2017: What Are You Practicing?
In one of the top five experiences of my life happened while I was teaching contemporary music to middle and high-schoolers in Idaho. Victor Wooten, electric bass great (or wizard, as I like to call him) blessed us with his presence at the school for an all-school assembly / workshop. Later that evening he played at The Knitting Factory in downtown Boise with his band.
During the workshop a student asked him a question, wanting to know his recommendation about “the best way to practice.” Mr. Wooten’s response hit me like a rainbow-on-fire, shooting out little balls of explosion that melt into sparkly warm fuzzy bits of enlightenment. Or something. He said, with his eyebrows raised, and looking very intently at the student:
“You’re always practicing SOMETHING.”
This is the idea behind the Yoga With Calley Practice Project. Its about coming back to what we are already doing – already “practicing,” even if we’re not thinking of it that way. And through commitment, repetition, and observation, we develop and interact with “what we’re already doing” so that it evolves in a way that works with us. With our bodies, with our minds, with what each of us needs at this phase of life.
So I took this idea, added a good dose of research that tells us it takes anywhere from 8-12 weeks for new concepts to become concrete, where learning goes beyond just information intake and becomes information application… and viola!
Yoga With Calley Practice Project is meant as 9 weeks of supported group practice. Most of our time will be spent practicing, but at the end of every session will be time to share small amounts of information about specifics of asana and philosophy. The goal is simply to learn about YOU, so that we all may help guide our observations and knowledge to work toward greater health, and develop new healthy habits that we can take home with us. It’s like growing a “yogi-in-your-pocket” that you can then take home as your friend, and whip out when you need a little help.
Email me if you want to sign up, there’s a few spots left and I’ll never be the pot calling the kettle black for being last-minute! firstname.lastname@example.org