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Episode 31 – “A Guide to Better Gardening”

Greetings, loves. I didn’t get that video done last week. I’d like to say I’ll get it done this week, but I hate making promises I can’t keep. I’m busy these days. Busy with good, though. My plate is full but I feel like my heart is fuller. And in the theme of working hard to fill the heart (knowing that all good things come from within) I wrote a little diddy and I thought I’d share it with you…

 

Green grass is hardly worth yearning for.
Turn on the hose, the sprinkler,
toss a bucket out the window in a wide arc.
Hell, just be patient and wait for the rain to come.
(It will. Usually when you’ve planned to sunbathe.)

And then your grass will get greener.

But then that’s all you’ve got,
green
grass.

If you’ve ever turned your nose up
at the freshly finished McMansion
with carefully selected
Harmony Perennial Ryegrass Sod
laid straight to the cheap brick facade
and narry a flower yet to be planted to breathe
life and break up those harsh sterile lines

Then I don’t think green grass
is really what you’re looking for.

For one thing, the greener it is the faster it grows.
And the city won’t consider how diligently you’re
drowning this precious grass
when they issue you a fine because
its grown so long it’s blocking your windows
and overtaking the footpath
and your neighbors hardly have time to care
for their own lawns for all the time they spend
thinking and complaining
about how yours has become obnoxious.

Be honest, you really don’t want to sit
out in a yard so overgrown you can’t find
your patio furniture.

You have to cut the grass, dude.

And that might look better but if you were
to invest in trimming and neatening
the rough edges you’d be surprised to find
it actually looked kind of cruddy
before you did that extra work.

Sure, the mowed lawn was good enough
but you should know you deserve
better.
Your lawn deserves better.

And yes I must admit sometimes
the rain is too scarce and the water too precious
and sometimes these aren’t
enough on their own anyways
and you must fertilize this yard to get it green.

Sometimes it won’t be green.
Is it fair to love your grass less
when it has fallen
to the harsh blow
of the inevitable winter
that reliably comes and yet just as reliably
will go?

Remember that you don’t want this
grass to just be green.
You want to see yourself
in this space around your home.
Plant trees, bushes, shrubbery, flowers,
fruits, vegetables and vines.
Build a gazebo,
decorate the patio,
make an archway,
find and re-finish an antique garden bench,
hang a swing.

Probably not all of those things
because not all of those things really speak to you
and you and I both know you don’t have the time
to invest in creating or maintaining
all of them
nor do you probably have the space
but make the space for the things you want
in your place.

Oh, and not all that is green is good.
Most weeds are green.
Some are harmless, only considered
weeds by popular opinion,
and you don’t necessarily need to take
the opinions of others into consideration.
This is your grass.
But some weeds will choke out everything else
and destroy everything you’ve worked
and wanted so hard for.

Pull out the weeds that harm and displease you.
Take the time to get the whole root.
Dig them out.
Don’t take to shortcuts and chemicals right off the bat
or just snap off the heads,
you need to get all that shit out and you
probably need not lay hazardous waste to do so.

It won’t be easy.
Some of those weeds have grown deeper
than you would think they could or should.
But the space made when they are gone
offers room for new growth.

I must confess I hate yard work.
I would rather wash my hands of it all,
hiring it done
or simply picking up and moving to
a high rise condo where I can set
a single plastic plant on the balcony
and call it good.
I resist this work
like most resist the dentist and the gym,
but I find that once the discomfort
and the labor are faced that
the results are worth the uncertainty and torment
of the toiling that seems endless when beginning.

The satisfaction in seeing the progress
(not the completion, mind you,
this work is never complete,
as complete would indicate finished,
and if it were finished we could not
change or improve it)
is perhaps sweeter than the time spent
sitting peacefully in this beautiful thing
born of the labor of your hands and heart.

Cheers, yo.
xx April

This is the selfie I took in the sweaty satisfaction of mowing my lawn for the very first time. I had never used a lawn mower before and was only comfortable maneuvering a manual one and of course I started off with grass tall enough to hide the dog. Taking this picture felt awesome.

Episode 30 – “Careful What You Wish For”

Good grief it’s been a long time since I’ve posted! Global travel and homecomings sure have a way of making a girl busy, and with that pesky 24-hour limit to the day (and the need to account for sleep, which I seem to forget about) it’s been a bit rough trying to fit this blog back into my routine. Also, I’ve been dealing with some big frustrations with my video quality and nothing seems to be helping. Hopefully I’ll get a chance over the next few days to update this with a short video on a little focus exercise I like to do in classes, but it ain’t gonna be super pretty and clear (and I just have to deal with that).

Seriously though, I’m really wanting to refocus on this blog, on sharing with you all the things that I’m working on with my classes and in my life. Those of you who don’t take class with me can still connect and get hopefully some inspiration to help with your own practice, and those of you who do take class with me can get a little reminder of some items we covered during practice and dharma. So, that’s my topic today – focus!

“Drishti (view or gaze) is a specific focal point that is employed during meditation or while holding a yoga posture. The ancient yogis discovered that where our gaze is directed our attention naturally follows…”
— Timothy Burgin on Yoga Basics

If we don’t have a specific focus, our actions and thoughts will drift around aimlessly. Imagine you grabbed a recipe book and wanted to make lasagna for dinner. But instead of marking down the lasagna recipe page and making sure you were referencing that page the whole way through, you just left the book open on the counter so the breeze kept blowing the pages around to the salad section, the desert section, and at one point while you were grabbing sauce ingredients you were actually looking at a fish curry. I’m pretty sure you’ll create food if you’re diligent about it, but I’m also pretty sure you’re not going to like it. (Anyone remember that episode of Friends where Rachel made a trifle with beef in it?)

Focusing on one point is hard (and can sometimes feel a bit boring) but it’s necessary. And the more specific your focus is, the better the results of your efforts to focus will be.

Let me tell you a story…

I was driving to teach a class one morning and I was really frustrated and stressed about something really stupid (it was a boy [and I mean that it was not only a stupid thing to be frustrated about him but that he’s also a stupid … anyways]). I knew it wasn’t worth my energy to keep focusing on this frustration, so I started saying to myself “Ugh, I just need a distraction from this, I need to distract myself, anything to get my mind off of this will help.”

So I get to the class, go in and teach, and definitely feel a little better afterwards (because my job is pretty amazing). I go out to my car, which I had forgotten to lock, and my purse and phone were stolen.

Distraction granted! Thanks universe…

I recognized pretty immediately the unfortunate irony there, and proceeded to spend the rest of the day juggling my normal activities with visits to my phone provider’s store, my bank, digging my passport out of the resources of the Important Documents Unorganized Vortex and trying to use a cheap burner flip phone to handle all of these calls to credit companies and the like.

Me and Ethan

Not so good at looking at the camera, but clearly really good at keeping the smile game strong.

Attempting to maintain a positive outlook and not let this ruin my day, I couldn’t help but be a little bummed that I didn’t have most of my friends’ phone numbers. I know some really great people who I knew would cheer me up to chat a bit with, and one number I was particularly missing was my friend Ethan. I found myself worrying a bit that I might not be able to recover his number and thinking how much I was hoping he would text me soon so that we didn’t lose touch for too long.

Within the hour, I kid you not, I get a text from Ethan “Hey dude, what’s up?” Haha, well my friend, let me tell you…

Almost immediately I started to reflect on that morning and my request for “just any distraction.” If only I had been more specific with my intention. If I had directed my focus to distracting myself with the class I was about to teach, or meditating on what a beautiful morning it was, or how thankful I was to have the good sense to know how dumb it was to let myself get frustrated about that morning’s frustration… would my “distraction” still have happened?

I could be a lot more “woo woo” than I think I am, and my attributing the theft and Ethan’s text to my asking the cosmos might be a bit narcissistic… but there’s a lot to be said for having a specific intention to our thoughts and actions. “Be careful what you wish for” is a very old adage, and a lesson I think we’ve all experienced or seen in our world to some extent.

So I invite you, friends, to take a little extra time to focus on your focus (today, this week, hopefully always). And maybe even during your personal practice, focus the Drishti part of executing the asanas (oh good grief just google it if you don’t know, I’m starting to get antsy and done with this post, I admit my capacity for focus is starting to wane). I’m hoping I get a chance over the next few days to update this with a little clip of some focus work I like to do in Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon).

I’ll be keeping my focus on finding some free time to do so. Oh, and Universe, I’d just like to clarify that I’m trying to find that time by the good fortune of being efficient with my projects and appointments, rather than some catastrophe opening up my schedule, please and thanks.

Happy Focused Friday, y’all.

Cheers

xx April

Episode 29 – “F*ck That” A Guided Honest Meditation

I got a pretty rad Christmas gift, and I’d like to read it to you.

Why?  Um, because it’s rad.  Also, I think way too many people think you have to be a certain type of person to meditate, and they are not that type of person.

Fuck that.  That idea is wrong.  If you feel like you can’t meditate because you think too much, because you’re too busy, because sitting still is hard, because you find yourself reciting expletives in your head instead of moving towards peacefulness, or because you end up playing through the riff from your latest favorite song in your head; sorrynotsorry, but you’re wrong.

These are all reasons that you SHOULD meditate.  And honestly, they’re reasons that you can.  Because it means that you are human.  And humans can totally meditate.  Even if they say “Fuck” a lot.

If you thought this BOOK was awesome (which I definitely do) then you should do several of the following:
Buy it here: http://bit.ly/1WnTWit
Visit the author Jason Headley’s website here: www.jasonheadley.com
Maybe follow him on social media
FB: @heyjasonheadley
Twitter: @jason_headley
and go over and check out HIS YouTube channel because he’s offering some really rad stuff.

Episode 28 – “Sit on That”

Impact vs. Intent. Its an interesting conversation. Does the intention of an individual really make a difference in how wrong their actions are, when those actions have a negative impact on another person? Does it really matter if they didn’t intend anything negative to result from their words, their deed?

Eh, not really.

I mean, yea, there’s a difference for the person at the intention end of the deal.

A person who accidentally pops a champagne cork into a fellow party go-er’s eye is a significantly less shitty person than if they had done so on purpose.

But does the fact that they “didn’t mean to do it” save the victim’s eye? Nope.

I mean seriously, it doesn’t.

We often feel like it does, though. While I was trying to build up the courage (I’ll get to that in a moment) and discipline to actually sit down and write this, I thought doing a little field research might help. It did! I read this really awesome article by Melanie Tannenbaum for Scientific American and you should totally read it because she says some really great broad-perspective stuff on why and how we consider intent when deciding how bad the impact was.

Since Melanie did such a rad job explaining the whole phenomenon, and you can read all about that in her article (and tons of others) I wanna take this in another direction.

I have to admit that I had some difficulty sitting down to write this. I keep finding myself so busy and scatterbrained with all the goings-on of a new “main job” working in a café, juggling subbing classes and trying to keep my own dance and yoga practice alive and well. So yes, there’s finding time to do it, and there’s the general begrudging procrastination of not staying in constant practice upon the page (er, computer keyboard). But this has been hard for another reason.

I started seeing “Impact > Intent” in response to the recent US Presidential election and saw some statements made that really made a lot of sense.

See, I totally support anyone standing behind a candidate that they feel has the best policies. Even standing behind the candidate they feel has better policies than the others even though all the policies aren’t ideal. Hell, I still think you should stand behind the candidate that has even just slightly less-shitty policies than the other shitty candidate policies if that’s your view on what you think should be going on in whatever you’re voting on.

And I totally respect your right to do so. I may not like it – but I can respect it.

Here’s the real problem that I (and many others) have with the President Elect…

Regardless of anything that he is doing or intends in his speeches, rallies, twittering escapades, “locker room talk,” or whatever it may be:

What his is doing is impacting other people.

He’s setting a terrible example for our nation and our children. That example is leading many people to feel like racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and mistreatment of the LBTQ community is on some level acceptable. And all of this is creating feelings of concern, anxiety, and even actualized instances of a loss of safety for minorities, women, LBTQ – in other words, you know, PEOPLE.

Anyways, why has that lead to me having a really hard time sitting to write and share my thoughts on this? Because I know and love a lot of people that voted for Donald Trump.

Like really love these people. They are wonderful human beings. The thought of offending them, saddening them, alienating them, or misrepresenting them with this blog is just gut-wrenching for me.

There’s a part of me that has all of the best intentions of just keeping everything in my world even-keel and serene (in a rather sterile sort of way) by simply remaining silent and avoiding the subject.

But what’s the impact of that?

Nothing.

Nothing happens. Nothing changes. No information gets shared, no communication comes about, no new perspectives are shared. Essentially my cowardice on approaching the subject might as well be my agreement of current circumstances.

Let’s consider this with regards to Satya or “truthfulness.”

It’s hard to balance the necessity of honesty with the desire (and yes also a very worthy goal) to be kind and happy with everyone. Sometimes it’s a delicate thing to have to tell someone that sweater really does look awful, or that they have lipstick on their teeth. But if we do it compassionately, we can step out of our uncomfortable cowardly shield of “I’m just trying to be nice!” and let the truth set us all free.

I once walked by all 45 members of my college’s dance company from the dressing room to the wings of the stage (smiling and talking to almost everyone) before one dancer finally said “Girl I know you’re not about to walk out on stage with that lipstick all about your teeth!” It would have been nice if he had said it with some kindness rather than sneer at me, but I’m still pretty grateful he had saved me further embarrassment.

No one wants to walk on stage with lipstick on their teeth. No one wants to be called a racist, a misogynist, a person who promotes hate (OK some people might but we’re just going to go with the assumption that most people would like to see those things eradicated from our culture – especially people we know and respect). Therefore it is our duty to find a balance of both Ahimsa (non-harm, compassion) and Satya (the truth) and find the courage to engage with each other about these issues.

If my intention is to maintain balance in my relationships, but the impact is that I’m not standing up for what I believe in, not helping to make any changes or share what might eventually be valuable insight… my good intentions mean squat.

We should always try to have the best intentions. Carefully aim every arrow before we pull back and fire. But we need to keep an eye on whether we’re actually hitting our mark. If our arrows are missing the target – perhaps hitting our fellow archers instead – then we need to grab the first aid kit, apologize, and adjust our aim.

I didn’t say it’s easy to have these conversations. It’s not easy on either end (when was the last time you graciously accepted that you had unintentionally done harm? It’s hard, isn’t it?). I suggest taking the time to prepare yourself for these conversations with some meditation. Do something to clear your head.

If you’re into movement to clear the head, maybe check out the video below.

Cheers, friends,
Xoxo

April

 

Episode 27 – “Connection for Growth”

“United we stand: Divided we fall”

Heard that one before?  It’s a statement that dates back seemingly to Aesop, but Americans have stood by this credo since our inception as a nation in the late 1700s.  Throughout our nation’s history we have been divided in belief and agenda across a myriad of issues.  The post-election climate we find ourselves in is no exception to our history and no exception to the truth of these words.

Can you count how many times you’ve seen someone on social media exclaim “unfollowing!” “unfriending!” (or a blatant “screw you guys!”) over the past few weeks?  Yeah, me neither.  It’s an epidemic.

And while I stand whole-heartedly behind the need to remove oneself from unnecessarily unpleasant circumstances, walling ourselves off from those who disagree with us might not be the best answer.  It’s not changing anyone’s mind or creating any understanding between parties for us all to just insult and isolate each other.

We need to communicate.  Compassionately and patiently (even though this is really freaking hard).  

I feel the need to make an obscure movie reference here… bear with me…

In the 2001 Horror/Thriller “13 Ghosts” a character is killed off by being sliced through his middle by a vertically descending pane of glass.  The dude is just standing in a hallway one minute, and in the next minute the front and back halves of his body begin to slide down their own sides of the glass and crumple to the floor.

Standing one moment.  Divided and fallen the next.

OK, I told you it was an obscure reference — but do you get what I’m saying here?  We can’t just slam a wall in between ourselves and our community, friends and family.  No one gets what they want, and nothing gets fixed.

My advise? (And for the record the advise that I’m trying to follow myself)

Set aside some time to really think about what you think you need to articulate to the people on the other side of this divide.  Then think carefully about what you think their perspective is – what they would try to articulate to you about what they’re standing behind.  And develop a dialogue on even ground with them.

Preferably not over the internet.  Body language and voice inflection make such a difference.  I can hold your hand, look meaningfully into your eyes, and show that I’m genuinely listening to you if we’re sitting together.  But I just gently laid my hand and looked with meaning at my laptop as I posted this and it’s not getting across to you any more than FaceBook comments spilled at the spur of the moment are getting across to those you’re commenting to.

We’re in for a rough time, America.  We are divided right now and we need to work on that.  We face a lot of difficulty as a nation.

I don’t think I have a conversation with a single person here who discovers I’m an American and doesn’t ask about our political circumstances.  The world is watching us, the world feels for (and fears for) us.

We cannot divide and segregate and allow ourselves to fall to this struggle.

Oh yeah, the yoga… the physical yoga…

You may recall me mentioning (or have heard it from tons of other yoga teachers) that the physical practice was designed to prepare our bodies to be able to sit for meditation.  So do that!  Do this practice, and sit in contemplation of compassion and communication and connection with your fellow man.  (Alliteration seriously not planned but I’m just going with what my fingers are spilling at this point.)

Enjoy!

 

Cheers, yo!

xo

(by the way, if you have anything to say or want to talk about how this election has impacted you, your feelings of safety, your relationships, anything at all — I’m a safe space.  #safetypin)

 

 

 

Episode 26 – “Fishy Yoga Transitions”

All bodies are different.  If this is news to you, I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.

Really though, they are.  And not even just the skinny/thick/tall/short kind of different.  Our bones are all different lengths and proportions to each other.  The range of motion to our skeletal structures varies so greatly that it’s pretty much impossible to say that a transition or the alignment of a pose is going to work great for two people (or all twenty or however many are in one yoga class).

Have you ever wondered “What’s wrong with me?” when offered a transition cue that you just can’t seem to master no matter how much you try?  We’ve all probably had those moments.  A lot of times its just because we’re still teaching our bodies proper movement and alignment and building up the strength and one day it will come.  Something will click, and it will click when it is good and ready for clicking.

But sometimes it’s not ever going to “just click” because your body might not be set up to click that way.

I honestly don’t know anyone who can step a foot through to a lunge from down dog without moving their palms from the floor.  Up onto fingertips instead of palms, sure, but keeping the palms flat is almost sure to leave you with a foot only halfway forward.  This leads to unnecessarily short warriors and lunges and, if you’re not careful, a lot of frustration.

It takes a lot of core strength to step that foot forward – deep deep transverse muscle engagement, down into the psoas actually.  If you’re new in your practice, or not super flexible in lunges, then you’re going to benefit a lot from just grabbing your ankle and scooching your foot up to where you really want it.  And good grief, just take your back knee down if you need to!  Do whatever works.  It’s called a practice – it’s always a practice, never a perfect and it never needs to be that.

Also, creasing your forehead up in knots and thinking expletives in aggravation at yourself does nothing to help this step through.  Just sayin’.   Grab your damn ankle and smile about it.

But even if you have  the most ripped functional core muscles this side of the Ganges, and a long flexible lungs, the length of your bones might be preventing you from executing this step through.  If you (like me) have the same length (or longer) to your lower leg than you do for your arm, it’s just not gonna happen unless you create more space.  Make your arm longer – come up onto fingertips.  Maybe you have such a long shin bone you need to move your hand all the way off the ground.  That’s cool man – do it. Own it.

(By the way, it’s the same arm as leg that you’ll probably be adjusting for the step-through.  Just to be clear.)

One day, you might find yourself taking a class with an instructor who says that you should try to challenge yourself and keep the whole palm on the floor.  So hey, try it.  Maybe you’ve built up more core strength and mobility and you could be closer to accomplishing that.  Maybe you don’t have to come as high on your fingertips as you thought… maybe the whole thing becomes an uncomfortable collision that gets your foot nowhere.  That’s cool.  Maybe that teacher has really long arms and short shins, and they aren’t aware of the difficulties that others have.

Real talk — I was amazed when I started teaching that child’s pose was a challenge for many people.  I had no idea.  Our experiences dictate our perception, and we all gotta learn sometime.  It’s not to say a teacher’s not a good teacher if they haven’t adjusted their cueing for these sorts of things.  They’ve probably got a lot of other good stuff to offer you.  Unless of course, they don’t.  In which case you find another teacher next time I hope.  I know I’m not the right teacher for a lot of people, and I’ve definitely taken a lot of classes with a teacher who wasn’t right for me.  These things happen.  Trial and error is a part of what helps us find our tribe.

Anyways, I digress.

Try removing the giraffe from the refrigerator next time you try sticking an elephant in there.  And if that makes no sense to you, you should watch this video.

Cheers, yo!

-*- Namaste -*-

April

 

Episode 25 – “Don’t Cry Over Spilled Luggage”

I made it!  I’m here!  In Australia!  Holy crap, guys!

It was a wild (and long) ride but I got here, found a place to stay for a while, and I’ve been incredibly fortunate to meet some pretty incredible people.  I’m surprised at how much culture shock I’m not actually experiencing… and then of course surprised at the little bits of culture shock that I do have.

For example, I was surprised that all of the yoga studios I’ve been to don’t have woven Mexican blankets, they have wool blankets instead.  Well, duh– Australia isn’t right next to Mexico like the US is, and Oz has a major wool industry.  Oh, and the first time I went to print my CV it came out on some pretty weird looking paper.  Because yes, blondie, “US letter” is only really a common size in (you guessed it) the US!  {In case you’re curious, it’s a size called A4 elsewhere.  You’re welcome.]

I feel like I’ve been in this interesting place of spinning wildly in madness and uncertainty… but not really.  I’m pretty dedicated to remaining calm and going with the flow (read: rushing stream in Salmon season) and it’s making a huge difference.  All of that yoga and breathing and non-attachment really works — crazy, right?

In the midst of one of the most manic days of my first week out of the US, I filmed this episode.  Watch the dharma talk for a recap of how my last leg of travel panned out (spoiler alert – not super smoothly) and then when you’re done, watch the practice and bookmark the video for when you’re experiencing your own travel woes (or work woes.. or general woes.. or no woes… basically just do it whenever).  And send this to people you know who might be taking a trip soon, if you think it could be helpful for them.

Have you had your own travel madness?  How did you deal?  Comment and let me know – I’d love to hear from you!

 

Cheers, yo!

-*- Namaste -*-

April

 

Episode 24 – “Really Uncomfortable Things”

Hard things are kind of funny aren’t they?  When you can’t do them, they’re really hard.  And then, after working and practicing and trying and failing and falling… one day you can do the hard thing.

Not to say it gets easier, necessarily.  It just gets more familiar.  I think a lot of hard things stay hard, we just get used to what we need to do to get through them.  Like heartbreak and loss, like doing your own taxes or getting a group of people to decide where to meet for dinner.

When I first came to yoga I could barely lower myself to the ground from plank with any sense of control… or dignity.  Passing through chaturanga?  Forget about it!  But, since I was totally hooked on the whole yoga thing, I kept coming back to classes and before I knew it my push ups were cleaner, and eventually chaturanga became a familiar part of the practice.

And then, a few more years into my practice, my teacher began bringing us through more advanced transitions – like this one.

Going from chaturanga to up-dog and then back through chaturanga to plank and then to down dog… yea I know, I get a little dizzy and green just typing all that out.

I fell the first time I tried it.  It hurt like crap the next couple times.  But I “stuck it in my back pocket” if you will and kept trying it out on days when I felt a bit strong.

One day though, it finally worked.  My muscles and my brain still scream at me “WHY DO YOU HATE US?” every time I do it… but I know it’s helping me get stronger and that the challenge helps me grow in this practice.

So let’s play with it together, eh?  And then this week you can just go and leave me a bunch of comments asking why I hate you (I don’t) to make you do this (I didn’t – remember how this is your practice and you can modify any time you like?) and why doesn’t it work perfectly for you (it doesn’t have to).  Then share this with all of your friends to torture *ahem* challenge and intrigue them.  And after, to celebrate, you can do your taxes together.  Or… maybe that would be the time to determine what you should do for dinner together.  Anyways, watch this, do this, enjoy!

Cheers, yo!

-*- Namaste -*-

April

 

Episode 23 – “Dancing in the Forest”

Guess what guys — I got out of the living room to film this one!  The view is WAY better… although I have to admit the picture of me really isn’t.  Whatever – you can hear me, you can see the shapes, and this flow was pretty great.  Lots of open-hearted shapes, continuous movement, opening up all over the place.

Since we’ve been doing pigeon for a couple of weeks in flows, I thought we might dig into some variations.  My teacher calls this “Queenie Pigeon,” as opposed to King Pigeon where you hold onto the bound foot with both hands from over your head and it’s kind of madness.  I’m still working on that one.  On my good side, I can get there for a second or so with a LOT of warm-up on a really good day.  So this practice won’t take us through that (but hey, if you have it and wanna work into it, be my guest man!)  BUT “Queenie” is still a great backbend and fun shape to work with and we’ll explore the steps leading up to it as well.

Make sure you’re really focusing on what’s going on in your body as you’re working into that pose.  Keep a lifted long spine to avoid pinching in the low back, and pay attention to the support from your thighs in your hips.  I really feel a lot better trying to wiggle into a longer spread of the legs and get my hips closer to the ground, but you might feel more supported by drawing the thighs into the hips.  Personally, that strategy leaves me feeling somewhat precariously balanced so I prefer getting down for more foundation.  If I’m making no sense at all feel free to comment and let me know “April, I have no idea what in the actual hell you are talking about.”

In fact, leave me comments anyways.  Like and share this with your friends, and enjoy the beautiful mountain views.  Follow me on Instagram @aprilkindarocks to see more from my trip to Mt Hood National Forest this past weekend. And keep looking forward to more field trips out of my living room over the next couple of weeks.

Cheers, yo!

-*- Namaste -*-

April

 

 

 

Episode 22 – “Deeply Rooted”

So, this is like a week and a half late to the website.  Thanks for bearing with me.  I’ve been having a rough time keeping dedicated to all of the elements of this blog and video series for two reasons.

One – you folks never talk back to me about it.  Comments?  Likes?  Shares?  Anything guys?  I’m not kidding I really do like talking to people and hearing from them about their experiences.  Tell me what you like or don’t like, or give me some requests and suggestions for future videos.  Heck you could even keep it casual and just sign up for my email list 😉 That would make me just tickled. (Thank you!)

Two – I’m less than 2 months now from the biggest craziest move of my life.  I’m going to Melbourne in Australia in mid-October and I’ll be there about 6 months.  Starting to job hunt, wrapping up my life here in Portland, and trying to make the most of time with loved ones here… it’s been a lot.  And it’s not going to get much easier over the next few weeks, so, again, your grace with my inconsistency is so much appreciated.

I’m still totally in this project!  These videos are going keep coming, I’ll keep writing, and I’ll keep sharing for sure.  I might not always get things done “on time” but they’re coming, don’t worry.  It would definitely help me out a ton to get some feedback and cheering on from all you readers and viewers, though… just sayin’ 😉

Anyways, I talk in the video.  Yada yada yada.  Watch it!  Do it!  Enjoy!

Cheers, yo.

-*- Namaste -*-

April

 

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