by Alex Lanau
Ever wonder how to be healthy in a never ending sea of information? Me too.
My intention is to find the Tao of Food, the so-called Middle Way between starting every day swirling coconut oil and a colon cleanse or ingesting bacon, hashbrowns, a cigarette, and a chug mug of cola. I want to shine a light on the absurdity…
Bone isn’t going to give.
This anatomical truth, unlike Donald Trump’s stance on pretty much everything, is not going to change. So my heart breaks a little bit when students who have been practicing for years, decades even, some of them past dancers and gymnasts with thousands of hours of flexibility and strength training, approach me after class to ask what they can do to get their shins parallel in pigeon pose….
If you’ve watched toucans swooping through the morning mist, their message is clear…
Today’s spirit animal is the blue morpho butterfly. What wisdom does the butterfly have for us?
What message does the scarlet macaw of Pavones have for us today?
Let the flow of this day be as slow and purposeful as the stretch of a sloth, so slow that moss could adorn your back. Absorb the sun’s heat ….
Paradoxically, even before our month of retreat begins, there can be a sense of completion that comes from arriving into this moment of beginning. When the long period of preparing and planning and gathering funds and anxiety about preparedness are over, now there can be full being-ness.
A yoga practice worth its sweat teaches us about the laws of nature. One of these natural laws is that everything is connected. But what does that actually mean? Here’s a metaphor within yin yoga that provides a living example of environmental connectivity.
“Strange questions, yet I have spent worthwhile time with them. And I suggest them to you also, that your spirit grow in curiosity, that your life be richer that it is, that you bow to the earth as you feel how it actually is, that we — so clever, and ambitious, and selfish, and unrestrained — are only one design of the moving, the vivacious many.”
Spleen 4, when used in conjunction with pericardium 6, is my go-to balm for frazzled nerves, for those mind-racing insomniac nights. I love using these two acupressure points in a side-lying position in bed. Within moments, I feel a calm float over me, and then I drift off into z-land.