John Merideth lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is the author of Spiritually Ambitious...a blog touching on the existential twists and turns of contemporary life. He is also an artist and film maker and healthy living/loving advocate.
In theory there is nothing wrong with the McYoga model until the “instructor”, with two weekends of training, gets confused about the difference between a push-up and “chaturanga dan lasagna" and you end up with a torn rotator in your shoulder.
What if your life was designed from start to finish as the most beautiful form of play the universal mind has ever imagined. What if living your life was meant to be the most profound aesthetic experience you will ever have while being human.
Stop punishing yourself for “bad” behavior - say no to negative self-talk. If you get off track don’t waste time wallowing in your mistakes.
Clothing can hide or reveal, it can enforce or challenge cultural norms and it literally comes in contact with our largest sense organ, our skin, constantly.
Having taught yoga for half of my life, I can tell you that in its current form, yoga is fun and can have many positive benefits (like community) but it is not enough on its own
In life we often approach a situation with our full compliment of attachments, conflicts and preconceptions about who we are and how we are.
Shame drives tapes within the mind of each person in slightly different ways but the outcome for most of us is the same…unfulfilling choices.
My big nose I can remember standing in front of the mirror at 16 and seeing only one thing…a giant nose. I recall obsessive feelings of revulsion boil up inside myself. I felt ugly. I know now teenagers go through a lengthy period period of awkward transformation and irrational feelings fueled in part by hormones and the liminal process of becoming an adult.
it is possible that what makes one person feel connected, tuned in and present is exactly the opposite of what another person needs to feel connected, tuned in and present and for both to exist at the same time and for both to bring about a deep sense of love and compassion.
I feel a rushing sensation, a whooshing sound; like the sound you hear when you press your ear to a window facing a city street. My sense of sound is more a tactile vibration than actual sound and my entire body seems to thrum with it. The thrumming reaches a crescendo and as it does I feel tiny pieces of me, an outer layer, vibrate loose in a cloud around me.
Titibasana brings with it a distinct awareness to the groin, hips, thighs and low back. The initial components of the posture, negotiating the shoulders between the legs, relies heavily upon an awareness of core-low back integration. This make the posture important for gaining flexibility along the inside of the legs
Brands like Lululemon are examples of how trying to only hit one shrill note again and again can become your biggest road block.
By practicing yoga we learn to rein in the tendency of consciousness to gravitate toward the impermanence of external things. As consciousness settles, it takes on a transparent quality and our experience of time becomes more spacious and less personal.
No walls, no jumping, no flinging...learn to do your pike into headstand with control...
It is ultimately the fear of suffering more than any experience of suffering itself that damages us.
For longer than recorded history, native cultures living in the northern hemisphere have recognized that December brings with it ever increasing darkness.
One of the most difficult tasks of teaching a movement based practice like yoga, is getting across to students that they must unmask the assumptions they carry within them around what it means to fully be in their body.