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
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,...

Experiment & Experience

Experiment & Experience

Experience and Experiment have the same root Experiment: Purpose of testing something unknown. Experience: Yoga speaks of experience (pratyaksa) as one of the 4 ways of knowing, and the most important one. Play is the way children and adults...

Fluidity

Fluidity

With fires here in the south of Tasmania, and floods in the north, water has been on the minds of many of us ... and Wednesday's Foundations of Yoga course became a celebration of water as the rain finally fell.Water is universal.Water connects us...

You get to choose!

You get to choose!

Pratyabhijna hrdayam: The sutra from the philosophical school emphasizing recognition of the heart … 20 sutras, the first 9 speak about the universal and in sutra 10 Carlos Pomeda says is a pivotal point where we understand that we are creating our...

rethinking pain

rethinking pain

Last weekend, along with 250 others from various modalities working with health, I attended a 3 day training in Explain Pain with NOIgroup with Lorimer Moseley, David Butler and Peter O'Sullivan, learning about recent understandings about pain,...

courageous contribution

courageous contribution

Hanuman is a symbol for integrity, contribution, strength of heart and devotion to something beyond himself. Through literally taking the leap he came to know himself as more than he thought he was (he found out that he was the son of the...