Whether he is in Japan or back at home, every morning Don wakes up at 4am and does his yoga practice. At the end of his yoga practice and meditation, he recites the following mantra:
I am a child of light
I love light.
I serve light.
Light is in me
I am light.
Don was recently on the Japan tour. One morning I asked him to share the above mantra with us as we did yoga. Of the 13 full days touring Japan, we, as a group, had 10 sessions of yoga. As usual, I am unable to take photos when I am teaching. But luckily, Jeff (and Karin) got a few good shots! I only took some of these photos.
The first set of photos were taken on our cycling trip in Kyoto. That day we had standing yoga in Kameyama Park. Since we had been cycling all morning, I told everyone not to worry about bringing their yoga mats along. And since the ground was a fine white pea gravel, we also wore our shoes. We called the class Standing Yoga. It felt so good to take in the clean fresh air of Kyoto!
Then we have lots of yoga photos from the first Ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn with Hot Springs/Onsen) we stayed at on the island of Shikoku. The room we had was unbelievable! It was like a ballroom/atrium combo with glass windows overlooking the city of Takamatsu. We did yoga in the evening, just before dinner and the city lights made for a dramatic and lovely backdrop to our yoga class. One more thing: I had access to chairs so we did yoga using chairs. Amazing what you can do using chairs for yoga!
And photos were also taken at the Buddhist monastery at Mt. Koya. I think that may have been the best room ever. The floors were made of tatami mats. There is a nice sweet grass-like smell that comes with tatami mats, which are made of rush grass. They are gentle but firm. The room we practiced in was cavernous. There were several heaters which kept us warm. This is a good thing because it was pretty cold on the mountain at night. The monastery had a great feel to it. In the morning we watched the monks chant, pray, and do their fire ceremony. It was very peaceful and meditative. I think their good energy permeated the yoga space. And it was quiet. A very quiet room with great acoustics so my voice carried over strongly.