Teddy Talk: Yoga is more than a Fitness Activity now on YouTube
by Nancy Zrymiak
On Jan 30th our association members were treated to a free yoga philosophy discussion by senior Iyengar yoga teacher, Teddy Hyndman. Teddy’s talk was lively and engaging, filled with philosophical stories and messages.
One amusing story involved Nasreddin, a Sufi master of comedy in the 13th century, and his donkey. Another, a Hindu story of a fish and the sea. Teddy related these stories to trusting our own experience, the training of the mind to go deeper, and connecting to something larger.
Teddy spoke for only half an hour but she was effortless and entertaining, sharing her love of yoga and her lifelong spiritual quest for meaning in life. She quoted Guruji and Pantanjali, but also the Zen people (Teddy studied Zen meditation at a monastery in Kyoto, Japan for 3 years!) and American Naturalist Henry Thoreau “What business have I in the woods if I am thinking of something out of the woods?” This quote related to Savasana and the wandering mind.
“What business have I in the woods if I am thinking of something out of the woods?”
The last hour of Teddy’s Talk was a fascinating question and discussion period. Members questions were thoughtful, as were the responses. I felt like Teddy was really in her element, and members were very much involved. In fact, our association has received such positive feedback and so many requests to watch the recording that we have decided to release it on our YouTube channel. You can watch it now – please comment and share with others.