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Weekend Read: Practice Makes An Entrepreneur

Weekend Read: Practice Makes An Entrepreneur | Yoga | Scoop.it
GUEST MENTOR Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva: We badly need more women entrepreneurs. Companies with women in meaningful leadership roles have a greater chance at success than those without. Return on equity is higher.
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Yoga, Water, Math, Murakami, Fiction & Real Life

Yoga, Water, Math, Murakami, Fiction & Real Life | Yoga | Scoop.it

 I practice a form of yoga (Katonah Yoga), whose teachers follow the Taoist belief that people follow different patterns because of the influences permanently imprinted upon them at birth. The philosophy is that patterns are repeated in your physiology and psychology, and that through yoga you can change yourself by finding new patterns that give you better function. The theory is that in yoga you should move towards archetypal poses with the goal of becoming perfectly balanced which will bring you  joy and ultimately bliss. It is through the physical practice that you discover where you fit in the universe. It is a process of struggle rather than a static goal in which you constantly orient yourself towards the archetypical pose by facing and overcoming the influences of your personal experience. The theory is that it is easier to change your body than your mind and that once you change your physical body the mind will follow. "The goal is to have the capacity to fill your self with joy”. Abbie Galvin (http://bit.ly/ULTZRX) says, “Everybody’s goal is to have a body that is a well functioning container that can hold the elixir of life The goal is to have the structure so that you can now ask yourself how good can my life be? How well can I live?”

 

I was reminded recently while reading the novel 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami,  that in a sense we are all fighting against our own patterns, habits, and defects in order to find a better way to live.

 

Life is not like math or water: it doesn’t flow in one direction. We all struggle through our own patterns and our own pain to write a story that gives us  "meaning."

 

In 1Q84, one of the characters,Tengo, says:

 

“'Math is beautiful because it's predictable and totally logical. Math is like water. It has a lot of difficult theories, of course, but its basic logic is very simple. Just as water flows from high to low over the shortest possible distance, figures can only flow in one direction. You just have to keep your eye on them for the route to reveal itself. That’s all it takes. You don’t have to do a thing. Just concentrate your attention and keep your eyes open, and the figures make everything clear to you. In this whole, wide world, the only thing that treats me so kindly is math.”

 

“Real life is different than math. Things in life don't necessarily flow over the shortest possible route. For me, math is — how should I put it? — math is all too natural. It's like beautiful scenery. It's just there. There's no need to exchange it with anything else. That's why, when I'm doing math, I sometimes feel I'm turning transparent. And that can be scary. ... When I'm writing a story, I use words to transform the surrounding scene into something more natural for me. In other words, I reconstruct it. That way, I can confirm without a doubt that this person known as 'me'”

 

In yoga as in real life is not like water or math; you have to be conscious to write your own story. You have  fight against your natural propensities and habits that keep you from living your own life, to find your true or "second" nature. By practicing yoga you can fight to make your life more like water or math so that it flows in a direction that makes you full and brings  you joy.

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Complete Pranayama Guide - MavCure

Complete Pranayama Guide  - MavCure | Yoga | Scoop.it
Breathing techniques are quite simple to practice. But the benefits which they provide to the human body are tremendous.Here complete pranayama guide to
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Baseball and the Benefits of yoga

Baseball and the Benefits  of yoga | Yoga | Scoop.it
Baseball is a macho sport.Baseball players are bred on toughness, broken in with age-old training techniques that their hardscrabble forefathers cobble into a broad, manly category called, among other things,...
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Ask Abbie : Have you always been able to do lotus

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Have you always been able to do a lotus?

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 When I started my yoga practice years ago, I lusted after the lotus pose, convinced that the man I was dating would fall in love with me. So impressed, he might even pay attention to me and listen to my deep thoughts about life. As I toiled - as I do - I glanced over (a lot) at my then-boyfriend and saw how effortlessly he slid into the pose, closing his eyes and disappearing into his own reveries, lost to me.  
 He introduced me to all things spiritual, poetic, and esoteric. I was his student, eager for wisdom, insight, and affection. My pursuit of this apparently elevated being's affection fueled my efforts to shove myself into lotus. Instead of leaving me in the throes of knee pain, I would one day join him in his depths and share his experience of enlightenment.  

Lotus would deliver me, and make me a legit yogi instead of a homesick college freshman calling home eight days a week. 

    
Alone in my dorm room, I stuffed myself into the pose. I then greased my arms with Vaseline and rammed them through the stubborn gap between my legs, proving I could have perfect posture and be free of diseases. What more could anyone ask of me? I spent every night mastering this feat. One day on the way to weekly yoga class he introduced me to macrobiotic food, explaining that it was a must if I were going to be with him. I wanted to crave soba noodles and have my skin turn grey from this macro diet just like all the skinny girls in class.  
 One weekend, we went to Kripalu for chanting with the Hari Krishnas. I cringed when he couldn't carry a tune, and he embarrassed me by singing louder than everyone else. I come from a family of great singers and good manners; I would be mortified if I sounded like that, but in that moment nothing commanded my attention more than the urgent spiritual work I had to do. I had no idea that the lotus, while worth aspiring to, comes as a result of the achievement of many other postures. All I wanted was to perform my new stunt. But alas, my hopeful audience of one was swallowed whole by the sitar music, and I lost track of him altogether after the first half hour when he'd sidled up to the guru, leaving me in the back with all the other losers, the ones without the right outfit, Sanskrit name, or shaved head. So there I was, going after a lotus for which I had no map and after a man who I pursued with an equally misguided technique.  Hours later, I ended up not where I had hoped to be, showing off my lotus to Mr. Macrobiotic, but on a grassy slope near his car so he wouldn't leave without me. And as I sat and waited I had nothing to do but take full measure of this man, The Hari Krishnas, myself, and my greasy lotus. We drove home in silence and the following week he dumped me for a waitress at the Broome Street Bar. So she got him but I got my Lotus.  

 

40 years later I sent my nephew Julian to share Passover with old friends. He reported to me afterwards that he met a man there who captivated him all night. When I hounded Julian for details, he reported that Mr. Macro was fat, twice divorced, and complained to him about his sciatica. If only he still had his lotus. 

As much as my lotus ordeal humiliated me and left me hankering for its nectar, it launched my young self on a path to developing an inner life. And as I am prone to beat a dead horse, I stayed with the lotus, even though I didn't have the twelve other poses that should be mastered before it. I had no technique to make my lotus possible. So instead of hog-tying myself, per usual, I began to read Freud, EF Schummacher, and Rob Pirsig, and was soon comforted by the Buddhists, the Hindus, and the Egyptians, who corroborated my need for a solid lotus. These ancients considered the lotus flower a representation of our longing for spiritual enlightenment.  The Egyptian Book of the Dead is said to include spells that are able to transform a person into a lotus, thus allowing for resurrection and personal renewal. As myths hold truth, this mythic idea beckoned me. When my hips gave way, and I solidly felt the seat underneath me, this manifested my own renewal. I felt that I had become the lotus.  
The Hindus describe the flower that emerges out of muddy waters, un-spoilt and pure each morning, as the emblem of possibility for personal transformation. But as students who are developing technique we want to embody it, become it, not just represent it. Of all the yoga postures, the lotus demands the most rigorous technique.  
 And just like every other archetype, it is ours to embody if we come to class, stay on the mat, participate, measure up, develop good boundaries, and fight the depth of our unconscious propensities. It's a life's work.  
 The reason we modern practitioners want to embody the archetype of a lotus, is that we are using our bodies as a conduit to change our lives. The value of a lotus pose is to guarantee that we won't unravel. And as it is my propensity to harp, if your body doesn't unravel, neither will you.When a lotus is measured well, the legs are folded so that they are bound with a central bolt. Your hips, knees, and ankles are cross-referenced so that your pelvis is tied together. Much like a pair of shoelaces, criss-crossed to tie a good knot so that your shoes won't fall off, a lotus bind ties up your pelvis so your hips don't come apart.  
 

Lotus provides a way to tone up your kidneys by building the pelvic floor. A lotus will hold you together. It adds fluency to the hips, demanding a form that flushes energy through ankles, knees, and hip joints, much like a closed electrical circuit functions. And, while at first one fights for the proper form of the bind, the real benefit is the flow, the energy, the currency that moves through your body all bound up. Real freedom is found in confinement. A good lotus will help you address your metabolism (thyroid), flush your toilets (kidneys), adjust your vision (liver), open your windows (lungs), and refine your speech (heart).  
 A pose like lotus is difficult at first ("at first" could mean years) because it demands a certain amount of pliancy in the joints and a measured process of origami pleating in order to fold one's legs in that pretzel-like bind, instead of stuffing yourself in and mistaking a squish for a good fit. Once we've slid in, the lotus makes other poses easier. A headstand or shoulder stand with legs in lotus gives those poses with no folds a surge of power. A cobra with legs in lotus opens the front of your pelvis, yielding a richer backbend and a fuller arch from intestines to lungs. A twist sets up a double helix, flushing kidneys much like squeezing a sponge. In a lotus, the same twist sets up a curve that is exponentially delicious. 

  
 And not to worry if you don't have your lotus yet. If you are sitting at a right angle, on your perineum, in your hip joints, in the center of your sphere, you will never need Vaseline.

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Life, Yoga, Yin Yang of Life, Understanding that Flat Feet Can be Transformed Can Seem Like Pushing an Elephant Up the Stairs

Life, Yoga,  Yin Yang of Life, Understanding that Flat Feet Can be Transformed  Can Seem Like Pushing an Elephant Up the Stairs | Yoga | Scoop.it

After reading and reading Abbie Galvin's Blog Post " WHAT DO I DO ABOUT MY FLAT FEET?"

http://lia022.wix.com/yoga-with-abbie/apps/blog

I'm having so much trouble understanding what the point is in going to yoga class when I have flat feet. I mean if there really is a pattern that repeats itself and my true nature is to be "flat "why bother? Why not just stay home sitting in Virasana?

 

Then I found myself reciting the lyrics from an REM song 'The Great Beyond' to explain to my daughter why she has to study for her Learner's Permit if she wants to learn how to drive. I told her you don't  have to study the materials. but you have to have a learner's permit to enroll in Driver's Ed. It's your choice.It's like the lyrics to this song:

"I'm pushing an elephant up the stairs
I'm tossing up punch lines that were never there
Over my shoulder a piano falls
Crashing to the ground

I'm breaking through
I'm bending spoons
I'm keeping flowers in full bloom
I'm looking for answers from the great beyond"

 

I told her "I see the words and your quandary as  sort of the great Yin and Yang of life." There are no easy answers...

And so Abbie Galvin explains: " Flat feet DO change, just as everything else does. The  potential to change the wave of your feet and the arches of your body is your potential to change so that you can override your first nature, your genes, your deepest habits, to become the person you want to be. Your feet are always getting pressure from walking and supporting you. They take time... just like everything in life. Your feet have flattened over time and don't change overnight. it takes the repetition of re-educating them. And remember, your body is organic, and not rigid. and everything organic is living tissue: it moves, it is pliant, it has a pattern, and it can be manipulated, reformed, and renovated."

So maybe sometimes it is like pushing an elephant up the stairs, and sometimes a piano may crash," but then you "bend spoons and keep the flowers in bloom."Over time who knows maybe those flat feet will sprout some wings.

 

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DAVID REGELIN - Geometry Of Yoga - YouTube

"Geometry Of Yoga" is the teaching of how the body fits together. Get inspired by the thoughts about yoga postures, connections and your overall live. If you...
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18 Convincing Reasons To Give Yoga Another Try - Huffington Post

18 Convincing Reasons To Give Yoga Another Try - Huffington Post | Yoga | Scoop.it
18 Convincing Reasons To Give Yoga Another Try Huffington Post “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.“ --Rodney Yee.
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Don't Give UP Keep Trying! Give Yoga Another chance

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Study: Yoga Practice Improves Mental Capacity

Study: Yoga Practice Improves Mental Capacity | Yoga | Scoop.it
Adults who did yoga three times a week for eight weeks improved their performance on tests of their brains' executive function, while adults who did a stretching and strengthening program for the same time didn't, according to research published in...
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Who doesn't want a little brain power? #getyouryogaon 

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5 Yoga Practices That Beat Stress - Huffington Post

5 Yoga Practices That Beat Stress - Huffington Post | Yoga | Scoop.it
5 Yoga Practices That Beat Stress Huffington Post In yoga,"fight" response thoughts may sound like mental digs, whispering negative thoughts that are directed at yourself (I have no balance), or even your instructor (She's talking too much) or...
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Pain puts you on the planet!
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When dealing with stress incorporating a daily practice is really important. Make it a routine!

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5 Yoga Poses To Get You Through Your Midday Slump At Work

5 Yoga Poses To Get You Through Your Midday Slump At Work | Yoga | Scoop.it
We know we're not the first ones to tell you this, but: Your desk job might be hurting your health.

Shocking, no? Well, not really. Over the past few years, headlines have touted studies suggesting that sitting for hours on end can increase the ri...
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Not bad. I'd probably add reverse namaste mid-sequence

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Studying Yoga's Effect On Genes

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A Harvard Medical School psychiatrist investigates the impact of yoga and meditation on gene expression related to stress and immunity through a new NIH-funded study.
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LOOK: How Yoga Changes Your Body, Starting The Day You Begin

LOOK: How Yoga Changes Your Body, Starting The Day You Begin | Yoga | Scoop.it
The Eastern practice of yoga has become a modern-day symbol of peace, serenity and well-being in the West.
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Start from the premise that you can make your body better. You don't have to be in physical pain or be deformed to benefit from the physical change.
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I love the simplicity of this infographic!

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Nov 2014 Abbie Galvin Pranayama: Glands and Car Metaphors

More on Katonah Yoga's Breathing practice is available on Abbie's blog at Katonahyoganyc.com. Here she moves through the glands; (Hands on knees)Endocrine system, adrenals, to the spleen/pancreas,
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In the morning I can grab a cup of coffee and  then meditate silently for 20 minutes or so before the anxiety of the day begins and time starts to speed up. One of the best ways to take a break and recharge is with 15 minutes of Pranayama.  Here Abbie Galvin discusses the glands of the body using automobile metaphors in such an engaging way that you become completely engaged in the practice.   A more in depth explanation of Pranayama is available on Abbie's blog on the Katonah Yoga website.

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Blocks and Straps: Not Just for Yoga Beginners - Wall Street Journal

Blocks and Straps: Not Just for Yoga Beginners - Wall Street Journal | Yoga | Scoop.it

Yoga Props

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In Katonah Yoga, props are used to serve as formal boundaries rather than personal effort. Supported poses afford a moment of peace, engaging in the art of being rather than doing. Scaffolding with blocks, chairs, or poles allows you to let go of your unconscious investment in habit and instead provide a supportive way to inform the body. Your structure is supported for a determined length of time facilitating the body's flow of internal energy. Blankets help give you a ground of being in a pigeon pose so that you can move forward into a back bend and get off of yourself rather than blocks that jack you up. Read more about Katonah Yoga on Abbie Galvin’s blog

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Yoga Case Reporting for Scoliosis Global Adv. Health Med. 2014, 3 (5) Loren M. Fishman, MD

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Of the patients reporting  holding the side plank pose for an average of 1.5 minutes a day on average, patients had a 32% reduction in their primary spinal curve.  While surgical studies show 59% improvement  yoga has no side effects.  What would happen if the patients practiced yoga for 5 minutes a day?

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Iyengar and the Invention of Yoga - The New Yorker

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Iyengar and the Invention of Yoga The New Yorker In contemporary yoga classes, teachers often speak of Patanjali's “Yoga Sutras,” a philosophical text compiled around two thousand years ago, as the wellspring of the practice.
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Iyengar describes yoga as a “timeless pragmatic science evolved over thousands of years dealing with the physical, moral, mental and spiritual well-being of man as a whole,” He knew from experience the dangers of forcing oneself into poses prematurely, and he set about developing a slower, more anatomically precise type of yoga, using props like blocks and blankets to help students find correct alignment
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Developing a Personal Longevity Practice- The Magic is in the Folds.

Developing a Personal Longevity Practice- The Magic is in the Folds. | Yoga | Scoop.it

From Katonahyoga.com "1 Nov 2013Nevine Michaan & Abbie Galvin        When we take a yoga class, we are offered an opportunity to engage with others. Techniques are taught, shared, and practiced within the group. A w...

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https://www.evernote.com/shard/s48/sh/3633ab7f-4b7c-44ae-b11c-ecd402f2c002/7fc4440e076eca745b54794f09553186Everyone should learn to know what they don't know

The photos show beautiful poses. 

 

The magic is in Katonah yoga’s inclusive method in which everyone can learn the practice is to learn the folding and unfolding. You have to learn to fold in and out of each pose as if practicing origami.

 

Katonah Yoga’s methodology involves a practice of moving into each yoga posture in a specific manner. You learn to fold and unfold from one pose to the next similar to the origami art of paper folding.  Each fold has to be correct before you can add another fold. You unfold in order to move to a different variation of the pose. In each pose you have to be in the middle of yourself and not over use one piece of your body. 

 

Unlike the photos the poses are not static. You are constantly reorienting and moving yourself to the middle.  You have to be stable to make a fold. To the extent that you cannot find the correct measure in class you learn to use the props to move towards the archetypal poses shown in the photos.

 

The community is that everyone has their foibles but is learning to get rid of their personal habits that don’t serve them.  If you are very flexible and go too deep you can use blocks to create a boundary. If you are very stiff and can’t fold forward or back you can use blankets to give you height.  In class you learn to find the right measure and what you need to do learn the form that gives you better function. You learn how to follow a compass and move your body in the right direction.

 

The goal is to move towards the archetypal poses. You have to learn the technique by practicing over and over, and repeating the patterns until they become your second nature.

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Yoga brings out the best in Yale's Huizenga - New Haven Register

Yoga brings out the best in Yale's Huizenga - New Haven Register | Yoga | Scoop.it
Yoga brings out the best in Yale's Huizenga New Haven Register His patellar tendonitis went away after doing yoga for a while. His hips became looser. He was able to bend more and play lower, both advantages for an offensive lineman.
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Ask Well: Does Yoga Build Strength? - New York Times (blog)

Ask Well: Does Yoga Build Strength? - New York Times (blog) | Yoga | Scoop.it
New York Times (blog) Ask Well: Does Yoga Build Strength? New York Times (blog) In general, the few available experiments involving yoga suggest that it leads to measurable but limited and patchy strength gains.
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This is such an intelligent comment gsfrnklnMiami I will grant that my own experiences are anecdotal and without scientific rigor, but I find that the Iyengar yoga classes that I attend are extremely demanding. What these studies cited seem to miss is that the effects of yoga build up over time, and while it certainly improves overall health, it is not intended as exercise, which is a much more limited endeavor. Yoga is an active form of meditation, and its most important effects are mental and personal. In addition, most of the serious yoga practitioners I know have a daily practice as well as attending classes. If you ask these practitioners if yoga builds strength, I have no doubt they will say yes, and their practice will demonstrate that. However, they will also likely tell you that the strength built is essentially a side-effect of yoga. Yoga brings intelligence and awareness to the body in a way that wasn't there before. It's not just about how many pounds you can lift or how far you can run. I don't know whether it is possible to design a study to measure how yoga has affected the lives of the people who practice it. But, in the absence of such a study, I suggest people who are interested should study with a qualified teacher and see what happens. Aug. 8, 2014 at 10:25 p.m.
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Legal yoga

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If Lawyers all jumped we would all be higher!
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4 Surprising Yoga Sequences for Weight Loss - Parade

Parade 4 Surprising Yoga Sequences for Weight Loss Parade Anyone who's familiar with my workouts knows I love to leap around and lift heavy things. But yoga is also a key part of my fitness routine. I been practicing yoga for over ten years now.

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Ball Rolling & Yoga therapy balls

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Ease lower back pain with a roll on yoga therapy balls
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Lower back pain is one of the most common adult complaints. Here's a way to roll away some of the tension in this area.
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Yamuna's practice  uses balls under the feet.

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Yoga, Music, Performance and "Informance" and Exhilaration

Yoga, Music, Performance and "Informance" and Exhilaration | Yoga | Scoop.it

As related by Abbie Galvin. "In yoga practice the goal is not to  find and hold the perfect pose, the goal is to find exhilaration in the practice and the community.

 

The goal is to move  towards the archetypical poses. By changing your  physiology  you will change your mind and let go of whatever keeps you from finding bliss. You have to learn the technique by practicing over and over, and repeating  the patterns until they become your second nature. 

 

Practicing yoga is like becoming musician, the first step is to learn the scales and hit every note. A yoga class is not a performance where you have to make every pose perfect. Through the repetition of the patterns of movement you find exhilaration. Once you have learned the technique you are able to add the breathe. That is when you can be creative and become stellar.

 

A musician can only perform, compose, improvise, give shape to the notes  once he or she has mastered the technique.

 

When you stop worrying about the performance you can learn to keep going for the "informance" and let go of whatever keeps you from moving forward and finding your potential.

 

You don't go to yoga class to be by yourself. You don't go to yoga to tune your instrument. You go to yoga class to be part a community and to move in unison like an orchestra playing a piece.

 

You can find exhilaration in the practice."

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