Yesterday I was doing some research for a new Dharma #HipHop Yoga program I'm working on. I was re-reading a sick article by Frannie Kelley on how RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan planned their whole rise. He had a vision to create a longevity and legacy. He turned to his crew & said, "trust me". They did. Check article when you get a chance.
Our intention for our #ModoFlow practice today comes from an excerpt where RZA speaks about how he saw opportunity to do something that would have lasting impact.
"If you keep eating McDonald's, you gonna get sick. You need a real home-cooked meal. And I knew that that would be healthier. And that's what Wu-Tang was: It was a home-cooked meal of hip-hop. Of the real people."
ON THE MAT
This quote really is YOGA. In practice we have this opportunity every time we hit the mat to peel away layers of influence and connect to our authentic self. So today in class we made a home-cooked meal. We focused on the core ingredients of breath, roots, containment and lift. From here I invited the students to add their own spices. Our bodies are each so different and so our home-cooking will be different. We continually returned to these ingredients and spent 60 minutes getting real with our bodies, getting authentic with our potential.
OH BOY, we made a feast today. What a special Sangha meal we shared.
OFF THE MAT
What RZA is reminding us of with this quote is that each of us has the ability to carve a new path. We don't have to listen when people say "well that's how it's always been done." You ain't always. You are now. Move from now.
The inspiring thing about what Wu-Tang did was tell a story of possibility. When people say, "you're supposed to do it like this," you can ask the question, 'who says? Who actually said this is the only way?' If we actually followed this notion there would never be innovation.
Be an innovator. Be a captivator. Be an elevator.
MUSIC FOR THE CLASS
One of the things I've always loved about hip hop is the sampling. Digging deep in crates these DJ's find some good shit. It's because of hip hop I learned about jazz, soul music and lots of good funk. The Wu-Tang Clan always go deep. So today's mix for class was a collection of songs that Wu-Tang sampled from. Mic Check it:
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