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.

Fearless Yoga

Fearless Yoga; WTF? I said this in class the other day and that’s basically the look I got from about half my class. I think most thought it was some adjective about how their arms should be and the other half thought I was just having a mumble-stumble when talking about Warrior ll. What I wanted to tell them, without making them hold Warrior ll for 15 minutes, is that yoga should be a fearless practice. Not fearless of the postures (some kind of freak me out) but fearless of failure.

I grew up playing competitive sports so I’ve always had the mindset, like many people, that failure wasn’t an option. I liked to win. I thrived on winning. Then I moved onto college and then the “real world”. Office life has its own set of competitive pressures that bring out the “failure is not an option” attitude. We are always striving to get ahead, to perform better than our peers and to win that next big raise.

I see that same mindset when people come to their mat for class. Hell, I had when I first starting practicing yoga. You come in with the “I will conquer” mindset. You’re going to hit every pose perfectly. Your down dog will make your teacher weep it’s so perfect. You will not fail at this! What a stressful thought process, right? So this is where I pop-in. Whether it’s in my own head or into other’s minds… Fearless Yoga! Be fearless of failure because there is no way to fail at yoga. It’s always a practice and always evolving. Your heels don’t touch the ground on down dog? So what! Your arm isn’t as low as your neighbors in Triangle? Who cares! Yoga is all about yourself and how you feel. It’s not about winning or losing. It’s not about succeeding or failure. In a way, it’s neither! You can’t win at yoga and you can’t lose; you’re just playing. You can succeed and you can’t fail; you’re just trying.

So I hope that the next time you go to your mat that you don’t think/stress about conquering the next hour of yoga. That you simply take each breathe as it comes and each posture as it comes with an open mind and a fearless attitude. You will not fail at this. It’s just not possible.

-B

March 12, 2010. Tags: , , , . musings, Yogi Things. Leave a comment.