Radical self care is not chocolate.
Chocolate is awesome.
But it is unfair to expect chocolate to do what only you can.
how did the box start?
it started with
you have tight shoulders
that tight shouldered person.
everything got filtered through
"I have tight shoulders".
that is who we became.
that was our "thing"
we traded our "thing" with other people
until our yoga discussion was limited to
what was wrong with us.
we began to filter every yoga practice
a false yet familiar framework of
how to FIX ourselves
we needed fixing
and someone could fix us
without ever knowing
who we were.
we began to
start every practice
with a list
our list of STUFF that someone told us
we had to fix.
we made these labels the most important thing
and our yoga
until it became
if we tell ourselves
of what is wrong with us
before every yoga practice....
our yoga practice
if we start
what has been
it has been repeated
we never can get a glimpse
of what it is like
to figure it out for ourselves.
if we box ourselves in
by our labels
chosen by us
or for us
we believe we are those labels
if we box ourselves in
day after day
practice after practice
we will lose the ability
step outside the box.
what kind of yoga is this
why 53 backbends?
yoga can be quite magical
but the way to create magic
(as any scientist will tell you)
for the past eight years
I map a plan
drop back my age in years
on my birthday.
this is certainly a bit ridiculous.
especially because this year it is 53 drop backs.
I don't think someone else needs to do 53 backbends.
I do think it is quite useful
to work with practical and repeatable measures
so that when the magic happens
you have a map of what you did
so you can do it again.
Science is magic.
I tend to be brutally honest when I am upside down.
Kim (the wife) suggested I film some of my brutal honesty.
I think she just wanted the house to herself so she sent me and the little one to the back studio to make a video.
My plan was to address training the mind and the habits we fall into.
Yep. That was the plan.
Yet when I am upside down I seem to go off script.
Perhaps it is because something that was on the back of my mind traveled to the front (which should happen when you are upside down right?)
That was a joke.
This is 30 second advice tip about diet books.
The video below is from a short question and answer session after a recent class.
Every student is treated as a teacher...because every student is their own teacher.
Oh my I do love this stuff.
We rely WAY too much on luck when it comes to our yoga practice.
We hope that maybe kinda sorta this class might work for us.
Luck is fine...but it is unreliable.
Instead...rely on technique.
Technique takes time...but most things that work do.
technique gets us unstuck
you are the power source
On how it is quite impossible to meditate.
Meditation is not something you do, it is a place you get to
But we can apply practical tools....breath, poses, direction...to get to a state of meditation.
Think about it.
Because it has always been done this way is the scariest phrase in the English language.
It takes effort to relax.
The time invested in practice should be worth the time invested.
Before we KNOW something.
Before we are right.
Or closer to right.
We must be wrong.
That is the nature of figuring things out.
Forget "do what feels natural". That doesn't take you somewhere new.
Practice is preparation for uncharted territory.