For the past two weeks I have been going to the railyard park to teach a natural movement class. Here is a video of Tally Ho getting it through the labyrinth and up the rocks. Tally Ho! I hope you make it out tomorrow at 7am to join us. Here are some cool links to some MovNat videos. The founder Erwan Le Corrre has been spotted around Santa Fe and his business is registered here. I hope he comes to a class some day
I recently had the privilege to meet Daniel Lieberman in Santa Fe and take him on a barefoot trail run up to the Sun and Moon mountain saddle. This is a really good intro to his research which inspired the book "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall (actually the title was taken from Lieberman's article in Nature Magazine). If you like this video consider purchasing Lieberman's book "The Story of the Human Body." Fascinating stuff and important in understanding the modern health crisis (including mental health, addiction etc). I did ask him about breath work and yoga and he was skeptical. Us yogis know better as do many therapists (they are now prescribing meditation and mindful body based practices for depression and anxiety instead of prozac, Bo Forbes for example). As we understand more about the evolution of our bodies and what they were designed for I think we can become better runners, yogis, teachers, spiritual practitioners, and be more useful in our lives. How about a compassion school with persistence hunting, yoga, natural movement, hero training, kung fu, hirewire walking, and barefoot running? It would focus on addiction recovery for juveniles, general health and vets with PTSD perhaps? Can the feds spend some money for this instead of privatizing prisons? Wouldn't that be cool!
Please check out our new class schedule. We have something for just about everyone here and if you have an idea for programming not shown we would love to collaborate.
Donation based Natural movement, yoga and obstacle race training tomorrow at the Railyard Park. 7-750am. I have never done this before and I am a bit nervous but I also think its going to be tons of fun. Climbing the ropes, sliding down the slides, crawling in the grass, jumping the benches, rolling in the dirt (mud)... Calling all heroes. Hope you can make it. See you in the AM! #bodybreathyoga #movnat #naturalmovement #toughmudder #yogaforthepeople #naturalbornheroes #barefootrunning #ninjawarrior #movingmeditation #parkour #teamhero
I wrote this article for a Yoga of 12 Step Recovery series I taught at Grassroots Albuquerque. Potent spiritual paths unite to fight the forces of separation, commodification, materialism, consumption, addiction, fear, trauma, shame, inflexibility, unconsciousness, and unchecked capitalism! Help us restore balance.
My liability teachers insurance lapsed as did my RYT credentials. I had been meaning to renew for a long time and promised myself that if I got a new teaching gig I would do it so I did. I just got a job teaching at Blue Moon Yoga here in Santa Fe so... I rejoined RYT, updated my training hours and experience and bought insurance through RYT with HAYS. The total came to $178 ($55 for RYT and $123 for insurance) Here is my updated profile. Hope to see you all soon at class (9am Saturdays-The Roots of Vinyasa (hot) and Sunday at 6pm-Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (donation, not hot) esp since I need to pay for my insurance 😉
Santa Fe Community Yoga Center and Santa Fe Mountain Center Announce Collaboration to Support Youth and Substance Recovery Programs - For Immediate Release --June 6th, 2014--- Santa Fe, NM When Joe Lewis had an idea for a yoga and recovery class in town he had no idea it would grow in such unexpected and inspiring ways. Joe became a RYT 200 certified yoga teacher in 2010 but taught sporadically. It wasn’t until he took a nationally recognized Yoga of 12 Step Recovery training (Y12SR) and got hired by the Community Yoga Center in November of 2013 that he started teaching more consistently. He teaches a self-practice mysore style class Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 630am but his passion is the recovery class on 5pm on Sundays. “It brings together the practical and narrative based spirituality of the 12 steps with the physical, mindful and spiritual path of yoga. Actually the 12 steps were greatly influenced by Hinduism and yoga through intellectuals and Christian intermediaries in the late 1800 early 1900’s. It’s cool because they were exposed to yoga by visiting rishis and swamis (ie Vivekananda and Vedanta) and were actually open to it. It is a natural fusion and a much needed one in our society today. Addiction and insecurity of all kinds are so prevalent in our culture that ancient and more modern systems need to support each other and adapt to be effective against these powerful negative currents.” The Y12SR class on Sunday nights is donation based and is structured so that all donations are split three ways between the yoga studio, the teacher and a recovery non-profit in town. Joe says, “When I started interviewing the recovery non-profits in town I was looking for a place that integrated the 12-steps and some kind of movement and nature based practice into their programming. I also wanted a place that had a good scientific grounding and reputation. The Mountain Center has all this in spades. It is a full mind, body, and spiritual disease so it needs a comparable solution. It also needs a sustainable community solution. This is how my mentor Nikki Myers set-up the Y12SR model.” The Santa Fe Mountain Center is a community institution that works with existing recovery communities, provides education and many other social programs to at risk communities. They are shortly introducing juvenile intensive outpatient substance abuse and treatment program that integrates evidence based therapeutic and cognitive practices as well as active outdoor and body based treatments. “Our studio, students and I felt this was a good place for our donation to go. The way the class is structured is that it becomes a truly sustainable community resource. Individuals who seek treatment through the Mountain Center will start a body based mindfulness practice there, hear about our class, come to class and donate which returns back to the Mountain Center where their journey started,” says Joe. Sky Gray, The Executive Director of the Santa Fe Mountain Center says, “Everyone involved is excited our new program as well as this model and collaboration with Joe and the Coummunity Yoga Center. I am not sure if it is beautiful coincidence that Joe came to us right now as we are rolling out our substance treatment program or if it is some kind of higher power guiding us collectively towards this important work. Either way we are very excited.” For more information: Santa Fe Community Yoga Center www.santafecommunityyoga.com : Joe Lewis email@example.com p) 505 216 7529, Director Moriah Arnold firstname.lastname@example.org Lara Bache email@example.com Santa Fe Mountain Center www.santafemc.org : Sky Sky@santafemc.org p) 505 983 6158
Will you boycott Lululemon for good? Read the article below and let me know what you think. I think she makes a great point. I do like their shorts but not so much as to perpetuate the hypocrisy of making women feel insecure in their bodies and exploiting that at the same time. I guess this is what all consumer brands do but for Lululemon to do it, be aware they are doing it, not apologize, and say they are living by the opposite philosophy is going too far. Talk about a lack of integrity. Not something I want to associate with. I think it is to dark and to hypocritical to their stated mission. Plus their clothes are made in sweat shops too right? I think it might be time. I can find an alternative even though I like thier free Saturday classes at 10am with Shibana http://www.huffingtonpost.com/natalia-mehlman-petrzela/why-this-lululemon-scanda_b_4304143.html
The whole Lululemon fiasco as summarized well by YogaDork below (http://yogadork.com/2013/11/20/sheer-madness-the-definitive-lululemon-yoga-pants-controversy-roundup-featuring-stephen-colbert-and-the-worst-apology-ever/) has raised many good questions (as well as hackles) around the yoga community. One I would like to address here is the one Noreen Malone touches on in her article in the New Republic (http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115588/lululemons-chip-wilson-said-some-women-cant-wear-its-pant). As she sees it Lululemon's success is not an accident (nor are Chip Wilson's remarks). They stem from what is pervasive in our culture. The dual desire to be both successful/wealthy and enlightened/kind/compassionate. However these values are conflicting and rarely complementary. Yogis are looking in the mirror and don't like what they see, the ugly and competitive side of yoga.
I would say yoga is over commercialized in the west. I think the only way to avoid commercializing yoga beyond recognition (or continue to do so) where it looses all its ethical and moral values (already gone in Chip's case) is moving back towards self-practice. A relationship between a teacher and student in a studio or in a private lesson allows for this awareness to develop. If one is in a large class constantly looking at the thinner more flexible body in front of us then aren't we already missing the point and playing into that comparative spirit?
Take a private lesson. Go to a Mysore based self-practice class. Do a teacher training (although the first two options are cheaper.) It is only through simplifying and getting back to the basics that we can overcome this gross commercialization of yoga and people like Chip Wilson that come with it (unless this isn't what we want).
The Monks work on their Mandala at Seret and Sons in Sfe NM