Lynn Romeo

– making whole with yoga

Month: December, 2014

Solstice reflections – appreciation of the light

At the time of the solstices Gita teachers and students take the opportunity to pause and give thanks for the light – the light radiating from the sun and elsewhere in the universe and the consciousness, enlightenment and understanding we each create as, together, we strive for physical, emotional and mental balance.
If you are a Gita yoga teacher, student or friend may you feel the gratitude expressed in the following words – gratitude for your contribution to all that is light in humanity.  If you come from a different tradition of yoga, perhaps you can replace the word Gita with Yoga or the name of your tradition and may you also feel the gratitude for your light.

Around Dec 21, Gita teachers in places like Melbourne, Penguin and Hobart, created Solstice ceremonies to celebrate the light that prevails alongside and in spite of the darknesses that are increasingly being revealed in these apocalyptic times (apocalypse – the ‘hidden being revealed’).
  • We are deeply grateful to Gita as an enduring, steady centre and pillar of light.

 

  • We know this light as it shines within us, illuminating and transforming our dark corners through the unique patterns of hatha yoga you have brought us to.

 

  • We find ourselves facing the light of truths in ourselves, in our institutions, and our world which challenge us to our very core.  Yet in these moments of challenge we find that we have all the resources we need within us – our yoga brings us the seeds of transformation, resolution, upliftment, inspiration, the will to good and to universal love.

 

  • We live in the work-a-day world in this light as we put into practice the Gita ethos of ‘Living with understanding and teaching by example’.

 

  • We expand and radiate the light as we take our own place on our own paths, under our own steam, thanks to Gita’s inherent and unwavering focus on creating only the conditions in which our souls grow.

 

  • There is inherent harmlessness in our growth and work together as we tap into our own power and find that, spontaneously, in this light, we cannot help but use it for the good of humanity and universal evolution.
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Upcoming workshop

 

 

THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF YOGA – supporting the release and healing of trauma. Workshop for Northern Tasmanian human service workers and yoga teachers.
Sat Feb 21st, 10-4pm, Burnie

The impacts of trauma (large and small) can be held, felt or hidden anywhere in our bodies, thought processes or emotional make-up. The practices of yoga have, for thousands of years, helped release people physically, mentally and emotionally onto their path towards wholeness.
This workshop offers a nurturing journey using metaphor, distilled wisdom, gentle yoga techniques & research to glimpse the blockages that trauma creates. As teachers, counsellors, health & support workers, we can feel affirmed in what we are already doing that makes a difference & inspired by emerging research that shows how yoga releases the effects of trauma. With renewed focus on mindfulness & trauma in many fields of human service, more professions are turning to yoga’s ancient practices. We can all be a part of this positive paradigm shift & the practical partnerships & solutions it holds for us & the people we serve.

REGISTER NOW – limited places.
• $90, includes light lunch and refreshments (discounts for workplaces sending 2 or more)
• Secure your place with a $30 deposit and completed registration form, attached
• No prior experience or flexibility needed, this yoga can even be done in a chair

Venue: Burnie Child & Family Centre, 36 Thorne St, Acton, Burnie. Ph: 64304222

Come prepared for a relaxing time, wear comfortable clothing, be prepared to leave your shoes at the door, bring a favourite blanket and, if you have one handy, a clipboard.

Lynn Romeo (www.lynnromeoyoga.com.au) straddles mainstream, alternative, professional and creative realms. She worked for many years with people with disabilities and families, as a social worker and teacher of residential/support workers. Lynn then found the balance that yoga brings so inspiring, she could not help but become a Yoga teacher. She has taught in the Gita Yoga tradition for 23 years, writes from the furnace of family life and, in recent years, has been liberated by the renewed focus, world-wide, on the healing of trauma through yoga. In these workshops, Lynn draws on the support of yoga teaching and ‘trauma-informed’ colleagues and her recent studies in Trauma Sensitive Yoga with the Trauma Centre in Boston, directed by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (Prof of Psychiatry, Boston University, pioneer in the field of trauma since the 1970s).

Assisted by Jenny Hyland, (Ph 6437 0960) Gita teacher living in Penguin for 12 years. After graduating in 1995, Jenny has taught in many settings including drug and alcohol rehab, Vietnam vets and in groups dealing with depression, alcohol and pain management at North West Private Hospital. She continues to do post- graduate courses with Gita in Melbourne and with local teachers in Tassie. As well as teaching yoga in Penguin, Jen works at Coroneagh Aged Care Facility in roles including Extended Care & Diversional Therapy. With her supportive partner Neil, she feels blessed to have been accepted and supported in a great community. Jenny gives thanks to yoga which she believes is the greatest tool that anyone can have.

Email Lynn to register or enquire – romeolynn@yahoo.com.au, Ph. 0421 327 237

Stories from students – just in

After reading other students’ stories about how yoga works, two more people have been inspired to write:

‘I recently turned 72. Apart from a medically caused balance problem, I think I’m fitter than many of my contemporaries, and older than many others who are as active as I am. Perhaps this relative fitness is the result of genetics, but I don’t think so. I think that it’s more likely to be due to the yoga I’ve been doing for several years. I don’t doubt that my flexibility is a result of the yoga, as I stiffen up if I don’t do the stretches for a few weeks. And Lynn’s classes are just what I need. They include stretches, postures and relaxation; they’re not so threatening that I think “I’m afraid to go in case I fall over”; and I can modify the postures to take into account the medical advice I’ve been given. (This reminds me of the time I went to a balance specialist. His advice was “Keep doing yoga”. He believes it’s a good exercise for improving balance – particularly important for older people).’

‘After 2 and a half years of regular yoga with Lynn I’m happy to say that my body is hooked. There’s no going back to a life without yoga. Prior to classes with Lynn, yoga for me was a haphazard, random pursuit. But the gentle, repetitive and rhythmical nature of Lynn’s class is perfectly attuned to the needs of my physical, emotional and spiritual being. This has enabled me to refine and consolidate my basic understanding of yoga and allowed my body to develop a strong memory of postures that I am able to build upon and extend over time. Although gentle, it makes me stronger, and the rhythmical nature of it provides comfort, solace and an intuitive space of reflection. Thank you so much Lynn, for being a guide to help me enter into the flow.’