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Goodbye Alison

the following was written in tribute to Alison Wright.

Dear Alison,

Your sudden passing on 12th August was a shock to everyone who knew you. How could you leave so suddenly?

You were well known in our small city of Napier, the one who introduced many of us to our Yoga Journey. You were either our first connection to Yoga, or the one who brought Yoga alive for us ……….with joy, colour fun and our beloved Adho Mukha Svansasana………… Downward Facing Dog.

Alison, for me you moved from teacher, to mentor to supportive ‘older wiser woman’ friend… someone to runaway to Paris with (even if it was just 2 hours at the movies) and coffee buddy.

I chanted as I picked flowers for your service.  As I placed them on a tray, they became a Mandala – how did that happen? The camellias went into a basket – white in the centre, bright on the outside.  That was you Alison, a colourful joyful lady on the outside, and a pure Yogi soul on the inside.

It was a joy to hug your grand-daughter at the theatre on Saturday night. She was twirling in the foyer……… Your sharing a zest for life will continue through her.

Namaste Alison, you are in my heart, you are in the sea breeze at Perfume Point,

Alison on beach

and you will be with me when I view the world from a different perspective whilst in Prasarita Padottanasana.

I miss you Alison, I know you held no fear of death, but I thought you would have preferred to experience that part of the journey; the transition.  You agreed with Mirdad….”death conquers death”.

By the way, it was your turn to shout the coffee and cake . . but I’ll take a rain check.

With much respect, thanks, love and hugs……………. your Paschibandha buddy.

The Promise of Renewal

“As the same person inhabits the body through childhood, youth and old age, so too at the time of death he attains another body”.

The Bhagavad Gita (c.5th century BC)


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