I read something really good this morning. I know it is not recommended to cyber surf in the early AM but it was too icy for lousy drivers like me to be on the roads today. Specially if their right leg feels abused every time you press on the gas pedal. Because I read an entry shared on FB of Kate O’Donnell’s blog this morning, I was able to have a very good home practice without inconveniencing what I have self diagnosed as mild sciatica. Do yourself a favor and partake if you have not read it before:
I have always been curious about all these implements people collect to massage their surprised muscles because of the way their particular practice is going. I am impressed with some collections. Boodiba’s in particular. Among her stash she has a blue neck thingie that I covet and a wooden ballet stretcher gizmo that I do not covet at all. Susananda also has a therapy stick I think it is called that looks interesting. We ashtangis do not go for props or aids during practice with some wise exceptions but we seem to enjoy gizmos for after practice. I have survived with a meager tennis ball, but it it is time to add a foam roller. Megan from Damngoodyoga gave an excellent demo on how to use the dang thing (maybe it’s use is self explanatory for most but not for the likes of me) and I think that it is going to be ideal for the traveling spasm that has arrived to my pelvis from its original point of arrival on the right side of my upper back. Time to get serious if turning around in bed needs a strategy. Please please spend time cultivating a respectable chaturanga when you begin a yoga practice. Failure to do so will come back and bite you in the ass. Literally.
My buddy Laura of Smallbluepearls and Runway project renoun shared a comment that authorized teacher PJ Heffernan made on a post making the rounds on facebook. The post has the phrase burned seeds in it and I apologize for my sudden dread of going back to find the link. If you care you will google. Anyway, the comment mentions that authorized or certified ( to lazy again to figure out the difference) agree not to do TT / Workshops. You know I just signed up for AYC and I enjoy a workshop. Is a retreat qualify as not following the agreement? I have no interest in teaching anything. I want to honor lineage but after gathering info I will follow my own counsel. Last apology: I suck at iphone typing.
Taking a week off practice: Overrated. Even with sleeping in, both body and mind are hyper and restless.
Finding out why Jois closed: Overrated. After the surprise, and either the schadenfreude or the grief, the why is just gossip. Very weird though, is how most comments on the topic are anonymous. Why? Underrated.
Peg Mulqueen and Jen Rene’s video clip of their recent AshtangaDispatch workshop: Underrated. It should be viral. Having problems with Guruji’s silhouette in aqua, but there is no rule that everybody has to like what I like.
The balance in the ratio of men and women in the photo posted by Cathy Louise Broda on FB, of the first time Guruji taught in NYC: Underrated. It is priceless. A big chunk of the history of the Ashtanga community in the USA right there. Beryl Bender Birch so very underrated.
Food as consolation for feeling blue: Under and Over rated simultaneously. Sometimes consolation is not what you need, you actually need to swim in the blue.
Arts and Crafts as consolation for feeling blue: Very Underrated, almost as underrated as being of service while blue. There is a lot of potential creativity and energy in the blue.
No problem! There’s a youtube channel for that now. The interwebs are like a big ask and you shall receive psychic fair. Thanks so much to The Confluence Countdown for alerting me to this:
It really is the only sane option. What you want, NOT what “you want” to do to procrastinate when you are afraid to do what you want.
This two fine authors might not look at the world in exactly the same way but they have a handle on what is coming down the pike. I am insisting that the husband read both and left one of them on his desk because the other one I’m re-reading. I promise you:
This plus this:Equals
THIS!! It is going to be awesome.
I’ve napped during Savasana(not really Savasana but rest) twice before. Today I napped during Balasana ( I have a headstand problem so I get there a lot earlier). What I mean is I woke up when I heard teacher say Baddha Padmasana. I continued my nap during rest which lasted a lovely ten minutes, and my hair was dripping wet when I twisted it to put my hair clip back on. My dinner guests just cancelled (because its raining???) and I’m stuck with a cheesecake, and a paella. Happy rest day.
Those who do not move, do not notice their chains-
Can someone please answer this seemingly "simple" question: What the heck is progress?
Let's narrow our focus on yoga for our conversation this morning ... Progress on your trusty yoga mat looks and feels rather different from a straight gravel road shooting up over the horizon. After a few sips of juniper berry infused mead, I like to think of…
Carol Horton shared this latest post from http://yogaforsmartpeople.com/ on facebook. I will start by saying that this blogger can sure write well and is no slouch. I will then continue and say that advanced asana, correct breathing and consistent drishti are not evidence of sanity. A bunch of bat shit crazy yogis with pretty beautiful practices will themselves admit it openly. I will then also add that even though my high school algebra teacher was able to transmit his knowledge to I’ll say 87% of my class, I was not part of that fortunate bunch. That means that the teacher didn’t suck and I am not a bad person, but I was not a great math student. Is yoga/math/physics for everyone? Sure, why not. The outcomes will vary according to well, variables. Yoga seems to help in prisons, where there are a bunch of really pissed off people. We all know some pretty accomplished yoga teachers and dharma teachers can end up doing some pretty appalling things. In other words, the results of a yoga practice are not uniform or constant, or predictable in a guarantee/warranty/infallible kind of way. that’s life for ya.