….wild is the wind…creative freedom is the seed….
10/1/2020 Vedic Mythologies and Yoga Asanas: Every Culture have different interpretations of Animals and attribute good or bad qualities to it. In the west, Racists use “Monkey” to denigrade People of Colour to imply they are “less than human”, while in the Far East, Monkey spirit and Monkey God is considered a “Cosmic Maverick” energy that cuts through the stupidity of dogmatic Human adherence to hierachy and caste! I love that! It says something about European culture that in heraldry, the Monkey symbol was considered something that must be chained-up and oppressed. I would argue that, the fear of “the other” is the reason why Europe never attained the same level of non-dualistic academic approach to the world; instead scholarship veered towards ending with Aristotelian duality. In this way, creative and expansive thinking and discourses are denigraded while relegating “transcendental multi-dimensional fluid thinking” to the realms of philosophers, artists and abstract Physicists. It is easy to reduce the world to Black or White. The results are never terribly enduring and it is limiting one’s belief constantly to a “reductionistic lesser modelled world”. What an uncomfortable way to live with Nature’s many uncertainties! I think Yoga provides a physical link with our subconcious ability to problem solve through accessing our imagination on a deep level. I got a lot out of doing my Asana with the wider symbols of Vedic Mythologies behind each pose! (2hrs Integrating Animal symbolism in Vedic mythologies with various Asanas postures on the Mat)
7/1/2020 Mythologies of the Mahabharata: I love getting into Indian Yoga mythologies for my 500 hrs YTT Yoga Teacher Training online. I’m so lucky to be exposed to the great works of the Indian, Greek, Persian, Egyptian, Chinese, Aboriginal, Native American, Eskimoes, Russia, Irish, South American, Arabic, Hebrew and many diverse African mythologies at a young age growing up in Australia and also Hong Kong with my grandparents! Life would really suck if we were all just left on our own with only our own boring stuff….imagining we are the only one with the Right idea…!we would miss out on many many complex universes on this planet! (2hrs Practice teaching wholistically on the Mat)
6/1/2020 Pranayama and Mudra: I’m more focussed on the use of the two combined. However I am very much a Dzogchen philosophy school when it comes to the abstract form of Mudra and Visualisation practice, so I guess I will just attach this fab quote and see if it resonates with anyone: According to Patrul Rinpoche དཔལ་སྤྲུལ་འཇིགས་མེད་ཆོས་ཀྱི་དབང་པོ། (born1808– died1887) in Words of my Perfect teacher:
The best spiritual friend is one who attacks your hidden faults.
The best instructions are the ones that hit those faults.
The best friends are mindfulness and vigilance.
The best incentives are enemies, obstacles and the sufferings of
The best method is not to fabricate anything
I find this very relevant for our Covid19 Reality today! 3hrs ( 2hrs Philosophy and Contemplation, 1 hr Asana & Pranayama)
4/1/2020 Brahmacharya: Spirituality of Middleway/ Moderation, refraining from Indulgent Excesses. After the last practice session I had a stomach bug so ended up on a 4 days Fast. After that I was given my Flu Vaccine so I have to stay home and rest. Meditation on Brahmacharya, responding to what the body needs and what the body actually needs are different things. 🙂 But I don’t think I am at risk of Indulging in Food, Work etc right now. All I can do is listen to my body and respect what is needed. However I am very grateful for getting the Flu Vaccine for Free and knowing that I will get the Covid19 Vaccine eventually is why I support Universal Healthcare for All! I am grateful for the Free Vaccines! 3hrs: Practice & Observations
26/12/2020 Happy Holidays! I decided to make the most of the next set of Lockdowns and do another 300 hrs of Yoga training to get my 500 hours Yoga teacher training to deepen my personal yoga practice and teacher training. I think rather than share the logs in endless details, it is better that share each practice session as a whole. So today 3hrs: Practice, Study BKS Iyengar’s teachings from Light on Pranayama + Meditation combining Pranayama instructions.
Observations: I wished I was not locked down again as there is a Covid19 Vaccine in sight and I am waiting for my free vaccine. I wished there was some way of speeding up time so that I can just get the vaccination, get my Covid19 Travel passport and get ont with my travel plans to Dubai, Oman, Nepal and various parts of Africa in the future. The impatience is probably what I bring to my practice this time around. I feeling of being “Sick of the inconvenience”, so of course I know it is time to spend more time on the yoga mat again! 🙂
That’s why I started on Boxing day, instead of going to the shops! 🙂
On Christmas Eve an old friend phoned me from the Great Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu asking about what I thought of Kundalini Yoga. He also asked me what yoga I recommended. So I found myself giving him a short 1hr training and teaching about Yoga theories: difference between Iyengar Yoga and Kundalini Yoga, as well as recommending sources to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Best practices available to him locally.