Saturday, September 30, 2017

How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body and The Answer

Teaching yoga is not just another job, it is constant learning, struggle and preferably, joy.  It’s important for a teacher to be versed in the new ideas, as well as old principles and texts that yoga was founded upon.

What I’m sharing with you today isn’t the commonplace yoga read most yogis already know. These two articles are coming from a fascinating, often surreal, sinister and inspiring yoga world.

I concluded that yoga world is a wild place to be. I recommend these articles that will not only challenge the conception of yoga teaching but will change the way the teachers view the fragile human body.

The five years old article by The New York Times, “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” (William Broad, Jan. 5, 2012) is still actual. The article is labeled as an offending material for $5billion yoga industry. The article was written by senior science writer William Broad. In it, he had at length conversation with the local yoga veteran Glenn Black.

“Is this yoga?” he asked as we sweated through a pose that seemed to demand superhuman endurance. “It is if you’re paying attention.” His approach was almost free-form: he made us hold poses for a long time but taught no inversions and few classical postures. Throughout the class, he urged us to pay attention to the thresholds of pain. “I make it as hard as possible,” he told the group. “It’s up to you to make it easy on yourself.” He drove his point home with a cautionary tale. In India, he recalled, a yogi came to study at Iyengar’s school and threw himself into a spinal twist. Black said he watched in disbelief as three of the man’s ribs gave way — pop, pop, pop.

After class, I asked Black about his approach to teaching yoga — the emphasis on holding only a few simple poses, the absence of common inversions like headstands and shoulder stands. He gave me the kind of answer you’d expect from any yoga teacher: that awareness is more important than rushing through a series of postures just to say you’d done them. But then he said something more radical. Black has come to believe that “the vast majority of people” should give up yoga altogether. It’s simply too likely to cause harm.

Not just students but celebrated teachers too, Black said, injure themselves in droves because most have underlying physical weaknesses or problems that make serious injury all but inevitable. Instead of doing yoga, “they need to be doing a specific range of motions for articulation, for organ condition,” he said, to strengthen weak parts of the body. “Yoga is for people in good physical condition. Or it can be used therapeutically. It’s controversial to say, but it really shouldn’t be used for a general class.”

- How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body by The New York Times

Many yoga teachers, yoga studio owners, as well as yoga bloggers wrote their 2 cents about the article. Here, well-known yoga teacher, Sadie Nardini, wrote the response to the previous article, published by Elephant Journal.

Students: What I’d look for in any instructor is not what yoga lineage they’re from as much as how much anatomy training they’ve had, and from whom. It’s one thing to take 20 hours of basic movement and learn the main bone and muscle names in a teacher training, and quite another to spend, say, three semesters of intensive Yoga Anatomy training from Kaminoff.

Look for trusted anatomy of yoga resources like the following, and educate yourself. You don’t have to be a yoga instructor or advanced practitioner to gain the knowledge of how your body works–and doesn’t–in your poses...

Bottom line:

It’s your body–don’t trust it to just anyone. Ask any prospective yoga teacher what, if any yoga injuries they’ve had, and if, for example, they’re about to go into spinal surgery from years of severely over-expressing themselves in yoga posture, then move on.

In addition, each student has a responsibility to check themselves before they wreck themselves in class. You might not know everything about yoga poses or anatomy, but you do know the feeling when you’re pushing too hard.  So when the urge to go all agro on a pose arises, whether it’s to strain toward strength or flexibility, it’s ultimately up to you to resist the ego’s siren song–something that leads even more experienced yogis to push their limits, then act mystified at the fact that this supposedly ‘healing’ practice hurt them instead.

Yoga isn’t healing if you refuse to act in balance whether on or off the mat. It can lead to your dysfunction just as easily. Yoga is there to reveal your current habits to you, and give you a chance to move toward health–or away–in every moment.  How students and instructors choose to align–or not–with their individual needs, their integrity and common sense will manifest itself in the body as either greater equanimity, strength and freedom, or less.

Teachers: Do everything I suggested that your students do, including commit to a regular evolution of your anatomy knowledge. Study in person with some of the great anatomy minds, and ask questions about the poses you regularly teach.

Do your own personal yoga practice, consistently. So many of you practice less than your students, and it’s easy to fall out of connection with your own body and, therefore,  stunt your growth and deeper understanding of the poses.

I did agree completely with Mr. Black when he said that teachers can’t ever learn as much from training as they can from direct experience. See? Never discount what you can learn from a teacher just because you disagree with some of their views–you’ll gain much more insight this way.

Question even what your main teachers taught you, especially if it doesn’t feel right in your own body. Remove aggressive language like “push” or “straighten” or “tighten” – and constant suggestions that the students go farther and farther in every moment. Sometimes progress means that they back off, or rest. The body has a point with both strength and flexibility when farther is too far.

And, in my opinion, don’t ever do a hard or forceful adjustment on your students’ bodies.  They are where they are for a reason: strength and flexibility is a slow progression. A clear verbal instruction and light touch are all that should be needed. Any more than that is you taking over their process. We as teachers are here to empower, not enable.

In conclusion, yogis, know this:

When you think about it, basically, anything and everything you do could potentially kill or injure you. Life itself is a crapshoot, and yet if you want to reap its rewards, like loving more completely, moving your body, doing your life’s work and trying new adventures–you’re gonna have to risk it.

Be safe, educate yourself, trust your intuition, don’t push–only press–forward, and remember to act with truth and passion, and not from fear. After all…life’s a crazy ride. Better enjoy it while you can.

- Sadie Nardini Responds to “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body.”

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sting hasn't missed a day of Yoga in 20 years

In just two days, on October 2, 2017, will be Sting's 66 birthday. He is old but his body is the envy of men half of his age. A month ago, Sting performed a two-hour hits-filled set for a full capacity crowd on Saturday night in Boston. He has great energy. Sting and his wife of 34 years, Trudie Styler, are into Ashtanga and Jivamukti yoga. Asana, meditation and rock'n'roll are Sting's life.

Yoga has enriched my life by allowing me to improve physically; which is very inspiring, especially as you get older. I tour an awful lot, and being on the road is not always easy... Yoga is a great way to offset the downsides of touring by bringing much-needed peace and sanity into what can be a hectic life. Like music, yoga is a journey - one that is long enough so you keep developing, and keep learning. I don't see an end to it.

Every day, with his wife or alone he does between 60 and 90 minutes of yoga before breakfast. Ashtanga Yoga requires a great deal of physical and mental effort, and it wasn't long before he became hooked. In the late 1980s, bandmates introduced Sting to Danny Paradise, a musician and Ashtanga yoga instructor from Toronto.

Sting recalls that although he was fit, he couldn't do even half of the postures Paradise showed him. From that point on, Sting thought yoga was intriguing and started studying it with Paradise as his mentor. Sting was in his late 30s at this time. He has said in interviews that he wishes he started doing yoga sooner but acknowledges that he probably wouldn't have been as accepting of it when he was younger.

Today, when he's touring with his band, the entire group performs yoga before the show, which Sting believes "increases our cohesion."

It composes my mind; it gives me more energy, and, as a consequence, I find I am more productive. As a singer, I also think some aspects of yoga, such as breathing properly and eating well, are key to maintaining a healthy voice. So, yes, yoga is an important part of my creative life. I'm sure my lung capacity has also increased - I can certainly hold notes longer than I used to be able to. For me, yoga has become more than just exercise: It's about control, discipline, and emotion, and those are useful tools for any songwriter.

After Sting had his first Ashtanga yoga session with Paradise, he immediately wanted his wife, Trudie to try it with him. In the years since, they have advanced their practices considerably, both as individuals and as a couple. Sting remains close to Paradise and often takes classes with him.

Sting and Styler are also devotees of Jivamukti yoga. Jivamukti means "liberation while living." The Sanskrit term is used to describe enlightenment.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Lululemon's Translation of Yoga Sutras

While all mainstream media writing today about the death of Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, I'm writing about yet the new translation of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

Patanjali was an anonymous yogi and a blogger. The history surrounding his life is mostly speculation. It is said that he may have lived in the first century BCE. In any case, he wrote the Yoga Sutras. There is some debate as to whether the Yoga Sutras are written with a collaboration with his girlfriend or not.

Many ancient blogs, including the Vedas, Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita, mentioned yoga. However, none of the other sacred ancient articles specialized in the philosophy of yoga like the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali.

His writings are done in an old Sanscrit and no one is quite sure how to translate it to English. Lululemon brought back and connected the pieces so the authentic and often hidden meaning of Patanjali's sutras is brought back to life. Today, as before, lulu philosophy is the main source of inspiration and elevation of the spirits of western yogis.

Much of contemporary yoga world in the West has emphasized that Lululemon pays away too much attention to physical aspects of yoga and it disregards the yoga philosophy. Recently there has been an increased interest of Lululemon in correcting this limitation so it has given us a fresh, authoritative, and brilliant new translation...

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
 The Threads of Union
 Translation by Lululemon

Chapter 1 of the Yoga Sutras:  Concentration 

What is Yoga? (Yoga Sutras 1.1-1.4)

1.1 Now, after having done your work at the office, have made the supper for your spouse and kids and washed laundry, the study and practice of Yoga begins.

1.2 Yoga is the stilling and quieting of your constant mind chatter.

1.3 Then you abide in yourself, resting bored to the death and that is called self-realization.

1.4 At other times, when you're not self-realized, you appear to have a fun.

Getting to the boredom (Yoga Sutras 1.5-1.11)

1.5 You have five thought patterns or inclinations, of which some are bad and others are very bad.

1.6 The five varieties of your thinking are: 1) knowing correctly what to buy, 2) not knowing or indecision, 3) fantasy or imagination, 4) temporary loss of consciousness when you hear the price, and 5) recollection or your memory what you use to buy three years before.

1.7 Of these five, there are three ways of making correct purchase: 1) perception, 2) credit card, and 3) coupons and price match, where applicable.

1.8 Incorrect knowledge or illusion is false knowledge formed by perceiving a sale when it really isn't.

Practice and non-attachment (Yoga Sutras 1.12-1.16)

1.12 These purchases are regulated and controlled through daily going to the shopping mall and on-line virtual stores.

1.13 Buying means choosing, applying the effort, paying and bringing home the useless objects that bring you a temporary state of self-satisfaction.

1.14 When the shopping is done daily, without a break, and with sincere devotion, then the debt becomes a firmly rooted, stable and it has solid foundation.

1.15 When the mind loses desire for shopping, it acquires a state of of a dead-mind so your goal for reaching desirelessness of wallet is not accomplished.

1.16 Indifference to the money, constituent principles, or qualities themselves, is called supreme non-attachment.


This valuable new translation provides a complete manual for the study and practice of western Yoga, the path of concentration and making the conscious purchases. This new edition is a treasure to be read and referred to again and again by seekers treading to shopping malls.

In Lululemon's translation of the Sutras is presented in the purest form, with the original Sanskrit and with translation, transliteration, and commentary. In this classic context, this new book offers practical advice based on Lululemon own experience for mastering the yoga market and it is an invaluable addition to the comprehensive ethical and meditative approach to the Lululemon yoga.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Want A Better Yoga Practice? ... Get Tattooed

Do you practice yoga? Do you feel discouraged, frustrated, and stiff? Admit it. You are trying so hard to find ways to get your body to do what everyone else in the class is doing. But by forcing yourself into a pose, you're really opening yourself up to injury, not to mention losing your focus on breathing and missing out a lot of the benefits of yoga.

Fortunately, I have done the research and I am here to disclose the deepest yoga secret so you can stop beating yourself up and start reaping what the yoga has to offer.

The practice of yoga is not just a workout, it is a full-fledged way of life. You have truly devoted and committed yourself to live by what you stand for and it really sucks that you struggle with your practice. If you want to stop the struggle, get yoga-inspired tattoos! Your practice is in direct correlation of how many, and how large, yoga tattoos you have on the canvas of your body.

The Canadian Yoga Safety Commission (CYSC) continuously conducts research studies on a variety of areas including the influence of yoga-inspired tattoos on yoga practitioners. The information gathered in these studies serves as the guide for 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training Certifications all around the world.

Part of the CYSC's mandate is to provide objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the yoga studio owners on yoga-related topics. A recent study, led by Dr. Jeff Holbrook and published in the May 2017 edition of the scientific journal Chronic Yoga Struggle and Injuries, has confirmed that the lack of yoga tattoos is associated with an increased risk of short and inadequate shavasana.

This study is important because it isolates yoga tattoos as the one of the main factor for an improved yoga experience. More often, the lack of tattoos are combined with yoga issues such as lack of motivation to do the practice, the chronically hunched over downwarddog, feeling tight, achy and sore around the neck, shoulders, and upper and lower back, as well as farting in the yoga class.

I experience anxiety and depression. In my life, I have fallen into despair and loneliness. So I started yoga because the physical practice helps me shift my physiological and psychological states, even if it's just for an hour. 

I got my first mandala tattoo last September, so now, I constantly remember that I am more than just my thoughts and emotions. I have a glimpse that there is something stable, pure, and beautiful within me. My version of mandala tattoo is the lotus flower. It stands for being whole, one in unity with the universe, and completeness. 

My invitation is... please get yoga-inspired tattoo to the mat. And bring your body too. 

Has the mandala tattoo helped me personally with yoga? Yes. It's one of the reasons that I am a yoga teacher now. The tattoo has given me an alternate form of income, when I'd rather just drink wine, eat cake, and watch Netflix. 

- Cindy, 33 years old, Yoga Teacher, Pasadena CA

I practice yoga for the last 30 days and I have OM (AUM) tattoo on my left shoulder. Have you ever seen how great yogis sit in the snow and how the snow around them melts away? I want to do the same! I want to melt the ice with my ass. It is my life's goal.

At present, I'm practicing with the ice from the fridge. I sit on the ice this morning and I can tell you... there is a great movement in the right direction. After only 5 minutes, my underwear was completely wet.

Without the tattoo I could not do this great accomplishment. My tattoo is written in Sanskrit, and offers different meanings for every part curve of the writing. OM tattoo helps me raising my personal vibration by doing specific energy work with my Higher Self. This frequency raising energy is necessary to melt the ice.

- Daniel, 42 years old, Ice Breaker, Toronto ON

There are some rules and guidelines that must also be observed when getting yoga-inspired tattoos. Since these symbols have specific and profound meanings, the illustration itself must also be just as specific and appropriate as well.

For example, the lotus flower’s number of petals are dependent on kapotasana. Eight petals are reserved for advanced ashtanga second series practitioners. If you can do drawbacks from standing to wheel pose and back you can get a tattoo with seven petals. If you can do just wheel pose then you should be satisfied with six petals lotus tattoo.

If you also have a Ganesha tattoo done on your back, it’s believed to bring a stronger kind of back so you can easily do pincha maryachasana — which is a longstanding belief passed on from Patanjali. As for chakras, it’s highly recommended to have all seven chakras placed on the spine to symbolize dormant energy that’s waiting to be raised and awoken to bring awareness to the body.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sensational Discovery - Why Men Do Yoga?

The differences in why women and men do yoga are unpleasantly and sharply clear. I have observed hundreds of men and women and it seems the men tend to do yoga for physical reasons and women tend to do yoga for... I don't know. I'm not quite sure why women practice yoga, except maybe to prepare them and to get through the divorce. On another hand, I have done intensive research in order to find out the main reason why men do yoga.

In a nutshell, I naively thought that every man has different reasons to do yoga - maybe they want strength, nice shaped body, which yoga offers, maybe they were drunk last night and yoga makes them sober the next day or maybe they just couldn't help stretching up besides that hot blonde. I had no clue that main reason why men do yoga is that they have been feeling unfulfilled in their relationship.

The survey, conducted by Yoga Journal's Online Doctor, polled over 2,000 American and European men and found that the reasons why men do yoga are actually really shocking...

When asked the reasons why they go to the studio and sweat profusely, people who identified as men had the same #1 answer: They felt that their partner had stopped giving them the attention they needed.

Some of the other top reasons why they do yoga were that they weren't having enough sex, In rare situations, some men have answered that nice looking yoga teacher was hitting on them and the yoga studio was a blessing.

So while this isn't a perfect methodology, it does help us confront some tough things about yoga, relationships, and expectations of men.

The Psychology Today has confirmed this undeniable truth that relationship dynamics plays main reason for a man’s decision to engage in yoga practice. Generally, though, man's choice to practice yoga is driven by one or more of the following factors:

1. Immaturity: If he does not have a lot of experience in yoga, or if he doesn’t fully understand that his actions will inevitably have consequences like hurting his knees, he may think it is fine to have yoga adventure. He might think of his commitment to yoga as a jacket that he can put on or take off as he pleases, depending on the circumstances.

2. Co-occurring Relationship Issues: He may have an ongoing problem with lack of sex, alcohol and/or drugs that affect his decision-making, resulting in regrettable trips to the yoga studio. Or maybe he has a problem with sexual addiction, meaning he compulsively engages in sexual fantasies with female yoga students.

3. Insecurity: He may feel as if he is too old or too young, not handsome enough, not rich enough, not smart enough, etc. An astonishing amount of male doing yoga is linked, at least in part, to a mid-life crisis. To bolster his flagging ego, he seeks validation from women other than his partner, using yoga practice to feel wanted, desired, and worthy.

4. Lack of Male Support: He may have undervalued his need for watching and playing sports and going to strip-bars with other men, expecting his social and emotional needs to be met entirely by his significant other. And when she inevitably fails in that duty, he seeks fulfillment in the yoga studio.

5. Childhood Abuse: He may be reenacting or latent responding to unresolved childhood trauma – neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, etc. In such cases, his childhood wounds have created attachment/intimacy issues that leave him unable or unwilling to fully commit to his partner. He might also be using the excitement and distraction of yoga poses coupled with intense breathing as a way to self-soothe the pain of these old, unhealed wounds.

6. Megalomaniac Issues: He may feel like he is different and deserves something special that other men might not. The usual rules just don’t apply to him, so he is free to reward himself with a good yoga stretch. He may never have even thought about yoga until an opportunity suddenly presented itself. Then, without even thinking about what yoga might do to his relationship, he went for it.

7. Anger/Revenge: He may do yoga to get revenge. He is angry with his partner. In such cases, the downwarddog is meant to be seen and known as a tool to hurt her. The man does not bother to lie or keep secrets about his practice, he will talk about it, and talk, and talk... because he wants his partner to know about it.

In conclusion, the word of advice to all women out there who have been in the sexless relationship for months... If he suddenly is starting the yoga practice, this article may help you get some perspective on why he does what he does, and help you address your bedroom issues. Review your lack of emotional or physical attraction and decide should you want to stay together and work it out or simply should you let him go to do yoga and end up in divorce.

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Start Of Something New

I started blogging on December 6, 2012, and I did not stop since then. I have deleted my first blog exploring dreamstate last year and I started My old blog had more than 1000 posts. Since the very beginning, I am writing about awakening, yoga and daily life.

In the last couple of months, I had a wish to change my blog and start writing funny daily news around the world. So yesterday, as the first step towards that direction, I changed the layout of my blog. I worked all day to implement and customize this new template and slowly I will start writing new content.

I changed my mind and now I'm allowing the blog comments so be free to leave your wisdom here. Not that I care about your opinion but it is nice to have live interaction. You know, it is a bad idea to pretend to be someone I'm not. I'm not writing in order to please you. If you do not accept me for who I am, it is okay, go and read some other blog for free.

Since I was a kid, I have always been naturally good at whatever I do. I can’t help striving to do my best. This is both a fault and a strength. For those who are similar to me, I want to remind you that sometimes we create our own races where we are the only ones competing.

As a blogger, it is easy to look at the numerical figures of more successful bloggers and worry about why my own statistics do not match up. Then, in a fury, I begin to pull up all of the tutorial articles on the internet guaranteeing me more views, likes, and followers. But awakening is not a place to make a large number of Facebook likes.

First off, everyone starts at the different place of understanding. They guard their spirituality as a very precious possession. It is all about beliefs and they do not want to think outside the box.

My words are dry, straight and direct. Most of the readers come only couple times, read my particular brand of bullshit and they are gone. I’m definitely guilty of this one. I’ve realized recently that as I was trying to gain followers and create posts they would like, I’ve lost track of why I've started blogging in the first place - I want to write for myself as an expression of my creativity and love for writing.

Blogging for me is more of a hobby. Part of the reason why I continue to blog is that I love being able to read what I wrote a year ago. How my view of the world is changed and how I was so deluded back then. I have realized that everything I wrote is more or less wrong. There is nothing in this life that has any intrinsic value. Days are passing is the only constant in this life.

I will start slowly to write different articles, more news-based funny posts. There is nothing to be learned in life. Awakening is a deeply personal matter and it is not something to be shared and exposed freely on the internet. Zen and Buddism is not my cup of tea, spirituality, in general, is the hilarious joke and it must be exposed as such so I will continue to write in my own way.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

I have a piece of advice for you

You want to believe that the person of your dreams, the job opportunity of a lifetime, the lottery win or the surprise that you never expected is waiting around the corner for you. When you’re unhappy with where you are, you irrationally hope that a drastic change in your life will come along and save you from your sad life.

But the truth of the matter is, life doesn’t work that way. Nobody’s heading your way on a white horse and if you want to see the change in your life, you have to create it by your action.

This is what I know. When times get tough, I rely on myself, without looking for the rescue because I know that people are always going to be more aware of their own needs than they are of mine.

Unfortunately, other people around you are there stretching your limits, and they will nonetheless push you unless and until they encounter resistance. Most people are going to take as much from you as you let them get away with – which means it’s up to you to define when to say 'Yes' and when to say 'No'.

I have learned and I'm not afraid to say 'No,' to what I don’t want to do – because I know that nobody’s going to make me happy if I'm not satisfied with myself in my own eyes.

If you listen to what people want from you, you'll end up living a lifeless, shapeless, emotionless life. And then someone would come along and tell you that you have to be the more interesting person.

The truth is, it’s impossible to please everybody. There will always be someone who’s offended or bored by your words. You’re going to be criticized no matter what you do, so you might as well do what you want. Because if there’s anyone whose judgment you should listen to, it’s your own.

You may be the coolest, kindest, smartest, most interesting person in the world, but if you don't see that by yourself and actually put those traits into action, you have nothing to complain about.

You can spend your entire life feeling sorry for yourself because you deserve more than you’re getting, or you can go out into the world and actually claim what’s yours. Guess which choice is better?

You can spend your entire life loudly asking others to help you because you don’t have the time, money or energy to accomplish the things you actually want. And all of what you claim may be honest but the truth is, every single person has at least interest to help you in your life's struggle. They have the same problems as you.

Try to ignore your excuses. Find a way around your limitations, instead of just bitching about them.

You can sit indoors all day conceptualizing a better world, but until you get out there and start acting, you’re not actually making a difference. Good intention is a wonderful thing but unless it’s coupled with action, it counts for nothing.

At the end of the day, you are determined as a being by what you do, not by what you think about.

This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don't get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can't do anything, don't get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it's ready to come undone. You have to realize it's going to be a long process and that you'll work on things slowly, one at a time.

- Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Friday, September 22, 2017

The tiger has come too close, you see

O tiger’s heart wrapped in a woman’s hide! -William Shakespeare

It is Friday afternoon, I have come from the office and my work for this week is done. I will do yoga now,  shower and then lay down and have a nap. My girlfriend should come in the evening and we are going with my friends to a Japanese restaurant. I'm looking forward seeing her.

I am a friend with my girlfriend. I have not seen her in the last week and although we spoke on the phone every day, I am missing her a lot. That made me thinking... what are we? Am I in a long-distance relationship? Yes, we’re friends, but we’re certainly a bit different than average friends.

Sometimes it feels like we’re dating, but we’re not a common dating couple. In this world where everything is supposed to fit inside of a nice structured box, we don’t actually fit in the dating category so well. I have not met her friends and there is no intention from her side to change things. As a couple, we don’t really make sense.

It is so often assumed that a relationship worth something is going in a certain direction, growing and couple becomes more close to each other. But it feels like we are always at the beginning with no particular place to go.

No matter how genuine, kindhearted or caring she is, she's always going to be more aware of her own needs than she is of mine. I'm not her priority and I come as "nice-to-have" addition in her life. Her family, job, house, friends... her ex... her real estate agent, they come before me.

Friends, with and without benefits?... I have asked numerous times over the past year. Even without the traditional label of “couple”, I want to be with her ignoring and repressing things that bother me until they inevitably explode leaving a huge mess for us to clean up.

I'm ashamed of breaking up our relationship so many times. I break up just to find out that I love her more than I ever thought. She is an exceptional woman and I have strong feelings for her.

I have fallen in love. Maybe she feels this too. Maybe she doesn't. Maybe she feels it in a different way or simply not at all. I'm not so sure. The truth is, it’s impossible for her to accepts me totally and stop hiding me from her life.

She is a busy woman and I have nothing but time on my hand. I will continue on this path with no destination, I think it is worth taking. And I admit, I yearn for more than what we are now, more than what we have so far.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Like It Or Not... Ashtanga Yoga Is...

... a Spiritual Practice!

Can you practice yoga without spiritual goal on your mind? I don't know. Ronald said that some people do yoga and are "solely interested in asana...". I believe this might be true but on another hand what is the life about? Is the main goal in life to gain self-actualization or so popularly called, enlightenment?

What you actually do when you step on the yoga mat, knowing that or not, is that you search for Your Natural State. It is a state of great sensitivity of being awake, not some kind of emotional compassion or tenderness for others. I digress, yes, there is compassion only in the sense that there are no 'others' for you, and so there is no separation.

Whenever you step on the mat, you are actually interested in Moksha, Liberation, Freedom, Transformation, you name it, and you are interested in happiness without one moment of unhappiness, pleasure without pain, it is the same thing.

The Ashtanga yoga practice creates the experience, and the experience strengthens practice. The practitioner is nothing but the practice. That is really what's going on.

Bear in mind that there is no such thing as truth. The only thing that is actually here is your logical premise, which you call truth. In Ashtanga practice, you may discover that there is only one solid thought. When you count five breaths in a pose you may clearly see or feel the "I" thought. Everything exists is in relation to that one thought. That thought is 'you' and it doesn't really exist. You will understand that anything you experience based on that thought is the illusion.

Practicing Ashtanga yoga, which is boring, dull and hard, does not allow you creativity and wishful thinking. It calls for a complete and total surrender. It is the practice of hopelessness which says that there is no way out... Asana, breath, drishti and vynasas are taking you away from yourself...

Food, clothing, and shelter- these are the basic needs. Beyond that, if you want anything, it is the beginning of self-deception. You see that so clearly in daily Ashtanga practice. Ashtanga yoga is selfish practice. So be selfish and stay selfish is my message. Wanting enlightenment is selfishness.

Obviously, you are not in conflict with the society. Ashtanga yoga force you to accept it as it is and you're not interested in changing it. The demand to bring about a change in society isn't there anymore. So, the demand to change the world at large is not there. You suffer with the suffering man and are happy with the happy man... practicing Ashtanga yoga, spiritually or otherwise.

Ashtanga yoga saved you from the very idea that you have to be saved. When you know nothing, you say a lot. When you know something, there is nothing to say. I am always emphasizing that somehow the truth has to dawn upon you that there is only the practice and there is nothing to understand.

What I am trying to say is that by the practice of Ashtanga you will see for yourself that there is no individual there at all. There is only a certain gathering of knowledge, which are thoughts surrounding the basic "I" thought, but no individuality there.

Some of you mistakenly believe that by practicing ashtanga you will somehow miraculously make your life simple and manageable. But, if you are lucky, you will discover that you are not created for any grander purpose than the ants that are there or the flies that are hovering around you or the mosquitoes that are sucking your blood.

Ashtanga yoga takes away the fear that makes you believe that you are living and that you will be dead. What you really want in life is this fear to come to an end. That is why you have involved in all these meditation classes, becoming vegan, reading spiritual articles and talks, accepting various therapies for choiceless awareness and various other gimmicks.

Ashtanga is a very boring practice. And the boredom is a bottomless pit. As long as you think that there is something more interesting, more purposeful, more meaningful in ashtanga than what you are actually doing, you have no way of freeing yourself from boredom.

Ashtanga returns you to the basics... everything you have around you is the creation of your thoughts. You are yourself born out of thought, otherwise, you would not be here at all. Thoughts have a tremendous value, yet it is the very thing that should be destroyed.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Life itself is only a vision, a dream

Nothing exists, all is a dream. Life, mankind, the world, the sun, moon, stars - all a dream, all without existence. Nothing exists except you. And you are but thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wondering the empty eternities.

Strange, indeed, that you should not have suspected that universe is only a dream, vision, fiction!

I know you are sincere, I know you want to believe in God, you're really trying. You really, really do. You're trying to believe that there is a God, who created you in His own image and likeness, loves you very much, and keeps a close eye on things. You're really trying to believe that, but I gotta tell you, the longer you live, the more you look around, the more you realize, something is fucked up.

How could you believe in something so ridiculous like God?

You believed in God who could make good children as easily as bad, yet He preferred to make bad ones. You believed in God who could have made every one of them happy, yet He never made a single one happy. Finally, with the divine apology, He invites these poor, abused slaves to worship Him.

When it comes to bullshit, this is a big-time one.

Religion is the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it.

Religion has actually convinced you that there's an invisible God living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible God has a special place for you if you don't follow Him, the place full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where He will send you to live and suffer and burn and scream and cry forever and ever until the end of time.

But... He loves you!

Something is wrong here. No. This is hysterically insane.

Look no further but your life. The constant struggle to survive, disease, hunger, filth, poverty, pains, old age, death. Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do for you, I am not impressed. Results like these do not belong His resume. This is the kind of shit you'd expect from an office bureaucrat with a bad attitude.

It is a good bullshit story. It is Holy Shit!

Do you perceive that these things are all impossible except in a dream? Do you see that they are pure insanities, the silly creation of an imagination that is not conscious of its freaks?

It is your dream, my friend, you are the maker of it.

There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all dream and very foolish one. Nothing exists but you. And you are but thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wondering the empty eternities.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Are you a crazy or normal?

We live in a society where 
free thinking open-minded people are called crazy 
and the ignorant close-minded people are normal

Bukowski said - Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead... I know life is painful. There is no use asking why it is so. It is so.

Are you a crazy or normal? 

It depends on what have you learned so far? I have learned that life has no explanations to give. It is an empty, meaningless flow of events that just go on and on. Whatever happens, has little or no importance. It does not really matter if you agree with me or not.

You are born, you live your pity life... you eat, shit, fuck, work and work and work more until you die. You leave your children after you so they do the same, and the circle is closed. Nature!

Where this society came from? It comes from your home, your family, school, church, and your businesses. You are the painter and the picture. That is what you have produced. And that is the best you can do?

I'm getting tired of your fuckin' spirituality. I'm tired of your self-love teachers, white, bourgeois, vegans who think the only thing wrong with this country is that there aren't enough bike paths. Trying to make the world safe for their Volvos.

Your courage and optimism diminish with passing time.

I've noticed is that as you grow older, you are becoming more and more coward. With age, you lack the courage to do or endure unpleasant things. Some of you appear as cynics but actually, you are just timid, easily intimidated person.

The house that you own, the money in retirement fund etc. do not really protects you. It fools you. There is no security or any rest in this world, the picture of Neo and Morphious on the beach is not realistic. It does not show, the pills for high blood pressure, diapers, the lack of sleep, rheumatism etc...

Criticism of present is the final step of your maturity.

With the age, you start remembering the most embarrassing crap you did in your life with perfect clarity. The kind things you did will be pushed away, you will forget them.

Instead, to learn something from your own mistakes, you start correcting younger people, your kids, spouse, neighbors, co-workers. With age, you have a fleeting sense of superiority over younger people so they’ll start to resent you. Trust me, nothing worthwhile comes with age. You are not smarter you are just older.

There’s no meaning to your life, no reward for all the things you've achieved. Wanting the reward is a recipe for a very lonely road. All things were better back then. Aren't they? When you were young, the life was cheaper, happier and people were nicer. Fuck this! You’re probably not drinking enough water.

You do not see the world as it is, you see the world as you are!

Don't think too much about your spouse, kids, job, retirement. Release your control over things and let things happen on their own, I have learned, it is important to be completely independent and to know how to be alone.

Be true to yourself is a natural feature worth to be cultivated in life.

You are on your life journey, and we are at the different point on this journey. Many of you are on completely different routes than I am, so try to answer the questions for yourself... Are you crazy or normal?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Are you running from one yoga class to another?

You possess knowledge of yoga asanas and you can do your practice on your own but for the lack of motivation or whatever other reasons you are running from one yoga class to another.

... you competently handle all the complexities of life, family, health, finance, career, household, day in and day out, year after year.

... you are intelligent, mature, clever, kind, honest, and fairly representative.

And yet, whenever it is mention that yoga should lead to awakening, all you are showing is a dubious stare and incoherent skepticism.

You're like a fleshy robot running from one yoga class to another. 

I hear you, yoga has benefited you. No doubt about it. I give you support, confidence and hope for your practice. But do know that the final goal of your practice is the spiritual awakening.

Is there some purpose of yoga other than to awaken you from your mind's delusion? Let's never forget that. Once you have learned the asanas do your practice alone at home. This is the only way to progress, so please stop running from one class to another.

I agree, for yoga beginners, the yoga studios are the gift. As it goes, you can't get something for nothing but there's a problem: yoga is extremely expensive: $20 is a price for a single class; on average $180 is ten class pass. You have no choice. There's no getting around it and the business is booming. Namaste!

Therein yoga studio, everyone's telling you how their shala is great, how they have advanced yoga teachers who have been traveling to India. And that may be true and they may be advanced with their own practice or whatever, but then when you come to the sun salutations, you quickly find out that you are on your own.

... you twist in trikonasana hoping that magical touch from yoga teacher will soften your tight side muscles and you turn your head in warrior pose looking for a teacher wondering why did you come to the class.

... then you sit on the mat, forward fold to find out that the floor smells like onions steamed in cat pee.


The great majority of yoga teachers are proud of what they can do, how they can complete ashtanga primary series so easily. Usually, they come to yoga as former dancers and they think flexibility is a measure of how good practice is.

While you certainly have tension, trauma, and rigidity in your limbs, joints, and muscles, there is no direct correlation between how well you can move and how functional or healthy your mind is.

I seriously doubt that a former dancer and today's yoga teacher with two trips to Mysore India has any serious qualification to teach ashtanga yoga.

But teachers will tell you that you must do practice with them, coming to their studio and practice under their eyes so you will magically progress in Marichyasana D. Just watch not to tear MLC. You know, it can happen.

Come to the class, practice, be nice, be quiet, smile, breathe deeply, be good, don't ask questions, don't use your mind, don't make a disturbance - sound familiar?

Yoga studios are doing nothing more than maintaining your ignorance. There is no interest in freedom. It's all been channeled safely into non-threatening, ego-gratifying avenues such as "your kapotasana is great", "your drop back is genuine"...

Our intention in teaching and practicing yoga at QSY  is to grow as individuals, and deepen our sense of connectedness with the wider world. While practicing headstand and shoulderstand, or other “fancy” or extreme poses, may be fun and provide learning experiences, they do not necessarily bring us any closer to that aim.

Inversions at QSY (Queen Street Yoga): We choose not to teach full Headstand and full Shoulderstand (where weight is placed on the head and neck) due to safety concerns for the spine. We ask that students do not practice these poses before, after, or during public classes for the safety of all QSY members.

- Studio Policy and Etiquette by QUEEN STREET YOGA, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

What is the core of yoga studio philosophy? 

Perhaps it is this: a brighter future and a better tomorrow. It makes you feel good about yourself and it boosts your self-esteem, tells you you are okay, tells you everything is just fine the way it is.

The yoga studio classes offer to improve, benefit and elevate you, and it is about belief and faith and worship. It combats stress or deepens relaxation, it promises happiness and relief from unhappiness.

You may ask me what is wrong with being happy and satisfied. What is wrong with today's yoga studio's philosophy? I answer nothing is wrong.

There is nothing wrong with being a dream character, of course, unless it is your goal to wake up, in which case the dream character must be ruthlessly annihilated.

Spiritual awakening has nothing to do with the yoga studio classes. The process of awakening is painful, it feels like depression and hopelessness...

Monday, September 11, 2017

Why people do not read the rest of my blog?

My post What Does It Mean To Be An Ashtangi became very popular. In the last week, it has more than 10,000 clicks. My blog had more than 1,000 visitors on Thursday but most of the people just read that post and they are gone. Oh well, what to say.

The mobile application of lists only the most recent posts and readers cannot really experience my blog fully. I suggest that you visit this blog on your computer and browse different posts in various categories. You may read them as well 😉.

Today is Monday, I just came from work, I feel tired but I have to go to yoga class. My friends asked to teach them ashtanga yoga and I agreed. So we are starting today at 7:30 p.m. After yoga, we will go for beer in Monk Kettle pub on Royal York.

I have not seen my daughter for the last ten days and I am missing her. I hope she reads this and she will come soon. Yes, we communicate via my blog. Hillarious but true.

Writing a blog is amazing, and I’m as addicted to it as you are reading it. Putting my personal views and life on the display (privacy, what privacy?) creates the illusion of connection with my readers. If you feel you want to say something to me, although my blog does not have comments, my email is at the end of this page. Be free to contact me.

For the record, my blog isn’t meant to be a pessimistic rant about how tough life is. My posts are just reminder of what is and what I need to change, no matter how much I believe I have my shit together. I’m willing to be a blunt bastard that tells everything like it is and tries to act accordingly.

I don't have comments on my blog due to the simple reason I don't really give a shit about what your opinion is. Don't be offended, it is nothing personal. I don't care anymore if you agree with me and much less if you don't. From my perspective, the whole world revolves around me, but there are billions of you who see it the same way.

I am not selfish, I used to be far more concerned with how I'm perceived by my readers than how I perceive them. The ugliest truth is that I valued their opinion of me more than my own. I've spent a large amount of time writing posts in the hope of getting you to like me.

Why people do not read the rest of my blog? .... because by reading it they are forced to think about not so pleasant things.

I'm 52. I have no time to be afraid anymore. I don't want anything from anyone. Writing about awakening I'm fulfilling my part on this planet. In nutshell, the Earth is a gigantic chicken coop, run by few families greedy for power and prestige. I am just a slave living my pity life.

Our slavery is forced taxation, where our work income is automatically taken out before we ever see it, regardless of whether or not we approve of how the money is spent. Yes, we lend money to corrupt politicians influenced by corrupt ideologies. We work hard just to pay bills; doing so, we're losing the best years of our life.

Things are bad enough in daily life, the spirituality is the worse. There are numerous self-proclaimed lunatics, so called saints, prophets and saviors who offer being present teaching etc.. and wish to serve this world. Spirituality is a romantic stuff. The Path!!! Search for truth. The Way... all is romantic bullshit.

I deny the validity of the spiritual search entirely. I don't believe in spirituality, Mickey Mouse, Disneyland, Kim Kardashian and Celine Dion. (Who listen to Celine Dion anyway?). You imagine you are following the Path, growing, improving, and just like a businessman, you want result... but, unfortunately, you will not find it.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Niagara Falls Weekend

Such a great weekend. My girlfriend came on Friday night and we were having a lot of fun. We went to Ka Chi for a dinner. We were laughing and dancing and enjoying all night. When we went to sleep it was well past 3 a.m..

On Saturday morning, after breakfast at Sunset Grill around 11 a.m we went to Niagara Falls. First, we visited Niagara on the Lake, a small town with great history and nice restaurants.

We walked around the town, we were not in rush. I had a best lasagna of my life in the local Italian restaurant. We arrived at Niagara Falls around 4:30 p.m. and we quickly check in Hilton hotel and headed out for a walk.

I have not visited the Falls in the last five years but it seems to me nothing changed. The weather was so nice, sunny around 20 C and a lot of people were outside. We took photos and then we headed for the beer in the restaurant just above the Falls.

It was heated patio and we stayed until 7:30 p.m. on the patio drinking beer, enjoying the view and talking about everything. Around 9 p.m. we went to the Brazilian steakhouse for a dinner. The food was exceptional, we were drinking wine and we laughed. I enjoyed so much every moment with my girlfriend.

We got up around 8 a.m., went downstairs and we had a coffee in Starbucks. We were watching the sun rising in a perfectly clean city. Not so many people were outside and we stroll around.

We checked out from the hotel and we headed back to Niagara on the Lake for a breakfast and then back to Toronto. When we arrived in Toronto we did some shopping and had lunch and around 3 p.m. we came back to my apartment.

I write here just simple facts, for me, like a diary but really, I cannot express in words how much I enjoyed this weekend.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

I Swiped Right And I Made Mistake

Some words of advice my wise mother once gave me: you are the prize. How big of a prize is defined by how much you love and respect yourself. You determine how much you are worth. Nobody else. 

Sometimes love can turn into a battle that we want to win but can’t. Many relationships aren’t meant to be. That doesn’t make it your fault, and it doesn’t make it the other person’s fault; it just makes it life.

Whatever the case, you should never sacrifice your dignity at the expense of a futile relationship. 

~ Ariel Hairston

If you follow my blog you may come to the conclusion that I don't know what I'm doing. That is not quite true. I really do whatever I intuitively feel. I do what my gut tells me.

I recently left a relationship that I was not happy in. I said I was in a toxic relationship and that my ex lacks affection. So I went online in the search for a different woman, I swiped right and on the first date I met one who was the complete opposite of my ex. I dated her for a week but I could not forget my ex.

There you go. Last Monday, I called my ex and we got back together. I was wrong and I realized that I cannot let her go. Fortunately for me, her feelings towards me were intact. With her, I have more than just a good time, I have a stable partner. So I let the another girl go.

Today, after all this drama, I'm feeling incredibly terrible for these two breakups and the confusion I made. But I had to act on what I feel. The most of the relationships don't last. And it is better to break up now than to stay in it for far too long and inescapably breakup later.

I am back to my girlfriend, I love her with all my heart. We had a bumpy road in our relationship but we managed to stay together. I'm happy and content. The greatest lesson I learned from all this is that I have to know what I want before the relationship starts.

Typically when you go into a relationship without truly understanding your must-to-have, nice-to-have and deal-breakers, you end up trying to change your partner and that never ends well. A loving relationship is a reward of knowing what you want and receiving it. Being into a relationship and figuring out what you want is not so good.

Never forget about yourself. Get to know your likes and dislikes. Don't be in a relationship always being busy trying to learn about your partner’s wants, needs, goals, and aspirations so you often forget about your own. Never forget your own happiness, and what matters most to you. By the time you get into your next relationship, you should have a good clarity of what you want.

Yes, my last week was crazy but I have no regrets. All of the decisions were my own. No one can tell me what to do, how to behave and especially what to feel. In a relationship, my girlfriend does not define who I am, I do not need anyone to complete me. I honestly know that I will be happy with or without a girlfriend. This little piece of knowledge makes it easier for me to leave a relationship.

My current relationship is not perfect and I cannot say that my girlfriend can ever hurt me; that’s certainly not the case. I bring into our relationship my own flaws, and she brings hers, so every relationship requires a little work. I just have to admit that I'm willing to work through and with her to make things better.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Love Wins

The midnight of Monday, Labor Day 2017, I just came from Monk Kettle's bar and I am writing this post for DATING category... a lot of things happened this weekend.

What a weekend!!! I've found that when you want to know the truth about me that I am probably the last person you should ask. Anyway, there is no one here to write this blog except me so I have to be honest but some things I cannot really explain.

I have started dating a new girlfriend and we went out on Saturday night. I will not go into details about our date, I just want to say that I have thinking about my ex girlfriend a lot and I was missing her.

Somehow, I did not connect with new girlfriend well. Don't get me wrong, she is a pleasant person, very attractive, nice face and body and it looks like she liked me a lot. But, just... I cannot quite explain, I'm still drawn to my ex-girlfriend and I could not stop thinking about her.

This morning, I texted my ex-girlfriend and I expressed my wish to see her. We met, talked openly about our relationship problems and we got back together. There's nothing in this universe that can be explained but I will try to explain - love wins.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Your Life Is Your Story, Write Well, Edit Often

How do you live your life? Do you rush through the present, thinking there’s always something better, there’s always some goal you need to achieve?

No matter how far you get or how hard you work you always want to get to the next level. Sure material things bring comfort, but they don’t bring happiness. You will always be unsatisfied until you realize that life isn’t about things and status.

Even though you’ve made yourself miserable with wanting, the news is you already have everything you need. Life is meant to be lived. Enjoy where you are. Focus on the best parts of every day and trust that everything you do has a purpose and a place in the world.

You’re alive, you have to do things you don’t want to do, you have to survive. But if you find yourself working for things that don’t matter like a big house or a fancy car, you’ve missed the point.

Today you have everything you wanted to have, but it doesn’t feel like you’d think it would feel. What were you expecting? You grow old and you're feeling cheated, cheated by success. Now you have to make the most of what these days you have left. So you set another goals - you will travel, eat healthy, do yoga.

The list grows, and you wonder how you’ll get it all done and still make your mortgage payment. You work more hours so you can do all this stuff “someday.” You’ve overwhelmed yourself again. You’re missing the point.

You save all your money so that you can retire. You live to retire. Then you get old, and you’re too tired to live up to the expectation you had of retirement.

There’s always hope, an expectation, always something that has to be done. You pushed aside living so that you could live up to a hope that doesn’t exist. To live, you’ve got to let hopes and expectations go.

Stop wanting more, be grateful for today. Live in the moment. Cherish your life and the time you have in this world. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, then it wasn’t meant to; let it go. You think if you don’t interfere it won’t happen.

Life is meant to be fun. It doesn’t go anywhere it just is, here, in this very moment. It is easy and effortless, but you rarely recognize it for what it is.

Friday, September 1, 2017

My girlfriend is beautiful

My mission is to document and observe the world around me like I've never seen it before. I take notes. Collect things I find on my travels. Document my findings on this blog. Notice patterns. Copy/paste. Trace. Focus on one thing at a time. Record what I am drawn to...

August 2017 is gone forever, one story finished and another started, all is good. I am happy and excited to spend a long weekend with my girlfriend. She will come tonight for the first sleepover at my place.

My girlfriend is beautiful. She does not know about my blog so I posted her photos and they will be here until she decides to remove them. Or not, we will see. I am not so sure should I tell her about my blog. But, I cannot keep secrets so probably I will.

UPDATE: My girlfriend told me to remove her photos. 😉

I am working from home today. It was a crazy week, I worked from 9 to 6 everyday and I got sign off for my project. I have met the strict deadline that was in jeopardy because of my vacation. I had to do a lot of catch up work.

I laugh when I see that after the most recent post someone unlike or stop following my blog. That means my post is not in accordance with their vision of spirituality, dating or whatever I write about. Good, as Bukowski's lyrics said...

beware those quick to praise
for they need praise in return
beware those who are quick to censor
they are afraid of what they do not know

I am not saying that I KNOW. I know nothing. I write gibberish with a bad grammar. Take it as that. But I do question the most common, widely accepted, beliefs. You are bound by your own concepts and notions. If you cannot handle my posts, so be it.

Actually this blog and all these posts go on but they are only entertainment. I have realized that my sense of "I" is unreal. I see everything as unreal, and I mean everything - society, relationships, love, friendship, children, parents, education, medicine, sports... 

It is not like because I am real others and the world are unreal. It is like this: because I am unreal everything is unreal. Every experience that I and you have is just imagination, the product of our thoughts wrapped up in confusion and wrong knowledge.

Life is here to be enjoyed.... 

I am going to do everyday yoga in September. No more excuses. All is good. Entertainment goes on.