Tuesday, May 12, 2020
We will not be leaving this space of disruption and insecurity brought about by the Coronavirus anytime soon. Our lives are changed irrevocably. We will mourn our lost loved ones and our lost lives; we will continue to experience the effects of this trauma for some time.
For those with the privilege and space to step back and take stock of our lives during this period, it is our responsibility to learn the lessons of this pandemic, for our political and economic systems, as well as our personal choices. What do we truly need to feel safe and happy, and how can we support the many communities we live within, and live in better alignment with our core values? If you do not wish the world to return to the way things were, what can you do to make that happen? Yoga practice teaches us that small changes on a daily basis can move mountains.
"' You are not a drop in the ocean,
you are the entire ocean in a drop.""
During 2020, I am on leave from my university. I am exploring online teaching options. Watch this space!
I completed my training courses in yoga and Vedanta at the North Carolina School of Yoga in the United States. I am certified through the Yoga Alliance at the ERYT-200, RYT-500 and YACEP levels. I have been teaching yoga and mediation in the US and Ireland since 2009, specialising in yoga for back care and for seniors, pregnancy yoga, and yoga and for those experiencing grief, post traumatic and combat stress disorders. I am constantly developing my teaching and practice by deepening my study of anatomy, yoga therapeutics, meditation and yoga philosophy.
Yoga Retreat Centre
--Yoga and meditation retreat centre in the west of Ireland: Burren Yoga
In the World of Yoga:
--a 2019 discussion in the Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religion by academic Theodora Wildcroft of her research into post-lineage yoga ("a re-evaluation of the authority to determine practice, and a privileging of peer networks over pedagogical hierarchies, or samghas (communities) over guru-sisya (teacher-adept) relationships), claims of cultural misappropriation in Western yoga, and the author's experience with social media trolls.
--2017 research suggests that yoga can reverse the DNA level molecular actions that cause ill health and depression
-- Harvard researchers reveal the brain-changing power of meditation (2015)
--yoga appears to counteract the effects of chronic pain on the brain. Read more here.
--gentle yoga classes do not seem to affect hot flashes in menopausal women, but they do improve sleep. Read about it here.
--meditation seems to increase the size of the pre-frontal cortex and can potentially improve willpower. You can read about that in a Yoga Journal article here and watch Dr. Kelly McGonigal's TED talk on this subject here. It is problematic to me that a scientist and yoga teacher whose work is described as the science of compassion cites research involving people shocking rats' brains with electrodes. Does animal research fall under ahimsa ? (October 2013).
--a California decision that teaching yoga in schools does not constitute teaching religion (July 2013).
--art exhibit, yoga the art of transformation at the Freer-Sackler/Smithsonian museum. (Fall 2013)
--a photo essay by Robert Sturman, an American artist who has documented the work of the Africa Yoga Project in Kenya. (May 2013)