Kerry Rodgers wrote:Wow, that WAS a full day! I'm intrigued by your mention of "just before Himalayan yoga". If it's not too personal a subject, maybe a brief description/link/pic of the practice there at WL? ....
.... So now I want to know what everyone else is doing. I hadn't actually heard of "Himalayan" as a style before.
hmmmm....so the set of stretches I'm referring to as Himalayan Yoga was first taught to me in the mid-90's by a man named Micheal Phillips in Tucson, AZ. To prepare his student's bodies to move Chi through their bodies, he taught us this particular set with the name "opening the gates" -a Mandrin name.
In 2015 I went to His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje USA seat near Woodstock, NY to finish a practice called Ngondro. There were two high level monks sent to prepare the monastery for the Karmapa's arrival in 2016; one of those monks name is Khenpo Tenkyong. He asked if I wanted to learn Himalayan Yoga, I said yes, and he taught me the EXACT same set of stretches!
Khenpo Tenkyong said he was from a kung fu monastery and he used the word shaolin but later I went to Nepal and learned that the Kagyu Lineage has both male and female kungfu monasteries; these monks and nuns are physical protectors. Khenpo Tenkyong was born in Nepal and as a young boy told his parents they needed to move to India so he could assist the Karmapa; they did.
If you wanted to learn these set of stretches, it will take about a month as these are not session yoga poses....one has to learn what is going on inside of one's body rather than just the outside.
Here are the people I recommend that you ask to teach you this set of Himalayan Yoga:
Khenpo Karma Tenkyong
Sam FS Chin
This man, Michael Phillips
, is the one who showed me these set of stretches first (and so many other internal energy tools).
Lastly, in order of importance, I could teach them to you and it will take about a month and half to make sure you 1) can do them; 2) you get the internal instructions ingrained in your body. You would be better served working with the above caliber of people to learn this set of stretches.