Mycro: Malaysian (MY) Canine Rescue Opportunity
Ahimsa is one of the ethical codes a yoga practitioner studies and tries to incorporate into every aspect of their life. It's the absence of violence in thought, word and action to loosely translate the meaning. It's a practice that unfolds and reveals the meaning to the practitioner. Ahimsa does NOT mean to foster weakness and to NOT fight when necessary because there are times when we as humans must make a choice to harm in order to protect.
Almost 9 years ago I found a wet, screaming, unidentifiable, pink thing being eaten alive by a few different species of jungle ants. The stinging black ones were easy to get off but the cutter species had latched on and required pliers to pull off. The pink think was as small as my palm, maybe 3 inches long. The umbilical cord was still wet like it had been chewed just 15 minutes before I came upon the scene.
All cleaned up, a new born puppy emerged. As I walked out of the jungle, I had a choice to make: do I put the being back into the bushes, walk away allowing nature to take over or do I go straight to the grocery to find a itty bitty baby bottle and some goats milk. I'm a nomad. I have not been in one place longer than 5 years and live in apartments. How am I to raise a dog? They are like children. They need proper education and a lot of time/guidance from parents. The former choice was a selfish one. Who am I to choose what being can live or die. I thought long about Ahimsa and my actions.
Almost 9 years later I am still the steward of my furry companion. He is always there on my yoga matte growling or whining. The act of Ahimsa years ago gave me a companion for life. Someone who is always there for me even in the darkest of times. Mycro is one of the most influential yoga teachers I have had in this lifetime. He has changed my life for the better-made me a better human.
How do you make selfless sacrifices? Or how do you adjust yourself on a daily basis to think, speak and act from a compassionate heart?
Bunny hops are great!
A student asked me the other day why do we do bunny hops? I prefer them over using one leg to swing up. I found in my own body that swinging up on one leg (though I change sides) for many years has caused an imbalance on the left side of my back. The hips are not as stable. They move to a crooked position. I prefer the challenge of the balanced jump from 2 legs. It takes lower back and ab strength to nail it.
I also find jumping into handstands turns my mood around. They can be up lifting.
Use your yoga matte! It can be your best friend. Get on your yoga matte and at least do one asana per day in between classes to make you feel good.
Over the decades I have seen beginners of yoga to advanced practitioners impact their lower backs and hang off the deltoids without any structural integrity while on their yoga mattes while performing chaturanga dandasana and urdhva mukha svanasana while practicing Vinyasa. Just like the repetitive motion of swinging the racket in tennis can cause tennis elbow, any repetitive movement in yoga can cause pain, suffering and injury.
Putting the hands up on blocks seem to give the practitioner more space to move within. I also like the way movement on the blocks develops observation and awareness of the self.
Yoga props are wonderful for vinyasa, astanga or any form of yoga for that matter!
What do you think? Please leave your questions and comments below.
We train on blocks a lot in class. If you are interested in learning this method, send a pm.