“The Church says: the body is a sin. Science says: the body is a machine. Advertising says: The body is a business.
The Body says: I am a fiesta.”
~ Eduardo Galeano
"The mastery of Hatha Yoga unfolds in stages. By progressively cultivating the right internal conditions, the student will “arrive” at each subsequent stage of development naturally and organically, without force or imposition. This is similar to the way a fruit ripens by itself on a well-nourished tree, eventually falling from the stem.
The first stage of development, preparatory work, sets the stage for all that follows. Preparatory work is the most crucial stage of development. Its purpose is to strengthen and purify the student to a degree sufficient to provide a solid foundation for further progress. Despite its importance, an understanding of the methods and theory of skillful preparation are notably absent in much of contemporary yoga due to a misguided emphasis on quick results, accessibility, and mass appeal. For experienced students and teachers alike, eliminating gaps or rebuilding the foundation is often the key to overcoming persistent obstacles and entering new depths of freedom and competency.”
-Mark Horner, Shadow Yoga Teacher
I am but a world, some flesh and bones to keep it in.