What she was saying is that I didn't have to stand in own shadow. I could stand in my light. I could be a source of light. Whereever I go, there I am. Whereever you go, there are. So you can go on blaming, complaining and wondering or you can breathe deep, step forward in your life and find out for yourself.Read More
This work we do on the mat to connect to the space inbetween the inhale and exhale, it gives us room to land with presence off the mat. It asks us to love beyond fear and walk in balance with each passing sun.Read More
In the work of our practice today we can explore this paradox and work to create a balance between the great faith and great questioning. Specifically today, let's look at the work of having faith in ourselves. How often do you work on that?Read More
Coming to our mat is in many ways an act of solitude. But we must be deliberate with our efforts. The act of TUNING IN so we don’t tune out. This is our work for todays class. Today lets open up and cultivate a willingness to walk into our forest. We can connect to our nature, here…now.Read More
Here is the truth of it, you are a star. You are the universe. The work we do in our practice today is simply removing any layers that hides that truth. So right now in this room we have a sky full of stars, and we make no comparison between right and wrong stars.Read More
A yoga practice helps us discover more truth about ourselves. So I invited the students to breathe through the words and give themselves permission to experience each posture in their bodies.Read More
Intentions come from interesting places sometimes. If you’re a yoga teacher reading this, please stay open and when something feels right, run with it. Last night I was trying to show an iPhone app called Text Grabber to my friend Erik. You can snap text from a book and send it right to Evernote. Our homie Mohamud was with us and he was reading. So I asked him if I could use his book to show Erik the power of this app live.
Moh had this huge ass book called “The Sense of Unity: The Sufi Tradition in Persian Architecture”. I”m not kidding when I say it was big. He turns the book my way and says hit this page. I snap the photo and the text I grabbed was total yoga. I loved it. So yesterday in our Modo Flow practice it guided our class.
Light is a spiritual presence which pierces the heaviness of matter and transforms it into a noble form worthy to be the dwelling place of the soul of man/woman, whose substance is also rooted in the world of light, which is none other than the world of the Spirit.
ON THE MAT
What I got from this is that YOU ARE LIGHT. You are a spiritual presence. You are worthy in every way circumstances, and some people make you feel that your not. YOU ARE WORTHY.
As they lay in opening Savasana I said to them, "In todays class let’s root in our own light. Today let’s take 60 minuets to shine in a way that reminds people that "I am worthy". It's not bragging. It's accepting. Accepting is an act of humility."
In our practice today, we can shine in every upward dog. Every one of them. We can shine in every sweep up to heart center. When we get to our heart center we can feel bright, we can feel powerful, we can feel valuable. And we can shine after the half lift when we bow to the earth. In zen tradition Bowing is deep form of respect. We honour our light. You are light. Today we honour ourselves.
As we moved through the class, at certain times I reminded the students to let those words enter their bodies, “I am light, I am worthy.”
OFF THE MAT
This is powerful work. To take 60 minutes to honour ourselves. To cultivate acceptance, to be humble. Most of all this work of shining and being light. It naturally invites us to leave our mat and use our spiritual presence to ‘pierce the heaviness of matter and transform it into a noble form.'
When we see how valuable and worthy we are, it opens us to see that the person next to is just as valuable, just as worthy. The person next to our yoga mat, the person driving slow in front of us, the person struggling with their kids at the supermarket. You get the picture. This work invites us to reduce our judgements of others and it gives us permission to not compare ourselves to others. We are all light!
All this from trying to show a friend how to use a dope iPhone app.
The Music We Dropped In Class was pretty sick too:
A monk asked Chih Men, “What is the body of wisdom?”
Chih Men said, “An oyster swallowing the bright moon.”
Been away this past week. Took my daughter to LA for some summer fun. I always get inspired when I travel, and I had so many new intentions twirling in my head. On the flight home (love wifi on planes) I landed on my friend Amelia’s Instagram account.
She is powerful young woman who used her pain to create something beautiful. She got to hold her son Landon for 17 hours before he passed away after being born. She IS a mom, an amazing mom. As she started to open up about her pain, more women who went through the same thing started to find her on Instagram.
Last week she held a yoga/healing retreat called Landon’s Legacy Retreat. IF you’re on IG, search the hashtag #LandonsLegacyRetreat and be prepared to be lifted by these women’s courage. One post shared this quote that I used as an intention last night’s 4:30pm Modo 60 and today’s 9:30am Modo 60 and noon’s Modo Flow.
Keep on beginning and failing... Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose - not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.
ON THE MAT
I started by reading the above. I told the students that today will focus on this idea of STARTING OVER. This is one of the key lessons the BREATH teaches us. Every inhale is a chance to start over. New moment. Fresh perspective. In a set sequence as Modo is, each pose we will start over. A new practice in each posture. Let’s make it a class you’ll be glad to remember.
When the pose gets challenging and you want to come out of it and your mind starts telling stories, take an inhale and start over right where you are in the pose. Allow the breath to remind you that you don’t need to come out of the pose. Not your thoughts… your breath.
Starting over is about returning to the present moment. The opportunity of the present moment is always yours. Its always right there on your next inhale.
OFF THE MAT
On our life off the mat, this is even more powerful. You can start over. One of my favorite Zen Proverbs drops like this, “Fall down 7 times get up 8 times.” We will stumble in life, this is universal. But we can have within us the ability to start over so in Zen the 8th time is really the first time.
Amazing things happen with effort. I love this part, "Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose - not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.” You will grow stronger. And the next time we fall down we have new strength to rise back up and meet our moments. Let’s keep practicing and live a life we’ll be glad to remember.
music used in our modo flow today:
Today we had an awesome mix from one of my fav Dj's Jazzcat. The Afro Beat was so energizing for our Modo Flow today.