Friday, August 29, 2008

The Yoga Manifesto

There will be no correct clothes
There will be no proper payment
There will be no right answers
No glorified teachers
No ego no script no pedestals
No you're not good enough or rich enough
This yoga is for everyone
This sweating and breathing and becoming
This knowing glowing feeling
Is for the big small weak and strong
Able and crazy
Brothers sisters grandmothers
This mighty and meek
Bones that creek
Those who seek
This power is for everyone
Yoga to the people
All bodies rise

Yoga + Joyful Living Nov-Dec 2007

Shivers down my spine

Watched Untraceable last night with Pete after our late night dinner. It stars Diane Lane as an FBI investigating a website on which victims are subjected to fatal ordeals involving cement, sulphuric acid and lawnmowers. The more people click on the site, the faster the victim dies. The film was slow in the beginning, Pete's eyes were already half close by that time. It got interesting half an hour later and the story reveals the killer's identity within 45 minutes. The film was interesting but the killings were grotesque. I felt sick in the tummy again. Such imagination with the killings, it sent shivers down my spine. The film didn't interest Pete, he was fast asleep before the film ended. So I guess besides the gross parts, the film is watcheble.

Yoginis at Seraphina

Had a nice day today with the students. Morning started off with Sun Salutation with Zana. It was refreshing to start at 6.30am, sun rays coming through the windows. We flowed with all the warrior and balancing poses. I think it’s not so much about how long we hold the poses that makes yoga enjoyable. It’s the friendship and the company you keep as both teacher and students. I love the flow of Sun Salutation even if I have done it a 100 times in one week. Perhaps Zana feels the same way too, she has such focus and endless energy to hold the pose. I like her grace when she does it.

Then came afternoon session with the beginners. I had Mei King and Sidah. It was good to run through in details on the poses. I got to work them through the ones they weren’t too sure about. We also got to look through Iyenger’s Light On Yoga. Telling them about the 8 limbs of yoga, and how it all relates to ourselves outside the class. It was a good chit chat before and during the session. I should call it Little Tea Time Yoga !

I decided to go full steam ahead with the 5.30pm session with the Intermediates. They did a lot of balances and poses that works with the heart chakra. I think I was the one that was puffed out cause I had my words all jumbled after 30 minutes. My brain, I think, was a little steam train trying to keep up with pace the students were doing.

Ahhhh, now I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Hmmm, maybe Pete will prepare a nice breakfast on Sunday….you think? …………Sigh