This time lapse is one part Ashtanga through the floor series (Marichyasana A), one part targeting my weaknesses (knees and shoulders) and one part meditation. This location is The Peace Practice on Memorial Avenue.
I find myself in the position of being on too tight of a budget to other studios in the area more than once or twice a month. Luckily, technology exists and can provide cheaper and free alternatives. Here's what I've done - I take online classes once or twice a week if I am too mentally exhausted to be spontaneously creative. Once or twice a week I audio record the classes that I teach and then listen to/do my own class. That is a great way to quality check my ability to guide a person through a practice and humbling when I mess up.
Online and audio yoga is great but how do I know that my alignment is correct? I record myself. When I do my own classes I do a full-length HD video. I have three currently and when I have a few more I will post them to Vimeo where you can purchase them. Look for that option in August.
When I flow spontaneously for the pure joy of moving and yoga I do time lapses and post those to Vimeo, too. Again, I can review my poses and see where I need to make adjustments. Plus, who doesn't need accountability from time to time? There are times that I don't feel like doing yoga. Thankfully, I have just enough discipline to sit my booty on my mat and do something. As the meme goes, "I really regret going to yoga...said no one ever."
Here are three of my yogi time lapses from the last few days:
Not every day of yoga (in my life) looks the same. Sometimes all I have in me is 30 minutes and some meditation and sometimes I yoga for almost two hours. I let my body tell me what it needs and try not to force myself into anything based on preconceived notions of achievement or comparison. You may be wondering where 20140726 yogi time lapse is. Well, sometimes I do yoga on a floating dock in the middle of a lake and its just not safe to try to set up my video equipment. Pics or it didn't happen ;-)
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.
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.