Apr 15 2012

What’s Happening?

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UPCOMING URBAN RETREAT

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UPCOMING PROGRESSIVE SERIES

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“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

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Scroll down and look at our contemplations, explorations and offerings and feel free to make a comment (below).

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August 2, 2012
Gil Hedley is coming to give a one day workshop in Squamish on Dec 1, 2012 for people that are interested.
July  3, 2012
There is a wonderful weekend workshop coming up in Vancouver September 14-16 called EMBODYING EMBRYOLOGY, exploring  our earliest days and the bio-dynamic approach to our anatomy. Highly recommended to all especially to those who are taking our Yoga Teacher Training.
In Love,
Lidija
May 24.
I love this poem from Hedley describing our  heart:
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“This heart Is a spiralling dervish
Directing the waters
With the warmth
Of constant love
And unfathomable commitment
Do you feel the waltz inside?
Asking for this chance
To couple
With how the world
Moves you.”
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Great Continuum workshop on the exploration of the heart coming up on June 16th. Check it out.
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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.”


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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  this video.

 

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:

 

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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

 

Yours,

 

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

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Listen to our  Drishti Point Radio interview with Anatomist and Somanaut Gil Headley ” Exploring inner space“.

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EXPLORING FASCIA

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“Once you find the energy body and you thread your awareness through it, it does the movement for you.” 
Gioia Irwin

(This photograph of an art piece is from a  paper

written by Tomas Myers on Anatomy Trains)

We know so little about fascia and yet we are on  the  right track!  We are fortunate here in  Vancouver to have the Massage Therapist Association of British Columbia host the Third International Fascia Research Congress  March 28-30 this year (2012).
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 If you cannot make it to the conference, especially if you are a Yoga teacher, body worker or movement practitioner, or just simply want to see what your  body is made of, you may be interested in attending a one-day workshop on March 25 by the Anatomist  Gil Headley,  coming to Vancouver to present at the  Conference.
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Although mainstream  medicine only began research on fascia over the last 4o years, Osteopathy was working with it for more than a century  (late 1800′s) . We live,  breathe  and move through our fascia and its  intrinsic motion is a fundamental expression of life itself.
The Founder of Osteopathy, A.T.Still,  said: “The soul of man, with all the streams of pure living water, seems to dwell in the fascia of his body.”
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The fibrous system of fascia is an unbroken network throughout the entire body, the same as the vascular and nervous net. Fascia surrounds every muscle, organ, nerve, and blood vessel. It’s function is to support, lubricate and connect.
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Its fascinating, though, that the  mechanical information (tension and compression) travelling through this network is faster then both the vascular or nervous systems,  approximately travelling at the  speed of the sound!  So, does that mean that if we  sing to fascia it may “hear” us?
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On the other hand, the repairing of this  fibrous deformation and compensation may take weeks, month and even years to heal, as we know well if we have had an injury.  Therefore, “the fibrous system is both the fastest (in communicating) and the slowest (in responding) of the three systems” (T. Myer).
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Tomas Myers, a pioneer in the field of fascia, identified 12 or so myofascial longitudinal tracks, coining the term “Anatomy Trains“. These tracks of fascia somewhat coincide with the ancient Daoist findings of energetic meridians, the basis of Traditional Chinese  Medicine and Acupuncture.
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To understand the network of  fascia, it is inevitable to explore the modern principle of Bio-tensegrity. Understanding and applying the principle of bio-tensegrity brings new light in movement practices (such as Yoga, palates or dance) helping us find, restore and properly use our amazing locomotor system, cultivating ease, generous, poised movement and structural stability as well as expand this to mental  and emotional stability and ease that percolate in all aspects of our lives and relationships.
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In other words, to access this  fascial “sign language”  throughout the body , one has to develop and cultivate kinaesthetic intelligence, which is very different from our  intellectual,  intelligence quotient (IQ). In this case, we are “getting out of the way ” of what our intellect tells us and taping directly into intelligence of the soma itself!
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 In the teachings of Yoga, there is a hypothesis that fascia is a “tuning fork” for  the energy “body” (in Yoga called the “Pranamaya Kosha”).
As Gioia Irwin insinuates, if we “tune-in” to this unbroken fascial network and move with ITS awareness, then this intelligent continuum does the movement for us and it’s effortless (Daoist idea of “Song“).
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The Anatomists  also say that in this continuous network,  our eyes are the headlights of our human fasciae (G. Hedley).  Isn’t there a saying that the “eyes are the window of one’s soul”?  Maybe if we tune in to our fascia, we tune into our soul as A.T. Still suggested? …
If  one is curious,  one may  find out.  As a Yoga and meditation “somanout” (G. Hedley’s  term for the “astronauts”  exploring the inner space of soma), I am curious HOW we get out of the way and YIELD, give way, to this internal intelligence, how to in-courage our human awareness to release its grip of  fascination with our thoughts and dive deeply into the  the “brain” of the soma and let it guide the way.
This is, what we call, the  PRACTICE of  Yoga.
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Yours,
Lidija Martinovic Rekert
The Yoga Wheel Founder

As the last tail of winter approaches with its snow and heavy rain, I remember the words of a famous Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda:

“If we are not so single minded about keeping our lives moving
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us-
as when everything seems dead in winter
but later proves to be alive.”

Acknowledging the miracle of the only thing we can count on, no matter what -change- The Yoga Wheel offers the opportunity for a silent practice; observing our body and mind and absorbing the subtle energy of nature. Spring is an explosive time of rebirth, and we should not miss what’s germinating under our feet as we speak: The earth is alive, so are we.

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