On Sundays I often practice with my dear friends Tamar, Kelly and Gina at the studio in Cedarburg (at 6AM). However, today, I was in Madison at my in-laws house. I taught as a guest teacher at Bliss Flow Yoga and later joined the family to celebrate the birthdays of my mother-in-law(Susie) and father-in-law(Mickey).
Bliss Flow Yoga has a beautiful studio and great students! It was a pleasure to teach there. I met a few students that are considering teacher training and I encouraged them to sign up for Meg’s 200 Hour training she will be offering in fall.
I woke up this morning to the smell of BACON! Mickey was cooking up bacon and brewing coffee. I have not been eating meat for while (just because I feel better when do not eat the following: meat, sugar, gluten, dairy) Today I enjoyed a few delicious slices of bacon and a strong cup of coffee. Well, the coffee was a mistake, just a half cup and my hands were shaking from the caffeine. A few hours later I was still feeling the effects and decided to practice – but where?
The house was filled with cots for our sleep over. I went outside, and starting to head to the lawn in back. I was quickly warned that I would be eaten alive by mosquitos if I went back there. So I set up my mat in the middle of the patio on which the kids were playing a game of “pop the bubbles with squirt guns” and Mickey and Susie were playing some sort of game with a large ball.
No shade, lots of noise, bouncing balls, popping bubbles, squirting water, family, fun, and my practice. It was hot and it was short, but it was indeed still a practice. The best part of practice today was the assist in kurmasana from my daughter Maya. I asked her to lay down on my back and it was the most peaceful, connected moment of the day.
Often times, I will choose not to do something because the conditions are not ideal. Today was a good example of how we just need to get on the mat and practice. Practice is not really good or bad, it is just practice. I am grateful for the teachers that have passed down this practice of yoga to me. I am honored to pass down what I have learned others.om vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde
sandarśita svātma sukhāva bodhe
saṁsāra hālāhala mohaśāṁtyai ābāhu puruṣākāraṁ
śaṁkhacakrāsi dhāriṇam sahasra śirasaṁ śvetaṁ
praṇamāmi patañjalim om om
I bow to the lotus feet of our great teachers,
who uncovers our true self and awakens happinessLike a Shaman in the Jungle he brings total complete well-beeing.
He can even heal the most awful poision of conditioning and illusion.The upper body of human shape, carrying
a mussel horn (original tone), a discus (infinity) and a sword (power of differentiation) having 1000 bright heads,
I bow to Patanjali. om