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Two years ago I was in an Indian vegetarian restaurant when an old man came up to my table and said “You are a Christian and you do yoga,” which impressed me very much, because given our environment, this totally exceeded all Forer “You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you tend to be critical of yourself” Effect expectations. Of course after that I broke a leg and got chubby and cranky so any yogic christian vibes may no longer be evident but yes, I do yoga, am a Christian in the eyes of God though probably not in the eyes of my fundamentalist brothers and sisters; am a full time writer because I love words and ideas and framing possibilities and points of view and because I would find it impossible to dress up for an office every day; I have cats (local kucintas), red eared sliders, guppies, siamese algae eaters & a pleco (turtles & fish in separate tanks) and plants–trying to get my orchids & chinese temple flowers to bloom with drain-off from my worm farm.
Any tips on this or on moving from primary to intermediate series (ashtanga) will be most gratefully received!

17 Responses

  1. Hi there Ovidear :-)
    Congrats on your win – saw the article in today’s Straits Times. Cool. Missed you after the reception last night at the Arts House. Let’s catch up. You have my email.
    Eric

  2. Hi,
    I am an editor with healthyoga.com. I really liked your website. While reviewing the website, I came across the page and was impressed with the Yoga and Health related information. I am contacting you in hopes of having Resource Tab added as a additional resource to your site. We want to spread public awareness. I hope you can help me out. Your site is a very useful resource.

    Please email me back with your URL in subject line to take a step ahead and to avoid spam.

    Thank you,
    Kathy
    kathy.healthyoga.com@gmail.com

  3. Ovidia!
    This is so good and it is really funny, which restaurant was it? I had an experience in an Indian vegetarian restaurant about 7 years ago. An old man serving the tea there came up to me and told me “You are pregnant and the father is Indian”, which puzzled me totally, because I didnt even know by then (the former).
    Hahahaha
    I guess i should rather do some yoga then … not a Christian, but then, I am only curious, is it forbidden for Christians to do yoga?

    • Somewhere in Little India… he wasn’t from the restaurant but just visiting. Quite wonderful right? :)

      As for Christians and yoga, I don’t know about ‘forbidden’ but I’ve had Christians earnestly warn me against yoga because they’ve heard stories of people doing yoga and turning into snakes…

  4. Dear Ovidia,

    Sorry I can’t me more effusive because I’m not sure if you will get this in person or a bloggosphere. Would love to get in touch with you, miss you and there is so much to catch up on. I hope you will get in touch with me.

    Love
    Ranixx

  5. Hi Ovidia,

    Love the home you built for your pet red eared sliders. I have been spending the last 5 years trying to figure out how to revamp my sliders’ current home.

    Would appreciate tips but only if its not imposing on your time. :D

    Antoinette

  6. Hi Ovidia
    we met briefly at AWARE egm (and exchanged news about our elderly members of our families passing on.)
    Just wanted to tell you that you appear clearly in one of the many youtube videos jumping up and down happily at each announcement of the voting results :)
    But now there is backlash and moral panic and fear created by the self-appointed `conservative majority’. We’ll have to support AWARE and do other work wherever we are to stop this backlash and fear from growing.

  7. Hi Ovidia
    I have been reading your articles on the aware saga for the past week and It has been woderful how you have posted and commented. I know I felt a great deal of solidarity with you and so many others about maintaining the openness of space at AWARE.

    I was a full-time journalist and am now a sometime journalist and may be writing an article about what happened at AWARE for the Women’s feature service. A looking to line up some possible people to quote. Would be honored if you could provide some of your comments and analysis for the article. Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Li-Anne

  8. Hey Ovidia,

    Like your blog, and I have been doing yoga on my own, with books for awhile now. I would like to take up yoga lessons, but there’s so many clubs or center.

    I read that you attended Absolute Yoga, could you share your experience?

    I would truly appreciate that :)

    Btw, I am happy about the AWARE, would join as member and volunteer soon :)

  9. hey ovidia,

    I’m a singaporean at harvard and was hoping if you could help me with a petition RE: Josie Lau?

    Will appreciate it if you contact me directly via email.

    Cheers,
    Justin

  10. Love the blog and its insighful commentary

    Peace

    http://lightsatmidnight.wordpress.com

  11. Very nice blog. I look forward to reading more.

  12. Thank you very much for visiting & for the link! It’s especially timely because right now I’ve been feeling the need to slow down, focus & spend more time on meditation instead of just asanas & the first post I found on your friend’s blog was so relevant!

    (btw I’m linking to your blog too–but under ‘writing’–hope you do try yoga soon!)

  13. As regards the last line of your post, here is a blog by a friend of mine, who is also a yoga teacher: a filipina married to an American, who lives in Afghanistan!

    http://web.mac.com/vicel/iWeb/Tropical%20Gypsy/Blog/Blog.html

    I hope you can interact with her on her blog and exchange yoga tips.

    I wish to start on yoga too (some day), but in any case I see no clash between a Christian doing Yoga, yoga is universal in its reach and benefits!

    http://amloki.blogspot.com

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