The Distracted Centipede: A Yoga Experience

Semyon, Mina

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The Distracted Centipede is about awakening to the unified sense of your whole being — body, mind, spirit — through the practice of Yoga and Mindfulness. It is about listening and tuning in to your body, gradually realising that wholeness can only be retrieved by identifying and letting go of unnecessary holding on. If you can stop straining you might discover that inside that tense, unbalanced body there is a 'sensible body' which can be effortlessly at ease, with the energy flowing freely and the mind becoming calm. In the midst of the mental storm there is stillness where we can experience our presence.

Who is this book for?

It is for everybody, regardless of age, physical condition, sex, or religious beliefs. It is based on the common sense that our mental, physical and spiritual health depends on our being able to take on the management of our inner world . . . by entering the journey of becoming aware, letting go of our restrictive conditioning and opening our heart to love. It is never too early and never too late to start and continue!

It is profoundly relevant to how we live our ordinary, everyday lives, and opens the possibility of transforming and uplifting the ordinary to the extraordinary without special techniques and without jumping on the bandwagon of yet another and latest healing fad, regimen or guru.

There's an implicit assertion here, namely, that the ordinary is truly extraordinary and would be realised as such if only we, in the form of our habitual, distracted selves, could keep out of the way of that realisation. 'The Distracted Centipede' shows a way to find all that is needed just as we are, acknowledging our relationship to the forces at play through and around us . . . and, in the course of that, being on course for relationships of greater ease, authenticity and responsibility with others.

Every midwife, obstetrician, birth coach, all the experts who want to help women to give birth might do well to meditate upon these few lines of wise poetry. The martial arts, yoga, meditation, music, dance, and singing - all teach, transmit the same wisdom: GET OUT OF THE WAY!

Life knows how to bring new life into this world. Life knows how to protect itself. Life lives us. We are not surviving because of our cleverness and heroic efforts; we survive in spite of them. Faith is surrender to that which lives us. Life knows how to walk the centipede; the self-conscious centipede doesn't. Toad's question became a debilitating distraction.

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Mina Semyon was born in 1938 in the Soviet Union. She has been teaching Yoga for over 30 years. She was a student and friend of R.D.Laing, psychiatrist, poet, musician and spiritual teacher who initiated her on the path of awareness through the practice of Yoga and mindfulness. This, combined with an insistence of finding her authentic voice through the study of singing and sound with Anthea Parashchak, has led to her unique way of teaching.

In the process of transcending her harsh Russian childhood, what has evolved is a way of practising and teaching which incorporates our whole being - emotional, mental, physical and spiritual, in daily life and relationships. Her aim is to liberate the mind and body of everything that obscures the spirit of joy, love, compassion, spontaneity and playfulness.

Mina appeared in the BBC television series and book 'Every Body Knows' and the Yoga book 'Body Life' written by her ex-husband Arthur Balaskas. She is currently working on her life story 'You Don't Have to Die of Disappointment' and has recently been appointed to the faculty of the International R D Laing Institute based in Switzerland.

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