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Open up and find paradise

June 7, 2016

I had a nice little laugh at myself this week when I read a very well-known statement from the Buddha…


“The root of suffering is attachment”


And immediately my thoughts became “Yes!  Exactly!  I’ve been suffering in pain because of an attachment… the attachment of my torso to my legs, my hip flexors.” Also, as I’m experimenting with finding a way to heal the pain and prevent it from coming back, I’m finding that gripping and compression are major culprits.  So, this class has some focus on supporting the hip joint from the butt and the legs to avoid placing all of the attention on the hip-flexors, which in my case are getting too much focus right now anyways.


Its amazing when we get so attached to ideas of what we want or what we want to get away from.  It starts to consume us.  We get tunnel vision, and suddenly we’re losing track of everything else.  I was practicing with total tunnel vision on “how does my psoas feel right now?” and another teacher, my friend, comes over several times to realign my totally fallen-in knee and remind me to get my shoulders out of my ears.  If you know me, these are things I’m always really keen on when practicing and especially teaching.  It became very clear to me then that I was way too attached to what was going on in this one part of my body that I was neglecting the rest of my practice.


Yada yada, enough talk.  Check out this week’s video!  I talk a bit more about the benefits of non-attachment and we get into not only some work to support the hip flexors but also some neat back tricks and Bird of Paradise!  Also, in the main video we kind of just push through to Bird of Paradise but I also did a short segment on some modifications and adjustments to access the pose so you should check that out, too.


I’d love to hear from you about your experiences with attachment, maybe any tips and tricks you’ve discovered for your own body for the attachment of the hip flexors or any of the poses we explore in this practice.  Also, got any requests for body stuff or poses you’d like to work on in the coming weeks?  I love playing with new ideas and connecting with my students about what they’re needing.  Leave me some comments!


Cheers, yo!

-*- Namaste -*-



Here’s the full practice…


Here’s the clip on bird of paradise…


Here’s just the dharma…


Here’s just the warm up…


And if you just wanna get into the main flow, I got that for ya, too…



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