A little update. Hello Yoga Friends 🙂 YOGAMAGAYA in its second year 2018 was very successful and there will be many people returning for classes retreats and fun in the sun this year! Thanks Everyone. Opening May 1st!!!!
Marili Apartments http://www.marili-studios.gr/ where most people who do yoga with us stay, and we always get great feedback about the owners Marina and Yannis and their beautiful accommodation 10 mins from Magaya and 10 minutes the other way to parasporos beach.
This year Magaya Beach Bar Restaurant http://paros.touchgreece.gr/place/magaya/ is expanding and opening a chill out Beach Music Cafè. And of course offering our yoga groups breakfast and a great environment to spend time reading eating watching the Aegean and dipping in it often … best curries and seafood plus some veg vegan options on the island
I spent a month away from Paros, A getaway to Athens for some culture then I visited 5 monasteries in Mount Athos for a week, the spiritual home of greece for over 1000 years, and talked to priests who’ve been there for 32 years. Then…. French alps for teaching and I was blown away by the beauty of Chamonix. Thanks Sema from Anicha Yoga https://www.anicha.yoga/ for your help. Then was back to Thessaloniki to teach and visit all my cousins! And back home teaching now on Paros.
I found a Greek Australian priest in the Holy Monastery of Iveron. We talked for an hour and he said that he enjoys the simplicity and equality amongst his brethren here. No Women are allowed and there’s famous Known and unknown ascetics hidden in caves and cloisters still today. After our talk he told me he took the chat as a confession εξομολογηθώ So I can take holy communion Θεία Κοινωνία which I did at 5am in a monastery built in 996ad and adored an icon of the Mother Mary from back then… and shown another from a vault covered in silver from 300 ad they say…
So some incredible opportunities and experiences again. And again I turn back to yoga. (My hand is a lot better but the thumb needs months of physio so the new tendon Grafted from my ring finger can become autonomous) Yog! It is universal. Mr Iyengar said it many times as did J Krisnanurti about meditation. You can be any religion any body type and level of fitness rich poor sick strong. With a return of popularity of C Jung, Joseph Campbell, Jordan Peterson, and their shadow work and relevance of Myth, the Indian deities and stories are not so different from our western Greek Roman and Pagan Gods and their stories.
But you don’t have to get into the philosophy deeply or bow and chant scriptures. The work of aligning the physical body is a process of refinement. All you need is your Intellect and Body And eventually comes precision. Fine tuning. Then comes the next step with time and patience…. Grace. Divinity. Are those words weird for you? Even a wholistic sense of balance and grounding for an extended moment is a moment to be revered. No?
Back to the personal journey of yoga. As you enquire and explore and adjust again and again you, find, your, own… way. No one knows what’s going on. Even the best of us are prey to greed, lust, self hating, abuse… The priests and Gurus have no idea and are easily tempted. Astanga Pattabi Jois, Anusara John Friend, Bikram? The Priests? Scientists betrayed Mother Earth a long time ago. And our leaders are psychotic nuts just spinning what their told to please their masters.
No one knows what’s going on. Thank the Universe for Yoga. Find your own real experience and serve.
With about 30 local students over winter and soon spring! we are working towards a much stronger practice of holding the poses longer, including forearm hand head shoulder stand / balances, this year. So our friends who visit us at Magaya will join in with this energy and the energy of the ancient local myths and stories. These are the waters of Poseidon!
And a great year ahead for everyone 🙂