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Jason Bowman: Meditation and the Nature of Reality
“My First Vipassana. It was earth shattering, it was one of the most intense experiences of both desperation and ecstasy. I felt like it was the first time I tasted the things I had been mentally absorbing what I had heard for year through Yoga Study. I didn’t really know it until I was empty of experience.”
“It took me a number of years to get to a point when I could sit every day- or i really wanted to sit everyday. At some point there was a shift within myself, where it became evident as my practice in sitting wasn’t something that i needed to check off my list in the morning anymore. I actually wanted to wake up and sit.”
Over the weekend I had the privilege to continue my studies in the Colorado School of Yoga with Gina Caputo (whom will be on the podcast, check back soon about Higher Education in Yoga Studies!) Jason Bowman was a guest teacher through the weekend offering his experience. For his age, he has a plethora of wisdom that has been poured into his being, integrating it patiently in order to share it authentically with the world. This is one of his great gifts. He is a natural speaker and moves with poise and eloquence.
He shared a story in the training that truly owns his own cliches and more so, creates a sense of intention through his words. He is REAL! During a public class some time ago he had shared the students were in Warrior 2 and he had his back facing them, looking at the wall (talking about back muscles) and after he was done cueing, he said, “ Okay. Good.” and then proceeded to laugh out loud and say, “wow! I just said Good, as if I saw you, and I wasn’t even looking at you. Funny.”
It’s a story like that that allows Jason’s perspective and observation of his personal movie to unfold with great awareness. He called himself out and owned it by speaking out loud!
Our interview took place at my home in Boulder, Colorado on a beautiful snowy day! He walks in and instantly get to talking about yoga.
Talking to Jason is always interesting. He is one of the unique individuals who is intriguing no matter what he says. From talking about his practice of meditation in the Vipassana sits, (10 day meditation retreats), to cliches of our yoga world, to the Fear of Death that the yoga practice sets to pacify, into the commodification of yoga. We dive into interesting topics that many may not want to talk about.
Check this episode out and find inspiration to Own Your Self! To Practice Meditation and Sit Still.
Check out his website, www.Jasonbowmanyoga.com has insightful posts on his Blog, beautiful photos he has taken, and upcoming events! Check out his upcoming Moab Retreat coming up in May & Patagonia in October!
His book suggestions are :
His Vipassana Center Suggestion:
Always, We hope that the Podcast simply provides Inspiration for you to BE yoga. Evolving the practice beyond a movement practice, creating space in life for greater intention and higher purpose. Thank you for listening and thank you for reading! Share these posts with excitement as we propel ourselves into evolution!
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With Love Alec