My encounter with Ōmuro Toyo began in 1989 when I was working as a journalist in Tokyo (having already lived in Japan for 7 years) and traveled to a festival of ancestor worship to the northeastern tip of the main island Honshu, to Shimokita Peninsula. While a healer in her early 70’s renowned for her work with cancer patients and numerous ailments, her sense of playfulness and yet captivating awareness in matters of healing, renewal and resting inspired me tremendously. So, I eagerly returned to work as an apprentice with her over several years.
At Stanford, Mukund received the Robert Beyer Textor Award for Outstanding Anthropological Creativity for his work linking the emotional, socio-cultural and psychosomatic states that interweave the mind and body of the healer or seer and the patient within the folk healing and ritual practices of northeastern Japan (which included Moxibustion), with comparative references to Southern Indian devotional practices and experiences. His work outlines various techniques and practices through which emotions and memories are embodied, invoked and healed. It is an exploration of our individual and collective journey to discover creative spaces and healthy selves in the current global world. Mukund has been a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University and has presented his work as a part of the Japan Forum lectures. Currently, he is completing a manuscript entitled Embodying Intimacy along borders and across cultures.
Mukund is of Tamil origin and was born into a family that was dedicated to Carnatic music for generations. In his years of learning to sing in this tradition, his grandmother, the late Savitri Rajan (a Veena maestro of the Dhanammal tradition) always reminded him of the very essence that marks the earth or foundation, and the sky or pinnacle of this music tradition, as it manifests from within the body. She would say, the ability to fully come into and embody one’s tone and breath as resonating in unison with the Tambura (the drone) offered the soul for the raga and composition that unfolded. Over the years, this background led Mukund to formulate a yogic practice which instills mind-body alignment via vocal, tonal, and breathing exercises, with a foundation in visualization and meditation, called Resonance Yoga®. Since 2007, Mukund along with Dina Amsterdam has been offering the “Healing From Within” workshop at Yoga Tree in San Francisco.
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