Taught a Modo Yoga 60 Min class earlier this week. Shit was hype. Great people doing great things as always. The intention for our class came from a hip hop track called “Break” by a local Minneapolis artist and activist Guante. The powerful lyric we pulled for the work of our practice are the last two lines of the song:
If you want to change the world; change yourself
Just don’t think for a minute, you can stop there
On The Mat
This lyric really speaks to yoga practice. To grow our yoga, to become disciplined in the work of our yoga is to realize we can’t stop there. Yoga means union, to get to know yourself. This self-awareness changes us, strengthens us, but don’t think for a minute we can stop there. We must go beyond ourself. That is why one of the Modo Pillars is “Reach Out.” We start with ourself, then we move outward.
One posture at a time in the Modo sequence we moved with intention. In powerful pose for example. “Sit down into that imaginary chair, lift your center in & up…” After these cues that get them into the pose, we are reminded, “Don’t think for a minute you can stop there.”
The intention invited the participants into the micro-movements of each posture. In Powerful, the way we enagage the fingers, or activate a lift the triceps. The way we can open the front body more on the inhale, sit lower on the exhale. The way we can lighten our toes and soften the gaze. Once we get in the pose, we don’t stop there; it’s not static.
Off The Mat
This entire song is a great inspiration for our life off the mat. I hope you take time to check it out below and I hope you take time to support the artist Guante. Later in the week I pulled another lyric from this song as an intention and it is empowering as we step off the mat and bring our yoga into our daily life.
Everything is flammable if you got the right kinda match
So if you find a rough patch in your life it’s
Just another place you can strike it
I love this lyric. If Buddha was an MC, this is what he would drop for sure. Guante says, “The right kind of match” and the Buddha would of have said Samma-Sankappa, translated as right thought or attitude. We will all face rough patches. We will all face different obstacles. Developing right thought or right attitude gives you the awareness to see that its “just another place to strike your match.”
In other words, our struggle is a place that can be a spark for us. A spark of aliveness. A spark of possibility. A spark of action. Everything is flammable if you got the right kind of match. But don’t think for a minute you can stop there. Once that flame is lit, be a light for your family, be a light for your community.