“MYOGA is a practice of befriending your body, breath, mind & spirit. MYOGA is your yoga – it is the opportunity to develop your awareness of your own divine union – of how intimately your body, breath, mind & spirit communicate with one another, even when you’re not paying attention.”

Melissa Billington

Internationally Registered Yoga Teacher

Creatrix of MYOGA

Why We Need to Take Our Yoga Practice Back to The Basics

mod down dogYoga is a self-regulating practice.

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.

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Powa to the People–an opportunity to carry forth the baton of MYOGA at Powa Centre

know thyself

Early on in my running ‘career’ I was pulled out of running hurdles to make up the needed numbers on our team for the mid and long distance races.  I never considered myself a long distance runner, even when I was one!  I preferred the immediate victory of seeing (or not) a clear flight over hurdle after hurdle, laid down in my path.  I felt more capable managing the spurts of running required before, after and in between hurdles, than I did the sustained energy and determination required to run miles at a time.  Of course, Life (in the form of my coach at the time) had different plans for me.  I was being trained to hold my own over the long run.

Once I got the hang of cross-country and long distance track events, I was then trained for mid-distance and relay races.  I found these even more challenging because one needs to balance the stick-to-it-iveness of the longer distance with the drive of the sprint, plus learn how to relate to others.  I had to learn how to hand off the baton smoothly so that the next person had the best start possible to their leg of the race.  This part I found particularly unnerving because the repercussions of not doing well at the hand-off not only affected the next person, but the entire 4-person team and then the entire track team overall.

Wellington is the longest I’ve lived anywhere in my life (almost 8 years!).  And sustaining Powa Centre and MYOGA have been the longest and most personally significant races I’ve run.  I can’t say that they are over, however I feel sure that this leg of the race is nearly over and that it’s time for me to hand over the baton.  Perhaps it will be one person who takes on the mantle of management of these existing businesses.  Or perhaps they will continue to be supported by an entire collective of people, as has been the case from the very beginning.
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From poison into potion: Why forty days of yoga is alchemy of the soul

Nastassja Kinski

While I personally consider Spring the new year and the place for emergence since 1582, with the advent of the Gregorian calendar, we observe the start of the new year as January 1.

The Celtic calendar sets November 1(May 1 in the southern hemisphere) as the new year. They see going into the dark as the necessary first step to creation, like the child in the dark womb, the seed in the dark earth, the dark just before dawn.

This year we also shift into a new era with the ending of the Mayan long calendar on December 21 2012.

Additionally, February 10 is our shift from last year’s Water Dragon year to this year’s Black Water Snake year in the Chinese calendar.

Whenever it is that we set our sights to start transformation, we need willpower to make the start and we need commitment to continue from that start.
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