Yoga and Ran
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Yoga and Ran
Kato, I went over to Joe Fortes Library last night.
Oh yeah … I was glad to see you.
Were you? … You were so concentrated on watching the movie. You did hardly notice me. What on earth were you watching?
Good question! … I was watching the following film:
“Ran （乱）” Trailer
by Akira Kurosawa
I see … so, you were watching one of the samurai movies, weren’t you?
Yes, I was. It is one of the best movies.
Oh … is it? It seems to me too wild and violent.
I know … I know … but it is based on the legend of Mōri Motonari (毛利元就； one of the famous war lords in Japan) as well as on the Shakespearean tragedy King Lear.
King Lear, eh? … Ummm …
Diane, have you ever read the King Lear tragedy?
Don’t ask me such a stupid question, Kato. The King Lear tragedy is like the tale of Genji （源氏物語）—one of the famous classic stories. Any Canadian with an English or even Welsh or Irish background knows about the King Lear story.
Oh…? The King Lear story is so mcuh well-known? Tell me about it.
Ummm … sounds quite interesting. Actually, I noticed that one of the samusai-warriors mentioned the nature of human suffering and kinship in “Ran.”
Tell me, Kato … Your concentration was beyond my understanding. How come you watched the film so intensely?
Good question! … Actually, I didn’t watch “Ran” itself because I’ve seen it so many times.
Oh … Didn’t you watch “Ran”?
No, I didn’t. Instead, I watched the following film:
Chris Marker – “A.K.” (1985) -1/6
This is a 1985 French documentary film directed by Chris Marker about the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.
What is so good about it?
Well … It was filmed while Kurosawa was working on “Ran,” but the film focuses more on Kurosawa’s remote but polite personality than on the making of the film. The film is sometimes seen as being reflective of Chris Marker’s fascination with Japanese culture.
In other words, Chris Marker depicted some charms of Kurosawa as well as the Japanese culture, didn’t he?
Yes, he did. Actually, Kurosawa attracted so many film-makers. That’s one of the reasons Kurosawa received the special prize at the Academy ceremony.
Akira Kurosawa tribute
with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg
I saw it on TV a long time ago.
Oh, did you?
By the way, Kato, how come you added “Yoga” as a title of this article?
Good question! … ‘cause you handed me a copy of newspaper article about 96-year-old Yoga teacher last night.
Did Kurosawa practice Yoga as well?
No, I don’t think he did, but he was quite interested in Zen （禅）. I’m pretty sure that Kurosawa was also interested in Yoga. In any case, the above woman is quite famous.
Oh, is she?
I searched her video on the Net and found out the following clip:
93 Year Old Yoga Master
This video was taken 3 years ago.
She looks quite young for her age, doesn’t she?
Yes, she does. You know, Daine, it’s been suggested that yoga keeps you young.
Yoga for Your Cycle
I’ve been practicing yoga for years.
I know … I know … that’s the reason you look so young and charming.
Oh, Kato, do you really think so?
Yes, I do. Do you know, Diane, why yoga keeps you young?
I’ve got a hunch, but I don’t really know it. Tell me.
My answer is dopamine. The other day I came across the following clip:
Dopamine and Yoga
Dopamine keeps you young and happy.
Do you really think so?
Well … I think you’ve already known it unconsciously!
Power Yoga for Happiness
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
Hi, I’m June Adams.
Dopamine is a monoamine neurotransmitter which plays a number of important physiological roles in the bodies of animals.
In the brain, dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter—a chemical released by nerve cells to send signals to other nerve cells.
Dopamine is produced in several areas of the brain, including the substantia nigra and the ventral tegmental area.
Dopamine plays a major role in the brain system that is responsible for reward-driven learning.
Every type of reward that has been studied increases the level of dopamine transmission in the brain, and a variety of highly addictive drugs, including stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine, act directly on the dopamine system.
There is evidence that people with extraverted (reward-seeking) personality types tend to show higher levels of dopamine activity than people with introverted personalities.
Several important diseases of the nervous system are associated with dysfunctions of the dopamine system.
Parkinson’s disease, an age-related degenerative condition causing tremor and motor impairment, is caused by loss of dopamine-secreting neurons in the substantia nigra.
So, if you want to stay young, you might as well practice yoga to increase dopamine.