We arrive in the cold rain, and dark once again. Diana is teaching this morning. She is Yin to Bernie's Yin. Everything is relative. I am not going to go into detail my fellow yogis but just sayin...we open in Sphinx, and then move to Square.. We hold Square (fire log, full pigeon.. ) 12 MINUTES on each side folded forward. Do the math my friends... I am I'll equipped to describe psychedelic experiences, so this post will end here.
I am at the sensual refuge. I am seated at the break at the Fresh Market on the island. I now think of this place as home. I have a plate of pickled salmon and rolled herring, a toasted bagel.
Some fellow yoga students are nearby. I will ask them to describe today in one word. They are from various corners of N America.
LONG, Amazing, Angry, Awakening, Presence, Hard: And as I inferred, my word was Psychedelic.
Afternoon with Bernie... Bumblebee breath was done and we had questions about it. Diana has us do it in sphinx. It buzzes the thyroid, relaxes deeply, like a low hum.. I like it.
So Mr. science guy... He is a bit like Bill Nye, but the yogic version.. Hee Bernie Clark, the science nerd yoga guy. Bernie is slim, fit, older, ( everyone speculates about his age. ) I say 65... But some moments he is 55 and others he is 65.. So I imagine he is sixty.. Or thereabouts. He does have hour, lightness and awareness of aging like we older peeps do.. He has a playful spirit in moments.. And I'd like to see that totally unleashed.. But um, we are in a formal teacher training.. Very serious stuff. 😉
More talk about western spirituality, Jungian, Cognitive, some other stuff. And then back to mindfulness, presence, Buddha, meditation.. And how it all blends together like a rainbow.. One color gradually becoming the next. And the weird thing.. A huge rainbow appeared out side the window... And we broke to capture this gorgeous image.. Slide show in the sky!
Many of us are sore beyond description... The Bikram guy is almost crying next to me and flat out refuses to do any more hip openers. Bernie plays some Harvard video where you go into a cell and it is a mind bender again. Basically the message is..
There a vast connective matrix that affects everything and everyone and we are all connected.. Plants, animals, stars, sky, wind, water, cosmos, joints, breathe.... So I guess the only reason to even do yoga... Is What? Why? Huh?
Then we had a gardening class about watering weeds and flowers.. Illustrated by his "ex wife" .
We played with more weird stuff. We talked about the no Chi places, appliances that steal your chi, and Earthing.. Ok, nuf said. See you on the mat tomorrow .
Tomorrow is the fusion flow.. Yin and vinyasa.. That's should be a mind f--- too.
No doubt... But who cares... No alignment rules, simply... How Does It Feel?