Back to Conference

After half a week in Utrecht it was back to AYL, practice in my space, followed by yogi breakfast, 7 of us crammed around Pret's tiny tables, before heading back to the shala for Conference with Hamish.

You just never know what you are going to get, H has his own style and Conference is always a surprise package. He started with a memory game, listing 8 words for us to try and remember, which he would return to later, when he tested our memory, which highlighted how you can have a false memory by him saying a word associated with the original list, but which wasn't actually on the list!

H said he doesn't teach formal pranayama until students have finished intermediate, so what we did next was just "breathing". He got us to count our pulse, he then had us do a simple breathing exercise, then check our pulse again, which demonstrated the calming effect breathing has on the physical body. Everyone can sit and simply breathe.

Hamish talked about Vedanta and how the end of the Vedas are the Upanishads, having us try to remember and recite Chapter 2, verse 48, "
yogasthaha kuru karmaani sangam tyaktvaa dhananjaya |
siddhyasiddhyoh samo bhootvaa samatvam yoga uchyate"

The 2nd slokka he wanted us to remember was 2/16 "heyam dukham anagatam" avoid future suffering through yoga. Much easier to remember 🙂

After the hard work he told us Pushpam is coming, showing us a print of the cover and a cartoon Boonchu has done making fun of our asana selfie obsessed yoga world.

H finished by showing us some of the books that make up his yoga bookshelf at home, which included Barbara stoller miller yoga discipline of freedom and Tao of Pooh. I've got the Tao of Pooh, must read it again.

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4 Responses to “Back to Conference”

  1. Mike Evans Says:

    That’s a surprise verse really, given that in reality much of your future suffering is likely to be because of yoga 😉

  2. StEvE Says:

    Really appreciate you blogging these conferences Kev. Thanks!

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