June 10, 2017 :: ERIFILY NIKOLAKOPOULOU
SOME INSIGHTS FROM THIS SESSION:
- Build up to the tough stuff. Start with small, achievable challenges while interacting with others.
- Alienation can be taken as deep and relentless training: genjokoan.
- "Logical miracles" are sometimes physically doable.
“Proselytize,” she chuckled. “I should have known that word; it’s Greek.”
Instead Erifily Nikolakopoulou had used the word “seduce” to describe what she has felt – and revolted against – in most any religion or philosophy she’s come in contact with.
Proselytizing is the attempt to convert or recruit someone to a particular path, whether in gross or subtle ways. Erifily has felt this primarily from being atheist in Greek society, where 97% of citizens identify as Eastern Orthodox Christian, and where church and state are essentially one.
Voicing something different won’t get you beat up in the street, but you’ll get ostracized in other ways. For example, maybe you won’t get that job. Or maybe they won’t include you in the festivities at the school--and then it’s not about you, it’s about your kid.
Erifily has also experienced this in Buddhist and yoga circles.
I always held a strong contempt for gurus and absolute answers. The more I feel someone trying to get me into something, the more I close off.
It took so much time to get into meditation because I couldn’t find the right space.
Shinzen’s secular system didn’t have that aspect. It was practice for the sake of the practice.
Despite the challenges of authoritarian dissonance, Erifily has committed hundreds of hours to learning various methods of mind and body awareness, and now teaches Feldenkrais, yoga, and meditation.
I’m mainly using Feldenkrais methods, though people are often drawn in by their familiarity with yoga. The boundaries are not important. The work is playful. I appreciate the immediate sensorial feedback from body work. I let the work take me where it does.
She emphasizes to her students the focus on their own discovery “without comparison or standards.”
Most people come so they can have an hour for themselves -- to get in touch with their bodies, to feel their breath, to stretch a little. They come for that experience.
Learn more about Erifily at her website https://atomyoga.eu.
AS A KID, ERIFILY WAS FASCINATED WITH THE HUMAN BODY AND ANATOMY. ONE DREAM SHE HASN'T REALIZED YET IS ATTENDING A DISSECTION CLASS.
SHE LOVES DOING BALLET CLASSES WITH POINT SHOES JUST SO SHE CAN EXPERIENCE THE RELIEF OF TAKING THEM OFF.
HER FAVORITE DEITY IS LORD GANESHA. SHE FELT AN INSTANT ATTRACTION WHEN SHE FIRST SAW HIS STATUE IN INDIA. THOUGH SHE IS A NON-BELIEVER, IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.