Archive for May, 2012

You were born for this.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

"My Style is the True Yoga" (Martial Art, Kettlebell lifting, Club swinging, Natural Movement style, etc.) Incorrect. If a discipline enabled your development, it's not THE style but YOUR style, not THE pose but YOUR pose, not THE technique, but YOUR technique, as it remains biomechanically (and energetically) impossible to ...

Mindful vs Mindless Movement

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

  Having participated in this discipline for the past 20 years, I've observed the seismic shift occurring in the fitness community; adjusting the what, why, where, and how we exercise. Although dualistic contrasts are problematic, we can witness the contradistinction between the prior and emergent paradigms: Mindless vs ...

“Be courageous, but calm.”

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

As my teacher from India arrives this week, I am reminded of counsel she once gave, "Be courageous, but calm." Simpler, clearer wisdom could not be uttered. Life can feel like an asylum running amok, and certainly we will need to face, not flee, ...

Fear Not, Your Light

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

  Plato wrote, "Easily, we forgive a child who afraid of the dark; for the real tragedy of life: when we fear our own light." Suffer no judgements by others, though they will come. Await them expectantly with a smile; knowing that they are cloaked cries for ...

Obesity: Beauty and Worth vs Health and Fitness

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people." Let's seek to use our minds greatly, and discuss some ideas for a moment. As someone who overcame childhood obesity, without yo-yo backsliding, I intimately can relate that these are some of the strongest emotions in ...

You Become What You Most Repeatedly Do

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

You become what you most repeatedly do, whether you prefer it or not. Some read this and see problems. Others read this and see possibilities. The former believe in fate, the latter - in the forge. Not the discovery that we can become whatever we do that ...

Make Your Line Longer

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

I received a message from an old "competitor" of mine who had beaten me at a kickboxing tournament in the early 90s. He wrote "others may buy into all this world championship BS, but I remember what you were really like when I handed you your ass back in ‘91. ...

Is your Yoga Strong?

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Many of us hold preconceived ideas and notions of what "yoga" ought to involve, its purpose, intent and mission. But physical yoga is intended for one reason: to reunite the body, mind and emotions into one-pointed focus. Where ever you are, in what ever you do, you can "yoke" these ...

Your Greatest Strength? (Will Surprise you.)

Monday, May 7th, 2012

A strange post to my page today: "Stick to teaching how to fight and drop the positive attitude shit. I dont care about being a better person. For a lot of people life just sucks and they need to get strong enough to take what they deserve before anyone else ...

Higher than you Imagine

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

After six years in Russia, I was asked to exhibition against a Russian master of sport, and feared I'd let my coach, team, company and family down. What if I FAILED? So my coach asked for my best fighting posture. He pushed me easily over and said, "100% of the attacks ...