January 25 - February 1, 2014; February 1-8, 2014
Koh Samui, Thailand
Honoring the Beginning
January 25 - February 1, 2014 Week 1 or
February 1 - 8, 2014 Week 2
with Chuck Miller
About the Retreat
A series of two weeklong retreats:
Each week we will start at the Beginning! Everyday we start at the Beginning! A common technique used in many spiritual teachings is that the Ultimate End is indicated at the very Beginning. We are constantly touching the Beginning, practicing to evolve closer and closer to the Beginning!
Patanjali Yoga Darshana, known commonly as "The Yoga Sutras," does this with the first three sutras, which point to the end of Yoga. Spiritual practice involves repetitions. We take something fairly simply and do it over and over again.
In Ashtanga Yoga this technique (though more complex) is also used, in the form of the very first call, "Samasthitihi." Truly understand this and the rest of the practice is lined up with the essence of Yoga. Without understanding this, the practice is just empty movements.
Sama-sthiti, Sama-dhi, Sama-Vrtti Ujjayi PranaAyama, Sama-AtmaÖ all of these point to the same idea. The idea is difficult to describe within the limited realm, or field of verbal language, so we need practice to make it comprehensible!
"Practice, Practice, Practice! You must take Practice." This quote from Pattabhi Jois sums up his main message. We have inherited this very profound and beautiful "Practice," from Pattabhi, and through him from Krishnamacharya, and through him from a long line of teachers back into time unmeasured. There is a power and efficacy in having such a tradition, and these techniques, and the form of this practice to stand on!
It is also paramount that we have our own direct experience! It is the personal practicing of the form, with the guidance of the tradition, that helps the two hands, or two wings, of our practice reveal the end of Yoga.
And our practice must include study. Study of the practice, study of sacred texts, study of the ways of the universe and the relationships between all things!
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