Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” Cecil Beaton
“Three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others.” William Arthur Ward
“Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see” William Newton Clarke
“It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult.” Seneca
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T.S. Eliot
To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. ~Soren Kierkegaard
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. ~Pablo Picasso
When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap. ~Cynthia Heimel, "Lower Manhattan Survival Tactics"
I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I'm not afraid of falling into my inkpot. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first. ~Frederick B. Wilcox
Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is? ~Frank Scully
Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking. ~Tim McMahon
The fear of being laughed at makes cowards of us all. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take. ~Wayne Gretzky
A ship in harbor is safe - but that is not what ships are for. ~John A. Shedd
To eat an egg, you must break the shell. ~Jamaican Proverb
To win you have to risk loss. ~Jean-Claude Killy
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances. ~Julia Sorel (Rosalyn Drexler), See How She Runs, 1978
Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise. ~Author Unknown
Prudence keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy. ~Samuel Johnson
The more chance there is of stubbing your toe, the more chance you have of stepping into success. ~Author Unknown
The healthy being craves an occasional wildness, a jolt from normality, a sharpening of the edge of appetite, his own little festival of the Saturnalia, a brief excursion from his way of life. ~Robert MacIver
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. ~Robert F. Kennedy
Adventure is what happens when you just did something stupid. ~Professor Bernie
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. ~Seneca
What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? ~Robert H. Schuller
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. Unknown
If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being? ~Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Dare to be naive. ~Buckminster Fuller
One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. ~André Gide
Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. ~James Bryant Conant
Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down. ~Ray Bradbury
He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin. Horace
You never know what you can do until you have to do it. -Betty Ford
You never know what you can do until you have to do it. -Betty Ford
La vie itsy bitsy teeny weeny,
La vie itsy bitsy teeny weeny,
Friday, July 1, 2011
I love history and look at it as a point of reference when we come together on the mat and see the yoga in all of what we came from so we can arrive in the present moment and fuel our future.
As we head into the belly of the summer and the celebration of this country's 235 birthday, independence and freedom, I initially started this weeks classes with the collective intention to celebrate the freedom within the body as we focus on the structure of the postures.
I love the ability to find such freedom when safety and stability are established first in the physical body.
Much like our country. We need structure in order to find freedom. It's not always a freedom we find fair or agree with. Our country, like our bodies, sometimes rebel against us.
Freedom is a right but a feeling we still battle to maintain.
In 1776, the 13 colonies fought a revolutionary struggle to be free from Great Britain.
On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of this independence and adopted Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence.
I love when we have the opportunity to live history as it's happening. Lawmakers voted on Friday, June 24th to legalize same-sex marriage in NY, the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed. This gives the national gay rights movement mass momentum from the state where it all began. And, everyone knows that great trends come from NY, so it's only a matter of time before other states follow.
In order to find independence, we must come together. This is yoga.
This is freedom.
And, when I went running on the beach the other day and saw the beach clubs lining the path with all their decorations for their 4th of July celebrations, I watched our great flag wave in the breeze.
I savored the long perfect structured lines in the stripes, red and white.
I smiled at the stars bursting in all directions right next to this perfect structure.
I watched as the flag softly waved in the breeze.
I looked at that flag and felt proud that even looking at the flag that represents our country, I could see yoga.
This is my goal and mission in life - to find yoga in everything and share it with you.
When I can find yoga in everything, you can find yoga in everything and we can LIVE yoga completely on and off our mat, independently and together.
So, in exploring freedom in our classes this week, explore the lines and explore the bursts of excitement.
Use the holiday to deepen our unity - coming together to practice or barbeque.
At the same time - surrender control and stand strong in independence.
Wave your inner flag proudly and celebrate your ability to practice yoga finding the balance in our United States of Being free!
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress, working together is success. - Henry Ford
So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. Baha'u'llah
Alone we can do so little, together, we can do so much. - Hellen Keller
You have freedom when you are easy in your harness. - Robert Frost
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. - Albert Camus
"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits." Thomas Jefferson
“Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose." Simone Weil
"Freedom is the oxygen of the soul." Moshe Dayan
"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom." Albert Einstein
"This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. Lyndon B. Johnson
"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." Malcom X
“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” Kahlil Gibran
"Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free." Dwight D. Eisenhower
Nothing is more difficult and therefore more precious than to be able to decide. - Napoleon Bonaparte
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. - George Washington
True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right. -Brigham Young
Today, you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you. - Dr. Seuss.
Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for. - Tennessee Williams
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires. - Nelson Mandela
It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything. - Chuck Palahniuk
The anchor in our world today is freedom, holding us steady in times of change, a symbol of hope to all the world. - George H. W. Bush
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose. - Janis Joplin
All the great things are simple and many can be expressed in a single word - freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. - Winston Churchill.
The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender. William Booth
Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become. ~unknown
All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling. Blaisé Pascal
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa
Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. –Oprah Winfrey
No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance. Henry Miller
Freedom is not the right to do what we want but what we ought and let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith, let us to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. - Abraham Lincoln
Stars and stripes,