Asides

Hello Friends!

As you can probably see, I haven’t written a post in a good long time. Little Windmill is my baby and has helped me evolve my writing style and develop my voice. It has given me the opportunity to meet many new friends and express my story. Community is a simple and powerful thing, and LW has helped me contribute to the conversation. So, why the absence? I’m glad you asked. 

The truth is, my yoga practice has been more of a source of stress for me recently than the stress reliever it should be. I’ve been suffering from chronic back pain, pain in my hamstrings, and general soreness that doesn’t seem to go away.

For this I’ve tried numerous treatments- hot baths every day, essential oils, taken 10+ days of complete rest, acupressure points, myofascial massage, and most recently rolfing. It is extremely discouraging to me because my yoga practice is not only very close to my heart, but also my livelihood. There are poses I could once easily do that are a struggle for me now, and some that just seem impossibly out of reach.

I guess you could say I’ve been feeling pretty down in the dumps about my practice lately because of this, which has less-than-inspired me to write about it. I’ve been so frustrated with the physical aspect of yoga that the spiritual element has been lost to me. In addition to this, my meditation practice has suffered, and my motivation is poor.

A big truth is, I struggle with yoga! But I know that our minds are so strongly connected to our bodies, that our practice is constantly evolving, and this is part of the process. For me, that is a gift. Yoga practice never ends. We’re never finished. We don’t reach a goal and stop. We continue on. We see where our practice takes our body, mind and spirit.

So this is me setting intention for 2014. I am committing to sharing my truth, my Satya, my dharma with you.

Namaste and thank you for your continued support and understanding!

My truth, my satya

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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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