This world offers a rich array of experiences, some of which are difficult to meet and host – the violence and injustices across our globe that affect its people, creatures and environment. It is part of our human nature to want to avoid the pain of “seeing and feeling what is really happening” because we want to get to that blissful feeling of resolution and harmony, of love and peace restored. There are so many ways available to distract and numb ourselves from the sensations of reality – food, television, drugs and medications, excessive shopping, even yoga and meditation.
Our emotions are powerful and innate aspects of our humanity. The practice of feeling through all the emotions that arise in various situations help us meet the truth of our present reality. This very human and divine capacity to “feel what is real” in our experiences is what enables us to authentically move through our experiences to that place of true love and peace.
This practice is dedicated to feeling what is real from moment to moment. After sharing a few reflections and a reading by Mark Nepo, we settle into a simple centering meditation. Following, is a seated warm up to stretch and open the body for a mostly standing flow of postures that includes Warrior Invocation Pose, Pyramid, Warrior 1 & 2, Triangle, Tree, Cobra, Supine Hip Circles & Bound Angle, and a guided relaxation in Savasana accompanied by Himalayan singing bowls.
John and Michelle are trained and experienced yoga teachers with decades of safe practice. Our videos are intended for yogis of all experience levels. We do not believe that a complete yoga practice requires postures and practices that are dangerous or even strenuous, and the videos on this site reflect this understanding.
Because we are not present as you practice and cannot see you and experience what you are experiencing, there is no way we can be responsible for your safety during the practice.
We believe that if you follow our instructions, and more importantly, listen to your own body, you will not have any problem practicing with these videos.
If you are experiencing physical or emotional pain in any posture or routine, simply stop and rest. Feel free to let us know via email and we will offer other suggestions for a safe, comfortable practice.
John and Michelle