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Good morning yogis!

I finally got to watch this episode of MTV’s Made featuring Baron Baptiste! I thought it was really cool how they got some yoga on there at last! This gave me such a warm and fuzzy moment.

Click to watch the full episode! Baron comes in at around 25 minutes

Click to watch the full episode! Baron comes in at around 25 minutes

If you don’t have time to watch the video, here’s a brief-ish synopsis:

The subject of this episode, Derek, aspires to be ‘made’ into a boxer. His father was Smokin’ Joe Frazier, so as you can imagine those are some pretty big shoes (or gloves?) to fill.MTV set him up with a professional boxing coach and a personal trainer that worked with him daily for over a month! He was getting stronger and losing weight, but his boxing was not improving because his father’s death was still too fresh and painful for him. He didn’t have the confidence and drive to fulfill his goal because he was still dealing with his father’s death and the circumstances surrounding it. So MTV brought in Baron. And as usual, yoga came to the rescue! This is where things turned around. Baron spent just three days with Derek, teaching him power yoga and talking through what he had not faced that was holding him back. One of the ‘yes!’ moments(at 29:30) came when he did an assisted wheel pose(baron’s favorite) when he was literally saying, “no way, no way I’m doing that.” Love it! I also have to give Derek major props for really emotionally opening up, especially in front of millions of people. He really exposed a vulnerable part of his past which I know attributed to his healing.

After that, everything started to fall into place. He began winning matches and began feeling lighter all areas of his life.

I just love seeing yoga transform people’s lives!

Yoga on MADE

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what do you desire?

What would you do if money were no object?

How would you really enjoy spending your life?

The scarcity mindset is so ingrained in most of us that when asked this question it immediately runs through the filters of our practical mind. How would I enjoy spending my life…that would also keep me financially comfortable? Warmly accepted by the community?  We forget that every one of our breaths brings us a little closer to our last. Do not spend one more day doing something that you hate. We do things we don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is- to keep doing things we don’t like doing for YEARS. Voluntarily, it’s mind-boggling. Quit your job! I am not taking away from the value of hard work, but the greatest contribution you can give to the world is being the best version of your self and contributing what only YOU can. The unique ingredient that you, your children, your children’s children bring to the world needs to be nurtured and given a chance to grow. If they see you living a fulfilling life, they will learn to chase their dreams, not a paycheck.

I wish everyone could have seen this video when they were 10.

Namaste!

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sex cells


Last post I talked about was about some real, honest-to-goodness, less than perfect bodies doing yoga. Now let’s talk about this controversial video posted by Equinox, a luxury gym popular in Los Angeles and New York. Briohny Smyth is the scantily clad yoga instructor featured in the video that has put a bee in the bonnet of the yoga community.

It has to be said- the yoga in this video is remarkable. Her body is flawless and her alignment is outstanding. Some of the things she does seem to defy gravity, and personally it inspires me to work harder to experience these amazing benefits that yoga allows. I am not prudey, I think her body is a work of art and it was probably a serious, conscious decision to dress her like she is. I don’t know why anybody would be offended by that aspect of the video- if you’ve got HBO you’ve seen worse.

Yoga being accessible to everyone is important. I don’t want anyone to feel intimidated by these beautiful freaks of nature like  Briohny Smyth. Yoga is not just for fit, flexible, skinny people. However we must consider who Equinoxs’ audience is. Equinox is known for its cutting edge workout strategies, (IntenSati, Urban Rebounding) and a plethora of ‘celebrity’ trainers and yogis such as Smyth. They attract the wealthy, athletic individual who wishes to perfect his or her body in an ilitest environment. That, to me, is far from the intention of yoga.

So it seems, it all depends on your perspective. I see it as inspiring and artful, while people considering beginning a yoga practice may find it intimidating. I hope all viewers can keep an open mind and maintain sense of self while watching this. Cheesy as it is- I like to respect that my yoga practice is a journey, not a destination. It makes accomplishing goals more gratifying and helps me appreciate all of the small successes along the way.

Someday I’ll have a perfect handstand, until then, I’ll work with what I’ve got.

What do you think?

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