Practice can become dry, meaningless, repetitive and not supportive of a whole way of being in the world. I have been there. I know that feeling especially when I have let other spiritual systems and worthy dictums dominate that powerful but infinitely shy, tender inner voice.
In these days of commercial, mono-style yoga, how do we keep our asana vibrant and responsive to an authentic inner voice and responsive and connected to the world around us? How can our practice be inspired by the beauty of the natural world, by imagery, breath, poetry, and the wise and heart-filled words of the sages of present day and ancient past?
After 3 decades of asana practice with some of the finest asana teachers in the world and the extraordinary privilege of being on retreat for many moons with inspiring Vipassna teachers from monastic and insight traditions, I have been truly blessed and have had an intriguing journey finding my own, and encouraging others to claim, a practice that is authentic and both relevant and juicy! Over 6 years ago, I found the work of Vipassna teacher Rob Burbea and some of his colleagues who had been exploring other traditions than Insight meditation and they talk of the evolving dialogue (in principally meditation terms) as a process of “soul-making”. I have found this work, along with other soulful travelers in the art world, in the poetry world, in the ecological worlds, has been extremely validating of the meandering yoga path that I have taken.
Come and share the soul of your practice with me, and I will share mine! These 3 hours will touch into some of the creative roots that sustain my practice on and off the mat and zafu and will not be limited by any notion of a rigid, dry systematized approach to revealing the treasures and gems assuredly to be found if one asks the right questions and listens deeply.