Through my study and research on artistic cosmology I came across the non-dual yoga philosophy of Kashmir . The first book that I was introduced to was Spanda-Karikas (divine creative pulsation by Jaideva Singh) and saw similarities while writing with my research proposal paper which I was hoping to prepare in 2015 which then I called – “the Love of the Cyborg”, in researching the meaning of cyborgness and its spirituality and the relation to artistic being/ perception of time/ space and sound. The word cyborg now received different titles in Sanskrit that fits to the essence of my intend: a natural name rather than a made name:
In Paratrisika Vivarana the sanskrit term that stands for ‘uniform organism’ is a match to the spirituality I have mentioned above.
“Once I had an amazing experience during dancing . It felt like I could touch something untouchable and hear an unhearable . It was very similar to the research that I have been doing all my life as an artist. A direct experience of movement to sense which is a thrill beyond time so then an urge arose to research movement in understanding this experience which brought me to yoga after the age of 40”
Ashtanga Yoga since 2010
I have been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and other forms of physical yoga since 2010 . I am currently doing a modified version of this sequence and working on a simple sequences of my own in understanding the relation of movement to sound. My body so far has responded well to my research purposes. I have also worked with agitations as a drive for movement creation and research of their creative source.
I have been introduced to the Ashtanga yoga first at The Yoga Spirit’s Leiden studio. The teachers’ emphasis was on breath, bandha and drishti – trishtana and to a beginner like me this meant embodiment rather than just asana learning by just pure breath(mantra) which now after 10 years later,
I think is rather a great way to be introduced to physical yoga similar to the understanding of keeping a starters’ mind fresh in Zen Buddhism without the need of any conceptualization . The asana knowledge is then spontaneously implemented, shapes the body whence breath+drishti+bandha is engaged. Even though challenges appear but for good reasons that is the teaching , understanding this . Suddenness of Spontaneity as a carrier of its wordless truth or Recognition (Pratyabhijna) is also one of my comparative research subjects.
The term ‘pratiba’ as explained in ParaTrisika Vivarana and the nature of transmissive text (rather than informative) has inspired me to understand the analogies of an unordered order of the alphabet dieties of this philosophy and the artistic method.
Later with the hope to also cultivate the asana knowledge, I decided to take a teacher’s training with Kashmir Shaivism school of yoga for 3 weeks and 10 days of kids yoga training . The kids yoga was with a hope to add the play and storytelling aspect to my sequences for adults but also with a possibility to guide kids where it connects to my artistic research.
Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga in January 2016, Goa India and certified as 200h Yoga Teacher ,
12 day Kids Yoga Teacher Training course, 2018
Continually joining to workshops , reading books and adding new ways through movement technologies to my practice with the hope to share my understanding in the flow of a dance which we call life making the whole life a dance as such . This is very clearly explained in Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra and through my recent study in Butoh .
I am guiding individuals and small groups as a means of development and research since 2018. I am grateful to those who have had me as a guide.
My hope is to be able to share my study in an integrity that knows itself.