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Body and Being Blog by Mike Munro PT

Welcome to Body and Being! This blog is about sharing my experience with applying my knowledge of physiotherapy, yoga, and mindfulness to the condition of being in a body, in other words, to life in general. Here you will find thoughts and articles on various issues to do with health, wellness, science and human experience. I hope you enjoy!

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Coming Into "Lived Experience"

Yoga is actually kind of boring and I like that. When you take the time to let go of externals and focus on the experience of the body you are coming into the timeless present moment. This seems like a boring thing to do in a way. Stop, breathe, focus on your experience, which could be more mental than physical at first. But gradually the body which exists in the present comes into focus. My teacher Don Stapleton calls this body time. The body alway exists in the now, and the mind needs some help getting there. But the now is where lived experience occurs.

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Yoga Speaks when You Listen

One of the things we all tend to do is think too much. Well, most of us anyways. This shows up when you land on your yoga mat in that arrival post and your mind is still humming along with inner chatter. People often tell me that they want to learn meditation to shut it off, and go blank. That would be nice in a way, yet perhaps to go completely blank might be too extreme?

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"Success" in Yoga

Working with yoga is a lot about working with your mind and what ideas, beliefs and attitudes you have towards your body. With hatha yoga your are engaging in movements and positions that could potentially align body, breath and mind together. With a practice that brings the body, breath and mind into a harmonious state, you are left physically and psychologically nourished by the practice. I am curious about people's ideas are about success in yoga. Lately I've been thinking about having a successful yoga pratice as making it part of my lifestyle more that anything else.

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Yoga, Running and Renunciation - Why I'm Running

Recently I signed up to run 5 km as part of the upcoming Scotiabank Blue Nose marathon. I was thinking as I signed up that it has been about 15 or 20 years since I ran 5 km. So I was "not a runner", or it had not been part of my lifestyle, until a couple of years ago.

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Frozen Shoulder and Yoga - Do They Go Together?

Check out my guest post on Yoga and Frozen Shoulder on YogaAnatomy.com here.

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What Is So Great About Yoga? Top 10 Reasons Why.

As our studio is reaching it's 16th year in existance I was thinking about what we are doing as a studio and as a community. My perspective on yoga comes from my personal experience as a yogi and buddhist meditator, and also from my experience as a physiotherapist. It is from the perspective as a therapist that I came up with a question. What is so great about yoga anyways? Why are we still doing this? People and yoga styles come and go, but yoga keeps on giving. The following list is what came to me quite automatically without having the think too much about it.

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Yoga From the Ground Up - Self Awakening Yoga

During my yoga teacher training I found myself lying on the floor rolling around in different positions for up to two hours at a time. We were doing Self-Awakening Yoga, a system of yoga developed by Don Stapleton PhD. We would lie in a relaxed position and begin with small movements of a limb and slowly progress the movement to more complex body movements co-ordinated with the breath, all while remaining on the floor. At the time I wondered if this was something that I would find useful as a yoga teacher.

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Body and Being Blog - 108 Days moved to TAYS Blog.

Blog Change:

If you are looking for more 108 Days of Yoga posts please visit the TAYS Blog here.

This blog is now the Body and Being Blog were Mike will post various PT, science, yoga and meditation content.


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108 Days of Yoga -Day 64

Bead 64, March 5th.

I attended a power yoga class with Jolene today. This is a class where I get pushed in ways that I would not push myself in my own practice. Sometimes you need a yoga teacher to take you places you wouldn't go yourself. Sometimes you need to practice on your own to listen internally to your own needs and practice from that place. I have emphasized the latter over the past few years and what has shown up is some laziness as well. Its a balance and I'm grateful I get to experience both opportunities to practice.

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108 Days of Yoga - Day 63

Bead 63. March 4th, 2013

I slept in this morning and missed my sitting practice. Monday Monday. By the time I got going I was up to my eyes in meal preparation. Luckily I was able to attend noon yoga and it was quite an intense physical pratice followed by some good yin and restorative poses. I liked the balance, just what a grumpy meditator needed after a busy morning.