How Many Times Must I Say It?

Time flows like a river
Yoga has been going on for thousands of years. Even if we participate in the yoga practice for decades, it is still less than a drop in the bucket. Yoga will continue long after we are gone. As teachers, with any luck, we can contribute to an individual gaining some insight into their own life.

What fascinates me about BKS Iyengar
He studied with a teacher for 5 years. He wasn't fond of students calling his work "Iyengar Yoga". To him it was yoga. He didn't want to be called "guruji". His students were stubborn, and now many refer to him as guru. Iyengar Yoga is a common term, reserved for individuals who go through a process. I don't know if he was really keen on the certification process that bears his name. I've heard that Mr. Iyengar's daughter and son aren't fond of these certifications.

He Practiced
He was reluctant to marry. He told his wife to be that he would have to have time to practice. He would strive for perfection in the poses. Full well knowing that perfection wasn't possible. That in and of itself is such a noble effort. He constantly refined his poses and teaching. Inventing new poses and variations. When I was coming along in my teacher training, we were told that this was classical yoga. I really don't think so. Not in so much as the poses themselves. The approach to the practice was classical. The poses themselves were fresh, and inventive. He experimented on his own body and mind. Pushed the limits, and then came back to teach what he discovered. The only thing constant was his exploration. Many would study with him, then go home to teach what they learned. As if it was "the truth". What's true for a human can change. What's found in the practice changes. One teacher would come back from Pune and declare what they learned like it was gospel. Then another would come back with something else. They had participated in different places in Mr. Iyengar's experiment. Leaving us all not knowing what was right, or what was wrong. Right and wrong really don't have a place in the yoga practice. As long as we follow the yamas and niyamas. Especially the idea of "do no harm". And the search for truth.

How many times must I say it?
--BKS Iyengar

About as many times as there as students.
--gd herndon

Yoga Practice

Today my yoga practice was simple. Supta Baddha Konasana to start. Downward Dog. Brief head stand. Brief shoulder stand. Brief plow pose. Let's get this practice going again.

I Like Yoga

Supta Virasana. I feel asleep in Supta Virasana. I kid you not. It's an odd position to wake up in. Legs and feet. Pins and needles. All's well. I can walk again. I hear it's yoga month. OK, if you say so. Yoga day, yoga month. How many ways can we promote the heck out of something. It's getting to be like billboards on the highway. Hey, there's something beautiful behind those billboards. Either do yoga, or don't. Life's short, no one gets out alive. Yoga gives insight into the true nature of a person, and their place in the universe. Poses help with calming the mind, bringing about health in the body. It's a good thing. End of rant.

Quote - Calvin Coolidge

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On, has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race." -Calvin Coolidge

San Francisco Here I Come!

During the week June 12-18, 2016 I'll be in San Francisco seeing bodywork clients. I wont be teaching yoga or seeing clients in Palm Springs during that time. You can see Jackie Herndon for Bodywork. If you would like to schedule an appointment with me, click here to connect with me.

Quote - J. Krishnamurti

“‘The moment you are very clear about what you want to do (in life), things happen. Life comes to your aid. Life never comes to the aid of those who merely yield to some demand out of fear. But if you say, “This is what I really want to do- and I am going to pursue it”, then you will find that something miraculous takes place. When you invite life, things begin to happen. But you see, we don’t want to invite life, we want to play a safe game; and those who play a safe game die safely.’ ” — J. Krishnamurti

CranioSacral

Just completed the four day Upledger CranioSacral Therapy course. It's CST1. I didn't realize that Upledger had such a comprehensive body of work. I'm looking forward to practicing what I learned, and taking more courses in this direction. It's like the best savasana ever!

Another Quick Post

Time magazine with Steve Jobs on the cover. Interesting . . .

Testing out an ipad app, posting to a blog. Almost wrote boasting. Ha. Nothing to boast about here.

Raining Days & Mondays

Rainy days and Mondays is a reference to a song by The Carpenter's. It's Monday, rainy, and windy. A blustery day. Just got in from walking the kids to school. My British nieces are 3, 6, & 9. What a perfect collection of numbers. There is so much balance and symmetry to their ages, it's remarkable. In yoga, numbers divisible by 3 have a spiritual significance. Actually, it’s probably more scientific than spiritual, or maybe there’s no tangible difference. It’s so great being uncle garrell, especially they way they say it. Being around such precious beings, has a significant impact on who I am. I realise parents are at a disadvantage, in that parenting involves a lot of steering the little ones to get socks and shoes on, putting things away, when the little ones just want to play. Never having kids, from this perspective, I feel I’ve missed out on something significant. We learn about who we are, and what we’re made of, in relationships. On my own, I just get to be right. In relationship, I learn and grow. A little.