notes & news

'notes & news' began in response to requests share writings, poetry, thoughts, philosophy, research, or inspirations woven into what I offer in conversation, classes, and workshops ... enjoy browsing
responsiveness in practice

responsiveness in practice

'    Trees have been deeply woven into my, and our, practice of yoga since I first drew the YFTH tree image in 1993, and then evolved it in 2018 a quarter of a century later. Contemplation of trees and of connectedness has been such a gift....

peonies

peonies

    Peonies by Mary Oliver This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting readyto break my heartas the sun rises,as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers and they open ---pools of lace,white and pink ---and all day...

self regulation for ease & resilience

self regulation for ease & resilience

  Your bodies stress response is an amazing built-in mechanism to enable you to deal with tough situations and be resilient. We can define resilience as the capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt in the face of stress, change,...

welcoming the winter solstice threshold

welcoming the winter solstice threshold

(Photo above is of the recent aurora australis viewed from Kingston Beach and taken by Paul Hoelen) The winter solstice (from the Latin meaning ‘sun stands still’) is coming up on June 21. The longest night of the year, and also the threshold at...

S.T.O.R.Y

S.T.O.R.Y

What is the story for our upcoming autumn online yoga journey? First 5 session series explores the stories we live, tell ourselves, and live by. We are by nature meaning makers and meaning seekers, puzzle makers and puzzle solvers, story tellers...

the dance of Shiva

the dance of Shiva

One of the most visually dramatic and culturally significant forms of the absolute or the supreme in Hinduism is Nataraja – Lord Shiva as the King of Dance. The form of Nataraja gained prominence in the Chola dynasty of South India around the 10th...

Trust

Trust

Feeling trust and safety inside ourselves feels to me to be a key in feeling fundamentally safe in the world, even when it is so full of change and uncertainty. Stephen Porges, a neuroscientist describing polyvagal theory says that when we can...

Pausing

Pausing

We have just tipped past the balance of the autumn equinox ... The practice sent via email today to those enrolled with me for the term is an audio recording of an autumn equinox practice from 2018. Here is an excerpt from my class notes for the...

… go easy, be filled with light, and shine …

… go easy, be filled with light, and shine …

In the 1600’s Jan Baptist van Helmont studied plants. The prevailing theory at the time was that plants grew by eating soil, and van Helmont devised a clever investigation to test this idea. He weighed a willow tree and weighed dry soil. He planted...

Tree Lessons

Tree Lessons

2020, Term 1 classes with me at Yoga from the Heart are inspired by trees as I prepare for running 22km at the Tarkine raising much needed funds and awareness toward saving this precious temperate rain forest. Tabonuco trees in the tropics...

Enough

Enough

I have been reading a book called Doughnut Economics. It speaks about how Economics and the unsustainable goal of continual economic growth pervades our lives, often in an unconscious way. Forward and upward is emphasised, and we have this in our...

Shrink wrapping is a choice

Shrink wrapping is a choice

Over the weekend my two girls and I ran the 22km Ultratrail Australia event in the Blue Mountains. We got on the bus to head to the start line and I recognised Michael Milton Australia’s fastest downhill skier (at 213km per hour), 46 year old one...