Why We Need to Take Our Yoga Practice Back to The Basics
by Melissa Billington, September 12, 2013
It’s a yoke, a disciplined and regular practice that harnesses our innate animal power/prowess and enables us to see our own self-sabotaging habits and tendencies.
And, armed with that awareness and new tools for transformation, we are empowered to change those tendencies and habits of self-sabotage into tendencies and habits of transmutation and transformation.
We can become the opposite of our deepest darkest fear, by taking its power, its energy, and flipping it on its head.
No one else is in there but You and half the time even you’ve wandered off.
So how can you expect someone else to “fix” you or cure you?
Patient, heal thyself.
That’s why I call the yoga I offer, MYOGA. MYOGA is a fusion.
It contains within it multitudes: Kundalini, Kripalu, Anusara, Jivamukti, Iyengar, Bikram, Svaroopa, Scaravelli, Angela Farmer, Ana Forrest, First Nation paradigm, Zen meditation, mudras, Nada yoga, my mother, my father, the students who’ve studied with me, my own explorations, poetry, philosophy, experimentation…
I found any class or teacher or style I went to taught me something, even if it was a clear message as to what I wouldn’t do once I started teaching. I realized that was just as vital to recognize as what I would do, so I made notes.
And I also realized that we all assume too much, of ourselves and of others.
If we’re honest, we need to simplify, to pull it back to the bare Basics.
Initially, training at Kripalu, I found the amount of time we spent warming into fuller postures annoying. Why couldn’t we just get to the main thrust of it all — the asanas, and the fancy ones, at that?
Why not? Because most of us are not, honestly, fit to go that far, that fast.
What I then discovered in teaching is that if I listened closely to the dialogue that I consider teaching yoga to be, that many people needed to take it even a further step back. So the Basics of MYOGA was born.