“The reason you keep on coming back to see me is very simple; every time you have seen me your body has learned certain things, even against your desire. And finally your body now needs to come back to me to learn more. Let’s say that your body knows that it is going to die, even though you never think about it. So I’ve been telling your body that I too am going to die and before I do I would like to show our body certain things, things which you cannot give to your body yourself… So let’s say then that your body returns to me because I am its friend.”
Carlos Castaneda

Journey to Ixtlan

Paul Harvey Interview – What is Yoga

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A 1986 radio interview with Paul Harvey (one of my two Yoga teachers) that does a great service to Yoga. Click here for the full transcript.

It took some years to come across a teacher to whom I could relate and a teacher I felt could relate not only to me as a person but also to my Western Psychology. There are many teachers around who are willing to teach you, but I wonder if they are asking you to be as they are rather then respecting who you are

If we interpret Yoga just by looking at the form an Easterner is adopting and then trying to match ourselves to that form, we’re misunderstanding Yoga.

“For me the breath really is the tool which allows you to understand what’s happening on the mental level and what’s happening on the emotional level, and it also allows you to measure what’s happening on a physical level”

“Life must always go on and Yoga is not about an escape from life. Yoga’s about a way of dealing with life more effectively; to be able to involve oneself with one’s family, one’s friends, one’s social commitments, one’s job and at the same time maintain one’s center.”

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