Turns out, teaching classes online has a steep learning curve. After a week of teaching daily, I’ve bumped up against at least a dozen confounding issues that make me want to put my head on my keyboard. But I read something this week that has been helpful:
The most useful form of patience is persistence.
Patience implies waiting for things to improve on their own.
Persistence implies keeping your head down and continuing to work when things take longer than you expect.
~ James Clear
When things haven’t gone as I thought they would this week, I keep thinking about persistence. And yesterday, when I recorded the Dharma Dance class, uploaded it… and it didn’t work, I decided it was a chance to play with another version of the same class today.
SO, today’s class is a FRIDAY DO OVER: The Dharma Dance experience that nobody saw (except for Phoenix the cat who slept in the sun the whole time) was transformed into something new. As I said yesterday, Dharma Dance is a movement experience I created 10 years ago that combines guided and unguided movement with the idea of breaking habit and pattern to reveal our unique presence, true nature and clearest insight.
This true nature is what yogis call dharma. The sensation of living in alignment of our dharma is one of aliveness and flow state that is engrossing, fascinating and timeless. While all of us have at least had a few experiences of the aliveness of living our dharma, the intent of Dharma Dance is to explore how we can train ourselves to recognize the experience of flow and seek it out and sustain the sensation.
Today’s class, which you can find here, is in two parts: Body as Student and Body as Teacher. The first half, Body as Student, is guided, choreographed movement designed to take us into movements that break our conditioned patterns and burn new neural pathways that open more movement possibilities. The second half, Body as Teacher, is when we think less and feel more, let the body lead and get out of our own way. My hope is that the combination of the two reveals new ways of showing up, connecting body and mind and being precious you.
I shared a Compassion In The Time Of Coronavirus Meditation from Jack Kornfield on Insight Timer. You can find it here.
May you be held in compassion
May you be safe and well, healed and protected
May your struggles, fears and suffering be eased
May you live with a compassionate and peaceful heart
Please find the playlist is below. And you can find the video from today’s class here.
I continue to work on the technical side of offering online classes (new music! better camera possibilities! a cordless mic! Yay!). Another option for you might be NiaTV which is an online service offering 30 days free access to Nia TV’s at-home dance workouts, podcasts, meditations, and exclusive livestream.
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TOMORROW, Saturday, March 21, 2020, Ajna: A Do It Yourself Practice
After teaching every day for a week in uncharted territory, I am going to take a day off. Tomorrow, you will find a recorded offering of a DIY practice that you can do any day you need 30 minutes of movement to reconnect with you. I suggest putting together a playlist of 5-6 songs that you love for this practice. One great approach is to pick songs that you loved when you were in high school (and if you’re in high school now, pick songs from elementary school or middle school!) I’ll also suggest a playlist in the video notes. 🙂 The video will go up at 8am Eastern tomorrow.
Sunday, March 22, 2020, Restorative Yoga Practice
Movement is healing, yes. And we desperately need stillness and real rest. On Sunday, I’ll offer a calming, deeply relaxing restorative yoga class that you can do with props that you have around the house.
Remember, friends, movement is medicine. Connection is, too. Sunshine and fresh air and gratitude all heal in profound ways. Make sure you are getting healthy doses of them all.
Please stay in touch.
Until soon, my friends!
Dancing Water Live: Dharma Dance
Friday, March 20, 2020, morning-ish
The Blower’s Daughter4:44 Damien Rice
Here With Me 4:15 Dido
Something To Believe In 4:44 Parachute
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Higher Ground 4:46 Playing For Change
Snakefood 6:04 Safri Duo
Dzogene Ma 3:50 Biboul Darouiche Soleil Bantu
Solita Sin Solidad [Feat. Lila Downs & Carlos Santana] 5:29 1 Giant Leap
Flame And Circle 6:08 Tim Story