2018: Reflected


2018 has been and gone(!) On a global scale, so much transformation was packed into a mere 12 months. We Humans seem to be on the brink of either a major awakening, or perhaps, annihilation... Global warming, the threat of nuclear war, the extinction of privacy. On one side of the globe we attempt to inflate a dysfunctional patriarchy to bursting point. Closer to home, we embrace the potential of a matriarch to restore balance.

And while all this goes on, we must somehow navigate our individual journeys within the confines of present life circumstance.

For me personally, 2018 was a very full year (hence the internet silence over the past 6 months or so). Raising my two young boys took precedence. But while I kept focus on the near-field, I also aimed to align with the wide-angle view by continuing my personal journey of awakening. Some of the highlights below.

 

After a great deal of reflection, I made a decision at the beginning of 2018 to stop 'flying the flag' for Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Initially this was because my personal practice had evolved away from this traditional form, so I no longer felt I could be an authentic flag-bearer.

Then I became aware of the accusations of physical and sexual abuse related to Ashtanga's founder, Pattabhi Jois (pictured below), which surfaced on the back of the #MeToo movement.

Reading the statements and viewing the evidence, I developed a sense of dis-illusionment towards the tradition. By this, I mean that any illusions I had been harbouring about what the Pattabhi Jois tradition is or isn't, seemed to fall away. The Ashtanga practice is still dear to me on some level, and I have a great deal of respect for many of the senior teachers and practitioners who remain devoted to the practice. But personally, I no longer feel a sense of allegiance to the tradition.

This is a very complex topic and it is not my intention to explore it in depth in this post. However, I do wish to acknowledge the women, including Karen Rain who courageously stood up against institution and tradition, and made their voices heard - as well as those who have supported an open dialogue, despite any potential 'conflict of interest' due to their investment in the tradition.

 

Drawing back from yoga teaching in 2018 allowed me the space to deepen my study of biodynamic craniosacral therapy. In many ways I consider this to be an evolution of yoga teaching for me.

The View of cranio is very much aligned with my personal experience both practicing and teaching yoga-asana. Particularly in terms of the 'biodynamics' of healing, subtle anatomy and 'relational fields'. Principles that I believe, though high