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20140730 Yogi Time Lapse

I've been doing puppy dog pose regularly as well as hero pose.  The reason is that my thoracic spine and knees are two areas that could use good bit of improvement.  Some interesting changes have resulted in my body over the past several days.  

My sternum is no stranger to popping and becoming open with a good back bend first thing in the morning.  This morning, though, it was caught in a weird place.  My higher up.  After some light floor stretching, I stood up, took a back bend and it popped back open.  It felt less like the sternum was stuck and more like the intercostal muscles at the top of the rib cage.  One way or the other, I lengthened then settled back into an only muscle pattern during sleep but the new feeling of tightness and release just serves to indicate that change is indeed occurring daily.

As for my knees, there has been significantly less popping in my "trick knee" - my left knee.  My gait and alignment have been off since I was a kid and I have sustained multiple ankle injuries in both ankles so its no wonder my knees make clicks and pops.  Over time my right knee has stopped all the noise but the lateral ligaments in my left knee have been worrying me lately.  Hero pose seems to have helped greatly though.  In the last few days my "trick knee" has fallen silent. Additionally, the peroneus muslces along the outside calf on both of my legs are feeling very stretched.  Again, my calves have been brutally tight after years of sports, sport-related injury and not stretching.  Good things are afoot (or knee or calf).

Yoga EveryDamnWhere

I am far from mastery in anything but the only way to get there is to keep on practicing. There are two concepts behind my training that I learned in psychology and through training dogs. 

1. Repeatability - being able to nail a pose or movement X number of times in a row to demonstrate learning.  

2. Generalizability - can the pose or movement translate to another context?

On a pose by pose or movement by movement level, I use these two tools to gauge my mastery. This is also true of my practice overall. Today's poses to practice repeatedly were forearm scorpion prep, warrior 3, and handstand practice. Foster Addington has attained a certain level of mastery in his shoulder stand so he is shown here playing with a wide-angle variation. Today's generalization of yoga was tennis - a sport that requires yogic hip and shoulder positions. Hope you're out enjoying Memorial Day and finding ways to incorporate yoga.

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namsté. 

"In the view of infinity any defined long-term is short-term"

The morning sun in the gym at Keep Colony is as comforting to me as the embrace of friend or lover

The morning sun in the gym at Keep Colony is as comforting to me as the embrace of friend or lover


I left Virginia for Texas just as the season began to change from summer to fall. I entered into the climate of Texas, stimulated and positively energized by the heat. After two months of training at Black Swan Yoga and basking in a prolonged summer I came back ready to, yet again, extend my services to the community through Crossfit and yoga.  

I typically start any new venture with a plan, ready to modify as needed but with the assumption that I know the general direction in which my life is to trend. It was not long after my return to Virgina that I realized that all bets were off, my plans were very short-sighted and I was in for a long, cold winter.  

Here I am, in the gym again and ready to start demo down in the yoga-studio-to-be.  Zero articles of clothing pictured here remained unscathed by paint, tears and utter desecration through three months of demolition and construction.

Here I am, in the gym again and ready to start demo down in the yoga-studio-to-be.  Zero articles of clothing pictured here remained unscathed by paint, tears and utter desecration through three months of demolition and construction.

What went so far astray from the course I had laid out for myself and my studio? The list is long but ultimately unimportant. The one and only constant that I had ever needed to consider was the constant need for tireless labor. And that is an ultimate life's lesson learned anew. What good is a daily yogic meditation and the strength derived from Crossfit and the patience learned from perseverance if, when faced by adversity, a person does not maintain the presence of mind to know all work is a thing of vanity that will one day pass?  That is not a statement meant to be negative.  It is an ego-check of the utmost sincerity and one that a doer must face time and again.  Even when a job is done it is both done and not-done.  Even when a person thinks the fruits of his or her labor is his or her own to cherish, external forces may exert themselves and destroy the very foundation of the work that was done.  

"In the view of infinity any defined long-term is short-term."

- Frank Herbert

God Emperor of Dune

An idea or undertaking that is born of love will maintain beyond its physical limits if it is truly rooted in the divine effort to bring humans closer to one another, nature and God.  What is a yoga studio or a life-time of teaching compared to infinite-being and an unfettered capacity to love?  If undertaken with humility and the assumption that there are no "brownie points" for hard work, perhaps one may hope that this small best-effort is enough.