Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Practice with Steve Hyland, Asthanga Yoga Pattaya

This morning I have started practicing under the guidance of Steve Hyland.

He is not a famous "Ashtangi" still he is certified, he has been practicing  with Richard Freeman and Hamish Hendry.

He has installed his Yoga Shala in Pattaya Thailand, a place well known for the night life and "local" girls. However I have absolutely no regret because Steve he's extremely well qualified.
From a purely physical and external point of view, my practice was not the most aesthetic nor the lightest but from a purely introspective point of view it was revolutionary.

I did listen my body and my breathing pattern, respect all aspect of my body and did not push anything too far or not enough. I was in tune with myself and it was probably the very fist time it happens to me.

The end of the year has been slightly uncomfortable and my body took the hit. During my last day in Mysore I had a nice talk with Trupta and explained him something that happened to me the day before: "As I was walking back home I suddenly started thinking of one heating argument I had before and others stuffs... then I start having such a huge pain in my left knee that I walked back home limping".

Past and present emotions can be so powerful they can impact our body and well being. I knew it before but I never really measured it to that extend.

Knees represent the refusal to yield, to bend, to obey, to submit.

While I was walking the thought that came up to my mind was an argument I had during which someone was telling me what kind of clothes I should wear in order to  be "more respectable in India", then the feeling of working for a cause that I did not share and the lack of integrity.


I then realised that working on the external side was not properly useful unless we have no idea of what is happening deep inside of us. That is the one of the most difficult thing we have to face as human being and practitioner, do we really take time to understand our inner self? Are we really willing to do this personal work?

It seems that everyone wish to take care of themselves, that is one one of the reason why Yoga has become so popular.

Yoga is "healing". That is what social networks are saying with all "yogis" posting beautiful filtered pictures in crazy postures including spiritual sentences to caption that moment.

I am not bitter but I am becoming tired of it. The more I am practicing the more I understand that it is not the journey at all. The more I am travelling looking for teachers with who I can practice and evolve the more I understand and realise that I do not know myself and furthermore I never ever let myself to blossom fully.

Home is not a place where I will buy nice furniture in order to be happy, lately I finally understood it. I agree in some way I am very lucky to be able to travel but it is a choice that I have done and now my quest is knowing me better in order to teach what I found on my special quest.

That is only through that particular path that I am able to practice Yoga. Being able to declare that I have read the Sutras and understood the Upanishad and the Gita in order from time to time to place on of these sentence below a picture of myself performing the full wheel is not for me.

You can not buy wisdom, you can not find wisdom in a book and no one can teach what wisdom is.
Being grounded is the very first thing to learn and to practice, that what we should look for.

Making peace with ourself before making peace with others, mastering our emotions.

Being able to understand that we are not what we thought.

Being able to be alone in order to do introspection.

Introspection is a powerful tool, we should allow ourself to it.

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Monday, 8 January 2018

What is like to practice Yoga in Mysore?

I am attending since the last week Anatomy class with "Ken the Rolfer". If you don't know him I suggest you google his name. He is a Rolfer and an Ashtangi. Being able to receive his knowledge his priceless.

That is the advantage of being in Mysore. 

Sunset at Ganapati Temple

Most of the world renamed practitioners are coming in the city to practice with Sharat or Sarawasthi or Masterji. Therefore as during the day you don't have that much to do, because lets say that there is not a lot of activity in Mysore, you have some great Ashtangis willing to share their experience.

I am not saying it is for free but at least you it is fully affordable.

When you are in Mysore you met a lot of people just like you.

No one will be surprised that you are teaching Yoga and practicing Yoga, therefore no silly question such as "Oh you teach Yoga, but outside of it what are you doing?". 

No one will be surprised to notice that after your 2 months in Mysore you will probably travel to Indonesia or Thaïland.

No one will be surprised or impress that you have being the last 5 years homeless just travelling with your yoga mat, because a lot of them have been doing it before you and they fully understand that you are on a Quest which is basically knowing who you are.

No one will be impress by your practice, because they have been there BEFORE you ;-)

You will meet a lot of wellness therapist: Yoga Thai Massage, Acupuncteur, Chiropractor, Qi Chong, Shiatsu, Rolfer, you name it, you find it!

You will be able to learn from a lot of people, there is always something happening in Mysore, you will be able to learn how to cook, to do rangoli, to paint, pottery, how to apply henna, bollywood dance etc.

And the most important thing, YOU HAVE TIME ! As I said outside of the morning practice there is not much to do, therefore everyone is participating to entertain the community and in the end it works pretty fine.

Now the big question is to know if Sharat will be there next year or not... No one knows.... but for sure if he is not coming than the local community in Mysore will have the economy going down.

- Namaste -

Thursday, 21 December 2017

The "Mysore" Symptom

In Mysore you will find Westerners which are more Indians than Indians.

They will go for a puja every morning, men will be wearing doti, women will be wearing sari, they will display the Tripundra on their forehead and will do the line-up at the end of Sharat Conference to touch his feet......

Basically Indians are copying the western look while the westerners are copying the Indian look.... 

Can someone keep his/her own personality???

I met a girl at my accommodation who is first time in Mysore, she is teaching Zumba, and she is practicing with Sarawasti.

She explained me that she will stay here as long as she will get her authorisation.... I asked her how many time has she been practricing with Sarawasti, she told me it was her first time, I told her that she should not have any expectation of getting "THE" authorisation this year because it is not gonna happen, this is not how it works.

She was surprised..... as me I was surprised she was travelling to Mysore only for that.....

The next day I met her and she told me she spoke with Sharmilla who told her that Sarawasti has the ability to authorised students, therefore this lady is now becoming the best friend of Sharmilla in order to get her autorisation before traveling back to her country....

I won't lie, I wish to become authorised one day.... but I know that it won't happen before the next 3 years or so, right now I am just practicing without any expectations.

However I do not understand people coming here only for that.....

In another hand this morning my shoulder was really painful, I forgot all the Prasaritta Series....... then forgot the Badakonasana.... so I just stop my practice and did not do any drop back.

Since I moved to Gokulam I am really tired, I could sleep the all day. Maybe I am sick, I don't know, something is happening, hopefully something good.

Tomorrow is my birthday. And it is a led class.... which I do not like....

I think I will be practicing in my room. I need time for introspection about my life.

Supta Kurmasana, I catch !

On the other hand I have to say that I am very much happy about my new goals and my new life ahead of me. My new website is working pretty good, I am receiving new registrations wether it is for workshops or Teacher Training Courses.

Also I start having personal issue with Yoga Teacher Training Courses. I might keep one or two per year but running TTCs all year long is just creating a factory where the teaching is not that good. A yoga fast food....

I don't want to play this game, I want to give quality and being able to practice. There is no point of being a teachers without any practice, it is lying to students. And running TTCs all year long is not good neither, it was a mistake.

- Namaste -

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Practice of NAULI


Before practicing the Primary Series I do have a routine and Nauli Practice is part of it.

Nauli is one of the Kriyas of Shatkarma (the 7 Kriyas). It improves and cleans the abdominal region and improves the digestion.

Therefore that is one Kriya that has to be done on an empty stomach and that is why I used to practice it before my practice.

Right now I am able to do it from right to left however I can not do it from left to right, if someone has any tip for me on how to improve it I am open to any suggestions :-)

Nauli is activating Uddiyana Bandha.

I used to practice up to 5 times in a row, the more I do it the more I can.

Have a good day and a good practice!

- Namaste -

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