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Please help—Australian Bush Fire Emergency

Australia is in a state of emergency with catastrophic fire conditions across most of the country. The destruction of land, animal habitat and life, homes and human lives is beyond comprehension. Let us support in any way we can.

Australia is in a state of emergency with catastrophic fire conditions across most of the country. Most of these fires have been burning since September last year.

The destruction of land, animal habitat & life, homes and human lives is beyond comprehension.

More than 14.5 million acres (6 million hectares) of native flora have been decimated—thousands of homes and building structures destroyed, an estimated half a billion animals have been wiped out—human lifes lost and there is no end in sight. The fire perimeter is more than 10’000 (16’000km) miles long—that is nearly the distance from Sydney to London.

As a comparison, the fires currently burning in Australia are three times the area of the 2018 California fires and six times the size of the Amazon fires in 2019. Help is much needed.

For those wishing to support, below links to organisations taking donations to provide relief efforts. Every little bit counts.

— Victorian Bushfire Appeal

— Red Cross

— Bushfire Disaster Appeal

— NSW RFS

— CFA VIC

— Salvation Army Disaster Relief

— Wildlife Victoria

— Foodbank

— Givit

— Wires Australian Wildelife Rescue Organisation

— WWF Australia

Our thoughts and hearts are with everyone affected by the fires and all the fire rescue out there protecting life and land. Stay safe.

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New Ethics Committee Member Craig Mackie

Meet Craig Mackie. Craig recently joined the Ethics & Certification Committee as a legal counsel. He is a barrister specialising in commercial litigation and also a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, based in Hobart.

Meet Craig Mackie. Craig recently joined the Ethics & Certification Committee as a legal counsel. He is a barrister specialising in commercial litigation and also a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, based in Hobart.

How long have you been practising Iyengar Yoga?

I started practising yoga around 2004 and first attended classes to help with workplace stress and a long term shoulder injury which I have from playing cricket.

When did you start teaching yoga?

In 2016 I received an introductory level teaching certificate and now teach at the Hobart School of Iyengar Yoga.

What do you do outside yoga?

I am a barrister. Next year I will have been admitted to practice as a lawyer for 30 years, specialising in commercial litigation. I have a large Anti-Discrimination law practice and also work with people like doctors, nurses, architects, vets and real estate agents who are being investigated by their regulatory bodies. I am also a member of Tasmania’s Disciplinary Tribunal, which presides over allegations of misconduct against lawyers. Besides yoga and law, I keep bees; I’m an accredited cricket coach, and, like all good Tasmanians, I enjoy bushwalking.

What do you hope to bring to the Ethics and Certification Mark Committee?

For some time now, I have been helping the Ethics & Certification Committee review and redraft IYA’s Ethical Guidelines. Like most policy documents, which have been written some time ago, I realised they needed updating to consider an approach that was thorough, transparent and reflected current community standards.

These documents are on the IYA website, and I encourage everyone to take time to look at them. The review and implementation of these guidelines is an ongoing process.

By coming onto the ECMC, I join the other committee members in attempting to ensure the practice of Iyengar Yoga is safe and rewarding for all.

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Yoga Sequence - Backbends (Sophie Johnston)

We all know that we should practice our yoga not just in class but also at home. But sometimes you just don’t know where to start or what to practice. Thank you to Sophie Johnston from Coogee Yoga for putting this sequence together for us.

We all know that we should practice our yoga not just in class but also at home. But sometimes you just don’t know where to start or what to practice.

Perhaps not if you are a yoga teacher, but for those of us who are not, here’s a backbend practice sequence for you.

Yoga Sequence - Backbend - Sophie Johnston, Coogee Yoga

Thank you to Sophie Johnston from Coogee Yoga for putting this sequence together for us.

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