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    Fat in Your Mind?

    There I was, laying face down on my actupuncturist&rsquos table waiting for them to arrive. A let out a huge sigh- it was the first moment I had gotten to just be all week, and the first hour I had been able to carve out for others to help heal me in a while. It felt almost luxurious.

    Until I heard&hellip.&ldquoWow has your back side (aka bottom) gotten big!&rdquo Talk about an abrupt end to anything nice.

    I spent the next hour psycho analyzing my body, which, by the way, since I was face down on the table I couldn&rsquot even see. After leaving the appointment, and for the next several days, I stared at myself in every window as I walked down the street, every public bathroom mirror, and every non-zoomable Instagram photo in between, assessing if he was right, I was fat, or if I was crazy.

    The conclusion? Crazy.

    I let one comment by one person take over my mind for hours and days at a time. I would convince myself it was fat. Then that it was normal. Then that if was large. Then that it was a big ole mess. This continued in forward and backward loops until a Sofia Vergara-esque client came up to me after class and slapped that same backside saying,

    &ldquoMamasita I have never seen your culo look so amazing.&rdquo

    With her beautiful Colombian accent I realized I had to back that a**s up to my philosophical yoga roots.

    The muscle of the mind is the single most powerful element to your body, life and world. My mind took the acupuncturist statements - their own perceptions- as facts, then proceeded to let me beat itself, ie myself, up about it all until I firmly not only believed, but felt, I was fat. Yet, my client&rsquos perception was totally different, and forced me to remember that your existence is only made up of an amalgamation of perceptions.

    Your perceptions create your reality. It&rsquos up to you to use the muscle of your mind to manage and form these perceptions, which I promptly did by throwing on some short cut offs and going for a slice.

    Ignorant perceptions, as they are we called in the Tibetan tradiation of yoga philosophy I.AM.YOU. & my upcoming book, RETOX, happen to all of us.  The important thing is being cognizant of the process, a process you and only you can manage and this create your own reality from, and through.

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    I was definitively the geek who loved freshman year physics in high school first period and I salivated over it. Well except for the day our school allowed everyone to bring their pets to class and I ended up getting salivated upon…. But that’s another story.

    Of the many things that enthralled me about physics is the Newtonian concept that for every force there is an equal and opposite opposing force. For every up their is a down, every in an out. For every action, a reaction. Turns out Newton was actually a yogi, because this is actually a fundamental cornerstone to both the tangible and intangible practices of yoga.

    In every yoga pose (that is properly aligned) there is a muscle that is strengthening, and one that is lengthening. There is a grounding action and a lifting action. There is a forward reach and a backward pull. In every yoga pose assist (that is performed safely), there is a grounding action and a lengthening action. A stabilizing force and a mobilizing one. You can see these most obviously in the front thigh of warrior two, where the quad strengthens and the hamstring lengthens. In handstand where your hands press down but your torso lifts up out of the shoulders. In a forward fold assist where you ground the pelvis and lengthen the spine.

    In the Tibetan theories of yoga we study at I.AM.YOU. there is an intangible yoga practice called tonglen. Len means to take, and tong means to give. In commonplace yoga theories taking is almost always shunned, and giving continually exonerated. But in tonglen it is clear that you cannot have one without the other. As physics would teach us, you need to take to give, and give to take.

    If you don’t take hours to sleep, you won’t have energy to give. If you don’t give love to others, you won’t have support to take when you need it. But even more important - if you take someone else’s suffering away in some form, you can give them happiness. Which is the essence of tonglen.

    When we use logic as a base for yoga like we do at I.AM.YOU, we see that that taking is not always bad. What matters is the opposing force on the way back. Which we know has to be equal, and hopefully greater.

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