Are You Willing? ~ Chuck Miller

Via on Apr 14, 2012

“Let’s be Beginners, let’s Enjoy Being Beginners.”

~ Chuck Miller

“Are you willing to become a beginner, are you willing to take the ego to the passenger’s seat or even better, to the trunk?” was one of the fascinating questions hammered by Chuck during the past Easter weekend in Paris.

The room was packed, Ashtangis from the globe awaiting for the renown Chuck Miller, an Ashtangi student of Pattabhi Jois and vegetarian for more than four decades; in a deeper definition, Chuck is a humble, brilliant and conscious soul, flowing through life as a ‘beginner’ student.

“I remember the old days in Mysore when I encountered an Indian man who I had studied with, and who at the time was in his 70s looking happy, peaceful and fit, and who told me that he had only been practicing daily Surya Namaskara A all his life”.

Chuck’s words echoed in the room, many were hungry for challenging and threatening Asanas –yoga postures-, but Chuck fed their minds with the most basic and deep reflections of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. His words praised the practice’s most valuable gifts; those that inspire our soul to grow organically, to cultivate authentic inner truth. He kept questioning over and over if we were willing to be humble beginners, if we were able to be real to our own self, if we were able to let go off our egos…

Linda Munro and Gérald Disse, founders and teachers at Ashtanga Yoga Paris, were happy to invite Chuck, an old good friend, to teach a variety of workshops that covered from the basic roots of Surya Namaskara to the threatening common injuries of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice.

I not only had the privilege of being his student, but also had the gift of taking him for lunch at VOY Alimento, my favorite Parisian restaurant, with 100% organic, vegan, super-foods, and products grown through permaculture. This restaurant truly promotes conscious and healthy lifestyles in Paris (small caveat: I also work as chef de cuisine there ;) ).

Chuck inspires an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice that empowers us to better see ourselves, to become healthier beings with the capacity of contributing to the greater happiness and love of our world.

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Editor Tanya L. Markul

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About The Global Yogini

As a multi-faceted artist, Carolina Daza (The Global Yogini) travels the world sharing her Yoga Art in a creative way. Her inspiring yoga teachers are Linda Munro and Gérald Disse at Ashtanga Yoga Paris , where she completed her 500HR Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Ashtanga Yoga. Carolina has a Master's in Contemporary Arts from Université Paris 8, as well as a Master’s of Arts and Food Culture at New York University. Carolina lived in a Bhakti Yoga Ashram under the guidance of Divya Alter, her Ayurvedic Teacher, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She has embarked on various yoga/cooking teaching and training tours throughout Europe, including the Helsinki Yoga community with Kylli Kukk’s Joogakoulu Shanti; as well as living in Copenhagen, while staging in the kitchen of NOMA, one of the world’s top restaurants.

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6 Responses to “Are You Willing? ~ Chuck Miller”

  1. Thaddeus Haas Thaddeus1 says:

    Such a great question! Sounds like an amazing opportunity. Sorry I missed it.

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  2. Thanks for your commnet…let's spread the question out…'WHO is willing to becom a beginner?' I feel many have forgotten that inspiring state…'we should always be beginners, letting the ego run away'…C.M. ! Chuck is such an interesting soul! If you are based in Paris stay in touch…lot's of fun and educational things going on :-) Twitter: @TheGlobalYogini

  3. Andrea Balt Andréa Balt says:

    Loved this, Carolina. But that's not new, I like all your videos. More please – I'd like to see some additional Paris. :)

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  4. GRACIAS girly…yes more are coming :-) Lot's of fun yogi things happening in Paris…hugs!

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