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The flexible farmer

The flexible farmer
By Kath Walters Three years ago, sheep farmer Colin Agar started coming to yoga classes. The family has owned a property near Penshurst, about 30 kms from Dunkeld, for 150 years, which Colin runs with his two brothers, his daughter, his niece and her husband Colin was starting to feel the tough, physical work of sheep farming more and more.   The Agar’s run between 15,000 and 18,000 head of sheep. “The work fluctuates through the year from heavy to very light,” Colin says. “The heavy work is during the shearing, crutching and lamb “marking” times. By end of the day, you feel like you have been hit by a semi-trailer.” He felt so stiff and sore in the mornings, he was struggling to get dressed. “When you were 30 you didn’t notice the work,” he says. “But I was feeling stiff and my joints were starting to ache. I couldn’t...
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What a great read. Thank you. And good on you Colin.
Thursday, 13 February 2014 20:00
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An encouraging story. Good on you, Colin! The more flexible farmers we have the better!
Saturday, 05 April 2014 11:27
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Yoga asanas -- Starting a home practice -- a step along your Yoga Sadhana (yoga path)

Yoga asanas -- Starting a home practice -- a step along your Yoga Sadhana (yoga path)

  By Frank Jesse

Over 1700 years ago, the ancient Indian sage, Patanjali, listed the obstacles or impediments to developing a regular yoga practice in the yoga sutras, sutra 1.28: “disease, inertia, doubt, heedlessness, laziness, indiscipline of the senses, erroneous views, lack of perseverance and backsliding.”

Not much has changed. For a beginner student, and even some more experienced students, starting a home practice can be a challenge -- not knowing where or how to begin. 

Having a special room or even a dedicated space where you will not be disturbed by the phone or other people will reduce distractions.

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Thanks Frank! You just saved me (probably) an hour trying to select the best starting poses to kick off my home practice this year... Read More
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Hi Frank, this is great thank-you. I have been heading out into the park in Brunswick each morning at around 6 with my mat and do... Read More
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Thank you. I started using the sequences in Mehta's "Yoga the Iyengar Way" about 2 months ago. The sequences are just the right le... Read More
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 06:44
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Home Practice: The benefits of not doing

Home Practice: The benefits of not doing
0 0 1 234 1335 Griffins Hill Retreat 11 3 1566 14.0 544x376 Normal 0 false false false EN-AU JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";}   By Frank Jesse A lot of people tell me they dislike pranayama (breathing) and restorative classes. They’d rather be doing active classes full of dynamic poses. But there is a lot of benefit to not doing, and just being.  We do so much in our busy lives! I’m not quite sure why people want their yoga classes to be always actively challenging as well. Of course, when we are doing poses actively, it can be easier to focus and to still the mind – which is the main purpose of yoga. However  when we are asked watch our breath or do poses with a lot of supports...
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Rest, restore & receive...This sequence is an instant energy tonic...OM OM OM...
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 22:46
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