Yoga i-D is sending you an invitation to be explorative. Starting now. April 2017. Switch off the ego, the expectations, the aspirations that drive you to strive and feel a sense of failure if you do not succeed. I invite you, along with me, to begin to take each day by day and to make your Yoga practice an exploration of possibilities and huge creative potential. So watch this and I'll tell you personally whats in store...
You can stay up to date with my journey on Youtube and on Instagram here and then, and of course, we can check in at every Yoga class together as we move, breathe and explore this life long experiential practice as humans here and now.
I am a mother of two and have grown, birthed and welcomed in to the world two incredible beings. With that has come many, many transformations in regards to my Yoga, my body, my mind and connections to the practice and the ongoing learning process of where I am at now, every day, in this and that moment. This is why those of you that attend my classes will know, this is where we begin, every week, every single time, we begin just where we are. In that moment. Checking in with the potential of ourselves there and then. If we project in to the past or in to the future, we become motionless. We become stagnant. We let the mind be the leader. NA. Don't do that.
So here is the pose that I am currently working on practicing and understanding as I mentioned in the video. And there are many, many more. I remember in fact being on a Yoga training last summer in Prana Vinyasa Flow and this was one of the asana that was a part of a vinyasa sequence. One dear friend and fellow Yoga teacher found it very frustrating to acknowledge that also after having had her beautiful boy, her body did not allow her to easily transition in to this posture. It became frustrating for her, as by nature she is aspirational, she is successful, she is more than able and she forever has had a strong and very advanced practice. Yet there she was, having to truly practice yoga. Having acceptance of what is possible for her now. There and then. In that moment. And knowing that if she made that wonderful thing that we call 'choice' to accept and yet not to just give up and walk away, but to then to begin the process of finding a new way to approach, explore and reintroduce the potential of that asana in to her practice again. She may just find a new way, a new direction, another incredible way of navigating herself towards, near to it again or maybe, just maybe, her process of exploration will take her off course and allow her to find new realisations. Since this course, I know that she in fact has done just this and is thriving in the highs and lows of life. She is living wholeheartedly and trusting this. It's hard. It isn't easy. This kind of Yoga is life. It is everyday. But sharing is wonderful. Sharing allows it to become an open dialogue between you, yourself and the world around you that you are not inseparable from.
One of my teachers last weekend was diving in to more juicy offerings working with Somatic Movement Education and teaching the art of moving in a way that makes it become a much more experiential movement practice, as well as working on intraception. I have been guiding some of you through some of these practices in class already this week and am loving seeing you all enter in to a much more sensitive state to your body, feeling in to the connections and allowing there to be no disconnect with you and your body, your breath and your practice and taking time to witness your body's potential in movement, slowing down the flow and taking time, taking time, taking time.....
This is a life long process.
So.... you may have gathered that I love music, video and art and this video has become a bit of a muse for me as I process and share my thinking with the blog this week and acknowledge that we are all only human.
'the basic human need to be watched was once satisfied by god.'
She symbolises androgyny, sensuality, and asks us, what is it to be human. She challenges the status quo. She draws attention to attention. This thing of being watched, observed and actually is asking you to witness, view and sit in the uncomfortable seat. Turn the finger and ask yourself to observe you. Who are you. Or not. We are only human but like the writing within the Upanishads worked to explore and question, what is the human consciousness? We may today also ask, what is the human body? (it has always been a fascination of mine since eying a little girl., looking at our limbs and saying to my mother - 'what are we anyway?')... mine is not the same as yours, as hers or his, as theirs, it's mine. Yet it is just the body. The mind exists within. Or does it? It has limitations, it is changing every day, it is the only thing that we can rely on - change. Flux. Potential.
So lets get down to the bare bones, witness the wild inside us all and let it run free in this Spring air. Strip down and roll around a bit. Move about. Open up, Draw in, Pause, Witness. Feel. Offer love and respect for living. Being here. Taking time to read, question, do Yoga and prioritise self care. Again and again and again.
You are all amazing, incredible and inspiring Human Beings. And I have only ever had the pleasure of meeting some of you. But maybe, just maybe. You are me, I am you. We live and breathe the same air and connect in ways that we can not even begin to imagine. So imagine this, your shadow is whoever you wish it to be and its carrying you, guiding you as opposed to being a burden. This shadow body (another concept explored last weekend in a wonderful juicy training) begins now to take you on this journey, together. With me. Yoga i-D.
Philosophize life and explore. Be human. Be inhuman.
But enjoy, being playful!
See you in class.