A Teacher Extrordinaire

I first met Roy Eugene Davis at his Retreat Center home in northern Georgia, the Center for Spiritual Awareness. He was a wholehearted Jnana Yogi, a natural lecturer, and a prolific writer on Hindu philosophy, or Santana Dharma. Mr. Davis was a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda and a minister for the Self Realization Fellowship during the final years of Yogananda’s life. After Yogananda’s passing in 1952 , Roy Davis left SRF and eventually founded his own center , CSA, in Georgia.

I visited the Georgia Center numerous times and at one point hoped to interview Mr. Davis for Yoga Journal magazine. His comment on this idea was that he felt he and Yoga Journal were on different paths. Never the less, I was blessed to “sit at the feet” of this Master Yoga teacher over a number of years.

Mr. Davis passed suddenly and quietly on March, 27 2019 at the age of 88 years. He had been in good health up until the final days of his life, keeping up with his busy writing and correspondence schedule. It was indeed an honor for me to have known and studied with this wonderful teacher. He will be greatly missed here on the Earth plane. The Heaven planes will rejoice to have one of their sons returned home.

Let us all give thanks for the life of such a man who was sincerely devoted to the spreading of the wisdom of Yoga and the upholding of its ideals. We have been blessed by his presence among us.

With Love, Namaste, Mr. Davis

 

To Be or Not To Be…..in Chronic Pain

Dharma is a Sanskrit term that implies one’s path, one’s direction, the principles that uphold Life’s purpose. There is collective dharma and individual dharma. My personal dharma is linked to the path of Yoga. Asana is seen as a starting place on the Yoga path and my years as a Yoga Asana instructor have been fruitful and blessed. However as with any athletic endeavor (Ashtanga Vinyasa being an athletic asana style) repetitive stresses are known to wear on the body and joints. Such is my situation with teaching asana for 40 years, Ashtanga Vinyasa for 20 of those years. My left hip joint wore out.

This problem developed over a lengthy period of time during which I maintained some range of motion with a therapeutic yoga practice. However when bone hits bone (aka no cartilage) the pain is constant. In the past year it became obvious that a hip replacement would be necessary to see me into my senior years. I write this post in hopes that there will be others who are facing similar choices who may benefit from hearing my experience.

Any major surgery is scary, risky, and requires a lot of  commitment to the process. I have been very blessed to align with Dr. Michael Kimball and his team at Girard Orthopedic Surgeons. The surgery, the weeks of healing in hospital & rehab center and at home, the physical therapy both in home & clinical, have been tremendously successful. Modern medicine doing what it does best, using technology and science to facilitate healing.

My special thanks to San Diego friends, Nolan Thomas, Felicity & Matthew Taylor, Corie Seibert, and Louis & Aminta Haiman. Without their support this difficult process could not have been possible. The love and kindnesses from them and the hospital staff members has been unselfish and freely given.

These X-ray photos show the position of the prostheses. Bionic Woman indeed! Now in 2019 I am enjoying activities that for several years have been restricted.  In the words of Dr. Kimball, “It’s life changing!”

In all ways I am counting the Blessings. Namaste!

 

 

Chair Yoga in La Jolla

Happy Spring Break!

During 2000-2001 I offered a year long Yoga Teacher Training Course at my studios, the Ashtanga Yoga Centers of San Diego. My student and friend, Corie Seibert, was a graduate of that course. Here in 2018 I have been happy to help cover classes for Corie, who has worked as a full time yoga teacher in San Diego these many years.

Casa de Manana is a beautiful retirement community on the ocean front of the city of La Jolla. Chair Yoga, as with most yoga asana, involves stretching, breathing, and body focus techniques. Many persons in the senior population are dealing with joint and balance issues. Chair yoga offers supported stretches while still providing movement through an extended range of motion, and a perfect seque into group meditation practice.

It was a pleasure to make the acquaintance of the lovely group of yoga students at Casa de Manana. I will look forward to returning to the Casa when additional “subbing” is needed.