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Mark Robberds  Yoga πŸ™ Travel 🌏 Surf 🌊

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It has been a while since I posted a practice video (I find it distracting to be filming - or anything to do with my phone - while I practice) but here's one from this morning. As you may know, I've been surfing πŸ„ a lot over the last few months and doing a lot of handstands πŸ€ΈπŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ too. Normally both of those things would make your arms and shoulders super tight and Kapotasana your worst nightmare πŸ‘». But today was the deepest I've ever gone in this pose and the easiest it's ever been to get there. This is not by accident. I've been researching a lot lately and refining my technique. I'm excited to share all of it with you... but instagram is not the place πŸ˜‰... .
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Ibiza 16-28 (A few spots left for the second week.
BARCELONA ❀️ Full - see you guys there.
Oslo Oct 9-13
Prague Oct 20-22
Goa Nov 4-23 πŸ™
Also some exciting online teaching coming up. ✨

"Write it down! Write it down! Write it down!" I'm not sure anyone can claim this as their own quote πŸ€”, but writing down your thoughts, ideas, visions, plans, goals etc is something that I've posted about before, and this morning as I was journaling it came to me again that this is a big part of IT. This is something that runs in my blood I guess, because my dad who is almost 80, still runs three times a week and goes to the gym three, has kept a daily training diary his whole life. My mum does her morning pages everyday. I've had other great teachers tell me that they keep a training log as a way to monitor and get insight into their progress. I'm pretty sure that nearly every successful person that you've ever seen or met writes things down. I may be wrong about that, but it seems to be one of the key habits of people who reach their full potential. This is one of the most important tools to have in your bag to stay inspired day to day. .
Have you done your writing today? πŸ–‹πŸ“•
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πŸ“· @paumarchantc πŸ™

Where does the daily inspiration come from? That's a question I get asked a lot at workshops. It's a good question and it's an ever changing answer. Something that I've heard said is that in India learning is considered to come in four equal parts. 25% from the effort of the student, 25% from the teacher, 25% from the community, 25% comes with time. Using this as a reference then I would say that has been somewhat true in my case. I have relied heavily upon my teachers - especially (but not only) Eileen Hall in Sydney and Pattabhi Jois/Sharath during my yearly trips to Mysore. So that was 25% right there. Within that was another 25% because the community of Ashtangis in Sydney and Mysore has been so solid and a deep well of ongoing inspiration and support. The 25% of time simply takes care of itself... we can't stop the clock ticking, so we just have to remain constant and steady. And so the 25% that comes from your own effort is quite simple actually - eat well, sleep well, orientate your lifestyle around your practice. After a while momentum takes over (at least in my case/experience) and there's very little 'effort' needed because the force of all these above factors is carrying me. Even IG and YouTube has been a great source of inspiration for me these last few years. Social media is a bit like a knife - it can be used to kill or used to eat - it's not the knife, it's how it is used. These are some of the things that work for me... how about you guys? What keeps you inspired daily?
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πŸ“· @paumarchantc πŸ™

So many things to reflect upon... like did you know that in most people the distance from fingertip to fingertip, when the arms are stretched out straight, is the same as their height? Or that the size of most people's feet is the same as their forearms? (I wonder how many of you just put your foot on your forearm? πŸ™ƒ) As a yoga teacher I am always assessing body types, constitutions and proportions. These all make a difference and are very important to factor into a person's practice. In essence, one size does not fit all and it's important that we adapt not only the postures to fit the person but also the principles (within reason of course) of Yoga. .
Leave a comment below if your feet and forearms are the same size and/or your wingspan is the same as your height... I'm curious πŸ€”. .
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πŸ“· @paumarchantc πŸ™

I clearly remember taking some workshops back in the early 2000's with the great Shandor (I think he's called Zhander now) when he first started to introduce his 'Shadow Yoga' system to the world. What was wonderful and fascinating about his teachings was that he really had gone back to the roots of the ancient teachings - like the Gheranda Samhita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the study of the Marma system and the subtle body. He emphasised the importance of Yoga Mudras. Mudra means β€œseal,” β€œgesture,” or β€œmark.πŸ™ƒ" .
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Most of us think of mudras as symbolic gestures practiced with the hands and fingers - like the thumb and index finger (Gyan Mudra). But he would say that even the way you bind in certain postures - like binding the big toe with the thumb and index finger in half or full Lotus - like I'm doing in this photo - has an importance. As with many aspects of the Yoga tradition, there is a lot of mystery and a mystical element around mudras, and it can be difficult to decipher statements like these found in Hatha Yoga Pradipika:
Therefore the goddess 🐍 sleeping at the entrance of Brahma's door should be constantly aroused with all effort, by performing mudra thoroughly. 🐍
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Any way it's food for thought. In a world where modern Yoga becomes more and more focused on workouts, it's nice to have these little reminders that there is a whole science and internal world waiting to be discovered.
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πŸ“·@trinskyyoga

#wednesdaywisdom πŸ™from Eknath Easwaran, "Human beings cannot live without challenge. We cannot live without meaning. Everything ever achieved we owe to this inexplicable urge to reach beyond our grasp, do the impossible, know the unknown. The Upanishads would say this urge is part of our evolutionary heritage, given to us for the ultimate adventure: to discover for certain who we are, what the universe is, and what is the significance of the brief drama of life and death we play out against the backdrop of eternity." .
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And this timeless πŸ’Žfrom the Upanishads:

You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny. [ Brihadaranyaka IV.4.5 ]
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πŸ“Έ@sigismondiphotography and @paulavahos

Meanwhile back in the 70's.... On this day I was born! 🦁That's me on the left, frowning 😟, I'm guessing I was around 2 in this photo. It's kind of how I'm feeling today... after a great start with a surf and some yoga practice I started feeling sick 🀒from both ends πŸ€’. It's all good though... nature's way of making me let go of all the doing and busyness. Thanks to everyone for being a part of my yearly orbit around the β˜€οΈ sun, it wouldn't be the same without you. πŸ™

Terima (Receive) Kasih (Give) - in Indonesia this is a profound expression of gratitude πŸ™. A great reminder, in every day language, that to give is to receive. This is exactly how I felt during my weekend in Jakarta. As I share/teach/give I am receiving so much from the students - love, friendship, generosity, a sense of belonging and community, and life lessons. To everyone who was a part of the weekend, "Terima Kasih BANYAK! Sampai jumpa lagiiiiii...... πŸ™"

'Adhikara' is another great word to add to your Yoga vocabulary. It means the 'spiritual' aptitude needed for Yoga. When teaching, or as a student, we need to recognise our own (as the student) or your students' aptitude/capacity for learning. We need to take into account how quickly they learn and assimilate things - sometimes all the instructions in the world will fall on deaf ears if the student is not ready. Also we need to consider how much effort they are willing to put in, how consistent and regular is their practice? β€’
Sometimes we make the mistake of assuming that some people are just lucky and learn things so easily. The great Indian saint, Ramakrishna, once joked, "A man drank a glass of wine in the morning. It made him completely drunk. He began to behave improperly. People were amazed to see that he could be so drunk after one glass. But another man said, β€˜Why, he has been drinking all night.’ In other words, some people inherit their talents from their genetics and ancestry (western point of view) or from their previous births (Indian point of view).
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πŸ“·@brandonsmithphotography

Triang (reversed, upside down, folded around) Mukha (facing) Uttana (intense) Asana (posture)... sometimes also known as Chakra (wheel) Bandha (seal, bind) Asana. Words and language can only ever be a pointer - not the actual thing itself. It IS what it IS. The same is true whenever we find ourselves theoretically discussing anything - especially Yoga. Staying present and observing whatever is arising in the moment is the practice and the goal (this of course is just another pointer πŸ™„).

Why so serious? Note to self: RELAX your face 😊...in all seriousness though, I remember at a workshop in 2002 an earnest student once asking the late, great TKV Desikachar, "Why do some people look so serious when they are practicing? Shouldn't they look calm, relaxed and happy?" He thought for a moment and replied, "Don't mistake seriousness for tension. A serious approach is necessary even if one is being playful". That was a take away line that I have remembered ever since. #wisewords

They say it takes a village, or it takes a community it, and my travels today, on my way to Jakarta to teach a workshop (check my stories) have really been all about that. There are all these people in my life - from the ferry man to the pilot, who make it all happen, and we are all part of a bigger network that is really awesome - in the real sense of the word - to comprehend. Β€
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I'm excited to finally connect with the Jakarta crew this weekend - since so much of my life is spent in Indonesia it feels nice to somehow be able to give back a little. Β€
Soon it will be time for @deepikamehtayoga and I to return to Europe and we are looking forward to meeting the community there once again. We still have spots for the second week in Ibiza. Barcelona is sold out! Oslo and Prague still have some spots I believe. Check my website for details. β™₯

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