Love, the true spirit of yoga 愛,瑜伽的精神

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Thank you all for coming. 謝謝大家參與這次的活動,也謝謝Space給我很多support, 希望有機會再和大家分享瑜伽帶給我在創意的喜悅和熱情。我常覺得自己做的不夠多不夠好,在準備這1小時的講座的時候,我才發現原來我做了那麼多事!我其實都在努力做我愛的事情,有事很有收獲,有事覺得很無聊,但是每件事情都帶著充滿熱情和愛去面對,並確很專注的留在當下,上禮拜在Space yoga Basia老師的workshop談到Karma Yoga的一堂課裡解釋了Karma Yoga的主軸就是”Do the best you can, then you back off and watch it grow, It’s about being true to your inner feeling, live now, be here is the essence of Karma Yoga” 所以期待你做的每件事帶給你任何結果,快樂也好,錢也好,幸福也好,並不是愛的表現,期待未來不是留在當下的動作,如果你內心告訴你你一直以來都很有興趣的嗜好或活動,可以考慮開始行動, 因為你的行動已經是愛的表現,不是結果。希望我能inspire大家,就像別人也inspire我一樣,然後有一天你也可以inspire其他人,一個連接一個,the true spirit of yoga…

看見“愛“

在得到“愛”然後又失去“愛”的過程中,我很幸運的被Space邀請談談我看見“愛”,既矛盾又很符合我當下的感覺!在還沒有認識瑜伽之前,我已經是個甚麼都想嘗試,甚麼都覺得很新鮮,什麼都想擁有的怪人!。在認識瑜伽之後我還是一樣不斷的要求自己去嘗試不一樣的事情,但這些不一樣的嘗試在失敗和成功的經驗裡,讓我開始體會到一切的美感回歸到同樣的原理, 在不斷求新的慾望下,不同的領域上都帶著“愛”去看待。在我的藝術設計世界裡充滿了幻想imagination,靈感inspiration,內省introspection, 直覺intuition, 希望能在這一天和你分享我喜歡的東西,我經歷過的事,我看到的美感。做自己喜歡做的事,就是“愛”。。。。。P.S 在努力做自己“愛”做的事 P.S I LOVE YOU ALL…

Optimizing your practice !

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Pose of the Day: Twisted Double Pigeon

Yoga has changed my life so much so that I can honestly swear I cannot live a day without it, be it practice, read, or even thinking about what our daily life has to do with it. One of the profound experience I have as a yoga teacher is to understand what you can or cannot do in the mat does not translate to having a complete yoga experience. I often joke with the student “I am the world stiffest yoga teacher ! No…REALLY ! If I can do it definitely you all can do it as well.” This is exactly how I approach my yoga practice. You see Yoga is about making connection, union of body and mind. Therefore developing a sense of awareness in every asana is much more important in the final pose. It’s easy to get carried away with having flexible or stiff body and losing the integrity of the posture. Therefore it’s easy for flexible students to over stretch themselves or stiff students to under stretch. While trying to be perfect too quick or simply just want to mimic what the asana look like at the end, we often skipping all the details that is hidden in the posture. However, with the right knowledge of alignment and concept of breathing in your practice, any students can complete the posture while finding the right balance during the yoga practice. I once read an interviews of Ganesh Mohan, the son of A.G Mohan, student of Sri Krishnamacharya. He said” Alignment is no about perfection. Alignment is trying to optimize the direction of forces to achieve an intention, It is easy to make a yoga practice hard, but hard to make the yoga practice optimum.” I was looking up at the dictionary what “optimum” really means, it says “a condition, degree, amount or compromise that produces the best possible result” It’s like a light bulb in my head !! If your yoga practice have to go somewhere, it’s definitely getting the best possible result while doing it. And it all begins with setting the right intension during the process. Om shanti shanti shanti.

我可以這樣說瑜伽改變了我的生活很多,多到無法沒有瑜伽的一天,比如說我每天都會想一些瑜伽關聯的事;體位法也好,練習感想也好,閱讀瑜伽書也好,或就做一些和瑜伽哲學上教導的觀念。身為一位瑜伽老師,我得到最大的感觸是透過教學瞭解到想要一個全方位的瑜伽經驗不是在于是否體位法的動作做到或做不到。我常和同學開玩笑說“我是全世界最僵硬的瑜伽老師!不。。這是真的!如果我做到你們一定行!” 這也是我在練習上的態度。瑜伽本身的意思是身心靈的連接,所以在每個動作上找到覺知會比只是一位想做到某個動作來的重要。身體柔軟或僵硬將會大大的影響我們練習時的真正感覺和目標;柔軟的同學很容易過渡伸展或僵硬的同學伸展不夠等等。當我們只是一直想要完美的瑜伽姿勢或太快的想要達到書本上動作的樣子,我們長長會忽略掉動作裡的細節。但如果我們有真確的順位和呼吸觀念,我們能夠順利的完成動作的精髓而不會執著在最後的樣子。我曾經讀過一篇Ganesh Mohan老師的interview。Ganesh 老師是 A. G. Mohan 的兒子,A.G.Mohan是瑜伽權威老師 Sri Krishnamacarya的學生。他說“順位不是要完美,順位是要找到力量的方向並以最佳化的方式去達到一個練習的目的。想要一堂課練的很難很簡單,但想要一堂課練的最佳化很難”我好奇了一下再查看optimum英文的意思是不是我想的那樣,字典上說“最佳化,最優美,樂觀的對待,使完善” 突然這樣的解析讓我腦子裡亮起了燈!如果你的瑜伽練習想要到達另一個境界,那就必須以最佳化的態度去進行,這全都是從過程中正確的練習觀念和想法開始。om shanti shanti shanti

Pigeon

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Pose of the day:

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana I : Yoga is about making connection, aligning yourself with the supreme conscious, and it all begins with your breath, prana which can be found by start aligning the physical body so you feel it in the astral body.

photos courtesy of Yaga yoga at 四四南村

Nature Within…

A recent trip to Sri Lanka yoga retreat at the famous Ulpotha Village. What are we looking for in here that we couldn’t find it in the city of Taipei ? Nature is much closer than we think, it’s within everyone of us if we have a minute to slow down, feel the prana of mother nature, absorb the sunshine, listen to the sounds of the wind and smell the scent of the surrounding plants. We immediately find a moment of peace, the inner feeling of self

Namaste, Merry Christmas from Taipei

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台北這一兩個月都濕嗒嗒的,天氣又濕又冷,練瑜伽的教室裡沒有暖氣,都要穿很多衣服,最近都在教flow的課,今天一個小時又十五分的課裡,大家都練的很起勁,在強調呼吸的流動中,前彎,扭轉,後彎,倒立的動作裡,我們都留下很多暖暖的氣團,讓教室裡充滿了能量和笑聲,瑜伽就是有這種效果,即便很冷很冷,但只要很專注,很開心的上下流動,隨著ujjayi呼吸,身體的熱能不斷散發出來。看著窗外的台北夜景,又是一年了,最後祝大家聖誕節快樂。。。

The bridge of body and mind 身心的橋梁

Statue of Liberty: Freedom comes from the steadiness within oneself.

Hello folks, it’s been a while since I have done something to this blog. Well, I have been extremely busy the last few months, mainly getting my feet back into being a creative individual as a fashion designer. Beside recently getting a job as a part time lecturer teaching fashion at the Shih-Chien University, a premiere design college in Taiwan, I have also worked hard in continue my yoga practice and teaching at various places. For the past 10 months, I have attempted to find myself went on a little personal yoga journey that has transformed me in terms of a regular practice ritual. I have found myself benefited from the routine of Ashtanga Yoga. It is through this form of yoga that I have consistently find the connection between the body and mind.

The practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is a form of meditative flow of movement where continuous quest into your own consciousness is required. Therefore, through self observation, a non-judgmental attitude is preserved. When your mind stop judging your body, it opens up your mind and soften your attitude. It is then the beginning of an heart opening, injury-free and devoted yoga practice. I spent the last 10 months and finally completed the Primary series under the guidance of a few teachers. There are however a few poses that are still challenging to me, and with constant practice, these poses humbles my body as much as my mind. Although the poses are intense and difficult, but the practice shouldn’t be. It is however lies on how you approach Ashtanga Yoga. For many beginners who have little experience, it seems like a monumental task to just complete Sun Salutation A and B (Surynamaskr A and B ) at first, but once you have found the right approach and attitude, focusing on the quality of the practice brings you a liberated and satisfied feeling after. The entire process is built with the philosophical system of Yoga Sutras by Patanjali as the foundation of the practice. A yoga practice without philosophy is merely an act of exercise of movement without conscience; it’s just body without mind per se. A true yoga practice is to bridge the body and mind which can occur in any level of yoga practice regardless of experience, I hope to share with some of you in this upcoming workshop. Cheers, here it is…

The bridge of body and mind workshop: Ashtanga Basic
Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is a system of sequential yoga postures that is connected by breath. It is a rather intense, powerful and sweaty yoga practice that provides a complete workout of the body and mind. If you have zero or little experience in ashtanga yoga, this workshop shall start you of by introducing the main elements including breath(pranayama), gaze(dristi), lock(bandha), and posture names(asana). The 2 1/2 hours workshop will focus on the selection of primary series of sun salutation, standing postures, sitting postures and finishing sequence. The aims of this workshop is for anyone who wishes to advance their yoga practice by approaching it in the therapeutic and holistic way in the lineage of Ashtanga Vinyasa system.

Class Structure
- What is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga ?
- Overview of The 8 limbs philosophy
- The VInyasa system
- Primary series: Standing, Sitting
- The bridge of body and mind

身心的橋梁:基礎Ashtanga
Ashtanga VInyasa 八支瑜伽是透過呼吸有固定動作的規律瑜伽系統。 這系統給予練習者一種很有能量,深層,和大量流汗的身心運動。如果你是個無經驗或初學的瑜伽練習者,這工作坊會讓你瞭解基本的瑜伽練習元素如,呼吸練習法,凝視點,能量鎖和體位法去探討Ashtanga第一集裡部分的拜日式,站姿,坐姿和完成式。這堂2 .5 小時的課主要目的是透過介紹Ashtanga傳承的瑜伽哲學練習方式,如何讓你的練習能帶著正確,療癒和靈性的態度。

課程內容
- 甚麼是Ashtanga VInyasa 瑜伽
- 8 支瑜伽系統簡介
- Vinyasa 串聯瑜伽的來源
- 第一集動作:站姿,坐姿
- 個人練習經驗:身心的橋梁

Date 日期 : Sunday 12.18.2011
Time 時間: 1600 – 1830 ( 2.5 hours )
Venue 地點: Grace Yoga
Fees 費用: 1200NT/ person
有意者請洽Grace Yoga, 名額有限
call 02-2705-8673 or visit http://www.graceyoga.com.tw

Beneath the Yoga Body Workshop 瑜珈體內的世界

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我們常聽到瑜珈初學者說“骨頭很硬“或”我想要拉拉筋“!其實真的是你的”骨頭“和”筋“很硬而造成身體堅硬的嗎?對於很多初學者,常常會聽到老師在課堂上提起的肌肉或骨骼的名稱而感到困擾,這時不但限制你對瑜珈體位法的認識,也減少你在體位法動作上到位的真正感覺!我在開始練習舞蹈到瑜珈的日子裡,瑜珈解剖學一直是我最有興趣的科目,在練習的過程中,解剖學不但幫助我找到運動的原理,也同時能預防練習瑜珈時造成的傷害。在這workshop裡,我們會探討基本的解剖學知識和原理,配合簡單的瑜珈動作去瞭解皮膚以下的世界!這課程不會有體位法練習,將透過研習的方式讓你認識體內的世界。

七月份Yaga // Yoga 週末研習課程出爐囉!! 瑜珈體內的世界- 瑜珈與人體解剖學 I

瑜珈練習通常是經由指導,完成動作、呼吸及專注力的練習,本課程將藉由探討「為什麼」、「是否適合自己」等問題,幫助促進個人的瑜珈練習能更有效,且貼近自己的需求。

2011.07.17 (日)
- 人體的構造
皮膚以下的世界包括了各種結碲組織組成了肌肉,骨骼,器官,血液和淋巴系統,這將會介紹人體的基本構造。
- 解剖學語言
解剖學和體位法一樣有自己的語言,因為身體是立體型的,透過解剖的語言,會更加瞭解肌肉和骨骼的位置和運動方向。
- 肌肉的分佈
肌肉分佈在全身附著在骨骼與關節之間,器官和心臟上,我們將會探討骨骼肌的功能和效益。
- 骨骼系統和體位法的關係
從脊椎和骨盆的連接開始去探討肩關節,股關節和附屬骨骼等和基本瑜珈體位法的關係,如站姿前彎、下犬式、三角式、勇士二 … 等。

2011.07.23 (六) 人體奧祕展
- 與 Yaga // Yoga 老師們一起參觀人體奧祕展,並現場解說瑜珈體內的世界- 瑜珈與人體解剖學。

指導老師:Jordan Koh

開課時間:
2011.07.17 下午5:30(日)
2011.07.23 下午3:00(六)(士林科教館門口集合)
名額:十位 (本班為獨立招生,採預約制,額滿為止。)
費用:$500。
* 2011.07.23(六)-人體奧祕展為免費導覽,門票及交通需由學員自行負擔。
* 本課程將不會有密集的瑜珈動作練習,透過具有互動性的活動,帶領你瞭解瑜珈與人體解剖學的奧妙關係,並於課程中,為您進行動作姿勢的診斷。
報名請電洽 Yaga // Yoga:0918-988-881 或於粉絲團留言報名。
教室茶水全面使用:HEDIARD、STAATL. FACHINGEN、GREENFIELD。
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