You can’t read Dan Millman’s Way of the Peaceful Warrior without making comparisons to Carlos Casteneda. It has such a similar feel to it in some ways, but without the drugs – erm I mean legitimate use of peyote as a spiritual eye opener.
Seriously, I guess Millman gets sick of hearing that, but everyone I know who has read the books says the same thing, so I think he is kind of stuck with the comparison now. Anyway, being a bodyworker, the part of the Peaceful Warrior that really sticks out in my mind (even though it must be 10 years since I read it) is the bit where Socrates is showing the kid how to massage and how tight his body is, even though he thinks he is so supple. The comparison to the cat where you can feel through the moggy’s muscle right to it’s bone is brilliant and really epitomises what we strive for – a strong body, that is at the same time devoid of any unnecessary tension.
Anyway, like all things in this day and age, the book was turned into a movie, which I haven’t seen yet. Looks to have some rather cheesy moments in it, but I do like Nick Nolte, so it might be worth a watch.
I’m sure enough of you got new cool yoga mats for christmas, so what are you going to do with your old mat? Throw it away? Give it to the dog to chew? NO! You’re going to make your own flip flops…..which, let’s be honest is going to tickle your eco-self and give you something to wear on your yoga retreat in the summer:
We are well into the new year now, and it’s just about that time when the novelty wears off and we really start to flag a little on the old new year’s resolution. So, to help you out on a chilly Monday morning in the office (possibly your first work day back from the festive season), here are a few blog posts about yoga and new year’s resolutions. (more…)
New Year’s Eve always brings out the resolutions. I know many people use the new year as a time to renew their commitment to their training – yoga, tai chi, pilates, music, makko ho whatever it is. (more…)
Even though I’m an advocate of slow, relaxed and dare I say gentle exercise, variety is the spice of life. I’ve been playing around with the tabata protocol a few times a week – using it as a good morning workout when I’m short on time as so often happens around this time of year. (more…)