The freedom of choice.
This is ultimately what America stands for, is it not? Ok, in literal verbiage, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” But if you whittle that down to a concept, one might argue that its the notion of choice over the way we direct our lives, as opposed to direction by our government.
I’ve had some opportunities to get out of my “regularly scheduled life,” lately which has me thinking about stories. In yoga philosophy, there are stories that tell of archetypes having a particular experience, which we use as metaphors to understand our own experiences, relationships, and lives. In my other work-world of voice-over and music, there is a story and a mood to convey. And throughout our day, there is a story playing out in our head. This is the story that has the most direct and consistent impact on our lives, and believe it or not, our health.
A year and a half ago, after much thought about all the psychology reading I’d been doing, and in reflecting on my own habits, and those of my loved ones around me, I got to thinking an awful lot about the idea of practice. I developed a workshop series called the Practice Project, which is […]
I hope you’ll join me for the annual solstice class on Thursday Dec. 21st 2017 (with the other YOGA Garden teachers!) and participate in a very special music and movement class on Monday, January 1st, 2018. We’ll explore some slow floor stretches to open up the body and breath, followed by a gentle yoga class, and ending with some group vocalization: Om’s, holding tones, simple harmony, and simple melody. Both will be hosted at YOGA Garden Minneapolis – 1229 Tyler St. NE.
At the end of August, I had the pleasure and advantage of attending the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved conference in Chicago. It was encouraging and inspiring to say the least, and I wanted to share a highlight: A presentation given by Patricia Rush, MD, in reference to the way the brain is constructed and deals with information (as specific to trauma in her work). The brain controls the body, so this directly applies to our yoga practices.
About a year ago I started thinking a LOT about what it is that gets a person going from, “I know I need to do more of XYZ in my life,” to “I’m so glad I have XYZ as a regular part of my life.” And it came down to this: Practice. There’s not really a magic formula. There’s no magic date or moment when you suddenly do the thing you know you should do, and you magically become the person you want to be.
I remember the first time I heard someone say that phrase in reference to yoga. It struck me how very ahead of myself I was. This idea is very “be here now!” However, we live in a very distracted time. So maybe a little demand on the current moment isn’t such a bad thing. For some of us.
The yoga I teach in a nutshell: A time and place to unify your body, mind, life experiences, and spirit into safe and applicable movement and stillness for you, as they exist today.