The body is a gift when taken care of but can be burden when neglected. .
How I feel physically and emotionally is in direct correlation with my physical asana practice and my daily meditation. People ask me what motivates me to practice every day and it’s simple, I feel better when I do my practice and worse when I don’t. .
Yoga is a movement. A social progression based on an ancient system that is being carried forward by modern people with the same original intention; to find peace through connection, eliminate suffering and join together in a union to understand truth. The face of yoga has changed as well as the practitioners, the poses, and the movement, but as long as the intention stays the same, yoga will continue to evolve gracefully.
As modern yoga grows, we are going to see changes. Yoga is an ancient system, but very little that we do today looks anything like that system. We need to move beyond terming things as "is yoga" or "not yoga" based on definitions that aren't even relevant to the original yoga and see yoga for what it truly is, a progression of the mind and body connection. . wearing @aloyoga #yoga
I was actually 20 when I first started doing yoga, although I don't really think this is when I started practicing yoga. I was practicing a mixed martial art called Hap Do Sool and the Grandmaster would have us doing yoga once a week to help with flexibility. While it was technically asana, it always felt more like martial arts than yoga. Sometimes the Grandmaster would heel kick us in the stomach while we were holding navasana! How many yoga classes have you been to where the teacher did that?! . I first wandered into a yoga studio when I was 29. There was something very different to this yoga than what I had experienced in the past. After that, I was in the yoga studio or at home practicing on my mat every day.
@Aloyoga launched #alogives, a nonprofit that is dedicated to bringing yoga and mindfulness to the world by providing a free curriculum of yoga videos to introduce the practice of yoga and meditation to children around the world.
Maybe some of you were wondering about my absence from social media. For the past two weeks as I have been in China, teaching and I've been blocked from IG. . China has something known as the "Great Firewall" which blocks much of the internet and many apps from its citizens. This draconian system of censorship dictates what you can search and view on the internet. Google, Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube are some of the sites that are blocked in China. .
While this has been a nice time for me to take a break from my phone and email, it's also been challenging since this break wasn't wanted. You might ask why I didn't use a VPN? VPNs are becoming harder for people to use in China and mine didn't work while I was there. . It makes me appreciate the simple freedoms I have such as the freedom of information and how so much of the world still doesn't have access and is being controlled by their government. .
Have you ever had some many things that you need to do and no desire or motivation to do any of it? That is pretty much me right now. Especially because of 90% of what I need to do requires me to sit behind a computer and I have no desire to sit behind a computer screen. Luckily I'm flying to China tomorrow, so that will force me to get some stuff done on the super long plane ride, but unfortunately most of what I need to do requires internet.. . What do you do to motivate yourself? .
Here's an older photo of my friend @meliniseri and I from when I was at @aloyoga in NY. I don't have any new photo's because I haven't taken any. 🤷♂️😅
I’ve been here a lot lately. It’s easy to have a lost sense of belonging since I don’t have a home. I’m lucky to have great friends here that make me feel at home every time I show up. (Super special thanks to @louis_dorigny for making his home my home 🙏) To answer your DM’s here, I am not teaching in London this trip but I will be teaching here at @indabayoga in April. .
If you’re in Asia, I’m heading there next to teach with @pureyogaofficial in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong. Go to my website for details. .
The practice of meditation begins with the observation of the mind, to see and understand where it is going and how it’s moving. To watch it as an objective observer not a subjective experiencer. This is a process of understanding yourself and understanding your natural tendencies as they arise in the present moment.
Through observing and understanding the minds natural movement we are able to invite stillness. This meditative state allows for a window of truth, to see things as they truly are without our emotions, past or projections. Observation of the self and understanding of truth is not limited to meditation but expanded and manifested through our intention for harmony and connection and reflected through our state of being in the truth. .
When I go out and take photos like this, I don't think of it as my "practice" but a result of my practice. I take a photo or video and share it, with hopes that I will have something of value to talk about when I write a caption underneath. . I wasn't going to post this photo, not because it's dangerous, it wasn't, it just looks scary, but because I wasn't happy with my shape. I felt unsure of myself and had a hard time coming into a pose that normally is relatively easy for me. Because of the ocean and the precarious lava rock, I let self-doubt creep in and from that came fear. Now taking this photo that wasn't meant to be my practice, became my practice. #svadyaya#selfstudy . Board shorts by @aloyoga