Over the weekend my friend Machima, someone with whom I have a fun connection and easy time communicating, came in to Bangkok to have a meeting with someone about improving services at the volunteer organization, Children of the Forest. She assists with directing projects there for refugee children in Sangklaburi, Thailand. She started a link between her organization and the one in Bangkok which she visited…Hub Sai Dek, located in Hua Lamphong Train Station area, that does similar work for Bangkok’s street children. Both organizations provide food and medical services, a safe environment, and lots of activities, teachers, and role models to inspire the kids and develop their skills and passion for living a fulfilling life.
Machima is also a yoga teacher(from the same year course at Yoga Elements as me) and said she knew someone high energy enough and who might be willing to come and teach the kids Yoga…and she didn’t mean David Swenson(as cool as that would be). So, you know, the next day I was down at the Hub, meeting with one of the coordinators, Oo, meeting the kids(and later break dancing with them), watching the magician that was performing that afternoon, and making arrangement to come teach the kids Yoga.
The Hub is looking for all kinds of teachers and volunteers to help with their good karma-yoga work. I’ll be teaching just twice a week there starting soon and look forward to seeing how I can adapt yoga practices to these kids so they can find a new way to appreciate their bodies, and with some partner exercises, each other with team work and trust. If you’re in Bangkok area and also want to offer your services please check out their website and contact them.
โยคะมีประโยชน์เยอะจนบอกไม่ถุก… Yoga has so many benefits I can’t even say! …แต่จอร์จพยายาม…. …But, I will try….
๑ อวัยวะทำงานได้ดีๆ Your organs work really well
๒ เพิ่มปัญญาการใช้บังคับของเส้นประสาท Use nerve force more intelligently
๓ ลมหายใจได้ง่าย Easy breathing
๔ ความสุขอื่นๆ เป็นตัวเอง Feel really good being yourself
๕ รู้สึกเชื่อมต่อกับชีวิต Feel connected with life
๖ ลดน้ำหนัก Lose weight
๗ ชีวิตยาวก็สุขภาพดีเลย Live long and healthy! 555
excerpt from my practice today outside MBK
เพลิดเพลินนะครับ Hope you enjoyed!
Sunday, the 23rd of January, I’ll be conducting a special in-depth class on the practice of Vinyasa at Bangkok Yoga. Vinyasa is practicing Asana that connect in a flowing movement with each breath. We see this type of practice most commonly in the Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar. The class will start with refining the sun salutation practice, using proper breathing technique, alignment, drishtis and bandhas to develop greater internal awareness and purification . From there, we will apply these principles to more advanced movements and also discover the internal vinyasa of energy, or prana, that moves through the body during static postures. Then we’ll play with a few rhythmic games to have some fun!
My class starts in the afternoon, around 1PM, but call the studio if you’re interested in attending as the time seems unset and you may need to reserve a space. If you’re keen on learning about Sivananda Yoga check out the morning workshop as well! Kru Nuu is quite a famous teacher in Thailand and I’ll be attending to satisfy my curiousity! Here is my translation of the description in Thai for her workshop.
“Practice techniques that create good shape for the body by the correct postures (Asana). Breathing and relaxing in line with the Sivananda style.”
…a link to the FB page for this workshop
It’s good to start anything new with clarity. Last night I met Adrian and Shiang at Wat Yannawa, one of the many amazing examples of Thai temple architecture.
This is a view close to where I was sitting in the grass, doing some long forward folds to bide the time. As the new year came closer, throngs of people moved up the stairs towards the meeting halls for a led chanting meditation. By 11:00 Adrian and Shiang appeared. They were slightly bewildered as they had just gone to scope out the scene up those stairs. I went to check it out briefly for myself. Upon reaching the first landing, a wave of hot, humid air radiated me. Both upper floors were overflowing with people seated on the floor, hands in wai, chanting with the monks, some on their gadgets. I came back and we talked for another moment or so until Shiang spontaneously decided it was time and adopted Lotus pose. Adrian and I followed suit and we were a circle of focus.
I moved through many thoughts and energies while sitting there, considering my intention for this next journey around the sun. Ideas about future goals, lifestyle pursuits, relationships, and career ambitions rifled through my mind.
Feeling the time draw ever nearer, I needed to clear away the clutter and come to something simpler; giving. There are many avenues and chances to give. Sometimes giving is respecting someones wishes and giving them space. Sometimes it is being there for them when they need a compassionate friend. Sometimes it is coming from one’s own hardwork so that you may provide for others. I thought about all the people most dear to me and how I could best serve them. I thought about this world’s people, and extended my intention broader. I began to add a visual element by imagining my intention as a pure energy, moving from my heart, through the hearts of Adrian and Shiang, and then circling back to me. After a few rounds it could extend farther. It spread like an electrical current through the mass of conductive participants, which had now sprawled out across the temple grounds. In the last few seconds of 2010 I gathered this metaphorical energy, multiplied by those around me, into a pure ball of light in the midst of our circle. Hearing the first fireworks launched, I sent it skywards declaring my intention to all beings.
We opened our eyes and cheered the New Year. Adrian said “I love the contrast. Inner-work and glitter.”
It was some minutes after looking at these words today in my Thai language class that I realized…a synchronicity? A synchronicity is the experience of two events which are seemingly causally unrelated, happening in a meaningful yet unlikely manner.
So, after my subconscious made some connections I thought of my first two blog posts last night. I like the idea of theme-ing my blog to be about making the impossible(impossibility itself being an impossible “non-occuring” idea… whoa there’s a paradox I got swirled in for a moment), possible. I’ll also like posting about whatever I want, with the undercurrent of unfolding new possibilities. Just like life, eh?
“Bangkon payaayaam tam sing tee konun kidwa benbaimaidai nai bangkrang chai ru mai”
“Some people try to do things that other people think are impossible sometimes, right?”
Right. And sometimes they succeed. (which I learned is a really long word in Thai today)
This experience is also a synchronicity because of the talk about the word “try” in my circles lately. This word implies subconsciously that you might fail. As a yoga teacher I ( ) to avoid the word. Describing the different movements as easy or natural creates a better state of mind for students and inspires my own creativity to actually find the descriptions and movements that really do make poses easy. Or, sometimes I say, “Just do it!” SWOOOSHHH
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I’ve been living in Thailand for two years already and I’ve been steadily learning how to understand Thai language. It’s fun, and frustrating at times… but I’m on the optimistic side so I’ll insist that it’s easy if you keep practicing! Last month I enrolled in my first language classes and progress is good so far. I’ll be using Yogable from time to time to practice my thai keyboarding skills!
The ภาษาไทย word สามารถ (sáa mâat) means able adj.
Thai language has five tones. I’m not sure if I’ll accurately be able to type tones in Roman characters but for now in sáa mâat the first syllable is a rising tone and the second is falling. The five tones, recited in order are; mid, low, falling, high, rising.
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