Thursday, December 30, 2010

Herbert Benson on the Relaxation Response

Happy New Year! May 2011 bring more understanding and a deepening of Peace both within and out. Namaste Sarah

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Cambewell Market

Camberwell market
We have had a hugely successfuly 3 weeks of trading at the Camberwell market - raising funds for the Miyoga Club! Great fun had by all and we have made some new friends in the regular customers! Chenya was our mascot and Kali our visual merchandiser - Lisa the manager and the team - Kaye, Sarah, Joe and Shayne sales assistance! A great start to Spring!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Web Resources

A fantastic resource found by Cathryn


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Cancer and 'alternative' medicine

The gap between main stream and 'alternative' medicine is narrowing everyday. This morning on Radio National a Cancer sufferer discussed his success with QiGong as a support for his medical treatment. A rewarding listen to remember the health benefits of calming the mind and harnessing energy through our practice.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Trash and Treasure

Follow the link below for an intersting discussion on our attitude towards "trash" and the urban environment.

Jeanne van Heeswijk has recently been involved in the development of a urban living environment in Amsterdam and spoke about the importance of allowing space for people to change their minds and develope a community in an open and organic way - rather than fitting into the planned environment. The city vs country was also discussed with the contrast between a city worker who bought bottled european water and a facilities worker in the country who collected the left over water from the bottles thrown away in the offices he serviced in order to top up his water tank and water his garden! A really refreshing look into our actions and attitudes.

Trash Talk
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What happens when you take a community debate, like 'how we deal with our trash', and move the discussion to the art gallery? Visiting Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk has spent the past few years working with local communities in Sydney and Goulburn, to get their attitudes to waste and wastage, and to distill all this into an exhibition called Talking Trash at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Lawn Mower's Soul

If all matter is divine then - it must house a soul.

This conversation came up recently at the Miyoga Club over the vacuum cleaner - which I had never perceived to have a soul. It was a tool - a very useful "thing". I was grateful to this thing - it saved me a lot of work and kept the yoga centre sneeze free. But did it have a soul? Not that I could perceive - when I turned it off it was 'inanimate' - or no longer animated - not living.
So I left it at that - I didn't sit down with the vacuum and ask it to reveal itself to me - however all of a sudden I started to notice and question the nature of soul. My dog has a soul - without a doubt, my plants have a soul, most certainly - I can see them living and breathing. Once my CD player told me it was about to die and the next time I turned it on - blank. I had forgotten about that until the vacuum conversation.
Then yesterday while mowing a lawn with a hand mower - suddenly I was mid conversation with the mower - "Try mowing me from this angle, how about sweeping that grass away so I don't get blocked up - Oh thats better yes you are getting the hang of it now" - HOLD ON a minute - I am in charge of YOU - not the other way round. "You are going to go through this patch of grass now". JAM (breath and unblock the catch again). And after a conversation that extended into me questioning - where was your soul before it was in the mower?? The mower was most excited and we got an incredibly difficult over-grown nature-strip looking loved again.
This is not something I would share with the owner of the lawn - "Oh by the way I have just had such a wonderfully indepth conversation with my mower, it was rather insightful". However, this is something to discuss in the context of Yoga and how we relate not only to each other - but to the world around us.

In a spiritual forum on this subject one person expresses, "All material objects are made up of energy" ( In terms of Yoga practice it is how we receive, transform and share this energy that matters most. But this said, what does the word 'soul' itself mean and how does this relate to energy and our relationship with it?
If you look up the meaning of soul in the dictionary it is exclusive to the human condition:

The animating and vital principle in humans, credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion and often conceived as an immaterial entity.

The spiritual nature of humans, regarded as immortal, separable from the body at death, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state.

The disembodied spirit of a dead human (

Of course it all depends on whose difiniton you read and which tradition they are speaking from.

The Columbian Encyclopedia takes a broader scope in defining the 'soul'; "soul, the vital, immaterial, life principle, generally conceived as existing within humans and sometimes within all living things, inanimate objects, and the universe as a whole. Religion and philosophy have long been concerned with the nature of the soul in their attempts to understand existence and the meaning of life".

So how about the Yogic tradition? The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root 'yuj' which means 'to join'. Yoga is the science that teaches us the method of uniting the individual soul with the Supreme Soul ( The little soul "Me" is entrained with the big Soul. At the Miyoga Club we call this big Soul Divine Love or Uncontional Love and we see it personified in the deity Quan Yin who is the emobidment of Compassion also known as Kannon, Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara, or in the West - Mary.

In the context of the lawn mower... material objects from the eastern perspective are an illusion. When did the form that I call "Lawn Mower" come into being? It had once been in the earth as metal, it had been in the earth as oil which became plastic, it has been liquid and is now solid and one day - especially if I leave it out in the rain - it will turn to rust and crumble away - back down into the earth. By this understanding I can accept that the object "lawn mower" as a solid, permanant thing is an illusion made real at this present time. Perhaps then, when I connect to the 'soul' of an object I am honouring its lineage through time and space as more that what the little I can comprehend. I am extending my perspective and reaching into a realm, unseen, but able to be felt.
Namaste - I salute the divinity in you - as I do in me - and all!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Caves of Shangrila

This is a beautiful documentary which explores the discovery of Tibetan sacred Bon texts found in ancient cave systems. A Wonderul visual journey - I am not sure how long it will be available on iview- so take a look while it is still there...


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Healing Book

Students will have noticed that there is now a new healing book. To aid distance healing we will be publishing the names from the healing book on the website. We understand that for privacy reasons you may not want the name you place in the healing book to be published. If you would not like the name to be on the miyoga website ( please place a star * next to the name.

Mimi recently said "Its all Here"...

I found this lovely tale and would like to share it from The Quantum and the Lotus (Matthieu Richards and Trihn Xuan Thuan)

... (a) man asked the Buddha some questions about cosmology. In reply, he picked up a handful of leaves and asked "Are there more leaves in my hand or in the forest?" "There are more in the forest, of course," replied the man. The Buddha went on, "Well, the leaves in my hand represent the knowledge that leads to the end of suffering."


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Welcome to the Miyoga Blog

Autumn equinox has come and gone - the clocks will be turned back before we know it - and we have well and truly started the Miyoga Year with the completion of Term One. We would like to Welcome our new students to the Miyoga Club and thank our long-time students for their continued dedication to the Club and their yoga practice.

Happy Easter to all - have a safe holiday and we look forward to seeing you again for Term 2!!!

Namaste Sarah