Bumblebee

One of my very favorite quotes/piece of trivia is about the Bumblebee. I read it in one of Baron Baptiste’s books and it has stuck with me ever since. In fact it’s inspired the name of this blog (in case you were wondering where THAT came from).

Aerodynamically the bumblebee should not be able to fly but it doesn’t know this, so it flies!

How amazing of a life mantra is that? You can basically apply it to everything you do in life.

If you think you can’t do something you will never be able to. But if you just try it you will succeed. [note: in my book, which is VERY long, trying counts as succeeding]

Let me apply this in two ways for you. One is on the mat and the other is off.

First, on the mat:

Crow Pose. Wow do I struggle with this pose. From the first time I ever saw it done I was like “no way, no how”. Since most of you don’t know me offline I’ll give you a quick description. Tall. Not the lanky tall either. I’m the “she used to play basketball and really muscled her way around” tall. So to see some little yogi in the front of class just hop her knees on the back of her arms and balance there and then tell me to do… now way Jose! Needless to say, or drag this story on any farther, I struggled in crow for a VERY long time. Then one day in class I didn’t think about it. We were midway through and the yoga-ref threw it into the practice casually during one of our flow sequences. Before I had time to worry about not getting into it or falling because I couldn’t hold myself up, I was in it! I didn’t think about not being able to do it so I did it!

Off the mat:

Back in early July I was throwing around the idea of taking Yoga Teacher Training at Core Power. It was my home studio and I was hooked on it. I wanted to learn more. To deepen my practice and to become one of the yoga-refs that I adored. Every time I would open the application my mind would wander to amazing places filled with Lululemon yoga pants instead of suits, bare feet instead of high heels, and yummy smelling yoga studios instead of whatever smell was abusing the office kitchen. Then I would snap out of it and realize that I wasn’t good enough at yoga to become a teacher and that it was a silly idea. I thought of all the reasons I couldn’t do it. This went on for quite some time until a blunt friend finally got sick of me thinking/wanting to do it and said “shut up and stop saying you can’t – why can’t you?” I stopped and realized that there is no reason that I couldn’t do it. That if I just stopped thinking of all the reasons that I couldn’t do it I would see that I could. So I did it. I rocked it. I loved it. I’m now teaching and helping others tap into their inner yogis. I’m still learning about reffing yoga and still learning as a student.

Moral of these two stories: Be the Bee. Don’t think about why you can’t and just do it.

-B

March 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . musings, Teaching. Leave a comment.

iMantra

Boy oh boy have I been slacking. Well, the opposite really. The non-Yogi job has been quite literally insane so my brain hasn’t been left with much added energy. With that said I felt I should at least get something on here so you fine yogis didn’t start to worry!

The one thing that I have learned from this week is how much a good mantra can help you in all situations. Since my yogi training I’ve loved keeping my mind in check with a simple “let go”. It works wonders throughout your asana practice and what I have recently discovered is the magic it does for “work” stress. I’m not the type that can leave work at the office so when I finally roll into bed my mind starts a fluttering with to-do lists, emails to write, ideas for a new campaign…To calm it down enough to get some shut-eye I simply start breathing and repeating my mantra in my head. Let go. Let go. Let go. Next thing I know I’m waking up (earlier then I would like) and well rested! I’ve even figured out how to channel it AT the office. Someone calls with the “ahhh! need this now” and before I can even think about stressing I look at my handy whiteboard and read “let go”. Smooth sailing from there. Stress reigned in, work accomplished, happy Brittney! All thanks to Mr. Mantra!

So my challenge (yes, challenge) is for you to think about what you love about being on your mat and try to apply it somewhere else this week. Whether it’s an actual pose (hey, rock on with some Gorilla Yoga) or some meditation… Maybe some Om’s in the elevator to calm you down. Whatever it is, just try and find that bliss off your mat in this crazy world of ours.

More to come soon – promise! -B

March 4, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Yogi Things. Leave a comment.