My wild spirit taps into the unknown.
I dig my toes into the dirt
and let my hair whip into the wind.
I am wild and I am free.
~Barefoot Freedom Yogi
EVERY TIME I HEAR THIS IT MAKES MY JAW DROP AND MY HEART WILL POUND, SO PURE...
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know
if you will risk looking like a fool for love for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled
and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain mine or your own without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful
to be realistic to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day.
And if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon,
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and
if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
In 2014 I made a commitment to handstands. 1 handstand per day for 365 days. There were a handful of days that I missed due to 2 surgeries but I believe I still averaged about 18 handstands a day in 2014. Impressive! It has been such an experience watching my body transform and being able to feel the alignment and the strength of my body .
Barefoot Freedom & Bad Ash Voice _
Mid year, I started teaching 10 classes a week. It was a must to slow down my yoga practice otherwise, I felt an injury would be the end result. Also, for about a month I struggled with the alignment in Downward- facing dog (Adho Mukha svanasa).
adho = downward
mukha = face
svana = dog.
Frustration grew with myself as I slowed down my practice and struggled with the alignment of a "simple" pose. With guidance in my 300hr teacher training (Kindness Yoga, in Denver, CO) I found a new Downward-facing dog and it completely changed my practice. Change the smallest alignment in a yoga pose and it will shift the whole body. The most advanced yogi’s look strong and limber but in reality every step on the mat is always the first time. Once you start practicing yoga you will always practice as a beginner. This was a great lesson for me to learn as I faced frustration and challenges on the mat.
Slowing down my yoga practice and having to change alignment in my body was frustrating to me only at first. However, looking back I can easily see the most frustrating events only helped me recognize I was becoming stronger. The end result was my handstand transformation brought me a great work out, many laughs, and the best damn meditation ever.
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For the year of 2015, I would like to make a commitment to jump from Downward-facing dog to a seated pose.
The challenge has begun!