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Dylan Werner  Oct 20th-22nd Soul Centre, Gold Cost🇦🇺Oct 27th-29th Body Mind Life, Sydney🇦🇺Nov 3rd-5th Oscillation Yoga, KL🇲🇾 Nov 11th-12th Namaste Festival, Jakarta


You are the essence of the absence of the modification of the mind.

Is it easier to remove a thorn from your hand and stop the pain, or keep the thorn in and stop using your hand?
If I don’t like being around a lot of people then I have to modify what I do and where I go to avoid crowds. If I don’t like feeling lonely, I do everything I can to make sure I’m not alone. If I am afraid of what people think of me, I might change who I am or even go against my values just to please people so that they might like me.

The problem isn’t just that I don’t like crowds or loneliness or that I care what people think, the problem is that my problem causes me to live my life to avoid dealing with my problem. When we live with sensitivities to certain things, every time something stimulates that sensitive area, we suffer from it. The obvious thing to do is to remove the thorn, but most people alter the way they live their lives to avoid touching it. Where are your thorns? Are you pulling them out or just trying not to touch them?

What would this world be like if we would all think about what we could give to it, instead of what we can take from it?
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Yoga has a beautiful way of showing us both humility and strength. Where we think we are weak, the practice shows us where our true strength is. When we boast that we are strong, the practice humbles us.

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How do we find balance between tapas and santosha? The yoga sutras instruct us to embody both of these qualities. Santosha is the inner peace we find from realizing that everything we have and are is enough. It is perfect contentment and satisfaction. Tapas means to burn. Tapas is the firey discipline and passion that pushes us to be a better person.

So, why the need to be better if everything you are is enough, should we not be content with that?

Nothing is static. Everything is in motion and changing. To be content doesn't mean to stand still and do nothing. It's an understanding that nothing worth pursuing exists outside of yourself. As Einstein says, "life is like a bicycle, to keep balance you have to keep moving." To be content doesn't mean to be static. And to practice tapas doesn't mean there is somewhere to go. If we think that we need to be anywhere else, we forget that we are here. Here is always moving and we are moving with it.

Life is a journey where the destination is you. All paths lead you here, to the discovery of who you are, what you are and why you are here. If the destination is always you, then you will always change as the experiences of life’s journey changes you. Every path you take is a choice on how you want to change yourself.

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When you choose to see beauty, you see beauty. When you choose to be beauty, you reflect beauty. You are the mirror that manifests your reality.

Last morning practice in Bali before I fly to Perth 🇦🇺 for a full weekend of workshops at @yoga_tree_perth .

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May all be happy
May all be healthy
May all see what is auspicious
May all be free of suffering

Om, sarve bhavantu sukhinah
Sarve santu nirāmayāh
Sarve bhadrāni paśyantu
Mā kashchit duhkha bhāgbhavet

This is one of my favorite mantras. A simple and powerful intention.
The video is a part of a music video I did with my band SHVA.
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“Who am I?” is often replaced with the identity of what I do and what I have. “Who am I?” is a very hard and almost impossible question to answer. Because we are dynamic, changing and evolving, we often look at the roles we play to answer this question.

Our roles are very dynamic and change how we act, feel and present our self in different situations. We act different based on our role and responsibility with our family versus our job or the different groups of friends we are with. We start identifying with these roles and with the roles also comes the stuff that is associated with the role. The house and car with the family, the suit and paycheck with the job. All these become our persona.

The word Persona comes from the latin word for mask. These roles we identify with are not our identity but actually the mask covering our true identity. I am not my job, I am the car I drive. I am not the contents of my wallet. I am not my fucking khakis. (to misquote Fight Club). So who I am? That I am still discovering everyday. I know that if I eliminate all the masks I wear and the roles I play, I will be closer to answering that question.

What’s your favorite yoga pose? This is like asking a mechanic, what’s their favorite size wrench or an artist what’s their favorite brush. The mechanic uses the wrench that is needed for the task and the artist picks the brush based on their needs.

As yogi’s our tools are our poses. We pick the one that serves our intentions or needs in that moment. If I need to challenge the mind and soften the body, maybe I meditate in sukhasana, if I want to be focused, I work one arm handstands, if I need to feel free, I have a self practice, disciplined I do ashtanga. I choose pose or practice that I need in that moment. I know for every intention there is a pose for it and my favorite pose becomes that pose that is needed.
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Can I trust my memories? This is a similar to “can I trust my emotions?” Since memories are created mostly through the emotions we have and tied to the situation, we understand that what we remember is more about how we felt about the situation rather than the actual situation itself. The yoga sutras explain that “memories” are one of the 5 vrittis or modifications of the mind. The vrittis are what cause the distortions of the mind and prevent us from seeing reality clearly; Like ripples on a pond. When the pond is still, we see the reflection clearly, when it’s disrupted by movement, the reflection is distorted.
I am not my emotions. What ever can be removed from you, is not you. If it can be removed, how can it be you? Through this understanding we can become the observer of our emotions and see our emotions truly for what they are, a modifier to the true reality that we are experiencing. Because we remember our experiences through emotions, it is not reality that we are remember but the distortion of the experience that we placed upon reality.
As I think back to myself as a child, I know that I was a very different person, different thoughts, ideas and values. All my thoughts and emotions came from a very different understanding of the world and my thoughts, ideas and values attached to it. So how can I trust me if the me I was is definitely not the me I am or share the ideas I have now?
If I want to trust my memories I must first understand, I am not the “I” I was and the memories I have come from the emotions I had. When I am able to see those emotions as not my emotions, I can remove them and see a clearer picture of the past without the distortions I had previously placed upon it. If I presently remember the past with my past emotions from my past self, it affects my present self and my present emotions while overlaying the false past onto my true present reality. I want to remember my past for what it was not for what I felt it was. This allows me freedom from past emotions and freedom from the past creates freedom for the present.

The difference between failure and success is one more time.

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