I just received hard copies of the Annual Papers of the (Nanzan University) Anthropological Institute, in which I have an article. Last year, I was invited to submit an article. I'm quite happy to finally see this in print.
While the article should eventually become availabe on the institute's website; in the meantime, one can find the article at the yogascapes' website (scroll down to article 7) and on my academia page (direct PDF download).
This evening, I was looking at the Ministry of AYUSH's website. This is the Government of India's ministry for yoga. I started looking at the information related to the upcoming International Day of Yoga. I was instantly struck by the wording. Since it was raining really hard all night, I ended up staying in my office, writing. This short article is the result...did writing it make the rain stop? Either way, it's definitely time to go home, and, hopefully, catch the last bit of Stage 16 of the Giro. If you want to know all about the controversy related to making yoga an integral part of one's life, then click below. Pledge to make reading my article an integral part of your life :-)
I came across this video today that is in English, but has Japanese subtitles.
So, the parts where the speech is in Japanese does not have English subtitles.
It gives a rather romantic impression of the relationship between India and Japan and the way in which Buddhism and Hinduism spread to Japan. I haven't watched all of it. But, you might like to.
I gave this lecture at Ryokoku University, Kyoto, April 2018 in which I present aspects of my research into Shanti Mandir.
I first give an overview of the research, which includes my theoretical framework and an introduction to the community. This is followed by observations relating to aesthetic theories of perception, ie śāntamūrti and śāntarasa in relation to the formal pedagogical domain of satsaṅga, which is where this epistemic community learn to adopt the legitimate 'yogic' disposition. In the final section I explore the structure of the social network through applying my interpretation of legitimation code theory. In the last 30-40 mins is a question time. I've post-produced this to make the audio and video quality much better. I've also added extra videos from Shanti Mandir's Youtube channel to help show more about the organisation. You can also look at the documentary I made about Shanti Mandir, HERE.
I've been looking for a copyright free image of chakras that looks similar enough to the copyright image that I want to use in a publication that the artist won't respond to my request to use...#sigh... I found some free images, which lead me to the wikipedia commons page now, can someone explain to me the link between chakras and cock rings...Now, to my surprise, apparently chakras and cockrings have something in common... https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Chakras
On 29th April, I spent the day at Spirit Yoga, Osaka. I joined in a module on Bhakti and Nada Yoga which was facilitated by Daphne Tse, who is currently on a tour in Japan to promote her new album, Finding Water. Daphne tributes the album to her nephew, who tragically died 12 months ago, whom she thought as a son.
Daphne contributed to Spirit Yoga’s YTT course module through teaching various postures and how to link them to chanting of mantras in relation to the chakras. The session built around finding one’s voice and self as a yoga teacher. It was a very fun class. Daphne aims to keep things light and cheerful through merging spiritual practice with a contemporary folk-style music.
For more information about Daphne's tour, click on the below:
Spirit Yoga offers a wide range of classes and teacher's training, click on the link to their website to check out what they have to offer, which is a lot: http://spirityogastudio.com/
We went down to Osaka on the 6th May and hung out with a bunch of Amma devotees who had all come together from mostly Kansai.
It was fun. Made new friends. Ate nice food. Sung mostly hindi bhajans. The event seems like a bit of warm up for Amma's visit to Tokyo later this month. It is interesting to see this type of transnational gurubhakti in Japan. The apotheotic hagiographies were seemingly inspirational for many who sat around after dinner and talked about being in India, wanting to go to India or how they want to meet for the first time or again, their guru. This denominational yoga was bereft of any explicit discussion of hatha yoga, apart from categorising it as something distinctly different from a more, perhaps, authentic spiritual path.
For many people there tonight, there was an interest in the yogascapes project, however, the genuine and earnest seekers were a joyful sangha of likeminded individuals looking for community.
For more information about Amma's visit to Tokyo, click on the link below:
On 8th May, we attended the Kyoto edition of the official launch of the new journal of yoga studies at seifu villa - the gorgeous venue is owned by Kyoto University.
Professor Yuko Yokochi, new material of the Pasupatayoga
Professor Somadeva Vasudeva, Sambandhe Savadhanata
Dr Jason Burch, Yogis on their Heads in the Early Modern Period
Click on the link below to view Vol 1, Inaugural issue of the Journal of Yoga Studies
https://journalofyogastudies.org/index.php/JoYS @ Kyoto, Japan
Here's some information about an interesting yoga-related 'yoga therapy' conference in Sendai, Japan.