12/15/19 Vinyl Yoga selection: The Reclaim Series: 1 of 3: Joy Division “Still” 1981
Joy Division recorded only two studio albums, “Unknown Pleasures” and “Closer”. Right before the band was supposed to embark on their American tour in May 1980, Ian Curtis took his own life. “Still” is a compilation album that was released so that fans would be able to connect with the band and some of their live and unreleased music, as Joy Division would be no more. While some critics remarked that it was good, they felt it never really seemed like a cohesive album. More compilation albums were later released, but well after Joy Division became New Order. It is hard to quantify Joy Division because they are just so good. They tap into the soul in a way that no other band does - emotionally and energetically - and have been huge influences for a lot music and culture.
Five years ago there was major seismic event in my life that transformed my personal landscape. At the time, I had lost a lot - my heart, my trust, myself - and I lost the desire to listen to certain music. The Reclaim Series offers the opportunity to listen, and to practice yoga to some fabulous albums while honoring them in a whole different way. It is being able to reclaim something that was marked as collateral damage when the reality is that it was benign all along.
Nothing is really ours to keep - yet we can put so much weight on certain people, places, thoughts, music - even and especially yoga. Practicing the yama aparigraha/ non-grasping / non-possession / non-clinging - allows us to let go so that we may open up to so much more than what we were desperately hanging on to. Letting go is not always an easy thing to do as it is not a straightforward path. Sometimes it feels too risky or reckless or we feel we will completely loose ourselves. It often takes time, a lot of internal work, clarity, and a willingness. But the rewards can often be great if we can see and move past the pain and/or the identity we have attached ourselves to.
Come and practice with me and Joy Division this Sunday 12/15/19 5:30-6:45pm at River House Yoga #vinylyoga #vinylvinyasa #joydivision #still #aparigraha #riverhouseyoga