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Volunteering at Hub Sai Dek to Help Bangkok’s Street Children

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.

Namaste.

George Anthony

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Sacred Geometry and Departing Koh Samui for Bangkok

Hello all! I’m back in Bangkok! I enjoyed the first day back here having fun and catching up with Si, cooking, lounging, singing, entertainment and acroyoga together… and now today I’m getting all my gears changed for new projects, catching up with Tommi, who had a rewarding time sub-ing my classes, and now getting my class schedule arranged again.

At Yoga Elements this week I will be back on for Flow 7:00AM on both Thursday and Friday mornings. Look forward to seeing you all. Be prepared for core!

Sacred Geometry

Flower of Life

Sacred geometry is something very special. Out of a very few simple relationships which can be expressed in certain simple 2-d and 3-d geometry we find structures found in all creation.

The Flower of Life, also called the Genesis pattern, is created by one simple relationship. Take a circle. Create a new circle with it’s center anywhere on the perimeter of the first. Now keep making the same size circle with it’s center at each new vertex. After you’ve made 7 circles yo have the flower of life.  That simple step, repeated ad infinitum,  reveals the design for all geometric, harmonic, and virtually all creative phenomenon of the universe. Also many of the world’s sacred symbols are generated from it by drawing straight lines connecting the vertices of these circles to create the Star of David, the Merkaba(a kind of auric prism around human beings), and metatron’s cube, which contains all five of the platonic solids.

Metatron’s Cube

Platonic Solids

Platonic Solids and Representative Elements

The Platonic Solids are uniform polyhedra, the most simple 3 dimensional shapes. The tetrahedra(four sides) is the most basic, and in a geometrical logic, the first possible 3d form. When you sit in any of the classical cross legged meditation poses you most closely resemble this Platonic Solid.

Siddhasana in Tetrahedron

I am pretty nerdy about this stuff…but I get the most enjoyment from studying sacred geometry non-intellectually, through  my artistic sensibilities. Many of my mornings on Koh Samui I would happily draw the flower of life or other designs into the sand . Observing these patterns is pleasurable, and seems to inspire creativity.

The last week I spent on Koh Samui I made a painting for the owner of Vikasa Yoga, Kosta. I asked him his favorite number between 1-11 to start my idea. He chose “8”.  Eight is the first cubic number, in chinese culture represents the totality of the universe, also represents the infinite in some histories, and is the same symbol as infinity in a different orientation. I have also seen it in tarot and some numerolgy to signify financial success and I see it personally as expansion of the spiritual into the physical plane.

Manifest Spirit’s Success

It was fun. All of the background (blues and greens) I did the last day in a 5 hour speed painting session. I’ll be putting more of my art work here in the future and I am now offering sacred geometry paintings or other subjects for order.

Also, my last day I dropped off the money we raised from the charity class to the art cafe for June. She was very appreciative and had such a huge smile! Of course, so did I! Sweet as she is, she gave me a piece of raw chocolate cake. Mmm.

The day ended taking a fun walk around Fisherman’s Village’s night market and good conversations with my friends on Koh Samui long into the night.

Namaste

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Last Week of Classes on Koh Samui

Hey there คน Samui!

Here is my schedule of classes for this last week on the island. Hope you’ll join for a graceful and inspired practice and to meet again before I’m off!

Monday –  9:00-10:15 @ Vikasa Yoga

Tuesday – 8:30-10:00 @ Amari Resort lawn Chaweng

Wednesday – 9:00-10:15 @ Vikasa Yoga

Thursday – 8:00-10:00 AcroYoga @ Melati Beach – free play

16:00-17:30 Charity Class @ Vikasa Yoga – by donation for Art Cafe  

Friday – 8:30-10:00 @ Amari Resort lawn Chaweng

Contact me for details or to arrange another class for Samui-ans!

082-777-2026

Namaste!

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Yoga Charity Class and Healthy Food on Koh Samui

Hello everyone!

Heads up for an event I’ve organized. If you’re on Koh Samui come by for the class, check out the Vikasa Yoga Studio and the Art Cafe, and enjoy life!

Also, Vikasa Cafe is also back to normal hours of operation, 9:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00, until the next teacher training, so come try the delicious healthy treats! After that it will be back to buffet for breakfast and dinner, 10:15 and 19:15 respectively.

Namaste

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Vikasa Yoga Teacher Training: In the Midst of Transformation

Our first Vikasa Yoga Teacher Training at Koh Samui, Thailand is already to it’s midpoint! We couldn’t be more pleased as everything came together with perfect timing for us to welcome 26 amazing people from all over the world as our students. Like the relaxing pace of the island life style, it’s going by smooth with teachers and students getting closer with one another. There is a great deal of respect between all of us. I’ve seen many nice relationships developing, and also amusing, or provocative interactions amongst us all. We have a crew of characters, comedians, and instigators that make things interesting. pushing the boundaries a little to help us all see more clearly what is important to each of us.

It also racing by. Two weeks already? Where did the time go? Maybe the techniques are working and just like a perfect stillness the concept of time seems vague. We are covering a lot of material however and having two practices a day. I lead morning practice and Kosta leads evening practice. In each class we give 10-15 minutes at the end for free style self practice. We also gave last Friday evening’s practice for total self practice. The teachers practiced with the students and as we did I certainly kept a pranic antennae out and felt pleased with the energy of the room. Everyone is getting more confident and better at focusing through it all. I think it is to our benefit to be able to practice regardless of the situations that arise around us. The yogi/yogini is forever peaceful within the heart of the soul.

For two weeks we’ve been working vigorously on practice, anatomy, and philosophy. Now the gear is starting to shift towards teaching as we go through our studio’s signature book of Asana and have students assisting each other during practices. Soon they will be leading portions of classes and I can’t wait to hear the “teacher’s” voices that will speak out clear and confident from the knowledge being ingrained in their bodies and minds. It might also help after we run through my manual on the principles of teaching and using the voice powers! 😀

Amongst our students we have a rather amazing photographer(actually many), R2. She is really documenting  and producing an amazing album of group sessions and everyone’s Asana. I’ve been going to the beach at Chaweng noi every morning for sunrise and many of the students are keen on coming along. After my morning pranayama and swim I join in on the Asana playground we make for R2 to shoot and of course play along. Here’s some photos and you can check out more on fb.

 

 

Time for some rambutans and evening class soon!

Namaste,

George

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Busy with Excitement

I haven’t made much a go at blogging the last couple weeks because I’ve been rather busy completing course material for the upcoming Vikasa Yoga Teacher Training. I am writing the practice and teaching modules for our book. It’s been a revealing process, putting my knowledge and understanding into a presentation specifically for those who will become Yoga teachers. I may have actually learned more from reiterating my information, creating structural relationships, and checking some references than I did learning it originally! I’m very excited with the personal results, and also for what I will be offering to the students of this first Vikasa teacher training.

Here’s a teaser…!

Practice, practice, practice. We all know Yoga is about practice and we need to practice to get results. Or do we? Is Yoga about getting results? …Or, is it about surrendering to the divine source of your being? As is often the case, it is both. They are two perspectives of one reality. For simplicity, let’s consider these two perspectives, “attitudes”. The first, results oriented, is a masculine attitude. It wants to use tools and the knowledge it has to perfect conditions for obtaining enlightenment. It has dangers of becoming overly identified with those tools, of the body, mind, ego, and the illusory future. The second, receptive attitude, is feminine. It wants to release control so the only remaining experience is the true grandeur of being, the unfolding of existence in this moment. It also has dangers, of becoming inert, dull, and unfulfilled. These two “attitudes” are the epitome of duality. From a cursory observation they seem contradictory, impossible to compromise, but, if we can look at our lives from an external perspective momentarily, it becomes easy to blend them into harmony.

What is Infinity?
 
Let’s pretend that instead of being the self contained you that has a will and makes your decisions you are actually a being directed by some Universal sense of energy which always remains in a balance with the whole of creation. Typically when considering energy in this context, the concept of infinity comes to mind. In the concept of infinity, even a portion observed within it also retains an infinite nature. This can be demonstrated in simple mathematics and sacred geometry, such as Pi and the Flower of Life respectively. If we take a portion of distance or volume, we can extract infinite information by making ever smaller divisions or dimensions within it. All of these divisions will also have a traceable connection back to the original information. This is why in the entity of yourself, you can look inwards to discover the true infinite nature of Self or consciousness. It’s also why classical physicist will always find smaller fundamental particles if they can utilize enough energy for their ridiculous particle smashing machines. This same principle also radiates outwards as creation, creating infinite possibilities from an original movement. Now, looking at ourselves again from the external perspective of the Universe we can see how we are beings of freewill, feeling our own power of choice, who also fit in with the destiny of creation, which I’ll explain in a moment. It’s the reason why in our thought experiment on balance within infinity, we can see that ANY action or decision we make, of which there are an infinite potential of possibilities, is within the fundamental balance of this Universal energy.  In fact, it is the drive of this existing-ness to become ever more complex in it’s balance and thus reveal ever more subtle levels through which consciousness can become aware of itself, by it’s own process of creation, the destiny I mentioned. How involved we are in this revelation of consciousness is in part an aspect of our own wills and personal drive for evolution. Simultaneously we can experience both our own individual will and destiny, the divine exploration of being, the universe creating and experiencing itself through itself as the human being. They are one and the same. This is why when practicing with this balance in the context of our individual experience, we feel unbounded freedom and peace, oneness.
 
So how can we find more time to practice and feel our sincere balance and connection with oneness? Make your life your practice. Observe yourself constantly and be open to act immediately on your most intimate intuitions right in the present. Bring loving kindness and awareness to your interactions, both within and without and see how you will experience an increase in the flow of life through you. Take your practice off that mat, be active, and let all those actions be the will of the divine in the moment. There is no destination, simply to be ever more aware, ever more present, ever more loving of your creation. Practice.
 
Metaphoric Image:
Be as a valve opening in a pipe of water. The more open you become, the less you hold back what is designed to flow through you, the less resistance and stress you experience, the more powerful and life giving you become. It’s up to you how much you open up.

It’s somewhat on the mystical poetry side. It’s my opinion that to have any hope of understanding the nature of existence intellectually, we have to break some boundaries in the ways  we normally think.

Hope you enjoyed it!

While I’m away (April 12 – May 30ish) I will have one of my dear friends and “brothers” teaching Yogable classes in the park and several other locations. May I present to you Tommi.

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Tommy has a very generous nature, full of wisdom even in casual conversation. He’s also been a dedicated Yoga practitioner for a long time, especially if you consider about 20 years of a close connection to nature through surfing. The class he taught in the park last Thursday was excellent. Grounded, therapeutic, and encouraging for us to discover our limits. Thanks Tommi! I think the students will enjoy practicing with you very much!

If you are needing to contact Tommi his number is 082 672 7633

Ok, power cut for the fire drill today!

Peaceeeee!!!!!!!!!!

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Reaching towards the novel

Open your eyes wide and take a deep breath. Something new is rising to the surface of your experience. It breaks older and smaller concepts. The structure of your relationship with life encompasses a bigger picture and the truth of yourself emerges into greater clarity. You know what I’m talking about. You’ve experienced it your whole life becoming the person that, through our friendship or mutual interest in Yoga, is sitting here reading this now.

Yesterday at Yoga Elements I watched two senior Yoga teachers working together. One was in the position of the student.  During the half an hour that I observed they worked on only two Asana. Virasana and Adho Mukha Svanasana. It’d be normal to think that the student, having 20+ years of practicing and teaching Yoga, would have experienced all these poses have to offer. However, with genuine encouragement by speech and touch, and the repeated suggestions guiding his actions through the structure of the body, he was lead into the pose with the completely amazed look on his face of an undefinable experience and remarked, “I don’t know how to explain what just happened.” An excited smile then flashed across his face. I was immediately reminded of when I started practicing Yoga. It was a time of frequent and intensely new sensations and often unexpected revelations about life. I recall many nights in bed, before sleep, and practicing Paschimotannasana with my toes energetically spreading wide, curiously reaching towards something new yet undeniably myself.

It is the movement outward that gives relevance to who and what we are. Each experience influences the direction of our continuing growth and thus our available subsequent experiences. We are never finished with this process. We continue to grow in more refined ways as we age. Even beyond our individual bodies it is happening. We all influence each others’ attention and help steer the growth of humanity at large, indefinitely. Yoga offers models for exploring these relationships that bring the clearest insight about the nature of where it all comes from. We are only limited by our imagination. We can be thwarted only by the foolhardy belief that we have already “gone all the way”  or by developing without an sense of balance. Like a fractal, life is infinitely complex.

I am often times drawn towards the growth of trees as the perfect metaphor. The leaves and branches reach through the open air for the sunlight, the symbol of awareness, and the roots dig deep down, fusing into the ground and stability. The newest growth is at the fringe. It is the finest, the most alive, the most subtle, just on the edge of  awareness, and bringing ever greater sense of balance. The truth of our nature is even more beautifully grandiose. The world of experience is a great array of lights through which we move as a flowing cascade of consciousness generators. We realize the expansive nature of ourselves when we grow in the experiences that bring fresh insights and the enthusiasm to live.

Sincerely and always yours,

George

P.S.   Those two great teachers….Marc Woolford & Adrian Cox

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