Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Mythic Yoga Studio and Urban Farm in Boulder, Colorado

Albert StraubAlbert Straub Mitsubishi slave labor POW during WWII Mythic Yoga
This picture of my grandfather,
Albert Straub, was made
by a fellow prisoner who drew him what he looked
 like in the Mitsubishi Shinagawa forced labor
tin mine outside of Tokyo where he died  in 1943.
 It has been above my father's bed
 my whole life. I never got a grandfather.
 
The news about Mitsubishi Materials Corp. publicly apologizing for using U.S. vets as slave labor during World War II was earth shaking news for me. This was the mythology around our dinner table growing up in Boulder, Colorado in the 70s and 80s. Our father was a child survivor of a Japanese Concentration Camp on Java during World War II. Back before it was called Indonesia. When it was a Dutch colony called the Dutch East Indies.

He always told me the story about the last time he saw his father. Captured at the battle of Solo River on Java, POWs were marched through the streets of Yogyakarta. My grandfather, Albert Willem Straub, had a prematurely grey white as sugar-shock of hair. He removed his hat so that my then 9-year-old father could spot him in the crowd, my father said. He watched him pass until the white hair was just a speck marching off in the distance, never to be seen again.

A man in the Mitsubishi slave labor tin mine made a sketch of my Opa Straub in the mine, and later brought it to my widowed grandmother after the war. It hung my whole live above my father's bed, reminding me of the hell of war and that we can never forget his story.

My mother grew up during World War II and when I was growing growing up she cursed the Japanese for their atrocities that went unspoken for. Growing up, my Dutch immigrant father's experiences were not understood and hard to explain to other kids and teachers in the U.S. My mother was pro Atomic Bomb, getting on panels in Boulder and in the newspaper during HIroshima Nagasaki day back in the 70s and 80s when they had candle light vigils. She said if the bomb were not dropped, my father would've died in the camp and I would never have been born. I was quite torn about this. How to be a peaceful yogi but also understand the realities of war and the toll they took on my family? How can I judge?

I wrote a memoir about my childhood growing up with my father's post traumatic stress and depression and using yoga to cope in Outside the Concentration Camp, which I have been using in the Mythic Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2006. I will be publishing that book for premium subscribers online shortly.

The Mythic Yoga Studio and Urban Farm, Boulder, Colorado
My father at his house , my childhood home and the address of
The Mythic Yoga Studio and Urban Farm, Boulder, Colorado
Storytelling and yoga are healing journeys. That's the purpose of Mythic Yoga. That self-reflection to tell the story and release it as art. The yoga and philosophy the invisible journey to the heart. Move the energy and spread the healing and love. And to know. That all is forgiveness, for my father knew and always taught that the secret to his survival was to forgive.

And that is true. When I was a kid we had a Mitsubishi TV, and my father said, how can I buy a product from the company that killed my father? I did because I forgave, and because they make the best TVs." As of today I drive a 2005 Mitsubishi Outlander. Strange world it is!

So many stories to tell. But I wrote a letter and want Mitsubishi Corporation to pay off my father's reverse mortgage at my childhood home in Boulder, Colorado. He bought it in 1974 and had it paid off, but the scam banksters preyed on him. Mitsubishi can do the right thing and atone for the horrors it committed in the past by healing the future by paying off the mortgage.

That way the tragedy of war can be turned into a symbol of peace by turning the property into into an urban farm to teach peace and healing. It's actually the registered location for my business, The Mythic Yoga Studio LLC.  And it was my father's dream to have the 1/3 acre its on to grow food on, which he did when we were growing up. He wanted to grow it because he suffered from so much starvation and disease. in the Japanese Concentration Camps. And really local food is healing food. It will be a place for my grandfather's descendants, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren can be in for a long time.

So here is the letter! See more info at US-Japan Dialogue


Hikaru Kimura

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation

Dear Mr. Kimura,

Thank you for apologizing to U.S. Veterans who were slaves for your corporation during World War II.

I would like you to apologize to my father, Albert E.L. Straub, of Boulder, Colorado as well. His father, Albert W. Straub, was captured at the Battle of Solo River on Java and shipped to work at your forced labor tin mine,  Shinagawa outside of Tokyo. He died in 1943. 

In addition to an apology, I am asking you to pay off my father's reverse mortgage as reparation and retribution for this injustice and his father's murder at your tin mine. My father suffered terribly as a child interned in Japanese concentration camps at Ambarawa 7 on Java, where he was born in 1933. He has had post-traumatic stress his whole life, debilitating migraines and depression. His youngest daughter committed suicide three years ago. 

At 82 this apology to my father would mean a lot to a camp survivor and his father who died in your forced slave labor camp. I wrote a memoir that I will be publishing soon about his stories he told me as a child about what happened and how the horrors of war haunted our whole family. 

Mitsubishi can do the right thing and atone for the horrors it committed in the past by healing the future by paying off the mortgage as retribution and restitution.

That way the tragedy of war can be turned into a symbol of peace by turning the property into into an urban farm to teach peace and healing. It's actually the registered location for my business, The Mythic Yoga Studio LLC.  And it was my father's dream to have the 1/3 acre its on to grow food on, which he did when we were growing up. He wanted to grow it because he suffered from so much starvation and disease in the Japanese Concentration Camps. And really local food is healing food. My father's house will be a place for my grandfather's descendants, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren to thrive and heal from the scars of war.

My father knew and always taught that the secret to his survival was to forgive. And that is true. When I was a kid we had a Mitsubishi TV, and my father said, "How can I buy a product from the company that killed my father? I did because I forgave," he said, "and because they make the best TV." As of today I drive a 2005 Mitsubishi Outlander. Strange world it is! 

and all the victims of war thank you for the apology. I look forward to hearing from you above. Call me at (xxx-xxx-xxxx) Let us all work toward peace for our children and the world’s children’s sake. 

Thank you

Sydney Solis


Mythic Yoga: Poetry by Sydney Solis published in The Caribbean Writer Anthology 2015 Vol 29

St. Croix collage photograph by Sydney Solis DeLand, Florida
Yellow House, Frederiksted, St. Croix, USVI 2013
 photo collage by Sydney Solis
Mythic Yoga is about expressing our stories. These stories that our bodies, breath, voices, dreams live through us. I find voice to my self and the drama I take up participating in duality of life. Looking back on my life I see it has been one long mythic journey with testimony via via the arts: poetry, short stories, memoirs, photographs, collages. All an offering to life's journey to encounter the mask of my self, live a mythic life in an effort to transcend death.

And the body is part of it as well, the self-inquiry into the body, the emotions felt, the dance expressed while writing with the hands and breath. That's what Mythic Yoga has always been about. How amazing is this life in this body!

So I am very pleased to announce the publication of two of my poems in the 2015 vol 29 anthology of The Caribbean Writer. Little Piece of Paradise and Fisherman, St. Croix were based on my experiences living in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands 2011-2013.

The Caribbean is alive with incredible culture and storytellers. I enjoy mentoring a young poet on St. Croix, as I am involved in an ecclectic performance poetry scene here in the Central Florida and Daytona Beach area. Join me for my reading of the two poems during my next performance at the Dan Pels Poetry Show at Wine Me in Daytona Beach.

Also on display at Studio Solis in DeLand, Florida, photographs and photo/paper collage of the Caribbean by Sydney Solis.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Mythic Yoga: The Story in the Body

Mythic Yoga: The Story in the Body with Sydney Solis Denver, Colorado 2015 Lighthouse Writers Literature Festival
Mythic Yoga: The Story in the Body at Lighthouse Writer's
Workshop Literature Fest Denver 2015
It was my Mythic Return, leaving Colorado for 5 years on a personal Mythic Journey to heal and putting my Mythic Yoga and Storytime Yoga business on hold so that as a widow I could focus on being a homemaker and raising my two kids after the great trauma of my husband's death. Read my E-book, Mythic Yoga: Vishnu's Dream, Ancient Hindu Myth and Personal Story, which I first performed at the Boulder Public Library in 2004 and used myths to tell my story.

Mythic Yoga Personal Mythology Series Mixed Media Collage by Sydney Solis
Rose Mandala 2000 Mixed Media Collage by Sydney Solis
Part of the Mythic Yoga Personal Mythology Series
Into my depths I went, practicing restorative yoga, meditation, eating locally, cooking from scratch, learning to knit and yoga homeschooling my kids in Buenos Aires, Argentina and for a bit in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands where we ended up and spent 2 1/2 years.

It took me two years to adjust back to the U.S. mainland and its hyper-consumerist society before starting Studio Solis. I won't even get into the commodification of yoga in the U.S. now. But the deep, real work continues, as my kids are now teens and I can venture a bit back into the world with my work. which has taken a big yoga therapy turn, as the healing powers of yoga and storytelling, myth and the body are deep.

Mythic Yoga: The Story in the Body with Sydney Solis Denver, Colorado 2015 Lighthouse Writers Literature Festival
Contemplating myth while moving the body brings insight via
mythic imagery
I taught my original Mythic Yoga: The Story in the Body at Lighthouse Writers Workshop Literature Fest in Denver this June. The first time in 5 years since I left Colorado. Conference are always so head and intellect heavy. The body thinks! Jung's four functions of the psyche let us know we don't even tough the intuitive function, all in favor of the intellect.

So via the body we can listen deeply for inspiration in our creative writing endeavors for svadyaya, self-knowledge. And by listening deeply and contemplating ancient myths, knowledge bubbles up with the symbolic mind we have long forgotten with great secrets, insights and information we never realized before with just our thinking minds. Through our art, memoirs, poetry, we create memorials and testimonies of our lives. We become living yoga and through our art transcend death.

Images bubble up from the soul with the realm of the imagination, the heart, within the body, the organs, our dreams. We return to our depths and unconscious via the body, and movement with symbols and imagery suspend intellectual thinking and activate the symbolic mind. We think in more ways than one! By listening to the story in the body, via chakras, body parts, yoga nidra, imagery, we can then articulate emotions, ideas, feelings and stories better via creative writing prompts.

Mythic Yoga: The Story in the Body with Sydney Solis Denver, Colorado 2015 Lighthouse Writers Literature Festival
Listening to mythology activates energies within us to
enable us to listen to ourselves and link via yoga. It's more
than yoga asana, it's Raja Yoga. Direct via the mythic imagination
Register for the Next Mythic Yoga The Yoga of Story training. Denmark June 2016. 

I still am a home-body, content living a simple, sustainable life with my kids rather than running around too much teaching. I will be adding more dates soon. Visit the calendar for one-day Mythic Yoga: The Story in the Body trainings.

Mythic Yoga: The Story in the Body Retreats were held each June from 2008-2010 in Boulder, Colorado and Rollinsville, Colorado in conjunction with Artist Wendy Rochman as required for master training in the Storytime Yoga for Kids Yoga Teacher Training and Certification. 



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mythic Yoga: The Personal Mythology Series at Studio Solis

Mythic Yoga: The Personal Mythology Series by Sydney Solis - Foto Arte Copyright 1988 Sydney Solis
Mythic Yoga: The Personal Mythology Series
By Sydney Solis at Studio Solis, DeLand, Florida
Copyright 1988 All Rights Reserved
Mythic Yoga cultivates the unknown within oneself to be known. From darkness to light, from untruth to truth. Art, poetry and other expressive creative efforts dig deep into the unconscious and bring forth self-knowledge.

The body holds a lot of this knowledge, so part of Mythic Yoga practice is to express the myths and the symbology that resonate in the body after yoga, dance or other contemplative movement into a physical container, such as art or poetry, to be expressed as personal mythology. Know Thy Self, The Oracle of Delphi implored. So we do.

For decades I have been doing the Mythic Yoga Personal Mythology Series of art and yoga. I will be having an art opening and poetry reading at Studio Solis in DeLand, Florida this fall. If you can't join us live, look for it on The Mythic Yoga Studio on Powhow.



Get inspired to write the Myth Poem of the Body with Mythic Yoga: Story Poetica
And check out some more Mythic Yoga Personal Mythology Series art right here at Studio Solis

I'm so very grateful to get to live the life I have always dreamed.  To live as an artist, mother, teacher. Life is so very beautiful. Thanks to the Great Mother. I was able to follow my bliss.

OM SHANTI

Sydney Solis

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Mythic Yoga: The Kali Times 

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It's the Kali Yug, and it has so many good stories out there. All you have to do is read the headlines and follow the corruption, deception, destruction in the world and love it, not deny it.

So love your dark side too. What is outer is also within. It will lead you to the truth. Because demons, be it inside you or out there in the world, are just playing their part in duality on the big stage. No need to cast them out.

It's a quick route, however, it may be a little painful at first. But the strength, patience and wisdom you gain from it is quickly cut with the sword of freedom, peace, and truth from the Mother.

Mythic Yoga: The Kali Times on Twitter
Caribbean Kali
That's the yoga. Enlightenment will follow. No glamour photo shoots, fancy flowing clothing or yoga asana required. It's direct. It's within. Don't be afraid to take a good look into the dark abyss. It will set you free.

Be sure to do it singing, though. that's the only requirement. Try reading some Mythic Yoga Story Poetica by Sydney Solis and check out her Mythic Yoga Personal Mythology Series at Studio Solis in Historic Downtown DeLand, Florida Garden District.

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Om Hrim Shreem Klim Adya Kalika Param Eshwari Swaha


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Boulder, Colorado Since 2003

And as Carl Jung would say, What is your myth? If you do not know, you'd better find out!


Mythic Yoga for Teens: The Hero With Your Own Face at DeBary, Florida Public Library July 9

The Mythic Yoga Studio - Sydney Solis original Collage The Goddess and The Moonflowers Copyright 1990
The Mythic Yoga Studio IS
wherever you ARE
Superheroes are all the rage. They have incredible powers within them that battle evil and restore justice. Movies galore spin dozens of tales of everyone from Spiderman to Wonder Woman. So many I can't even keep track! What we can keep track of is the Hero within ourselves, and recognize that the powers Superheroes emit are really those within our own self.
Join me, Sydney Solis, at the DeBary, Florida Public Library this Thursday July 9 from 3-4 pm for some Mythic Yoga for Teens. We will be exploring Joseph Campbell's pioneering work The Hero With a Thousand Faces, as well as looking at modern Superhero mythology as well as classic mythology.  Through yoga, meditation, storytelling  and creative writing, we will discover how we are like them all and how to put those newly discovered powers into action in our own lives.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mythic Yoga: The Story in the Body at Literature Festival in Denver June 18


Know Thy Self! Use dreams, myth, the body and personal storytelling for self-discovery and transformation! 

Come to the Lighthouse Writers Workshops Literature Fest in Denver for Mythic Yoga: The Story in the Body. Get out of your head and tell stories with your body. Learn the oral tradition and art of storytelling to listen for the story in the body with reflective writing prompts for poetry, memoir and more.

Live with Sydney Solis! Bring comfy clothes to wear, a water bottle, yoga mat if you have one and a blanket.