“The way I teach is intuitive. It means that although there is structure with the key elements (breath, asana, inner space and edges), I do not have teaching plans, and each retreat is a little different in how the sessions unfold. So during the retreat, we build, bit by bit, on the elements, weave them together, into a dance, led by the breath, the body following. Initially, people can experience quite a bit of bliss but, as is the nature of an expansive universe (and consciousness), we all, always, find the next edge. Internally, and externally.
I consider myself a guide, we go on an internal adventure, supported by the structure, but very fluid within that.
I work a lot with the “Edge”. Every single body can fold fully into any position. What stops us are our own personal inner edges. These are the tensions, blockages, scars and strains that stop our muscles from relaxing. These edges arise from un-finished emotions, from ancestral scars and blocks. I know this from experience in massage: always, when you release a block, you release an emotion. With breath, you can get at places that are so subtle and are often unreachable for a normal masseur.
But also, these edges define us and present opportunities to allow awareness (consciousness and divinity) to arise. So they are the jewels in our crown. We breathe them into light, we investigate, we caress them, honour them and love them into disappearance. We do all of that through how we use breath, movement and mindfulness. The ancient wisdom traditions (the non-dual Shaivinist tantric scriptures) teach that the true nature of reality is simply a consciousness arising playfully, wanting to become conscious of itself. In order to be able to do that, in essence this divine consciousness hides itself from itself, in order to have the opportunity to discover itself and behold itself as an observer.
We also start from a place of perfection – this is also a tantric teaching. We are good enough as we are. We do not have to be in any way different, we do not have to strive, change or be somewhere else. Let’s just accept, for the duration of the retreat, that we are good enough. From that place of stillness, we then explore outward, allow our edges to come into view, honour our selves and our bodies in the process. Bodies are marvellous things. They hold for us all of those things that we don’t dare, don’t want to or don’t have the strength yet to look at, and to feel. They patiently wait for us to be ready to do the work. And the work is to allow to arise within us, what needs to arise. To finish the feelings that we’ve not completed, and to let them pass through us.”
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