Project 40 & Figuring it Out - Day 59 - Hanuman's Understanding

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Day 59: Hanuman's understanding

I have lots of favorite Hanuman stories, but one that keeps coming to mind/heart is his sharing with Rama that when he doesn't know who he is he serves Rama, and when he does know who he is he IS Rama. We continue to serve until we reach that connection - a beautiful concept.

photo: standing Hanumanasana

Project 40 & Figuring it Out - Day 51 - Bryce Delbridge

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Day 51: Bryce Delbridge

After 2 heart-opening , body-healing workshops at the Eudora Yoga Center we all wanted Bryce Delbridge back for more and for longer. When he agreed to do a week long 50-hour training we all did a happy dance together.

This is a yogi who can rip your heart open with one touch, one glance. After spending an incredible week getting a glimpse of the knowledge he has to offer, I can affirm that I am coming away with an expanded perspective as a yoga studio owner, yoga teacher, yoga student, and as a human.

I want Bryce to be connected with as many yoga students as possible and I am going to do everything in my power to help make that happen and also bring him back to our community time & time again. All the love and OM namah Shivaaya.

Project 40 & Figuring it Out - Day 50 - Root Chakra

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Day 50: Yoga Training day 4, root chakra

Our dear teacher Bryce mentioned that the ability to keep the heart chakra (living a life full of compassion, love, patience...) open will only be possible if the root chakra (looking fear in the eye and dealing with it) is open.

It is not comfortable to deal with these fears, but yoga gives us tools / practices that are incredibly powerful in combination with 1) self exploration 2) self love.

group photo: group effort, group energy, group encouragement for deeper self study

Project 40 & Figuring it Out - Day 48 - Day 2, 50-hour training, Soft Touch

Day 48: 50-hour training, day 2, soft touch

As yoga teachers we often guide students with our hands. My yoga practice buddy Katie and I are discovering that there are many kinds of “adjustments” for every asana: touching to bring awareness, resistance, facilitating the opening...

Bryce continues to show us that a gentle touch can bring release & deepening through trust & awareness. What a fantastic second day!

photo: Bryce adjusting extended side angle with his fingertips

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Project 40 & Figuring it Out – Day 33 – Using a Person as an Object of Meditation

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Day 33: using a person as an object of meditation

Robert Boustany was amazing, and Bryce Delbridge is following in his footsteps. Bryce is going to be the one of a few who shares this knowledge with the world once Robert's form is no longer with us.

This teaching allows us a direct line from Himalayan yogis who are just coming out of practice to start teaching in the west. They will be in Houston at Robert's studio this September.

What I admire most about Bryce is his ability to teach & live from his heart... and it is infectious!!! After his last workshop many of us talked about how we are able to live this way well after he left. How does this work?

Explaining this esoteric concept online is probably not very useful and is only understood when we are ready & there are no doubts that this is possible.

I've decided to use this concept (through Bryce's form) as an object of meditation for 2 weeks to prepare for his return this month.

photo: Robert & Bryce showing an incredible ab strengthening exercise that we will try in Power Vinyasa at 6pm tonight. Join us!

Project 40 & Figuring it Out – Day 32 – Releasing the Armor Around the Heart

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Day 32: releasing the armor around the heart

Robert Boustany is a yoga scientist and has used his studies in physics + his own experimentation on himself to break through the armor around the heart (ego).

He has the incredible skill of being able to speak clearly about yoga with high level physiological & energetic language.

An overall theme is that yoga is not easy. Even in asana a huge amount of effort is needed in each posture to find ease and comfort (fascial release & perfect balance of the joints).

Ashtanga practioners: we are using heat and muscle fatigue to achieve fascial release, but Robert showed other ways to achieve this.

What strikes me the most about this dedicated yogi are his thoughts on taking the pressure off the heart (physical opening of the front line) to break through (fascia & more) the armor of the heart.

In Tibetan Buddhism & his lineage of yoga the mind is in the heart.

Om mani padme hum

photo: Robert demonstrating equal strength & flexibility

Project 40 & Figuring it Out – Day 31 – Pralaya Yoga

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Day 31: pralaya yoga

PJ Martine and I decided to drive to Norman, OK for a 3 day Pralaya Yoga workshop with Robert Boustany.

Robert is a legend in the yoga world and I’ve been hearing about him for years. He has studied with yogis in the Himalayas, and is now a keeper of this great knowledge which he freely shares.

PJ and I were commenting after the first session that Robert was probably the strongest, most flexible person in a room full of dedicated yogis / yoga teachers. Robert is 70 years old. I think anyone who is on the fence about taking a yoga practice should look him up.

I will share a photo of Robert in action before the workshop is over, but am sharing a photo of PJ in front of the beautiful Ashtanga studio here in Norman. Andrew Eppler and all of the amazing teachers like Bryce Delbridge at this studio are earnestly trying to share their knowledge and I appreciate all of their efforts.

Yoga enthusiasts: If you haven’t seen the film Mysore Yoga Traditions (produced by these dedicated OK yogis) I highly suggest checking it out! 
https://www.mysoreyogatraditions.com

Project 40 & Figuring it Out – Day 24 – Lifetime of Teaching

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I am ever inspired by Zen Master Stanley Lombardo & his wife Zen Master Judy Roitman for committing much of their lives to opening / teaching at the Kansas Zen Center in Lawrence, KS. They are in the process of building a new Zen Center in Lawrence and are still spending so much of their energy creating a space for others to practice. 

I have spent quite a bit of time with Stan as we formed Dhyana (Meditation) Yoga at EYC. I knew he would be an important teacher for me when I told him so and he shook his head and didn't take on this label. That moment (he probably doesn't remember!) inspired me to follow suit and encourage others to be their own teachers with me cheering them on from the sidelines.

photo: sweet Anzu caught us studying the Yoga Sutras at Decade and captured this beautiful moment of excitement and bewilderment 

Project 40 & Figuring it Out – Day 19 – Acting Like a Kid

Day 19: acting like a kid

Teaching 8 year old girls to do back flips on the trampoline was so much fun! It was a giggle fest with the phrase "let's jump as high as we can!" after every attempt. Adult-ing tends to be so serious – finding time to jump as high as we can seems pretty important.

video: posted on Facebook