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As we come to the end of another great year, we also
celebrate our 25th issue. I am amazed at how quickly the last
10 years have past. I find myself asking questions such as,
"What have I achieved? Have I frittered away this precious
time? Have I given enough time to my loved ones, my
husband, and my dog? As we grow older, time seems to go so
much faster. It is relentless and pursues us all. I find my spare
time is a precious commodity. There is no time to argue or bear resentment.
Every minute of every day is a bonus.
I have always loved reading. Ever since I was a child, I could always be found in a
quiet corner with a book in hand. AYL allows me the avenue to follow this passion,
and I am always delighted when books and other materials are sent to me for review.
My only regret is that I never seem to have enough space!
We know from reader feedback that you enjoy the depth of our articles. In this
issue, we've grown to 88 pages, including an additional article and some slightly
longer pieces. A number of the stories in this issue have a common theme -- that of
finding a balance -- something yoga continually teaches us to embrace! In Notes
from the classroom, Peggy Hailstone takes us on a personal journey that I am sure
will resonate with some of our readers. Her story is one of irony. A confessed Type A
personality, she speaks of spending years chasing the perfect asana practice, pushing
her body to the limit, until -- finally -- her body dealt her a wake-up call.
Ana Davis' story, 'A fine balance: Yoga teachers and burnout', continues the balance
theme. Ana interviews some well-known yoga teachers regarding burnout. It seems a
contradiction that some yoga teachers may lose one of yoga's important lessons. This
article explores the how and why of burnout, and shares some of the insights we can
gain from others' experiences.
Fiona Marsden's article, 'Learning yoga at school: An education for life', looks at
balance, but this time for children. She mentions that there are relatively few
research studies about the effect of yoga on children, and even fewer about yoga in
schools. Even though the ideas from her article are largely based on anecdotal
evidence, it's wonderful to see that schools throughout Australia are embracing yoga.
Over the last 12 months, we were fortunate to gain interviews with three prominent
yogis: Geeta Iyengar, Paramahans Swami Maheshwarananda, and Shirath Rangaswamy
(the grandson of the late Patabbhi Jois). I hope you enjoy the insights they share in
their respective interviews.
STOP PRESS. I have some great news. We have often been asked whether AYL
could come out more often. We have taken note of your comments and, from 2010,
we will have four issues a year.
I hope 2010 will be kind to you all. Thank you for your continued support.
We thank the driving power that brings yoga to our lives.
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