therma users
  1. Preheat oven to 180C or 160C fan.
  2. Add flour, sugar, soda and zest to thermomix bowl and stir on reverse speed 4 for 10 seconds to combine. *note you can make the lemon zest beforehand by peeling the rind of 1 big lemon and milling it in the thermomix until it becomes fine.
  3. Add all liquid ingredients and process on speed 5 for 20 seconds, scrape down the sides with the spatula, then repeat speed 5 for 20 seconds or until mixture forms a soft, slightly sticky dough ball.
  4. Continue steps 5-6 above.

Makes about 30 large cookies.

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Are We All “Time Poor”?

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Time Was, Is and Will Be 

Time is one of the big enigmas of our world. Sometimes it flies by while other times it drags on and on, or at least it seems to. As a culture we complain of being critically “time poor”. We all pretty much perceive time and everyday life as flowing like a river. The “passage of time” takes us seamlessly from moment to moment, eternally moving forward into the future. This is how most of us believe past, present and future exist and time flows at a rate of one second per second. We largely recognise time has elapse by comparing how things were to how things are now or will be and looking at the differences.

This theory of time doesn’t really explain time, but rather explains it away. What if we measured time to be two seconds per second, for example? Physics suggests that in trying to understand the nature of time we should instead think of it in a spacial sense – that is, just as we understand all of space is out there, we can think of all of time being out there too. The equations of physics support that there’s moment after moment after moment, but not of the moments “flowing” into each other. So instead of time flowing like a river, we could think of it as a frozen river where every moment is forever locked into one fixed location and its just out there, all of time out there.

Either theory could be true. We accumulate memories of our past and feel blind about the future and this supports the passage of time forever moving forward. The “grandfather paradox” of time travel also supports this. It explains that if you went back in time to a period before your parents were conceived and killed your grandfather, you would never be born — meaning you could never have existed to go back in time. The inherent futility of this makes backward time travel seem impossible, time could only move forward. This paradox makes sense from a physical point of view, yet it can be resolved when considering parallel universes and space-time in the context of quantum physics.

The theory we can transcend time is not limited to the equations of modern quantum physics, it is an ancient metaphysical idea from the Vedas. Yoga teaches that time is a flexible projection of the mind. The Yoga Sutras speak of the tiniest increment of elapsed time, a ksana, as being so small it has no duration – just like a point has no dimension…unless you link many repeated points together to make height, width and length. So just like many points linked together, it is the repeated ksana linked together that create the “frozen river” of time of which quantum physics speaks.

Ksana-tat-kramayoh samyamad vivekajam jnanam  Y.S 3.53
By deep meditation and concentration on the sequence of indivisible moments of time (ksana)- past, present and future are known simultaneously along with the nature of the world of objects.

Sutra 3.53 explains how when we’re superconscious, that is, completely physiologically absorbed and are able to trace what we say, think and act in every tiny sequential instant, we are able to link our current situation with our past and our future. When consciousness lapses even for a moment, the continuity is lost and things happen that are seemingly out of our control. Now that’s just for a tiny moment. If you’re like me, you may be now realizing you waste much time unconsciously acting out your life. This is why we’re often left wondering how we got where we are, or why certain things keep happening to us. The world and everything in it surprises us at every instant. The future is unknown. Yet it may be known! Have you ever thought, “if only there were a sign”? Yoga teaches us that the signs are all around us, guiding us all of the time, we just are not paying attention. We’re unconscious for that critical ‘sequence of indivisible moments”, which may only add up to a second. Yoga practices in consciousness such as meditation, mantra, pranayama and vinyasa allow us to recognize how our actions result in the life we experience and how our projections appear as the world we’re in.

Ksana-pratiyogi parinamaparanta-nirgrahyah krama Y.S 4.33
Each sequence of events is composed of distinct moments that are only perceivable when the yogi transcends the effect of the gunas.

These Yoga practices allow us to surrender our ego and our attachment to the world around us, which in turn helps free us from the constraints of time to a place where time stands still. So many of the most highly regarded “successful” people, who do so much for so many and have the greatest impact, are those who meditate or practice other forms of Yoga. Now I think of it, I’ve never met a “time-poor” Yogi, have you?

Perhaps you can help me out with some more inspiration as I’d love to hear your thoughts on time – present, past and future. Think of an acronym like mine for TIME and get back to me…Tiny Instants Measure Eternity.

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