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Loving kindness in life and yoga - a contribution from Amsale Kassahun Temesgen

Amsale Kassahun Temesgen

Metta bhavana (mb) is an important practice that has a lot to teach us in the Western World today. I focus on the Western World because that is where I have been living for the past 16 years and it has formed me in significant ways. However, coming from Ethiopia, I also have the opportunity to see the Western life as an outsider. I see how the (predominantly Western) values of liberalism and individualism are being promoted around the world with no reservation or qualification. These values are closely linked to the Neoclassical Economics ideals of egoism, individual competition, and the commodification of nature and community and are promoted as progress both in the public and private space. The Chilean economist Manfred Max-Neef puts it beautifully when we says “‘[w]e are trapped, whether we want to be or not, in the language of economics, which has domesticated the entire world. A language domesticates us when it manages to permeate our everyday life and our everyday forms of expression. The language of economics is used in the kitchen, among friends, in the scientific associations, in the centers of culture, in the club, in the work place and even in the bedroom. Whatever part of the world, we are dominated by the language of economics and it heavily influences our behavior and perceptions’ (Max-Neef 1991, p.108).

Life of Dogen

For all you Zen fans out there, through the lens of Japanese Zen Buddhist "kitsch"....no offence to the director.......Subtitles in Spanish...I am sure you can see it with English subtiltles. Lots of vivid Budidhst imagery and symbolism and stories to pick out from the tradition. Enjoy!

Daydreaming of being a yoga teacher - by Josh Gale

Josh Gale is a certified 200-hour Bodhiyoga teacher living in Germany. As he outlines below, getting going as teacher is anything but easy. But with a bit of perseverance he managed to escape the corporate grind and did it. 

A postcard from Suryavana, Bodhiyoga teacher training 2017

This year we are in Suryavana, which means “The Illuminated Forest”, the new retreat centre run by the Buddhist Centre in Valencia. Both Sadhita and I work through the Buddhist Centre most of the year we were both keen to make use of the new facilities to collaborate and support this new project.

The Ancient & Modern Roots of Yoga from the Yoga Journal by Mark Singleton

I read this book a few years ago. It was published in 2010 and is revolutionary in terms of how we look at hatha yoga as modern day persons practicing in the post-modern world. It will provoke questions around our relationship to traditions, cultures and lineages and how much importance we give to them.

Josh Gale gets awarded his 200 hour Certificate

josh-gale-bodhiyoga-teacherJosh Gale gets awarded his 200 hour Certificate (more than 270 contact hours with us plus  many post course studies).

Yoga as an integrated system of practice that belongs to humanity - The British Wheel of Yoga and Introducing National Occupational Standards - a letter from Sadhita

The Independent Yoga Network are following up moves by the Britsh Wheel of Yoga to apporach "Skills Active" in the UK with the the aim of introducing national occupational standards into yoga teaching. 

Sadhita as Yoga Elder registered with IYN responds in a letter to be published and addressed to the Bristsh Wheel of Yoga.

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