October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Lately I’ve been considering sensitivity as an orienting capacity.  If you’re not sensitive enough to pick up signals, you will be unable to respond to what is going on around you.  Last year during classes I read about “sensitizing concepts.”  Instead of thinking that an idea about people is fully correct, or always useful, conceptualizations can be used to sensitize an observer to what is happening in his field of vision/study.  Yet if I am too sensitive, I will be unable to make connections between phenomena, and to decide on a course of action.  At least this is what I would think based on my past education: we use reasoning to guide us through a world of sensory perceptions.  We use thought to make sense of all this input we are receiving.  One problem that arises is the blocking out of relevant information.  If I immediately put a perception into a category, I might miss out on a large part of what is actually happening.  For example, if I think that government is always wasting money, I might miss out on understanding all the good that comes from certain social services.  So, I’m wondering, how can I be sensitive, without being overwhelmed by what is happening around me?  If I tried to understand everything through categorization, I would become frenetic and exhausted.  The answer I am practicing is to live presently, and to allow the world to exist right in front of me, apart from my judgements or reactions to it.  This also involves allowing ki, or energy, to be constantly moving.  Without creating conflict through categorization, it is possible to feel an active connection immanent within all things.

Beach Yoga Angle

September 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

cool angle for a yoga pic

Bikram Yoga

September 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I purchased a Groupon for a month of Bikram Yoga, and I’m pleased to be getting back into it. Bikram was my first extended experience with classroom yoga, about a year ago. From there I went on to try Corepower’s heated vinyasa flow and then this summer I completed the teacher training 200 hour program at Corepower Yoga NW. I felt the need for a break, however, and so I’m checking out some other studios, looking for new and affordable options. Yoga can get expensive! There’s so many studios in Portland, though, that a person can bounce around for awhile, trying out classes within introductory packages. But I had already done the month for 30 dollars at Bikram Hall Studio so when I saw this Groupon I snapped it up. It’s back to Bikram and it only cost 30 dollars for another month.

There’s no music played in a 90 minute Bikram class and the temperature is at about 105 degrees.  Since I have done a lot more yoga during this past year, the Bikram class seemed a lot stranger than when I first participated.  It can be a kind of torture.  I was asking myself why we were all putting ourselves through this gross experience; it’s extremely hot and everyone is just dumping sweat.  However, once you get past the standing series and move to the ground, the class turns into a sort of heady meditation.  The back bends in particular really opened me up, and the corpse poses between each ground pose give mini-breaks during which life realizations can flow into your awareness.  It’s the next day and I feel great; looks like every other day or third day will be my schedule for the month.  Since the weather is getting cooler the classes will become even more appealing.  Bikram is a great practice for me at this point in time.

Healing your mind

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I come across a lot of talk about healing the body, in medical and scientific contexts, but I don’t usually come across talk regarding healing the mind. I first encountered such an idea through the Oregon Ki Society. Conceptualizing part of my mind as patterns of thought, and patterns of perception, helps me to think about health. Just like amputees can still feel their missing limb, my mind continues in patterns which aren’t needed anymore. For instance, the pattern of taller people being worthy of authority. Made sense when I was a child, but it’s not really a useful pattern anymore. Feeling crummy and unmotivated is another example. When I exercise, eat right, and engage in a variety of tasks, I don’t need to continue a negative way of thinking. I can strengthen my mind to be positive.


November 28th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Just finished my yoga routine, after going swimming at the pool.  This stuff just keeps getting better and better, and it’s very encouraging to feel the progress in my muscles and joints.  Yoga is one practice in my life that gives me improvement.  As long as I commit to the doing, I will become healthier and I will see improvement.  The more frequently I practice, the more improvement I will feel.  That’s what I like about health and wellness practices – you can feel an immediate and tangible change as you go along.  Your body gives you feedback and information to work with.  I’ve been using the videos on my brother’s website  We’re both going to be trying Bikram yoga for the month of September.  Trying out new styles is fun, but for me the alignment and calm that accompanies yoga is the best part. ?