This breath, this movement, it is your chance to find out, a chance change your relationship to the past and an opportunity to shape your legacy.Read More
I had a fun weekend teaching some Modo Flow vibes at our studio Modo Yoga Minneapolis. The weekend peeps come hard and put in work. I love them!! Our intention this week comes from a Tibetan story that speaks to developing wisdom & compassion. I’ve heard this story many times from a view teachers, but this time, I pulled it from Jack Kornfield book “Bringing Home The Dharma.” It’s a great read, grab it for you iPad here.
Imagine walking along a sidewalk with your arms full of groceries, and someone roughly bumps into you so that you fall and your groceries are strewn over the ground. As you rise from the puddle of broken eggs and tomato juice, you are ready to shout out, “You idiot! What’s wrong with you? Are you blind?” But just before you can catch your breath to speak, you see that the person who bumped into you is blind. He, too, is sprawled in the spilled groceries, and your anger vanishes in an instant, to be replaced by sympathetic concern: “Are you hurt? Can I help you up?” Our situation is like this. When we clearly realize that the source of disharmony and misery in the world is ignorance, we can open the door to wisdom and compassion.
ONE THE MAT
While in opening Savasana I asked people to visualize themselves in the above story as I read it. Straight up, yoga practice is a powerful way to open the doors to wisdom and compassion. When we open these doors, we naturally reduce our ignorance. You're doing mighty work.
In the flow practice we focused on opening the doors with our vinyasa. The way we half lift and let our spine and heart shine forward, this is the very act of opening a door. Exhale fold, let some ignorance fall from us.
OFF THE MAT
The opportunity to wake up is always ours. It's harder now more then ever as we have smart phones, our heads our down more than ever. So when we take 60 mins to do yoga and cultivate a deliberate breath, it is transforming work you're doing.
Where else can we lift our head up and step into the present moment? The answer is simple; everywhere. Simple as it is, it's hard to do. How about this, try starting with anyone you're with, be it at work or home. Lift your head up, pay attention; be a listener. Paying attention is a real act of love. Then, take a breath and notice how presence feels.
PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK
Yo, the horns in this set are so tasty, blast this one!
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
The most crucial task is to forge more life into your day. This does not mean new to-dos; it means less. It means creating space to think, walk, eat, sleep, read, love, and dream.
- Brendon Burchard -
ON THE MAT
When we view our yoga practice as our workout, it can quickly turn into a task, something we get done in our day. I sometimes hear people speaking after the 6 am class, “Ya, I got my workout out of the way.” This powerful quote is inviting us to remove the word workout and replace it with the word ‘practice.’ It shifts us and opens us to creating space for more possibility in our day.
The key phrase we returned to over & over was “our most crucial task” is this deliberate breath right here, right now. Hey, and guess what, we also get great work out in too, that happens on its own by doing the work of the practice. It’s powerful to take 60 mins and forge more life into our day.
We all get the same 24 hours, so we have added time to our day. We’ve added more life, more space for our authentic self to be present and aware.
OFF THE MAT
I love the powerful statement, “our most crucial task is forging more life into our day. This is what practice offers us. A chance to deepen our breath and create space for more life. By being deliberate in your practice, you begin to calm the mind and naturally create room to be present in how you walk, how you eat and how you love.
PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK:
When we awaken to know this 'illusion of separateness ' with eachbreath we take, we also awaken compassion and we create the capacity to step into diversity and interdependence. We are able to hold space for not knowing and experience life without adding any labels, storylines, or expectations.Read More
I was on the road again this week, I toured my Dharma Flow workshop to Moksha Yoga Square one. Laughter heard, tears shed and great tunes shared. Before I left for Toronto again, I was able to teach a couple classes in Minneapolis and used this great intention for the classes.
The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is.
- Eckhart Tolle -
ON THE MAT
I reminded the students how powerful this quote is. THIS MOMENT, that’s all there ever is. Today, let’s take 60 minutes and get REAL, get present… get lifted. There is a lot of fake in this world. Not us, not today. Lets be real, let’s get real by tuning in, so we don’t tune out.
As we moved through the class I repeated those simple words, “the step you are taking at this moment.” This is yoga practice, to return over and over again. Sometimes it came in the form of a question, “what step are you taking at this moment.
OFF THE MAT
Sometimes we have so much on our plate and we can to easily brag about our ability to multi-task. When we practice yoga or meditation in a deliberate we are invited to take care of what’s right in front of us. We cultivate the ability to focus and take a step forward in our life by embracing “THIS MOMENT.” That’s all there ever is.
We can create space for growth by dealing with what right in front of us. Taking the step we need to take frees us to take the steps we want to take. We create FREEDOM.
FAVE PLAYLIST FROM THE WEEK
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