Jun 21st, 2013
Where are you climbing?
- Apr 6th, 2013 photo
Feb 1st, 2013
Succeed EASILY: Remember the word problems back when you were a kid? If train A leaves the station with 500 golf balls and train B leaves the opposite station 3 miles away with 270 tennis balls, and the volume of a tennis ball is 2.5 times the volume of a golf ball, and the trains are going 100mph, at which point will the trains cross paths?
These word problems used to drive me nuts -not because of the math itself so much as the garbled equation in the wording. They would, quite frankly, frustrate the sht out of me. I would scribble and scribble away, crumple and toss out trees of paper, stomp frustrated through the hall, and ultimately only ‘get it’ once my dad had come home to help and I had cleared up the whole page of messes, as well as my mind.
I was reminiscing on this at the dentist this week as he asked me to help with his daughter’s homework problems, the one above on pancakes and waffles, when I realized that has I known what I do now about yoga, my homework would have been way easier….
In the Indian philosophy of yoga there is a core foundational triangle of life. One side of the base there is effort. On the other, awareness. When these two corner bases are activated, surrender, the pinnacle of the triangle and the purpose of yoga, is achieved. Similarly in the Tibetan philosophy of yoga there is a triangular foundation of compassion and wisdom, which take us to light. Even in Catholicism there is one of purification and reflection, which take us to service. In I.AM.YOU. Yoga classes to reflect this foundational philosophy via asana (the effort full poses), breath (the awareness of what is going on inside), to take us to and unite us with a higher purpose- a dedication larger than us.
The overarching concept is the same for all - work with the two cornerstones of effort and awareness, and you will achieve with ease. It is the potion for everything, from homework to relationships to your boss. Give it a try.
May 16th, 2012
Drishti, in sanskrit, is a focus or gazing point. It stems from the with the roots drish, meaning to see, drishau, meaning the eye, and drishtah, meaning observed. In that, drishti refers to our external gazing points, such as where I eyes physically wander in a yoga class or while in a yoga asana, but also to our internal gazing points. This latter meaning of the word is the most challenging part of true yoga, and in that, life.
Today, take a moment and see where your internal gaze is…. Is it on your colleague who you can’t stand, or on a guy that may or may not call? Is it on a fight you had last week or on your friend who got some great news? Or is your internal drishti stuck on the own circles and iterations of your own mind?
If you can figure out where you are truly looking, then you can teach yourself how to see. And when you accomplish that, you can learn how to see everything you dreamed of. True Sight. True Focus. True Yoga. True YOU.
Jan 24th, 2012