Here’s the next piece of excitement. Mui Ne is located outside of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. I’ve seen some pictures and the practice space looks beautiful, tucked away as it is out in the jungle.
Pretty isn’t it? Looks like a great spot to feel connected and free. I’m excited to meet the providers of this space and learn about the charity work they are also involved in. Part of the income from the workshop will be going towards their karma yoga. Here is the website for Mui Ne Yoga Den and FB page.
Of the four classes one of them will be taught by my friend Quyen. It is because of her and my friend Lee that I’ll be able to make this visit to Mui Ne to teach. Thanks so much you two.
Come learn to enjoy your perfect practice!
This weekend I’m leaving Bangkok for the deep south and a vacation with good friends, rock climbing, and yoga at Krabi! It’s going to be refreshing to get back in touch with the wilderness. The times that I can feel immersed in mother nature are always restorative and stimulating for my practices and philosophies. Here’s a picture of a beautiful spot in Krabi which maybe I’ll see!
I’ll be away from Jan. 29th until Feb. 7th, so my regular classes will be canceled until I’m back. On my way back from Krabi I’ll be visiting Koh Samui to give my weekend workshop at Trinity Yoga and have a good time. Take care!
Something tickled about this workshop! I wondered what exactly this 5-day training would entail under the name of therapy. Isn’t all Yoga therapy? For any difficulty a human can experience, Yoga is there to help. Indeed, this is something Omji said in many different ways over the days. He taught various holistic practices for treating body pains and removing disease but also revealed that the truest way beyond these physical discomforts is the true realization of your Being.It felt really good to be in the student role again. I felt a little more discerning in how I assimilate new information, putting it where it fits in with my own developing approach. The workshop focused mainly on easy movements, pranayama and meditation, making it very accessible for anyone. There was a lot of strong Bhastrika breathing with fast movements to flush energy through the body and clear blockages. More than anything, I think these techniques served as a reminder to how rich and vivid life is. They reminded me of when I first began my own Yoga practice and realized how much there was to my own body and mind that I wasn’t experiencing. When I go to bed every night now I make a practice of tuning in as close as I can to what I am experiencing. After some minutes of deep breathing I can be in the space after an exhale and experience my heartbeat as a total body experience, feel my mind shifting down gears, and even have a kinesthetic awareness of my nerves. This is on the opposite end of the spectrum from the bhastrika breath practices we learned with Omji and both are very beneficial to experience and understand.
I learned a lot from Omji’s hypnotic techniques as well. On the first day he told us, ‘You will hear me say this word, ‘awareness’, many times over the next several days, and it will begin to transform your life.’ I also enjoyed, ‘There was effort and now there is effortlessness, and you can feel the good changes already taking place.’ Among many more.
Omji also taught about the benefits of some of the more “classical” poses of Yoga such as headstand and shoulder stand, and wind releasing pose.
The last day ended with a partner practice and a ridiculous, gut busting laughter session. I didn’t hold back and laughed until it hurt, hurt so good, that I glowed the rest of the day.
Hello Yogis and Yoginis! A tour of workshops is opening up for me and I couldn’t be more excited. This next one is at Koh Samui in the very trance inducing Trinity Yoga Studio. I’ll be teaching a class on their normal schedule Friday evening Feb. 4th and my three part workshop will run through the weekend. As much as I will give an in depth approach to Asana, I will give equal attention to the internal focus, expanding awareness, and how to connect yourself to the energy around you. Look forward to seeing you there!
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