A new kind of yoga based on “blissology” is coming to town.
Yogi and surfer Eoin Finn describes it as the “art of tuning into the force that makes us feel connected to each other and the planet.”
The yoga teacher, whose writings have appeared alongside people such as Deepak Chopra, Prince Charles and Eckhart Tolle and in publications such as “Vogue,” will be leading two workshops rooted in this bliss on Sunday, April 3, at COIL Yoga studio near Fig Garden Village in Fresno.
He’s very well-known in the yoga world.
COIL owner Katie Flinn met Finn at a Wanderlust festival a couple of years ago.
“He was one of only a few teachers that I felt had a powerful universal message about yoga that anybody everywhere could relate to,” she says. “He’s just completely open and genuine, and he really seems to live what he’s teaching and preaching.”
Finn has been teaching yoga for nearly two decades and splits his time between Santa Cruz, British Columbia and Bali.
Finn’s blissology principle was largely influenced by a favorite phrase of mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell: “follow your bliss.” Finn likes to say that bliss stands for “beautiful living is super simple.”
I hope they just feel blissed out.
“We are really good as humans at making happiness and enlightenment super complicated, and I’m trying to simplify it and learn the skills of how to actually get your body and mind present,” Finn says. “That’s step one. Then get out and find solitude somewhere in nature so you can really receive, and you will know what happiness is.”
Here’s some more from Finn about yoga and his motivation:
Sunday’s workshops: Finn will lead two classes at COIL. The first focuses on the “outer body,” the bones and muscles, and the second with the “energy body,” working with the seven chakras. Ancient Indian teachings hold that chakras are important energy points within the body.
Finn says he came to see how chakras align with key junctures in the endocrine system, which is made up of glands that secrete hormones, after working with medical doctors from Harvard University.
“These are places that really control our internal chemistry, and through years of studying the old yogis’ teachings and from my teachers and my own studies, I feel like I’ve got some incredible offerings that I’d love to share about tools that we can use to really reduce the effects of stress in the body.”
Getting personal: “When the classes are happening, I really have the intention of breaking down the barriers of our heart so we can really energetically feel each other more. … We just live in such isolation. We live isolated from where our food comes from, especially in the city, and we are so isolated from our neighbors, and that’s called normal now.”
Finn says a common sentiment, “just don’t bug other people,” isn’t very positive.
“Then we put shrink wrap around our hearts in the process. I think we can’t not share energy. So if you try not to share energy, you share the energy of not sharing.”
Nature power: “When we become quiet and present in the beauty of nature, our deepest hearts become clear. … We need to make a priority of it, and even the yogis need to get out of the studios and into nature. … I spent a lot of time when I was young in the forest and by the lakes. I just felt such a deep happiness and contentment there that nothing really made sense to me until I learned the Native American idea of the Great Spirit.”
Finn’s experiences in nature inspired him to study eastern philosophy. That led him to his first yoga teacher in 1989.
“I started to figure out that yogis actually had terms for deep presence and that could be applied to what I experienced in this beauty of nature that put me on my path.”
Sustainable living: “A key word that keeps coming up is sustainability. I’m interested in creating a sustainable life for myself and others on the planet. I feel like that’s the question that yoga really needs to address in the modern age – how can we connect the teachings back to ecology? … The way we treat our own bodies is the way we treat our own personal relationships and nature.”
Attend a yoga workshop
Eoin Finn will lead two classes at COIL Yoga, 292 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, on Sunday, April 3. “Sthira and Sukha: The Art of Core Integration” from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (tickets $55 in advance or $60 at the door) and “Vinyasa Yoga + Your Energy Body” from 2-4:30 p.m. (tickets $45 in advance or $50 at the door). Pre-registration is requested online at coilyoga.com. The classes are for beginners to advanced students.