I think that by now
just about everyone on this forum knows that I am not a cheerleader or strongly enthusiastic about anything. Saying
that I'm "reserved", "non-committal", or "neutral" is nice way of puttting it.
But I've recently
become enthusiastic about daily yoga practice after purchasing a DVD set by Cameron Shayne. I enjoy it so much that
I am basically clearing out my "great-room" and setting it up as a yoga/martial arts practice area. I'm also
considering selling my (fricking expensive) weight bench to make room for a new bed in what is supposed to be my
dining room, so that I can have more floor space. Weeeelllll.... maybe not.
Anyhow, Cameron Shayne's Budokon
style is a promising new blend of Zen meditation, Hatha Yoga, and Martial Arts drills. I say "promising" because
it's not exactly perfect or very refined - yet it has potential. But already I see that it's the perfect approach
for me, other than the fact that I prefer David Swenson's
Ashtanga Yoga over Shayne's choice of Hatha Yoga.
Anyone else practice yoga? What style(s) and for how long? How has it changed you? I know that Bruce practices it,
and that the styles I've mentioned are not generally regarded as being very spiritual or metaphysical practices by
some of the (ahem...snobbier) yogi. What are your thoughts on these styles?
ready to begin taking martial arts classes again (10 more pounds to go) and I think I've just started down a very
For the first time in an unbelievably long time, I'm excited. It's almost as if I've "found
religion", and now I understand the joy that I've seen in peoples eyes when they profess, sincerely, that they're
I'll try hard not to be an overbearing zealot, but I will include these two
Oh, and Bruce, before you hit this thread -- I need to mention - I can't
stand what seems to be the "gold standard" in yogic spiritual writing -- long-winded, overly verbose, flowery
writing... like Stephen King on frickin acid. Not for me. A little emotion is just fine and dandy, heck, I can
stand a few lines of occasional self-indulgence in cheezy poetry--but why can't people just get to the damned
point?! A conversational and concise style of writing is more apt to get my attention and keep my attitude in
check. I have yet to find that.