Tony Gibson on September 29th, 2020

The JobKeeper Payment continues for a further six months until 28 March 2021. This payment targets support to those businesses and not-for-profits who continue to be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus.
Unfortunately many people have not been able to get JobKeeper and jobs have disappeared in areas like tourism and hospitality. These payments will gradually be trimmed back and businesses will fail and jobs will be harder to find. Youth unemployment is already a particular concern at 25 percent on the Sunshine Coast. We need our governments to continue the support with a Guaranteed Living Income.
Recently, I was talking to a person who was to receive a reduced payment for JobKeeper, however is keenly looking forward to do some retraining and getting into a field more in line with her values. This person is looking towards a career in aged care or palliative care. As one of the kindest and most giving people I have come across what a great match for this career choice.
Coming out of the virus restrictions it will be important to support each other and help people connect again. As the Dalai Lama says in the “Art of Happiness” our need for other people is paradoxical. At the same time that our culture is caught up in the celebration of fierce independence, we also yearn for intimacy and connection”. He recommends “maintaining closeness with as many people as possible”.
So for some they will see the virus challenges as an opportunity to have more meaningful and purposeful careers long term as they retrain. For others there will not be a job for a considerable amount of time and we need a good financial safety net for all such as a Universal Guaranteed Living Income.
I believe our community will step up and help those who need that support. Intimacy and connection needs to be rebuilt in our community and generous giving in volunteer roles could be part of the solution. We each have an important role in achieving a happy, healthy and harmonious community.

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Tony Gibson on September 11th, 2020

I enjoy travelling to the Darling Downs and Granite Belt in spring getting out of the big cities . We recently stopped off at the wonderful Japanese Gardens in Toowoomba with the cherry blossoms blooming. Also, the wildflowers were at their most intense and beautiful in Girraween National Park with the streams flowing through the granite country.

In Oriental Yoga (OY) we celebrate our connections in nature and the seasons. In practices we greet the day toning, shaping and connecting the body, mind and spirit. By moving the body in the most natural way the practice is invigorating and nurturing yet building body awareness, strength, physical endurance and fitness for life.

Physical endurance requires a strong heart muscle as well as strong skeletal muscles. Physical endurance is helped by the holding of postures building intensity with routines that flex, relax and condition muscles.  With a slow flow OY practice we can provide peace, bliss and understanding to support reaching our potential.

Recognise that you are a part of nature, a child of the universe and that life is a great gift. Cultivate gratitude for the fact you are alive. Enjoy your spring energy.

Namaste Tony

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Tony Gibson on June 19th, 2020

We are blessed to enjoy creatures in nature like the White Bellied Sea Eagle that we find along the Maroochy River and our coastline. I was fortunate to see several sea eagles, an elegant sea snake and eastern yellow robin in just a normal week enjoying the spirit of our country.

Also, last Friday, walking from Sunshine Beach through to Noosa Heads through the National Park the coastal scene of big blue skies and seas with dolphins playing filled me with emotion of gratitude. This was particularly because I could share this with my partner and other walkers.

It is not all a feeling of gratitude in our lives and we need to work through denial, anger, sadness, fear, rationalisation, acceptance, new attachment, forgiveness and gratitude as we ride an emotional journey dealing with grief. I felt very sad attending the funeral of a young indigenous person, I have felt some anger in supporting the failing health for my ageing mother and I still have difficulty accepting the expansion of Sunshine Coast Airport as much of our native wildlife is being displaced by development each day.

The “Black Lives Matter” movement is highlighting the plight of our indigenous people with poor health, housing, and high levels of incarceration in the justice system. There is continuing racial discrimination with the indigenous people clearly disadvantaged. While indigenous custodians have provided us with a wonderful legacy with the natural environment and culture, they are not being fairly treated.

Maybe we all need to realise and accept responsibility for everything that we have created and work harder for reconciliation with indigenous Australians. If we all live with gratitude for the inheritance of this wonderful country Australia, we can work together to sustain a shared prosperous future.

We all need to see the totems like the appearance of the sea eagle, the robin, the sea snake or the dolphin as part of our loving spiritual connection to this country. By helping to conserve nature we will have an enduring legacy and together we will achieve great things.

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Tony Gibson on April 23rd, 2020

Well it has been a remarkable couple of weeks with neighbours getting out on the kerbside to have a chat at the close of the day and everyone sharing a greeting when they capture another human being in sight. As people escape the confines of the four walls of their homes, connect on the internet and have conversations, ideas are starting to germinate and grow.
I am enjoying grappling with the problems of the world in a weekly two hour social chat over social media with friends and similarly world leaders are starting to address key issues like poverty and homelessness. This is the upside of the virus regulations as leaders work for public health and safety more than return on investment and maintaining the free market competitive forces.
Our leaders in Australia suddenly doubled the dole which social reformers have been asking for years. For unemployed Australians, the COVID-19 panic has meant a doubling of their take-home pay after all those continuing arguments against any increase since 1994.
Why can’t we go the next step and as I have been advocating by implementing a Universal Living Income like Spain is planning. Spain is taking steps to implement a Universal Basic Income to help citizens weather the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus, which would make it the first nation in Europe to do so. The Spanish Minister of Economic Affairs said that “We’re going to do it as soon as possible. So it can be useful, not just for this extraordinary situation, and that it remains forever,”
The idea behind universal basic income is to provide everyone with a minimum living wage, whether they are employed or otherwise. … A guaranteed income would ensure financial security, allow financial freedom, remove the “poverty trap”, and support more path choices.
This is a time of change and from little things big things can grow. We now have visibly cleaner air so let us all take a deep breath and see what we can do to improve the natural environment and at the same time providing for a more equitable world.

Enjoy your day

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I will be utilising a video conferencing platform called ZOOM (note other apps include Jitsi Meet+) I have paid for the pro version of ZOOM so we can go past 40 mins and up to 100 participants)
To prepare for the session please read the following:
1/ set up a device which has camera and audio capabilities and Google Chrome installed in a room or deck with your yoga mat, pillow, bolster, rug, etc
2/ devices include laptops, ipads, smartphones and desktop computers with audio and camera
3/ if you wish to use a smartphone please download the free ZOOM app
How will the process work?
1/ I will send you an invitation or link either via email. An email link will enable you
to join the video session via a computer.
2/ The invitation will be sent if you have previously attended that time slot
3/ If you are using the app on your phone:
– Download the Zoom App onto your phone (this is free)
– I will send you an invitation
– Tap on the first link to join the Meeting
4/ If you are using your computer:
– Ensure Google Chrome is installed onto your computer
– I will send you an email invitation
click enter and join the meeting (this will ensure it opens in Google
Chrome rather than other search engines
– the link may take you straight there
In the unlikely (and sad) event that your online session does not run smoothly, please let me know so we can then resolve the issue. You will not incur a fee for half a class or no class at all.
I will be present on line 10 minutes before class time and I can be contacted by phone up to 5 minutes before the start of the session.
Let us enjoy this new opportunity.
Namaste Tony MS0419791860

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It is time to look at a holistic approach to ensure your immune system is working to keep you fit and well. At this time of the year the virus and flu season is nearly with us and both eastern and western medicine practices have much in common with suggested treatments.
From Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic sources from India we have the underpinning knowledge for eastern responses. Some western medicine practitioners have started to add these to their approaches.
In Oriental Yoga and Holistic Coaching we hope to get the best of both worlds encompassing a range of Immune System Supportive Strategies that work, including:
1. Exercise, Stress Management Techniques and Lifestyle Practices including adequate sleep
2 Nutrition – reducing sugar, refined carbohydrates and saturated animal fats. Increase good oils such as omega 3 and a balanced diet with a variety of fresh and preferably organic vegetables.
3. Herbs and Supplements including Vitamins D and C, Zinc, Tumeric, Ginger and Cinammon.
4. Connection with family, friends and community even if only by the phone, on line and the social media.

How does exercise and lifestyle work?
In Oriental Yoga the exercise practice is also meditation in motion with a slow flow helping to heal anxiety and stress. By working with organ energies and meridians energy flows we can help heal the body and avoid diseases.
With the poor lifestyle practices and sleep deprivation occurring and developments like the mobile phone and the internet meaning we are constantly on alert, anxiety and depression are increasing. We need to focus more on our insides like our internal organs such as the kidneys, heart, lungs and spleen for immunity.
The healing exercise of Oriental Yoga practices helps move away from the sympathetic fight and flight responses to the parasympathetic where we rest and digest as we calm the nerves. This Oriental Yoga practice brings the brain back to the body as we bring positive energy to the body and move away from that constant alert which works to deplete the immune system.
Feedback from students of Oriental Yoga is that they have a much improved sleep pattern and when you are tired, sleep.

“The best rule of conduct is to laugh at everything – Chuang Tzu” and a big belly laugh makes you feel good.

More information on important Herbs
Ginger – In Chinese medicine, ginger is considered a warming herb and acts specifically on the lungs, spleen and stomach. It is a qi (chi) tonic, promotes circulation and treats phlegm in the lungs accompanied with cough. It promotes circulation as well as sweating, and is used to treat joint pain due to cold.
Cooking with organic fresh ginger in food like miso soup is a good way to take in ginger.
Tumeric – The herb turmeric enters the heart, lung, liver and gallbladder meridians and is used to invigorate blood and remove stagnation from the body. It is spicy, bitter and cold. Yu Jin is used to move blood and qi stagnation and is especially good for pain.
It is suggested to regularly cook with turmeric and also maybe take organic turmeric tablets.
Cinnamon – In Traditional Chinese Medicine, cinnamon has long been known for its capacity to treat and prevent a much wider range of ailments. Chinese medicine views gui zhi (cassia twigs) as spicy, sweet, and powerfully warming. From a meridian channel perspective, this herb has the ability to penetrate the heart, lung, and bladder meridians. If caught early enough, gui zhi will expel pathogens by mobilising the body’s own immune response.
It is suggested cinnamon and honey with yoghurt is a good daily breakfast food supplement.
Other Treatments
Coconut oil – A little coconut oil on the skin and in the nostrils is suggested for protection.
Immunisation
An annual flu shot from your local GP (General Practitioner) at this time of year with a potential follow up in July is the current advice from health authorities.
Please note this article provides general guidelines and seeking specific advice from health practitioners on your individual health status is encouraged. It is appreciated that due to allergies and other reasons some of these suggestions may not apply to you.

A healthy and happy body, mind and spirit is what we all would like and if I can assist you within the limits of my training I would love to help.

Please contact me by email at tony.gibson@spirit3h.com.au or MS 0419791860  Like on Facebook – SPIRIT.3H

Namaste Tony

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Tony Gibson on March 29th, 2020

With the COVID -19 challenges I am following Yoga Australia and government authority guidelines and suspending face to face classes at present.

There are now 3 FREE videos to access through our Facebook Oriental Yoga (Google search – www.facebook.com/SPIRIT.3H )

Visit and like the Facebook page and you will find:

– one (1)  6 minute – Flow (Chi Gung and Tai Chi) from the Chi Pagoda – The Natural Way – 

Connecting Openning and Flowing – Building your mental and physical resilience with Oriental Yoga; and

–  two (2) 33 minute or total 66 minute in total – Enjoy Your Day and Enjoy Your Practice from the Chi Room.

These have been produced at my home at Marcoola as we all work to support the social distancing approaches of health authorities.

As with any practice please ensure when following the videos that you work with in your body limits going into a counter posture as required. Everything we do 70 to 90 percent so as we do not build strain and tension into the body. Also do these practices subject to your advice received from western and eastern medical practitioners.

If you would like to join the Zoom Yogi Teas as we support and sustain our community, please email me at tony.gibson@spirit.3h.com.au. The Yogi Teas which will give you a chance to share and ask questions will be at 9:30 AM on Mondays.

Peace be with you

Enjoy your day

The Chi is Strong The Future is Bright

Namaste Tony

“Do good to all beings without anybody noticing” Lao Tzu

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Tony Gibson on January 2nd, 2020

I love just waking early and hearing the chorus of native birds greeting the day and trying to just be in the moment. Every day is a good day we are alive and “today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday and all is well”. I believe trying to enjoy the unfolding opportunities and challenges is the best way to approach life.
With a new year and decade many of us like to make New Year’s resolutions and they could be as simple and individual or as complex as you like trying to change everything in the world.
What seems quite simple and individual like personally trying to be more in balance and at peace within yourself, will still have flow on impacts to all inhabitants of this planet as all is connected. So don’t take for granted your individual efforts which could become global benefits for everything and everyone around you.
Some simple questions from writer Meg Wheatley are “What is my faith in the future? Am I willing to reclaim time to think? What is our role in creating change? Can I be fearless?” Meg sees community as always having the answers.
We see individuals with the courage and determination “to be the change they want to see in the world (Gandhi)”. We can all make a difference in some way. There are so many opportunities for you to be kind, be peaceful and be courageous.
Enjoy your next decade and the 2020 dawns.

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Tony Gibson on October 18th, 2019

Oriental Yoga practice harnesses the power of the natural energy with visualisation techniques and exercises with nature in mind. You may not walk bare foot in the forest by a stream or on the beach but you can still connect to nature.

In Oriental Yoga we can stretch away the stress and with your energy or chi flowing like a river. Also, in connecting to the breath in postures, flows and meditation the practice helps the development of a healthy body, mind and spirit.

With practice you will gradually find your essence as your subtle energy unfolds and you will dissolve stress and anxiety achieving balances with a healing natural life force. Postures like turtle squats and stretches and tree pose will build core strength and balance the masculine (yang) and feminine (yin) energies.

Enjoy the flow with Oriental Yoga building courage and enjoyment of life.

Be in the moment

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Western life today often means sitting at a desk, in front of a computer or TV or behind the wheel of a vehicle where we lose contact with the earth and nature. In addition, with the often fast pace and stress of modern life the body tends to become out of balance, tight, rigid and lacking strength in the important core muscles.

It is suggested that you regularly should be taking time out to become grounded in nature such as walking bare foot on a beach or walking in the rain forest. Yoga Chi Gung practice similarly harnesses the power of the natural energy. By incorporating visualisation techniques and exercises with nature in mind and natural breathing you can improve your wellbeing.

In a Yoga Chi Gung practice we can stretch away the stress, flow and flex like a river harnessing the power of nature and the energy or chi within us. In connecting to the breath in postures, flows and meditation the practice helps the development of a healthy body and mind.

With practice you will gradually find your essence as your subtle energy unfolds and you will dissolve stress and achieve balance with a healing natural life force. Postures like turtle squats and stretches and tree pose will build core strength and balance the masculine (yang) and feminine (yin) energies.

Half day retreats in Mapleton start with a rain forest walk at 9:00 am with a Yoga Chi Gung practice at 10:15 am most Fridays each week.

Contact Tony on MS 0419791860 for more information.

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