Have You Really Looked Lately

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This was the leaf nearest to me after I sat down. There is beauty in this. Beauty in the simplicity of a fallen leaf in Autumn.  Beauty in the complexity that exists in life so that this leaf can be created. Beauty in knowing that you can find this wonder anywhere you are at any time.
Look around you. Find something you would normally overlook. Really look at it and see it for the simplicity, complexity, and wonder it embodies.

Learning All Over Again

trikonasana_001This week I’m in LA, studying again with Noah Mazé and the rest of my 300 hour crew looking to expand our teaching knowledge.  Our plan for early this week is to expand on the basic Iyengar pose scripts we developed last time and add in refinements to solve common errors and misalignments.  We’re also moving beyond shared class teaching and into fully themed and focused class preparations.  Nothing new in concept, but it’s on a whole new level of difficulty and commitment.  Starting Friday and through the weekend, we’ll be sitting with Douglas Brooks and learning more history and philosophy, as well as both practicing asana with Noah and assisting his classes for this weekend intensive.

It’s great to be back with this great group of accomplished and dedicated yogis.  I’m taking it all in and will bring it back to you as I am able to process it all.

Namaste!

Boots of Reality

I have lots of ideals based on reasonable philosophical groundings. I have lots of smart, caring people around me to help me learn. I try to do the right thing by myself and by everyone else. Still, reality often gets in the way. Even when I try to do the right thing, I have to question whether there isn’t a better way.

This is my yoga. The boots of reality tread heavily through my temple of philosophy. My supportive community help me keep things swept clean.

Who Teaches You

I’ve been thinking about the best teachers I’ve had in my life. They’ve given me so much, and yet, in reality, they have really made me get it myself.

I applaud these teachers publicly, because I want them, and others, to know how awesome they are. I sometimes worry the teachers think I’m idolizing them. I sometimes worry that others think the same. I’m not, really. I am applauding their ability to share what they have spent so much time learning. I am applauding their ability to share their time and energy with me, as if it’s in almost limitless supply. I am applauding them for being the best examples of people I want to share my life with. I am applauding them for being role models for my children. I am applauding them for sharing their humanity with the world.

I suppose the best lessons come from inside; we just sometimes need good examples of what to do and good catalysts to help us past our threshold of idleness.

To all my teachers, thank you, and I will do my best to make you happy you shared your energy with me.

Changing Perspective

prasarita_padottanasana_001I remember years ago when I started practicing yoga; this pose, Prasarita Padottanasana, was a real challenge.  My legs wouldn’t spread apart very far.  My body would not fold at my hips.  My hands didn’t want to reach the ground.  My leg muscles used to cramp up.  Now, as you can see, my practice has improved greatly.  With lots of time and effort, I have completely changed my perspective from looking at the ground right in front of me into looking at the world upside down and behind me.  And there’s still a lot more to learn and much more growth that can happen.  I’m glad I didn’t get too frustrated and quit.

Trust in yourself through the hard parts so that you can see beyond what’s just in front of you.  With effort, you will grow and you can shift your perspective into a whole new direction.