Ride the wave!

Ride the wave!

Sometimes you just have to surrender and go with the flow. The Universe has a plan for you. Ride the wave!
I’ve been in Taishan and Guangzhou the last 3 days. I’d never been to either city. Didn’t know any of the people I was meeting. Didn’t even know where I was staying. Just hoped the studio owner’s would pick me up at the train station.
Am meeting such lovely people and we are having so much fun. Enjoying meals together, practicing yoga together, laughing, and connecting.
I love this selfie I took on Friday night. This is Sandy, the owner of the studio in Taishan and Stella, my translator for the class I taught at the studio. They are both so nice!
I was talking with Sandy and her husband, Ricky about how my teacher Dharma always says that like attracts like and same attracts same. What’s the vibration you are putting out into the world? You will attract people who are vibrating on a similar level. Light attracts light. If you want to change your experience of the world — shift your perspective. Change your relationship to your Self and notice how your perception of the world changes. It starts with you!
Ride the wave! Let go! Let it go!

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Yonion Festival — Day 4! My last class at the festival. What a fun day!

Yonion Festival — Day 4! My last class at the festival. What a fun day!

Yonion Festival — Day 4! My last class at the festival. What a fun day!I taught a Shiva Power Class/Backbending Workshop. We had a thunderstorm in the middle of the class. We were dry under the tent but the power to the sound system had to be cut and it poured rain. It was so loud.
Part of our yoga practice is going with the flow. We shifted to a much more workshop style class. My translator and I tried to be as loud as we could but it was still hard for the students to hear us. I ended up gathering everyone close to the stage. We demonstrated a few things to work on and then I sent them back out to their mats to practice. We did this a few times and it was actually quite a fun way to present to such a big group. Sometimes you get these wonderful spontaneous moments from just accepting things as they are unfolding. My teacher Dharma always used to remind us — Everything is happening the way it is supposed to be. What’s that famous quote — Yoga is not about stopping the waves but learning how to surf.

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Hold two opposites together and let your consciousness expand!

Hold two opposites together and let your consciousness expand!

Yogis!  One of the things we talked a lot about on our recent retreat in Tulum was the idea of holding two opposites together in our yoga practice and what happens when we hold these two opposites long enough.  This concept is told in so many different ways and in so many different yoga traditions and practices.  Patanjali talks about tapas and surrender.  Go into the fire and while in the fire practice surrendering.  When you close off and contract you create suffering.  When you open up and expand you increase your awareness.  Karma Yoga from the Bhagavad Gita tells us to move with skill in action.  This is like saying bring movement and stillness together.  Yoga is an active practice.  You have to show up. 

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Karma Yoga - Yoga is Skill in Action!

Karma Yoga - Yoga is Skill in Action!

Yogis!  It doesn't matter what your pose looks like.  We are all subject to different conditions. You're driving around in a different car than me and I'm driving around in a different car than you. The asana is just a tool to be used to go beyond the mind and the ego.

One definition of yoga from the Bhagavad Gita is that, "yoga is skill in action". This refers to karma yoga.  This is the yoga of action.  What is karma yoga?  Karma yoga is offering your actions to the Divine.  Not focusing on the fruits of the actions or the results.  How does this translate on our mat?  Do your best.  Your effort and the quality of your effort is far more important than the results you obtain, which are largely out of your control.

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