a conversation

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training your attention

requires

a conversation

between

your patterns 

and your potential

:::

a conversation

is when there is a pause and more than one viewpoint

not an ongoing monologue

of endless words that are masquerading as truth

but

are simply words

of history and habit.

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these unconscious words of habit

and those dead words of history

are

repeated

and repeated

and repeated

until

we confuse habit and history

with

TRUTH.

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we fall into the trap

thinking these words ARE us

that we are

panic

fear

judgement

hate

resentment

but

what we are hearing are simply habit and history

repeated so many times

that we are fooled into thinking they are permanent

and we mistakenly think

we can’t control them

and we give them so much power

that

they control us.

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so as we repeat the

anger

resentment

panic

we think we have no control

we just keep

logging

on.

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habit and history

may indicate

but they need not dictate

once we realize

we have a choice.

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from ariadne’s thread and other practices by wini linguvic

Good Technique

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Good technique liberates us from our habits.

What we do repeatedly becomes ingrained.

If we repeat crappy thoughts often enough…. those crappy thoughts become part of us.

If we slump into a pathetic exhausted heap in a yoga class, our body learns to do that automatically.

So lets build techniques that elevate us.

Connect

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A yoga practice is a chance to CONNECT the dots.

We can CONNECT how the shape of a pose can change the state of the mind.

We can CONNECT how a technique has the potential to fortify or deplete us.

We can CONNECT how repetition of a one thing done well provides a baseline to do MORE things well.

But sometimes we get distracted.

Instead of connecting the dots we get caught up in the more common practice of collecting the dots.

We work on doing MORE.

More poses.

More classes.

More “research”.

Everyone is selling us MORE.

Scaring the shit out of us….because if you don’t have THIS or THAT you don’t have IT.

So we are told to collect MORE so what we are doing might have more of a chance of working.

So we collect videos.

And advice.

And inspirational pictures and motivational quotes.

And retreats.

And festivals.

Whatever works for you works for you.

If it is working.

Collecting makes you good at collecting.

It doesn’t help at all with CONNECTING.

In our earnest efforts we get so damned busy COLLECTING the dots that we miss out on the alchemy that occurs when we find ways to CONNECT the dots.

Truth.

shoulder circuits

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In our practice we practice movement patterns.

To see how we move.

And how we move NOW is different then how we moved BEFORE.

And how we will move TOMORROW depends on how we move TODAY.

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We do not get stuck in the idea of what we can’t do.

Because we are more interested in what we can.

We practice optimal movement patterns by traveling THROUGH them.

And we repeat where it feels shaky.

Until it doesn’t feel shaky.

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a faster horse

a faster horse
If I would have asked people
what they wanted they would have asked for a faster horse
— Henry Ford

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in search of home practice

we instinctively try to

replicate

a yoga class

at home

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this is understandable

good yoga classes

can help us

feel better

and we want that feeling

of feeling

better

all the time

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but in our quest

to replicate

a yoga class

we miss out

on the potential of

home practice

:::

we miss out on being

the driver

the decider

the leader

:::

only in home practice

can you fortify

your personal

navigation system

and reveal to yourself

how

utterly

capable you are

:::

your home practice is an entirely different vehicle

than a video

or a

picture

or a

class

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in class you LEARN to self soothe

at home you self soothe

in class you LEARN to self regulate

at home you self regulate

:::

this highest form of self care

is not possible

in a group setting.

although we learn it in a group setting.

truth.

:::

from ariadne’s thread and other practices by wini linguvic

ps: a personal practice is not a solo version of a class, no matter how good your classes are.

it is not a faster horse.

it is something else entirely.

Esoteric

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esoteric (definition): intended for or understood by only a chosen few, as an inner group of disciples or initiates, beyond the understanding or knowledge of most people.

we

tend to use the word

esoteric

as a shield

to prevent us

from trying.

:::

it is too hard

too advanced

yep.

it is hard

it is advanced

most stuff that works

takes work.

:::

esoteric practice is not exclusively

for

those people

who sell yoga scents

and sense.

lordy no.

:::

do not be intimidated by new age vernacular

that masquerades as wisdom

deeper knowledge is built one skill at a time.

in a language clear and concise

:::

complex concepts

require understanding of simple concepts

and

esoteric

is not impossible

it is

just elusive.

:::

from Ariadne’s Thread and Other Practices by wini linguvic

so much gratitude to Nevine Michaan who taught me there is magic in science and science in magic.

bad practice

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to way to good practice

is to have

many

many

many

bad practices.

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when you say

it is okay

to have a bad practice

to make mistakes

to try new things

and to throw away

the crap that doesn’t work

because you worked it

you are closer

to a good practice.

:::

allow yourself to

have bad practices

lots and lots

of bad practices

test

and try

ten or twenty or two hundred times

so you know what doesn’t work.

:::

all craft

all skill

all alchemy

is learned

from first hand experience

and the willingness

to have make mistakes

:::

the way to good practice

is through bad practice

so you can recognize

the difference.

:::

from Ariadne’s Thread and Other Practices by wini linguvic

Why The Ballet Studio Rocks

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This is just a few of the zillion reasons the ballet studio rocks:

  1. Classical Ballet of California is run by the great Nina Baratova. Enough said there.

  2. There is light streaming in, high ceilings and you can feel the energy of the generations of dancers who studied here.

  3. Dancers built their craft through technique. So do we.

  4. Our yoga classes fit right in to a working dance studio where WORK happens, and where art is revealed through practice, and where the body and intellect and imagination is trained to work together.

  5. There are baskets of little ballet shoes in the changing room, how can that ever be bad?