Coming Clean :: Adapting A Yoga Practice to Life on the Road. Or not.

Coming Clean :: Adapting A Yoga Practice to Life on the Road. Or not.

Practice, an activity that one undertakes as one imbibes air or other essential nourishment, is, for me, an intensely personal experience. Private, even; intimate. I could perhaps add: isolated. As an only child, and later, in a three and a half decade marriage where I was alone a lot, I didn’t realise how isolating the experience of Practice could be.

Solo. Alone. Breath by breath, asana by asana, sensation by sensation, conscious moment by conscious moment. On my mat, in my body. With my self.

By My Self.

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A little yoga & scoliosis VID x

A little yoga & scoliosis VID x

Recently, I've begun to play with video. This was a foray of necessity, within EASS-y. And....I've discovered it brings me joy to play with my images in this way!

My first experiment was a short image-sound piece on Kakadu...more about that next time. The next playful dabbling, a short clip of a few of my beloved private students; a Yoga and Scoliosis clip.

 

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Sensing

Sensing

AUDIO for you; One of the greatest challenges in standing within a scoliotic landscape is sensing your inner terrain. Sensing your spine. Its bony architecture, its festoonery of ligaments, its constantly communing and resolving dialogue of sensate and speaking muscle. Sensing the path of your spine through your midline, a circuitous axis.

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Surfing and Motor Biking. And EASS-y is open!

Surfing and Motor Biking. And EASS-y is open!

Courage. It's an interesting concept. Except it isn't a concept of course, is it. It's an experience. And a choice. I am afraid of big waves. Ok, terror ice-drips through me when they're over 4 feet high. My ex surf-lifesaver Dad laughs, 'it's only water, it can't hurt you, you know'. But, it can. Balanced on a board, screaming (literally) down the rushing slope of  green-muscle-water, is no time to panic. Or to decide it's a good time to jump off the board

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Sensing the Spine Audio. In scoliosis and any spinal topography; in yoga and in standing.

Sensing the Spine Audio. In scoliosis and any spinal topography; in yoga and in standing.

Sensing the Spine is available as an AUDIO.
You might want to stand in front  of a wall for this standing meditation, using your fingertips on the wall for balance, with your eyes softly closed a little, able to peep easily through your eyelashes.

Stand with the soles of your feet on the ground...The skin of the soles of your feet whispering your history here...prayerful, reverent, in conversation with the earth. Listening. in intimate communion.

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Scoliosis 'Exercises'. A learning curve

Scoliosis 'Exercises'. A learning curve

I see this term a lot. I hear it echoed in new students who step in to explore yoga and their scoliosis, with me. "I did my exercises", they might say to me as we begin a new session.

Yet...

The truth of the undertaking, this yoga for scoliosis exploration, is far, far deeper. More raw and more foundational. Indeed, more honest. For what is required is a fundamental shift from the mindset of "I do this set of moves and it gives me this result", to one of curiosity, and partnership with one's body and other aspects of one's psyche. Yoga.

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