Nice online look at a recent — late September — weekend workshop Tim Miller led in Chicago. You can find it, coincidentally enough, at Yoga Chicago. A few excerpts:
Tim gave us some perspective: “I’ve been teaching for more than 35 years and I have learned a few things. Time gives you a different perspective about what’s really important. When people are young and first getting into yoga they are physically ambitious, but I have never found a direct correlation between a person’s ability to do asana and how enlightened he is. In America, we tend to be on the superficial side, but yoga is much more than the physical practice; it helps us explore the first layer of the self. Asana is a tool to go deeper, but it’s just the beginning of the journey.”
The themes of journey and balance continued through the weekend, especially in Sunday’s morning session, Liberating the Shakti: An Introduction to Nadi Shodana, the second, or intermediate, series of Ashtanga yoga. During the three hours we spent on the mat, we learned about the pranamaya kosha (energy sheath), the chakras (energy centers along the spine), and the kundalini shakti (spiritual power, or creative force) and worked our way through the first half of the second series.
At the start, he made the practice feel accessible to everyone in the room—even if some of the poses wouldn’t be—when he acknowledged that for some of us this would be a look back and for others a look forward. I was in the look forward category.
And then there’s this sum-up:
Working so intensely on breath had a different effect than the morning asana practice. When Brian and I chatted afterward, we both said we felt really invigorated after the asana practice. I was incredibly relaxed—so relaxed that I went home and slept for 12 hours. I am not sure whether that was part of Tim’s intention, but to me, it was an indication of just how hard pranamaya really is.
Students came to yogaview from all over the Midwest to attend Tim’s workshop, and I can understand why. The weekend was the perfect balance between movement and stillness, and more than being an introduction to Ashtanga (or a chance to go deeper), this workshop was an introduction to a teacher who shares his wealth of knowledge with humility and joy.
Practicing with Tim can knock you out for a while, no doubt.
Posted by Steve