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7 Benefits of Yoga

7 benefits of yoga.

by James Arthur Warren.

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise originating in India. Daily yoga practice has many benefits, balance, flexibility and strength. Before starting any exercise regime it is important to be checked by a doctor. There are many Youtube videos on yoga but for beginners I recommend starting Yoga under the guidance of a teacher. A good teacher is important because they can correct your body position in the different yoga poses and help prevent injury.

Once you have taken some classes, yoga is a convenient set of exercises that you can do in the privacy of your own home. I have found that yoga provides me with an improved standard of living and I recommend making it a part of your daily routine of good habits.

Here are the 7 of the many benefits of yoga.

  1. Yoga improves your flexibility. With regular practice you will be able to touch your toes and have less aches and pains when moving.
  2. Yoga improves your balance. Yoga postures need attention to balance and with regular practice your balance improves.
  3. Yoga improves your focus. Yoga requires focus on body position, breathing, stretching and balance. Yoga is like meditation and a great way to destress and unwind from daily pressures and achieve quietness of mind.
  4. Yoga improves your strength. Yoga won’t make you look like a bodybuilder but it will improve your strength.
  5. Yoga gives you better circulation. Yoga gets the blood flowing better right throughout your body. It is especially beneficial to the fine capillaries in the extremities of your fingers and toes.
  6. Yoga helps you breathe better. Yoga requires focus on your breath and improves your lung capacity.
  7. Yoga makes you look better. Daily yoga will make you look fitter, helps people lose weight and results in improved posture.

Check out this Youtube video on the 7 benefits of yoga.

Bonus Benefit: Yoga gives you more energy. It gets the prana or chi flowing which gives you more energy in the day and also helps you sleep better.

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Free Blue Walk Paused

Five days ago I set out to walk from Brisbane to Adelaide approximately 2000km in 50 days. However after just two days I got a skin infection called celulitis and had to pause to recover.

I was lucky that my friend was a nurse and identified it before I continued or I could have gotten septicemia on the road and been out of action for much longer. I felt I was letting everyone down at first but now I am thankful for the time to recover before my first big challenge, the ascent from the Fassifern Valley up through Cunningham’s Gap onto the Darling Downs. This has also given my other leg time to totally recover from the torn calf muscle that I got 3 weeks earlier.

Day 1 and I left home at about 7:20 am. I was accompanied by my neighbour Campbell for a little way then headed off over Eleanor Schonel bridge into the University of Queensland. I’d chosen a lighter pack but soon realised the straps were going to dig into my shoulders so I called my son Clay and he met me at Indooropilly Station where I changed all my gear from one pack to the other and said good bye again. That was my first change of plans.

I met a nice young man, riding his bicycle to school who helped me put on my rain poncho and later contributed what he could to my cause. The trip out to the Moggil ferry was rainy and it didn’t stop until I got close to Ipswich.

At Bellbowrie Fruit Shop the owner donated my lunch, a pear, banana, mandarin, 2 avocados and a bag of mushrooms. Thank you. ( And if you live in Bellbowrie check it out because it’s hard competing against the big supermarkets)

The end of day 1 and I arrived in Ipswich, wet and tired with a little pain in my right leg but my left leg which I’d torn the calf muscle 2.5 weeks earlier was feeling fine. I stretched, rubbed and massaged but to no avail and my right leg still hurt in  the morning.

On day two I got my first taste of long straight roads  but my right leg only got sorer. I made it to Kalbar but my leg was very painful all night.  One of my hosts is a nurse and she took one look at my leg and suggested I had cellulitis and that I ought to see a doctor immediately. I went to a doctor and she gave me antibiotics. For this reason days three, four and five  have been  rest days and I am doing this to ensure that I can make it all the way from Brisbane to Adelaide.

I have been eating tubers of turmeric and bathing the leg  in Condy’s Crystals, potassium permanganate, to try everything I can because I am determined to complete this challenge. Why continue and not just give up? It’s just not me and I also believe I my dream of mobile free schools teaching lifestyles of health and sustainability as well as  universal free education so  passionately that I want to see it become a reality.

I also know that my compassionate action is inspiring people to get off their comfortable couches and follow their dreams too. People have told me so.

I am reminded of the story of Robert the Bruce and the spider and how through perseverance you can achieve your goals and dreams.

Now I am resting because I intend to get to Adelaide by foot, two feet that is, and I don’t with to be stopped due to poor health so I’ll recover and then continue. Hopefully tomorrow but everything happens for a reason.

If everyone in Australia contributed  1¢ per kilometer that I also from Brisbane to Adelaide, I wold be able to start 50 mobile free schools, a FREE University and take the idea out of Australia to the world.

Do you also share my dream for Free Education? You can contribute here to James’ Blue House Free Schools.

Riding with the Atlantean

by James Arthur Warren 3 January 2015

There are as many different ways to get an education as there are ways to get to and from  school.

Learning from your family: Back in the 1980’s my father was a teacher at my Maroochydore State High School where I was a student. So the safe way to get my education was seated next to my father in his car. It was easy, comfortable, safe and got me to school on time, and dry when it was raining. It cost me nothing. It was free but it was my dad’s way.

Learning from your school: There was also a double decker bus. It was blue and it stopped opposite my home and picked up the neighbours and my two sisters. Sometimes I would take the double decker bus to school. It was easy, organised and safe if you weren’t being bullied. The blue double decker school bus got me to school on time (it took 20 minutes) and it cost us nothing because we lived just far enough from the school to get our transport paid for by the government. It was free but it was the government’s standard way.

Teaching yourself: Being the eldest child and wanting my freedom I instead chose to ride my bicycle to school. I didn’t want to sit on a boring bus wasting my time when I could be free to go as fast or slow as I wanted, I could weave, jump and stop to smoke a sneaky ciggie on the way. It was only 3km to school, I got there on time. There was a bicycle path which made it relatively safe. One day I had to jump my bike over a red bellied black snake on the path but that was the most dangerous thing that ever happened. Riding my bike cost nothing, I made a few mistakes on the way, like stopping for those ciggies but I learned from them. It was free and it was my standard way.

Exploring new possibilities: One time I discovered a new way. What I did was dangerous and I don’t condone it. I came out of school with my bicycle one afternoon just as the blue double decker school buses were leaving. The road from school had a good downhill slope and the big old double decker school buses took a while to gain speed. As I mounted my bike, a bus pulled along side me. I pedaled fast to keep up with the bus, students inside were yelling at me with excitement to go faster. I pedaled hard and then saw I could grab hold of a grate on the side. I reached out and held the bus with one hand and started to be towed by the bus. We reached about 55km/h, stopped for the traffic lights and then continued. All the while I was being cheered on by student’s inside. I got halfway home before letting go and using my own power. That day I got home very quickly, safely too. My parents got a call from the school because the bus driver had reported me and I got in trouble. It was free but by using the best of the old standard ways I created a new way.

Catching the double decker bus with my bicycle was my new way. It shows there are many ways to learn and they don’t have to be the standard way of the crowd. Sometimes you have to take a risk, combine the best of your knowledge to achieve a better outcome. The result will be a better way.

James’ Blue House Free School is exploring a new way

On 27 of November 2014 a supercell storm blew the roof off my home of 8 years and left myself and 3 sons displaced. I am an Environmental Scientist and English as a Second Language teacher. I have taught thousands of refugees and migrant to read and write English and settle in Australia. I understand the importance of reading and writing to having access to information so that you can improve your life and the lives of those around you.

So I am selling everything I don’t need to fund James’ Blue House Free School Bus so that I can take a travelling school into areas where access to education is limited. All the money raised will go to purchasing a 1972 Leyland Atlantean double decker bus and equipping it with computers and solar energy generation.

The initial goal is to raise $20,000 of donations on gofundme James’ Blue House Free School Bus

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Inside my parents’ house is a Blue House

Inside my parents’ house is a Blue House

by James Arthur Warren 1english1@gmail.com

2nd of January 2015

What is the metaphor of the Blue House Free School?

In January 2005, I got separated from my first wife, began teaching English as a Second Language and moved into the first home that came to be called James Blue House. My ‘new’ home was a very old dirty small workers cottage in South Brisbane. The deserting junkies had trashed the place so I offered to clean and paint the interior and the owner gave me cheap rent in return.

I was alone and broke so I filled my home with international students and travelers who eased my loneliness and helped me pay the rent. My landlord told me how he had come to this home when he arrived from Greece in 1969 and how it had been a halfway house for many migrants. I resolved that I would continue to show the same hospitality to all people that came to my door.

At the end of the first year my landlord’s adjoining property came for rent and he offered it to me to manage for him. This second house, also blue, was to become my second James Blue House. There were dinners and parties at the James Blue Houses, big loud parties with fires blazing, reggae music booming, BBQ s burning and happy people all meeting to chat and share their experience as migrants or travelers.

After 2 years, I married again and didn’t want the hassle of sub letting rooms all the time so  we passed on the lease to some friends so that they could also benefit.

Living in the second James Blue House, I started teaching migrants and refugees at TAFE so I separated my work and social life, no more organizing student parties. I would go to work and come home but the dream of opening my own school was building. How could I possibly have the time or energy to make a school with two boys and a third on the way? The couch in my home was much too comfortable.

Suddenly in 2011, I was again a single dad but now with 3 sons shared 50:50. I was working hard but my pay wasn’t increasing. I still wanted to have my own free school and often wondered how I would do it and what I would teach. I told my partner I wanted to make a free school and she laughed it off as a ridiculous notion. Our relationship ended soon after and I had time for myself to do what I wanted. I started planning free classes.

I held my first free classes on the beach at Stradbroke Island during a holiday with my sons. I taught the five Tibetan Rites of rejuvenation and Quantum Pause Breathing because they have both changed my life and I know many people can benefit from them.

On the 8th of November I held another class in a basement in South Brisbane 3 for local residents. One afternoon I arrived home from work and met an Iranian couple, a taxi driver and teacher, who were speaking with my neighbour. I invited them in for tea. They came here for freedom from an oppressive regime in Iran,  so their children could grow up free. I discovered they are in community detention, get no income support, aren’t allowed to work and only get a few hours of English classes. They are in Australia but not free. These are the kind of people that need free school.

Then on the 27th of November 2014, the roof blew off the second James Blue House in a freak supercell storm. My two oldest sons were home at the time but fortunately were not injured. What were we to do with 10 years of accumulated stuff and nowhere to put it? I need a new Blue House, I have to make a free school. A travelling free school? A double decker bus became my focus, I could live in it and teach from it. I could take free education where it is most needed. How could I get it now I was homeless?

In my parents’ house, we found refuge. My parents offered me a place to put my family. On New Years Day 2015, I awoke sober as I didn’t drink the night before but I still had a huge headache. I started cleaning my parents’ house, vacuuming, mopping, wiping window sills and  cleaning the grime from the oven. I nurtured the garden, planted lawn seed, weeded, pruned and planted flower seeds. I set myself to doing these tasks as if I were Da Vinci painting a masterpiece. It was the least I could do to thank my parents for giving me life and at 44 years old, refuge, when I most needed it. While I was cleaning, I was thinking through what would be my next step to get my free school happening.

Today, while cleaning in my parents’ house I got a phone call. Confirmation to purchase a double decker bus. Now I have to find the money. You can help by donating to James Blue House Free School Bus  at Gofundme

What is the metaphor? Inside my parents house is a Blue House. My parents, both teachers created me in their house.Their house is the universe and in my parents house is a Free Blue House we call Earth or Gaia. The Universe supports Gaia, who provides everything we need for free. Gaia doesn’t charge a fee or interest rate and Gaia loves it when you nurture her. Like our planet Earth, Gaia, James Blue House Free School doesn’t charge any fees and operates on good will and your donations.

Welcome to the Freeconomy.

Each one must teach one. One Love

James

One hand washes the other hand and together they wash the face

by James Arthur Warren 31 December 2014

I want to tell you about Marietta my neighbour, she’s twice my age, I’m 44. We met ten years ago when I discovered her in my garden picking grape vine  leaves to make dolmades. She told me her name was Maria but her real name is Marietta, which I always use. I said my name’s James but she’s called me Davi ever since! She came back later and gave me a bowl of  her delicious homemade dolmades and that  mutual giving between the two of us has continued for 10 years.

Marietta came to Australia as a 19 year old from Greece, post WW2 after it had been occupied by the Italians. She’d learnt Italian during the war. She arrived in Australia, married had a daughter and then was widowed when her daughter was young.

Marietta found herself work while her daughter was cared for by another woman because there was no child care around at the time. Marietta learnt to speak English but never learnt to read or write it.

There were no free classes she could go to. She had no time  as she worked hard to survive.

Marietta making dolmades

Marietta got married a second time and had a son and now has great-grandchildren too. Her family visit most weekends and during the week Marietta can be seen tending her beautiful garden with roses, hippeastrums, lilies but also beans, okra and  spinach to name a few.

We call out good morning across the road, often at 5.30am as we’re both early risers, watering our gardens or when I’m going to do some sport. But the most important thing about our relationship is that is about giving to, supporting and loving your neighbour. I give her pawpaw and she returns with beans, I give her bananas, she gives me pasta for dinner for my family, I give her eggs from my chickens and she gives me biscuits for my coffee, I  jump start her car and call the RACQ for her, she keeps an  eye on my kids and home when I’m away. I read letters for her.

Marietta tells people I’m like a son and  I tell people about how amazing she is.

Yesterday I mowed her lawn, its growing so fast now it’s summer. After I  finished  we were having an orange juice and Marietta  said for the first time ever, “do you want money?”

Of course I said, “No, it’s not about money it’s about helping each other and working together and loving your neighbour”.

Marietta replied “ Davi, in my country we have a saying, one hand washes the other hand and together they wash the face”

I went away with a plate of Marietta’s biscuits to dip in my coffee. The truth is that I do want money and help. I am just just one hand that wants  another hand to wash a face.

I know that if Marietta had had the opportunity she would have loved to learn to read and write English but like so many people who live in Australia the opportunity wasn’t there. That’s why I have started, James’ Blue House Free School, to take technological literacy to people and so people can find information that allows them to shape their destiny. Marietta doesn’t know what the internet is, she doesn’t have email, and facebook is outside her comprehension.

That’s why I am asking for  volunteer teachers for local English classes. That’s  also why I am asking for money so that I can buy and equip a double decker bus with learning technology to  take the concept of free school to remote areas where people don’t have easy access to education.

If you want to help this free education initiative, please donate at gofundme by going to James Blue House Free School Bus

I just went to the first Blue House, the place where I met Marietta,  to feed the chickens, collect  some eggs. While I was there. I picked some grape vine leaves and took the eggs and leaves over to Marietta, She was making dolmades and showed me how and told me the recipe.

She teaches me, I love her.

Each one must teach one. One Love

James

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Mariettas domades

15 Quotes about education from Master Teachers

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Education of myself is both liberating and addictive. Liberating because it frees me from the bonds of ignorance. Addictive because the more that I know, the more I more I learn what I don’t know yet.

I know what I do know.  I know that what I don’t know, I can learn. However, it’s what I don’t that I don’t know that I can only learn through study, self mastery and education. I realized this many years ago, fortunately, when I was young and then the amazing Internet came along and suddenly I increased my learning ability because of the availability of information  and this inspired me to learn more. For this reason I’ve put together a few of my favourite quotes about education from some of the Master Teachers of the past.  Continue reading 15 Quotes about education from Master Teachers