When we come out of our head stuff – the mental systems and thought patterns that say we can’t or won’t – we suddenly realize the ways we are limiting ourselves. Just for the moment, forget what you believe you can’t do. The on-the-mat truth is that very often our body is stronger and more flexible than our faith.
– Baron Baptiste on Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana A (Standing Leg Raise, Front) from Journey into Power
Today I woke to an unintended but inspired flashback to my graduating year of high school. As I wandered, bleary-eyed into the kitchen, my muscles pained from the day before, my housemate greeted me with Baz Luhrmann’s 1999 hit ‘Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen‘. Take a moment. Listen.
1999 was a good year. And yes, I was making myself my acidic morning coffee (I’m a Melbournian at heart, what can I say?). But rest assured I followed it up with my newest ritual of my alkalising hot lemon water chaser.
Everybody’s free…to feel good!
A baby chick develops the strength and vigor it needs to survive in the world by the very act I pecking, pushing, and twisting it’s way out of its protective shell. If you broke the shell open for the baby chick, it would not survive, because it did not go through it’s own process of struggle and freedom. Remember, the prize is in the process!
– Baron Baptiste on Parivrtta Alanasana (Revolving Crescent Lunge) from Journey into Power
As we launch into our teacher training immersion week, I have quickly realised that blogging every day is a tough ask!
However, while I sit and ponder (and let’s face it, with a giant shovel try to calmly cram the sequences into my brain), rather than the alignment descriptions or the building blocks that I know I need to learn, it is the Spiritual Focus that Baron writes about that awakens something in me and pulls me in to his yoga world.
So with that in mind, I thought it important to document the ones that force me to pay attention. They may just be the road map to my own journey in all of this.
Resenting our present condition can cause us to try to “grab the bull by the horns” and struggle to get to success quickly. But just being in the present moment and playing your own edge is enough and allows you to grow naturally. It’s like the story of the tortoise and the hare: The tortoise took slow and steady steps, and he achieved his goal before the pushy and fast-footed hare.
– Baron Baptiste on Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) from Journey into Power