I have been not posting for a couple of reasons.
Number one I have been drafting a post about my experience at Esalen, which is ALMOST done. It was so profound and yet all people ask me is how I could possibly be silent for over five days and I want to express the experience eloquently. And to make the point that that wasn’t REALLY the point. Still refining.
I was also sick for TWO weeks with what intially was thought to be a gastrointestinal flu and turned out to be cryptospiridium. I am better, but it started RIGHT after Thanksgiving and with the timing of that after the trip, with the holiday, along with some yoga stuff happening in my life back HOME ended up REALLY testing what my intention coming out of retreat was. SORELY TESTED IT.
But I do want to add my two cents in to the Bikram debate. Bikram is suing Yoga tothe People for infringing his copyright. To make a long story short. Huge debate on this. Most yogis, per the blog world and FB feel that Bikram is in the wrong, isn’t practicing yoga, and is a greedy bastard. Wow. Big news there. Did you not know this about him before? I saw one rather well known vinyasa teacher talking about BOYCOTTING BIKRAM!
I am ALL about the BOYCOTT when it comes to where I spend my money, because, politically speaking, it is where I can get the biggest bang for the buck. However, I am guessing the vinyasa world isn’t practicing all that much of Bikram yoga so it seems a moot point.
There also is a large group of yogis that feel the West is the West and we are all about the money anyways and with the proliferation of products we all like to buy and support, it shouldn’t surprise us that yoga teachers ae going to take this approach. You steal my shit, I sue you.
I have talked before about humility in yoga and the lack thereof and if you are supporting a system of dogma and worshipping a ‘master teacher’, you ultimately will be disappointed. If you believe your system is THE system and your teacher is THE teacher, you are probably being pulled in by a master marketer, not a master teacher. A REAL master teacher probably doesn’t refer to himself as such. Bikram, John Friend, and others have HUGE followings of believers. AND they are great teachers, but ultimately their following MOVES on. They grow, they find new teachers, they walk away from one system of dogma, and find another and dismantle it. It is called GROWTH in the practice. That is Bikrams REAL problem. His followers move away and try to give the gift and he tries to pull them back because he believes in the system of yoga where you have a teacher and you stay TRUE to your teacher as he did.
That being said, people have their preferences. You can love the message and hate the messenger. I think he is a repulsive person but love and honor the practice and know that it has done millions of people service and rescued them from pain in their lives. I don’t practice the style any more but realize that when I did it was a GIFT and a PRIVILEGE, so I owe gratitude to Bikram.
I believe the way we react to this situtation is a reflection of who we are and some attachment or aversion, both are roadblocks in the yoga path. So I am choosing to observe and remain removed from REACTING to this situation. That is part of the lesson I learned at Esalen as a YOGIC PRACTICE.
It is one of the hardest too. It is so much easier to jump into the opinion line but for today, this is the practice I am practicing.
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