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Yoga Fixes Body Easily!

Yoga (The Yoga Kata)

Yoga has been around for thousands of years. Yoga asanas, or postures, were being done by people for this period of time for one simple reason: they work. The interesting thing is that they work, in spite of the fact that they are, for the most part, being done wrong.

I stumbled across this fact as a result of my studies in the martial arts. I studied martial arts for years and years, for decades, and finally realized that I was trying too hard. I was using all my muscles, all my energy, and it was a waste.

New Book on Yoga. Click the cover!

New Book on Yoga. Click the cover!

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It was a waste because how tense your muscles are doesn’t have much to do with how hard you hit. What matters is how relaxed you are. For when you are relaxed you can deliver the punch more efficiently.

If you are tense you are actually working against yourself, against your own body and mind. You are locking up muscles and actually stopping the flow of energy that results in efficient motion.

The problem was that nobody understood this. Instead, karate instructors would train people and wait for them to get tired of using so much effort, would wait for them, after some years, to start relaxing when they executed the moves.

Waiting for a student to get tired is not very efficient. Especially when compared to instructing them on when and how to relax.

In Yoga people are put in postures, and they stay that way, and the instructors, often sadistic animals, chuckle as the student undergoes the effort and the strain and the pain. Heck, we’ve all heard them chuckling and expounding on how easy it is.

But they don’t tell people how to make easy. Even if they do understand, they are often so filled with their own cleverness that they don’t take the time to make the simple explanations.

It’s one of those things of: ‘We’ve always done it this way!’ And no real understanding.

The truth is that effort, strain and pain can actually result in injuries.

The correct procedure should be to encourage the student to relax. Not to put him in difficult poses and wait for a year or two until he finally relaxes, but to educate him as to how to relax individual muscles.

When an instructor does this the student suddenly gets better. He enters more and more difficult poses not by trying harder, but by relaxing his body, by learning that his muscles are fighting, and he must give them commands to relax.

The interesting phenomena is that the student’s mind will not clear out until he has relaxed.

Well, of course. A straining mind is not empty, is not clear of distractions, it is filled with one, huge distraction.

The author will tell you more at Yogata.

Monster Newsletter #354–The Greatest Work Out You Can Have!

Happy Monday to All!
It’s the monday of the work out.
It’s the Monday you break through
and have the best work out of your life!

What is it that makes a work out so special?
I mean,
you just grunt and throw the weight around,
throw it inside your body if you’re an internal stylist,
so what’s the big deal?

The big deal is awareness.
Is a guy who lifts weights becoming aware?
Only in the smallest sense.
No offense.
It does take concentration and discipline,
and those are good,
but they don’t really explode the awareness.

Is a gal who does ballet becoming aware?
Well,
more so,
it is admitted,
but the awareness is one dimensional.
It does not extend to handling the incoming missiles
the forces and flows,
that combat initiates.

How about a boxer?
Nope.
Even though he is handling punches,
he is not handling the full spectrum of motion,
and his training methods are too narrow.
Besides,
there ain’t no enlightenment
in getting hit in the face.

But…
the martial arts handle every possibility of motion,
the training methods cover the full spectrum of body motion,
and account for every potential angle of attack,
and there are strategies and philosophies
which make one think…
make one aware.

You are to be commended for being a superior human being,
and thank you for extending your awareness
to planet earth.

Now,
here’s the rather startling fact.
When you master the martial arts,
you know that it is you generating the motion.
Athletes of other disciplines do not get this.
It’s a simple…
‘I am.’
A martial artist knows this.
An athlete is working hard.
Joe Blow doesn’t have a clue.
Doesn’t even know that he is.
He talks about it…
‘I think therefore I am…’
but that is a justification,
an excuse,
it is not the reality
of knowing who you are.
Of knowing…
‘I am.’

Have you ever wondered why
at the beginning of class,
there are a couple of minutes of meditation?
Because the old guys have realized the ‘I am’ that they are,
and they want the youngsters to start cultivating that awareness
even before they start their training,
they know where the training is going,
and they wanted to jumpstart the process,
and get to the point of it all
as fast as possible.

Here’s a win…

About time! I was wondering when you were going to get around to matrixing yoga! I just downloaded it! I found your article on ezines.com It’s time to work it!

Short, sweet, and simple.
A new attitude,
and why…
because yogata is directed at
‘I am.’
You do it before your work out.
You invest awareness in your body before you even start,
and then the fact of pushing awareness through the body,
and even outside the body
becomes easy.

You have to light a match,
before you cook on the stove.

If you have a problem stretching,
Yogata shows you the proper mindset
so you can relax into the stretch.
the ‘I am’ knows what to do,
it elongates the muscles,
without the damage
a thoughtless bounce/stretch might do.

If you have an injury,
awareness cures the injury.
Being ‘I am’
and extending that awareness
to the area and point of injury
cures the injury.

Got stress,
a jumpy mind,
twitchy reactions?
Relax,
be the ‘I am,’
and the world suddenly becomes friendly and relaxed.

First you find the stillness of knowing who you are,
of knowing the truth of yourself,
then you use that truth,
to achieve stillness in motion.

And that is the secret
of the greatest workout
you will ever have.

Now,
turkey day is coming,
and I think it would be appropriate
if you killed your own turkey.
Just go out and buy a turkey and bring it home.
This next part is pretty easy,
so you can do it in your own living room.
Simply grab the turkey by the head,
and swing it until the neck snaps.
Then shave the turkey.
No need to do all that plucking,
just get your razor
and shave away.
Heck,
use your wife’s little leg shaver.
She won’t mind.
Now,
got to make the innards into outards.
So reach up where the sun don’t shine,
grab a handful of whatever
and pull it out.
If you don’t want to get blood on the carpet,
just do it on the couch.
Now,
task completed,
so give your wife the bird
and say,
‘Woman!
Cook!’
Then head to the store and get a little brewski.
A couple of hours of imbibing with the friends,
and you can head on home for a magnificent feast.
Shall we all give thanks now?
For blessings such as this newsletter?

You guys have a great work out,
and viva la turkey!

Al
:o)

Here’s a blog I’ve been working on for the Yogata.
Got some work to do on it,
but it’s started.

Yogata

Or, you could just head on over to Monster Martial Arts and find the book I’ve written on it.

I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.–Thomas Bailey Aldrich
I like to know the concept. When the concept is given the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination really uses its wings.–Al Case

Autumn’s the mellow time.–William Allingham
DoingMartial Arts creates a mellow time.–Al Case

Say what you have to say in the fewest possible words.–Arthur Bryant
You learn to say what you have to say in the fewest words possible if you study the martial arts.–Al Case

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Monster Newsletter #348–New Book! (part two)

Some six or so months ago
I mentioned efforts to rehabilitate my shoulder,
mentioned Yoga,
and here it is…later.

The skinny is this,
the official classes are too expensive and time consuming,
and,
with all respect,
they tend to tweak on one thing.

So I did most of my work off of DVDs
and did a lot of research,
and the results are interesting.

Under normal Yoga,
with the obsession on one body part,
my shoulder was getting worse,
and while I was getting the right amount of bliss
I was suffering.

So,
how do we do it in the martial arts?
We do kata.
And the exercises are aimed towards the whole body.
So I took a look at all the postures,
and I realized something.
This is the alphabet,
but there are no words.
No sentences.
No drive towards delivering a concept.
And,
of course,
no matrixing.

I matrixed the postures,
and it didn’t work.
Well,
of course it’s not going to work.
I’ve run into this thing before,
specifically with Tai Chi,
and especially with Kenpo.
The range of techniques,
in this case poses,
puts everything out of gradation.
If you just matrix the motion,
you end up with easy mixed with hard.
So,
you simply have to arrange the postures according to a couple of concepts.
Number one: easy to hard.
Number two: the six potential directions of the body
Number three: substudy on matrixing the six potential directions of the limbs,
and a sub/sub/study of the secondary parts of the limbs.
The heck with the hands,
let them fend for themselves.

There are a couple of other things,
but this was the trick.

Now,
I put together a routine,
and here is something that happened that was EXTREMELY interesting.
In Tai Chi (and other martial arts)
you pulse the body.
You create and push energy by pulsing the body.
In Yoga you create energy by twisting the body
(more or less),
BUT YOU DON’T PULSE!

So the energy sits there,
your body gets cleaned out,
awareness filters into the body parts,
everything gets better,
but…
there ain’t no pulse of energy.

Now,
here is an interesting problem.
Is it better to let the energy sit in the body?
Or is it better to pulse it?
My Neutronic opinion
is that it is always better to flow.
We’re in a universe,
you know?
I didn’t consciously create any pulsing
but the routine (matrix yoga?) I created
had a light pulse to it.
It’s almost indiscernible.

Pulsing is not noticeable and probably not even present
in classical yoga.
The obsession on working individual body parts
stops the pulse.
Locks the energy in the body part.

Well,
no wonder my shoulder was suffering!
You have to pulse energy through to effect healing.
Yes,
you can heal by instilling awareness,
taking a posture and just thinking into the body and body part,
and in certain situations this is better.
But for the type of injury I had,
it really wasn’t working,
or,
was working the opposite of what it should.

At any rate,
doing the whole Yogata routine,
I experienced immediate relief in the shoulder.
Bingo.
I wasn’t overworking a body part,
I was lightly pulsing (without even realizing it)
and that led to other rather sizable realizations.

You can read about one of these realizations
on the Yogata page.
That the path towards enlightenment
has actually been broken into four parts.
So now I am matrixing the four paths,
breaking them apart,
and putting them together
into one path,
that should work ten times faster
and give the whole picture,
not just the picture from one path…
which would be one fourth of the whole.

So,
now that you’ve got the data,
pop on over to either MonsterMartialArts.com,
or to churchofmartialarts.com,
and check out the Yogata.

That all said,
I have only one other thing to say…
WORK OUT!

Yup,
it’s time.
You guys and gals have a stupendous week
and I’ll talk to you later.

Al
:o)

Yogata

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.
William Ralph Inge
A nation is a society united by martial arts.–Al Case

A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.
Frank Howard Clark
A baby is born with a need to do martial arts – and never outgrows it.–Al Case

A man may well be condemned, not for doing something, but for doing nothing.
William Barclay
A man may well be condemned for not doing the martial arts.
William Barclay –Al Case

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Five Reasons Why Yogata is Sometimes Better Than Classical Yoga

I really should be more careful in my titles, for it is not my intention to alienate Yoga practitioners, or start some sort of Yoga war. That said, Yogata is much better for certain types of people. the classes of student are:

1) Martial arts students
2) Martial arts instructors
3) People who don’t have the time and money
4) People who want a more structured approach
5) People who don’t want to be nibbled to death by well meaning instructors

Let me explain point by point…

Yogata was designed by a martial artist for martial artists. It is aimed at the specific strengths, weaknesses, injuries, and so on that a martial artist might possess. Simply, if you’ve had an injury, and it is time for a little rehabilitation, or if you just want to increase strength the easy way, without suffering the ‘no pain no gain’ mentality, then Yogata was designed specifically for this.

Martial Arts instructors might have a particular interest in this, as doing Yogata before a class is a no injury way to warm up, seek balance and inner calmness, and dedicate yourself to the physical discipline of the martial arts. This is a glove and fist approach that really works.

Personally, I don’t have the couple of hours, let alone the rather exorbitant rates, to travel across town and take an ‘official’ class. Furthermore, I have found most DVDs a bit too specific, a bit lacking in the overall approach, and not really designed for the type of warm up/work out I want to do.

There are a lot of yoga routines, but they either slant one way or another, according to the teachers preferences, or they are aimed towards contortionism, which is a fine subject, but not specific to my tastes. Yogata is a martial arts kata, it moves through the body wholistically, separating it into the major areas which need to be worked on, let letting the person who has the routine down have the freedom to explore.

Again, the word is wholistic. Many well meaning and talented yogis seem to want to take you through endless variations, tweak all the little points, when all I really want is a specific routine which I can practice on my own, which hits the major areas, and allows me freedom to nibble at the minor variations as I wish, on my own time and my own dime.

In conclusion, Yoga is great, but for the reasons above, Yogata is more appropriate for a large variety of people. If you find one of the items listed here applies to you, you might want to visit the Yogata page at Monster Martial Arts.