Posts filed under ‘yoga’

Take risks!

Today’s fantastic quote from Krishna, “The person who is afraid of falling will never truly know how balance feels.” I love that: to me it means live right on the balance point – taking the risk that you might fall sometimes. That runs somewhat counter to my nature, which is to stay well back from the tipping point just in case, but I think his way is better than mine.

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March 18, 2008 at 10:31 pm Leave a comment

Yoga is clowning!

So, yoga technique includes learning to enjoy whatever you’re doing, rather than trying to do things you enjoy. At the heart of this is dropping ‘goals’ or the sense that you need to achieve something, and instead adopting a spirit of playful enquiry in whatever situation you find yourself. This spirit is not without determination, but it’s determination to be present, to stay and to explore, not the kind of determination that involves gritting your teeth and tensing your muscles. Thus, it is the spirit of the clown. I wasn’t expecting to draw this parallel when I finished the clowning evening class and started the yoga class, but there it is. Someone once said to me that people are “attracted to what they need to know”. Not sure about the practicalities of that, but I’ll keep trying to bring the playful spirit to the fore.

November 27, 2007 at 11:26 pm Leave a comment

“wonder is the basis of philosophy”

Tonight at yoga Krisha said to try not to focus on noticing the tightness in a stretch. This will make the limb feel tighter and by the end of the practice we will feel tight instead of relaxed. He said, even if it is tight, to move as if it was easy and free. The aim is to get away from an intellectual analysis, and get to a state of pure wonder. And he said, “Wonder is the basis of philosophy, but ironically philosophy (intellectual thought) kills wonder.”

For me, this again reflects the idea of finding solutions through looking for solutions, not problems. And I also felt it’s both a true and a beautiful thought that “wonder is the basis of philosophy”.

September 25, 2007 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

Remove the filters that stop you seeing

“We can’t see things that we’re conditioned not to see.” Anything we do see that doesn’t fit with our conditioning we think is weird. Yoga is about trying to remove the filters we have from our conditioning. Also trying to remove the “I”, the “me”, “my” and “mine” and our inner dialogue so that we become “pure witness”.

Yoga says we should not be comparing ourselves to others, but simply being. Not fighting our bodies, but accepting; settling into a state and exploring it. “Witnessing” is an active state, but it’s not tension. We tend to focus on what is difficult about a posture, and forget what is easy, but it is better to recognise what is easy and gradually, bit by bit, explore.

For me, this chimes with counselling skills: listening completely to others without comparing my own experiences or bringing myself into the question. Completely accepting the other person’s feelings and point of view. Also, being solution focused: thinking about what is working and doing more of that, rather than focusing on what is difficult or problematic. Making small changes, which will lead to bigger changes. Treating change as a positive opportunity…

August 14, 2007 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

What is the difference between involvement, attachment, obsession and love?

Attachment necessarily involves living in the past. It’s not the same as love. Involvement is living in the present and being able to keep moving forward.

2 states of living: being and becoming. Don’t lose the being in the becoming – stay grounded.

July 31, 2007 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment


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