Saturday, December 13, 2014

Kino on Yoga, Intense Seinfeld-like Emotions and Leg Behind The Head

I just watched the video below, in which Kino talks about something that many of us who have done the Ashtanga practice for a while would be able to relate to: Strong emotions that arise during practice. If you do this practice regularly, you would inevitably encounter times during practice when strong emotions come up. These emotions could range from anger, sadness, feelings of inadequacy about a particular aspect of your life, etc, and they often arise when you are about to attempt or go into a particularly challenging pose.

But in my case, what usually arises is not a particularly strong emotion, but some totally trivial episode in my recent life. For example, I often find myself mentally replaying some particular recent life episode just before I go into a challenging pose like Kapotasana or Karandavasana. Very often, the episode in question is some totally trivial yet somehow personally significant thing--usually something stupid that I recently said to somebody, or something stupid that I recently did, which I am not proud of--and it would just spontaneously replay itself in my mind as I am attempting to get my feet into a lotus position while balancing on my forearms in Karandavasana, or as I am walking my fingers to grab my heels in Kapo.

Well, if it is true that yoga poses activate certain parts of our bodies that store certain feelings, then Kapotasana and Karandavasana must activate the part of my body that stores Seinfeld-like episodes. Not sure if this is a good thing...

Anyway, I suppose I should stop editorializing here, and leave you to enjoy Kino's video. Enjoy!   
  

27 comments:

  1. Yep, never really had a strong emotion arise in practice either, amusement perhaps on occasion (does that count). Love the leggings in the screenshot but can't bring myself to click play on a video with 'Living the Yogi's Life', this and the recent Sonima videos (which I also can't bare to watch ) do tend to bring strong feelings of irritation to the surface however, certainly more so than karandavasana and kapo. Great to have a post from you Noble, it's getting lonely out here.

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  2. Good to hear from you, Anthony. I've not seen any of the Sonima videos, so I can't say anything about any of that; as you have probably figured, I've hardly been reading anything in the yoga/Ashtanga blogosphere/social media world lately. I've decided that the real world is more... real and interesting. But I really think you are doing great work on your blog. Keep it up!

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