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
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...

Paradox of Plasticity

Paradox of Plasticity

Plasticity is the quality of being easily shaped or moulded, and the adaptability of an organism to changes in response to the environment. Plasticity can limit, and free us, depending on our choices! India is a constant reminder that you are not...

Strong back, soft front

Strong back, soft front

I returned from my three week trip to India on Sunday. I find India an incredible place; challenging, contradictory, chaotic, full of paradox. The experience of being there I feel is exercise to strengthening a way of being in the world that Joan...

Tuning & Attuning

Tuning & Attuning

I attended a workshop with Phillip Beach a couple of weekends ago. Phillip Beach suggests that we tune our bodies through spending more time on the floor in what he calls Archetypal Resting Postures (squatting, kneeling, cross legs, half lotus,...