“When we honestly ask ourselves which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing, and face with us the reality of our powerlessness; that is the friend who cares.”
~ Henry Nouwen
VIJNANA WEEKLY URBAN RETREATS Yoga on 7th Wednesdays 10:30-12:45
NEW CLASS! Thursday evening 7:30-9 p.m.
Scroll down and look at our contemplations, explorations and offerings and feel free to make a comment (below).August 2, 2012Gil Hedley is coming to give a one day workshop in Squamish on Dec 1, 2012 for people that are interested.May 24.I love this poem from Hedley describing our heart:.“This heart Is a spiralling dervishDirecting the watersWith the warmthOf constant loveAnd unfathomable commitmentDo you feel the waltz inside?Asking for this chanceTo coupleWith how the worldMoves you.”.Great Continuum workshop on the exploration of the heart coming up on June 16th. Check it out..
May 18, 2012
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.”
“I originally came from Montenegro fifteen years ago, where there were no teachers for Yoga or Dharma. I therefore feel extremely fortunate that, after moving to Canada, I came across and studied under some of the world’s best teachers of Dharma, Kundalini and Hatha Yoga, which are all interpenetrating wisdom traditions.
In my current studying and practice of Tibetan Dharma , the teachings on Yoga (Maha, Anu (San. अनुयोग) and Ati Yoga (Dzogchen, Tibetan རྫོགས་ཆེན་) are considered highest and sacred teachings, that can be transmitted only by a senior teacher and after years (often a lifetime) of dedicated practice. These profound teachings, that are exposed to the west only in the last 30-40 years and almost extinct from Tibet, are somewhat like endangered species, threatened to be lost. Leader of Shambhala International, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has said that what will happen to these teachings will only depend on what we do with them; whether we put them on a shelf and forget them, or apply them in our lives on a day to day basis or, even more so, use these teachings in service to the world and all beings everywhere.
On the other hand, teaching in Vancouver for over ten years, I have witnessed a movement where the Yoga practice (which in the West is mostly associated with Yoga postures) has become a lucrative “industry”. Yoga studios have been popping up like mushrooms and tens of thousands have finished Yoga trainings. It is a fascinating social phenomena. However, with an exemption of Kundalini Yoga, most of the existing Yoga Teacher Trainings we see here, hardly touch on the complex teachings of mind and meditation. We sell Yoga as an exercise, something to fulfil our ideas of how we think we should look or be, which is the complete opposite of the ancient teachings. In this type of widely spread Hatha Yoga, there is only a couple dozen of us who teach the practice inspired by the profound practice of Gioia Irwin, who is a B.C. native, passionately exploring yoga for over thirty years. Ironically, we tend to import highly popular teachers and styles from elsewhere (Yin Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Bikram Yoga etc.), while we have a “gold mine” of Gioia’s teachings, here at home. Looking for something elsewhere, not realizing that it is right at our feet, seems to be the reflection of our human condition.
Understanding the fundamental principles of human development through movement in space (somatic embodiment) as well as our evolution as species, still carrying the ocean within us, has brought to me a new perspective on practicing and teaching movement all together.
My view of the anatomy has been altered since Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapist Howard Jones introduced me to the Bio-dynamic view, where, similar to Yoga, physical body. represented with its tiny cell is not a solid form. This logic is based on inability of our eyes to directly perceive the “microscopic” subtlety without an instrument (a mediator). Cell is not a ” thing”, it is an intelligent metabolic processes, ever in flux, depended of its environment and therefore empty of independent existence. Going further, our entire body is not a solid “thing” either- in fact it does not exist at all as an independent “form”. We are in constant flux with the larger spheres of life and have to be perceived, sensed , moved and treated as such.
My understanding of the human form was shifted even further when I was introduced (by Chris Clancy) to the work of anatomist and poet, Gil Hedley. Physiotherapist Brett Wearne, who recently attended Gil’s dissection workshop, said that, “after being in the presence of a human form and exploring it with Gil’s passionate eyes and ever gentle scalpel, I came home and wanted to burn my anatomy books.” (paraphrased) The fact that the world has only had three conferences on fascia (the connective tissue), shows how little mainstream Science knows about this tissue which provides the shape and connection to everything within us (cells, organs, bones, mussels etc.) and where information (sensation), unless hindered, travels almost at the speed of light.
As someone who loves exploring both physics and metaphysics, what fascinates me the most in this exploration of ancient lineages of Yoga and Dharma and modern science, is that they are “woven by the same fabric” of consciousness that is grounded in the body, and available for us to tap into at any moment. What we call “spirituality” is not a lofty experience, it is in our viscera.In Dharma we say that our body is just a hardened mind. Exploring spirituality all his life and cadavers for over a decade, Gil Headley says that “sensation is a spiritual phenomena.” In fact, recognizing and restoring this inseparability, which is therapeutic in itself, is the practice of Yoga.
The desire to “braid” these ancient spiritual lineages of Yoga and Dharma with todays’ science and apply into our modern lifestyle is what motivated me to put together the curriculum for this 200 hr Certification on Hatha Yoga and Meditation Training, that is grounded in the Dharma teaching, embedded in the new findings of Anatomy and integrated in a somatic approach to movement. I am ever so grateful that some of my closest teachers will be a part of our extensive faculty.
May it be of benefit.”
~ Lidija Martinović Rekert
The Yoga Wheel Founder
If you would like to see the interview with the Founder about our upcoming Yoga Teacher Training, go to The Yoga Wheel Chanel.On Mother’s day~Happy Mothers day to all! May you have a blessed day of appreciation and celebration of the energy of receptivity, nurturing, and space that lives in us. To see the example of this nurturing, look at thisvideo.
May 6 , 2012
I just found this amazing article of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, exerted from her workshop in Seattle this year called
“Form and Flow”.
Bonnie is a pioneer, one can say a “midwife” and an elder of the contemporary exploration of movement based on somatic inquiry and embodiment.
She has fundamentally altered my awareness of the body and movement and continues to inspires me in my exploration of yoga asanas.
She offers Yoga and Body Mind Centering (BMC) training internationally.
Here is her article:
FORM AND FLOW”
” Many of us carry a deep and fundamental underlying layer of tension or discomfort. This unease expresses itself in our bodies, our minds, our movement, our relationships, and our creativity. Two fundamental aspects of this unease grow out of the relationship between our sense of form and our sense of flow. One arises from our attempt to hold onto form, to continually create and manipulate the form of who we are. The other arises from a continuous, ongoing flow without the stability of an underlying sense of form.
Our form or structure is more than our external shape. It is our body and mind and all the many aspects that we think of as being ‘me’. We hold our form through intellectual concepts, emotional patterns, physical compensations and physiological imbalances. All of these become interwoven into global patterns.
Flow manifests as fluid motion spiralling through the body, connecting each cell to all other cells. It is the fluid field in which the cells breathe and move.
Well‐being is a deep sense of ease, comfort and inner restfulness. It comes when we let go of manipulating ourselves and rest in the essential form of who we are. It comes when we balance the liquidity of our free flowing movement with a deep sense of form.
This workshop will draw from three experiential and embodied perspectives:
• An exploration of the embryological development of the body systems. In tracing and experiencing our embryological history, we enter the process of the creation of the systems. It is in this process that we find openness to transformation and an expanded range of creative possibilities and choice making.
• An exploration of the function of each system in the development of movement during the first year after birth. The initiation and sequencing of developmental movement patterns provides the ground for optimal functioning, ease, flexibility, strength and coordination.
• An exploration of the alignment, patterning and expression of our systems, tissues and cells as they manifest in our present movement, consciousness, and sense of well‐being.
In exploring ease or well‐being through the body systems and developmental movement, we are weaving the fabric of our global patterns, where form and flow, internal and external, structure and process, emotion and cognition, spirit and flesh, and movement and stillness intertwine and dance. And here in this dance is where we find the ease of being who we are.
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, 2012
Lidija Martinovic Rekert
“As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: there is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”
~ Max Planck- founder of Quantum Theory
Listen to our Drishti Point Radio interview with Anatomist and Somanaut Gil Headley ” Exploring inner space“.
EXPLORING FASCIA.“Once you find the energy body and you thread your awareness through it, it does the movement for you.”Gioia Irwin
written by Tomas Myers on Anatomy Trains)