Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mythic Yoga: The Story in the Body - Personal Mythology & Transformation via Body and Story

Pictures are images that bubble up from the soul. Putting together images for this movie guides you to begin to listen to the story in the body as you take a Mythic Yoga Journey™ into your own story. Use svadyaya, self-reflection, to contemplate the images while you practice yoga. The classic method of Mythic Yoga by Sydney Solis. Subscribe! 

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Mythic Yoga Studio Orlando House Perfect for Your Yoga Story Writing and Travel Retreat!


Mythic Yoga Studio Orlando Florida rental property - writers yoga retreat
Is it a magical cottage in the woods?
No! It's the Mythic Yoga Studio Orlando location!
Stay here 2BR and 2BA house smack in the middle of charming
 and walkable Thornton Park, downtown Orlando, Florida 
and get inspired to write, make art,
 practice yoga, meditate, travel on your Mythic Yoga Journey™
 or just down to Universal Studios!
When you follow your bliss, watch out! Amazing things will materialize in your life! Stuff you never dreamed of could happen!

That's because you surrendered and finally got clear of that old story that was churning around in the back of your head like a Greek chorus, shouting, LOOK! LISTEN! What are you creating?

You turned around, got a good look at that story and learned to take a risk, follow your bliss, re-story it and get your old mind and body out of the way! Rebirth!

That's what happened to me on my long 14-year Mythic Yoga Journey,™ a journey of mythic proportions that keeps getting more amazing by the day.

Yoga and stories are powerful tools to transform your life! Suffering, thank you! What great gifts as a result!  Especially to have faith and take time off to heal! I never guessed I'd be moving to Osaka! So you can't judge what happens to you!  And that makes living in these uncertain times a lot easier!

The Mythic Yoga Studio Orlando Rental Property
Practice yoga among art and books! Discover your own Story in the Body!
My new husband was transferred to Osaka for work, and so we have been fixing up his sweet downtown Orlando bungalow and turning it into the Mythic Yoga Studio Orlando location!

Remember, the Mythic Yoga Studio IS wherever YOU are! Be it Orlando, Boulder, or Osaka, myth and yoga are always there to wake you up to the NOW!

Fritz Henle box St. Croix USVI Tina Henle The Mythic Yoga Studio
This box I use for storing yoga mats has a story to tell! It was used by the famous Life Magazine Photographer Fritz Henle to send back photographs of Pablo Casals he took while in Spain. His daughter Tina Henle is one of my best friends from my Mythic Yoga Journey™ time on St. Croix in the USVI and she gave this to me. 
Orlando will be my filming location for YouTube videos as will be our Osaka apartment that magically appeared! Amazing story about that one!

 I will be traveling back and forth since my soon to be 17-year-old daughter doesn't want to go.

But the house serves as my office for writing and upcoming trainings, as well as a yoga studio/gallery, featuring my collage artwork of my Personal Mythology series that I hope will inspire you in your Mythic Yoga Journey™ and creative work or travels.

Mythic Yoga Studio Orlando Florida rental property - writers yoga retreat
Artwork for sale from the Personal Mythology series by Sydney Solis at the Mythic Yoga Studio Orlando house and rental property.

Yoga and story and art heal!  I'm living proof! This place is to be a hub of international yoga and mythology exchange - Orlando to Osaka for yoga and Buddhist meditation, not to mention the amazing mindful culture of Japan you will fall in love with!

And what a story I have connected with that! And of course I will always drop into my hometown of Boulder, Colorado and visit my 84-year-old papa and gazillion family and friends.

You must visit the Dove Inn Bed and Breakfast in Golden, Colorado that one of my best-friends Elizabeth runs. Trainings have been held there in the past and more will be held there too! So get on the email list now! 

Mythic Yoga Studio Orlando Florida rental property - writers yoga retreat
Eclectic, artistic, funky charm describes this house owned by two artists! Get inspired by hanging out here!
I have always loved travel, and was compelled to go abroad in 2010 by some unknown mysterious force within me that started this all! Must be those Bohemian ancestors! Not to mention searching for a better life abroad for me and my kids!

Built in 1938, the house was in the Orlando Historic Homes calendar!
So come on and do some Mythic Yoga!  If you are interested in renting this cute 2BR and 2BA house smack in the middle of charming and walkable Thornton Park, downtown Orlando, Florida, contact me! It's perfect as a writer's or yoga enthusiast's retreat, visiting Orlando and it's amazing natural beauty and attractions! Walk out your door and take a bus to Universal Studios!

Book a private yoga session with our manager, Reider, who also teaches at Orlando Power Yoga Orlando.

If you are writer, poet or artist, get inspired by my plethora of books on psychology, yoga, mythology, folklore, fairytales, poetry, fiction and more! Trainings and more will be coming soon!

And if you are a healthy food and gardener freak like Florida Master Gardener that I; my husband, Steve, and Reider are; you will get excited about the coming hydroponic system and all the juicing, vegan and vegetarian cookbooks we have!

So Know Thy Self! It's a mythic return! I followed my bliss and my mind is literally blown! Join us! Contact us today for rates, dates and more information!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mythic Yoga - Two Birds - A Story from the Rig Veda by Sydney Solis

Mythic Yoga: Two Birds - A Story from the Rig Veda Sydney Solis
Two birds at Kasuga-taisha Shinto Shrine, Nara, Japan


I have been making videos on YouTube. My second for Mythic Yoga.

This story from the Rig Veda, from my E-book Mythic Yoga: Vishnu's Dream - Ancient Hindu Myth and Personal Story.

Telling stories is an art. Let the story and images wash over you as you practice yoga and begin your own Mythic Yoga Journey™ and listen to the Story in the Body.

OM SHANTI 


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Your Mythic Yoga Journey™ - Stories of Faith, Healing and Transformation

Sydney Solis Mythic Yoga Journey Japan
Sydney Solis among the plum blossoms at
Osaka Castle Park, Osaka, Japan
I have noticed that many of the myths and folktales I tell are about faith, healing and transformation. They are about a journey that a character is on, and questions the suffering inflicted upon her. 

The Sufi story of Fatima the Spinner and the Tent tells the story of a young woman who three times is frustrated by life, but in the end she sees that everything brings her to the happiness she has found.

In the Chinese story I call Maybe, Maybe Not, a farmer is distraught over problems that arise, such a his son breaking his leg. But because the son broke his leg, an invading army does not impress him into their army and he is spared.

A story in the Song of Solomon, a King is given a ring with the inscription This Too Shall Pass, to aid him in his suffering over material conditions that are either good or bad in his life.

In the end, all of these stories are stories I have collected for my storytelling performances of Mythic Yoga called Stories of Faith Healing and Transformation. They are about material conditions, whether good or bad, and how they are transient.  This has been the story of my life, and I call it Mythic Yoga. They are healing stories and yoga. We use myths, stories and symbols to guide us in uniting us with our true self. It is our Mythic Yoga Journey™ to continue on the path, despite all that appears as obstacles.


For you cannot judge what happens to you. All is as it should be, or it's how things hang together. The good or the bad is just a value judgment. Things just ARE. It is only our lens of mind that brings judgment and suffering. We try to cast out demons, but demons, as Mythologist Joseph Campbell says, are just doing their part in duality. We need story, and somebody has to play each part!

Mythic Yoga Journey
Cherry blossoms, Sakura, at the Himuro Jinja Shrine,
Nara, Japan Cherry blossoms symbolize the
fleeting of life. Cherish each moment! 

My life has been that way. So many traumas - childhood trauma in my childhood home of Boulder, Colorado, the trauma of my husband's suicide, a hasty second marriage three years after that ended in divorce and losing all my money, dealing with foreclosure, intense stress, losing my youngest sister to suicide, being abandoned on a Caribbean island, traveling, being brutalized by police in Florida. 


But all along I had an inner guide - yoga and meditation, and of course stories and dreams. It was my Mythic Yoga Journey, that entailed me leaving Boulder in 2010 and living in Argentina, St. Croix in the US. Virgin Islands and arriving back on the mainland in Florida. 


It has brought me incredible faith, healing and transformation. And now after all that, I find myself in the incredible moment of my life with all I could possibly ever imagine. At 50, I am married to my soul mate. We are perfect match for each other in every way. And remarkably, as life has it, I find myself moving to Japan!


I hope you follow your bliss. It takes risk. I did, and I'm happy to be your guide. Since 2003 I have been writing and conducting Mythic Yoga and Storytime Yoga® workshops online and more. I had my two children to raise on my own, and I really valued the home arts and motherhood as they needed me and the business world is way too stressful to do both well. I sacrificed with bliss for them, and now, as fate has it, I am back on my Mythic Yoga Journey™ to Japan.


For the calm abiding to see clearly is with me from meditation and yoga. I have listened to my story in the body, reclaimed my intuitive, sensing and feeling self by occupying the body and feeling safe in the moment. I have peeled away the curtains of the theatre of my mind, and gained enormous joy and peace in the process. And all my dreams have come true.


That's the goal of yoga - the sage, unaffected by loss or gain. I'm not perfect, but everything is practice. I know more lay ahead. But I am ever rooted in the transcendent as I participate in duality. 


You, too, can take a personal Mythic Yoga Journey™. Read my ebook, Mythic Yoga: Ancient Hindu Myth and Personal Story, which I first performed at the Winter Festival of Stories at the Boulder Public Library in 2005. Nobody could understand Mythic Yoga back then. They looked at me and said, "Mythic?" I know now, all has a purpose! All is as it should be!!


Join me! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for my Mythic Yoga Journey™ to Japan videos of haiku poetry and more. Follow me on Instagram for my photography and haiku and tankas and more! Follow my blog on my new website, an umbrella for Mythic Yoga and Storytime Yoga, my poetry and art, SydneySolis.com.


We found an amazing apartment in Osaka, and once I get settled I will return to teaching. It's a journey! Join me! Have faith! Healing and transformation await!


OM SHANTI


Osaka, Japan




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Poetry in Motion - Yoga, Myth and the Body


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Mythic Yoga: Myth Poetry Personal Mythology Sydney Solis
Wisdom, digital photograph of original silver gelatin print
photo collage by Sydney Solis. Part of the Personal
 Mythology Series. 
“I am the poet of the body. And I am the poet of the soul.” - Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass


Our bodies are poetry in motion. Poet Sandra Cisneros writes that a dream is a poem of the body. Mythologist Joseph Campbell says that the organs of the body are what emit energies in conflict with each other as images arise to the surface in our dreams and visions. 

What happens when we listen deeply to what songs, sounds, images and invisible words our body is saying to us?

That's part of the Mythic Yoga journey undertaken at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver this January 14, 2017 as part of a new beginning series that I will be teaching there. I'm excited to bring yoga and movement to literature workshops and share the intuitive, sensing and feeling functions that have been overlooked in favor of the intellect - true yoga.

Using spoken word, yoga, dance and other movement, we will explore embodied storytelling in a disembodied age of internet, social media and virtual reality to bring us down to earth, reality and listen deeply enough to tell our Myth Poem of the Body.

OM SHANTI

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mythic Imagery and Embodied Storytelling for Psycho-Spiritual Development

Mythic Yoga Imagery and Embodied Storytelling for Psycho-Spiritual Development Sydney Solis
Gustav Klimt The Tree of Life 1905
I performed my version of a Jewish folktale from India I call "The Tree of Gold" on the main stage Sunday Morning Closing Concert at the Florida Storytelling Festival April 3.

It's part of my personal Mythic Yoga repertoire of stories that have a significant spiritual value for me personally as well as collectively that have themes of reconciliation and renewal.

The imagery in this story pertains to many psycho-spiritual elements contained in yoga and yoga philosophy. When we listen to this story, we connect via the metaphors and archetypical images that re-link us to ourselves via the mythic dimension of our beings, largely forgotten in favor of the intellect.

Listening and creating these images internally within with our imagination activates the neglected feeling and intuitive functions of our psyche that is found and felt in the body.  Healing and answers are thus provided to our questions and ailments. "...myths are also profound dramatic descriptions of our interior emotional and spiritual experience as human beings, says Jeremy Taylor, and these myths also show up in our sleeping and waking dream life.

We become the characters, images and elements of the story, as we progress in the narrative structure and through the ritual of listening have a conscious participation in the story. We live the myth. We are the foolish king, who sends his young queen away. We are the queen abandoned and sent to the forest to live with an old man. We are the old man, those feminine qualities in masculine psychology that are expelled from our patriarchal culture. We are the tree of gold, which is constantly flowing liquid gold but always holding its shape of a tree.

Mythic Yoga: Mythic Imagery and Embodied Storytelling For Psycho-Spiritual Development Sydney Solis
The Cottonwood trees of my youth
growing up in Boulder, County
 Colorado have strong meaning for me.
Native Americans saw the tree as
sacred and was at the heart of the Sun Dance Ritual
These images activate the yoga within and reminds us something about the ineffable. That's the purpose of a mythic image, Mythologist Joseph Campbell says. It has one foot in reality and one foot in the transcendent. That is the Mythic Yoga, as stories and myths have that ability to wake us up and help us reach the goal of yoga, union with the divine.

When we act the story out with out body or take a position of a tree, I can feel immediately the Shakti, the kundalini, the chakras, the tree of life. I am at the center point, the axis mundi. I am the whole world. Tat Tvam Asi. Thou Art That. I am at one with the cosmos, the divine. My body is the container, just as the tree is, for cosmic intelligence and consciousness. The body's intelligence knows the way, we just have to realize it by hearing the stories and participating in the myth via the ritual of yoga.

For that is the purpose of myth, to help us live in accord with nature. We become Solis, the Latin word for sun. I am the sun. That is my personal mythology. And I am always amazed at the images and opportunities that present themselves in my life all because I dared to take a risk and follow my bliss. Dared to extract myself of the commodified trap American yoga has become.

 I feel the image resonate within me and it grounds me when I think of it or move with it. The Cosmic Tree is a powerful archetype of cosmic renovation. The Asvattha is the chief of trees and typifies that tree of life which is rooted in God. Great reminders during our secular life to handle all that arises and be rooted in myth and yoga in a world flattened out with just economic and political concerns rather than ecstasy and spirit.

Yama while instructing Naciketa describes the eternal Asvattha tree with its root upwards and branches downwards, which is the pure immortal Brahman, in which all these world are situated, and beyond which there is nothing else (Katha Upanishad Verse II.vi.1). But Krishna tells us that the Asvattha tree having neither end nor beginning nor stationariness whatsoever has its roots upwards and branches downwards whose branches are nourished by the Gunas and whose infinite roots spread in the form of action in the human world which, though strong, are to be cut off by the forceful weapon of detachment to seek the celestial abode from which there is no return (Bhagavad Gita Chapter XV Verses 1-4).

This tree my father bought at an end of season
 sale at K-Mart in Boulder in 1981 for .25.
 It now grows and has an uncanny look of a woman!
Folklore says that when you cut down
 a tree, you cut down a woman. 
Powerful medicine. That's the power of the oral tradition. That's the power of storytelling and listening and the oral tradition, especially when you act out the myth as ritual with yoga and it becomes the yoga. Something reading won't get you (now will following a guru. Look within for your own sat guru. It's right here all the time, like a jewel in the middle of your forehead.

Forget expensive trainings and workshops by flying all over the world. America, always trying to make a buck. Simply sit down and mediate every day and get to know thy self!  For yogic wisdom for thousand of years has been passed down in such a manner, for the transmission is a psycho-spiritual knowing via the energy of the image that guides us to knowledge and liberation. It's perfect for modern times. Just to re-acquaint yourself with this silent aspect of your being.

For this is our yoga. Mythic Yoga, using images and symbols to find union. "To transcend profane time and re-enter into mythical Great Time is equivalent to a Revelation of Ultimate Reality. Reality that is strictly metaphysical and can be approached in no other way than through myths and symbols," Mircea Eliade says in his book Images and Symbols studies in religious symbolism.

Join me May 14 at Yoga Circle and Dance in Ormond Beach for a Mythic Yoga Workshop to discover your personal mythology. Or join me online starting September 12 for the Mythic Yoga Online Training and discover your myth through dreams and journaling, yoga and the global community. Amazingly we start dreaming together, experiencing the synchronicity that arises when we connect to our depths and share our hearts. We are all one!

OM SHANTI





Friday, April 15, 2016

Joseph Campbell Foundation Roundtable Meetings in DeLand, Florida Third Monday of Each Month

Durga and Kali have been guiding me with myth for decades,
helping me cut through tragedy, trauma and ego
and leading me to divine truth
Live your Myth! It's magic!
For years I hosted Joseph Campbell Foundation Roundtable meetings in my homes in Colorado. I had attended the Mythic Journey's Conference in Atlanta in 2004 and connected with the amazing people out there working in myth and was invited to attend the second conference in 2005 with JCF. I also attended the Esalen Mythological Toolbox in 2005. I missed the plane to Monterey, California the following year as it was excessively crazy airport traffic that following year as I had to put my little kids on a plane to San Antonio first to stay with grandparents for my ability to travel. SO........

I decided that needed to take time off for my kids and personal mythic journey, so I took a risk and followed my bliss. I left Colorado, my home state of 38 years, in 2010 to travel and live abroad with my kids, homeschooling them with yoga and story. I landed in DeLand, Florida and the wonderful storytellers there were excited to hear about myth and Joseph Campbell, which is really all yoga!

 I pointed them in the direction to start a Mythological Roundtable here. We have been meeting steadily at the home of a psychotherapist and includes my neighbors, Tony Foresta and Kaye Armstrong, who were the audio and video team that worked on Bill Moyer's PBS Series with Joseph Campbell The Power of Myth

The next meeting is this Monday April 18 at 7 pm in DeLand, Florida. Contact Bill at wbrennan8(at)cfl.rr.com.

As my kids are now older teens and the Storytime Yoga for Kids work coming to its fullness and all my creative projects completed, the Mythic Yoga realm I put off (took town my website in 2006, will be back soon!) just bubbles up even more powerful, as the body, yoga and stories link me more and more powerful to the inner world and the divine truth within everything connected.

Join us! Start a Joseph Campbell Foundation Roundtable in your area! Follow your myth! Connect with others, especially youth, and let's bring myth, peace and wellbeing back to the world via body and word! I will be presenting more Mythic Yoga programs in the future. Stay tuned! In the meantime, Read my E-book Mythic Yoga: Vishnu's Dream: Ancient Hindu Myth and Personal Story to get inspired by the myths and activate within you realization of your life's unique personal story and destiny.

Join me at Yoga Circle and Dance in Ormond Beach, Florida on May 14 for Mythic Yoga Workshop!
OM SHANTI