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Johnny Slavik
May 16, 2022
In General Discussion
Here is the information on my friend, Alison Rhodes, in the areas of trauma and recovery, and yoga as a healing modality.
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Johnny Slavik
Feb 23, 2022
In General Discussion
If the Manas is the supervisor in the factory of the mind and it directs the senses but does not make decisions – then that is the job of the Buddhi. But the Buddhi and the Manas must work in harmony, for if the Buddhi is clouded, the Manas will continue to question without instruction. If the Buddhi cannot decide, cannot relay back to the Manas clear direction, the Manas will listen to whoever is speaking the loudest in the factory – wants, desires, wishes, attractions or aversions stored in the Chitta. The nature of my Manas, today, is one of indecisiveness – that often listens to these pieces of my Chitta. Oftentimes, my Buddhi does not often give the direction and decisions that my Manas needs to work in harmony, and I suffer with indecision and drift into want and desire of other things. Because my Buddhi does not act in a decisive nature, I often sit considering the pros and cons of a thing for far too long – often missing opportunity because of it. Frozen in decision fear, I hide behind dreams and distractions (desires and attractions).
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Johnny Slavik
Feb 23, 2022
In General Discussion
As we have been moving through our YTT, I am finding new things about various postures that I had not given thought to in the past. For example, I always thought that the reason my feet do not touch the floor in Downward Dog was tension. And while that may still be partially true, I am wondering now if it is also compression in my ankle that is not allowing me to. When I am in DD, I do not feel tension in my calves/hamstrings, but rather pressure (compression) in the front of my ankle. I have learned that when I move my hands closer to my feet and they do not have to angle so much, I am able to get my heels on the ground. A posture that I definitely feel tension is Dolphin. I feel the tension underneath my arms and I know that with practice I will be able to get more comfortable with this pose. There is nothing that is compressed with I do this pose and overtime and with more practice, I have noticed that it is getting easier for me (slowly but surely). Ideally with time I will release this tension and become more comfortable in this posture.
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Johnny Slavik
Feb 23, 2022
In General Discussion
At this point in my life, I cannot say that I am aligned with my Dharma. Recently I have been struggling to understand what my Dharma is. When I was younger, and I was a musician (cell, clarinet) I was the happiest I can remember being. Growing up, peer pressure, life in general moved me away from that and I think ever since I have been struggling to understand my place in this world. I feel as though I am constantly searching for the “thing” that will bring me peace/contentment. This is not to say that I want to go back to playing an instrument, even though it sounds appealing. But perhaps I was supposed to be or “should” be in the arts in some way – something creative, something that I can craft and grow. Currently I am only happy/at peace when I am with my plants. They bring me joy, as weird as that may seem. I love watching them grow and develop, knowing that I played a small role in their life. Perhaps I am meant to work with plants? Recently I completed a certificate program on herbal medicine. I found the content fascinating and it resonates with me. Perhaps I should be in herbal medicine? What I know right now is that I am trying to find and understand my Dharma. Yoga has been playing a part of that as well as I feel aligned and at peace when I am on the mat/in the studio. I am excited and curious to see where this journey will lead me. While I am frustrated and lost at the moment, I feel that I am slowly moving down the right path and my hope is that this path, which is part of my Dharmic journey, will bring me to a place of alignment and peace.
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Johnny Slavik
Sep 05, 2021
In General Discussion
Parivrtta Trikonasana, or revolved triangle pose, is the pose that I find I grip the most. I tend to have tight hips and hamstrings and this pose likes to remind me of that. While moving into the pose I almost anticipate the intensity of this feeling and I now know that I hold my breath during it. Since we have started the teacher training journey I have tried to be much more aware of my breath both during practice and in my daily life. For this asana in particular I have to really remember my breath and also remember that 'intensity is not pain.' Being uncomfortable is what creates and change and growth. I am not in pain, I am feeling intense. My body today may not like this pose but with time and practice, it will get used to it and my breath will be what guides me there. Additionally, learning the mechanics of our joints and muscles I believe will help as well. As I am in the pose and breathing, I can think about which muscles are feeling this intensity and focus my breath into them.
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