Why do I practice Adamantine® Yoga?

melissaay

I am fully committed to the practice of Adamantine® Yoga. But this wasn’t always the case. Adamantine® and I did battle for several months before I recognized that it was meant for me, and I for it. At first, my attendance was sporadic. I could find every excuse for not going. I was tired from lack of sleep, I had a big day/meeting/event coming up and needed the extra couple of hours to sleep in to be mentally prepared, I didn’t eat well the night before so my body would be stiff and achy, it was cold, it was hot, it was snowing, it was dark, and on and on. What I didn’t know, or rather wouldn’t admit, was that those very excuses were the specific reasons I needed to practice. If I was tired or didn’t get a good night’s rest, Adamantine® would give me energy. If I practiced before a big meeting, Adamantine® would make me more mentally prepared. If my body was stiff from dirty food causing inflammation, Adamantine® would help cleanse out the toxins and open up my achy joints. And, as we all know, they were simply excuses. In addition, I wasn’t very good at it. I’ve been blessed throughout my life to be pretty damn good at every type of physical activity I try, and typically good even when I first start out. I’m naturally athletic, fast, strong, and have great body awareness and coordination. I was a standout basketball, softball and track athlete […]

Practice Heroically

tao

Last Spring I had the honor of teaching in White Plains, New York, being hosted by the grand matriarch of modern yoga herself, Tao Porchon-Lynch, as part of her annual yoga teacher training program. At 94 years of age this amazing woman is as active and inspiring as ever, whether she is traveling the world and teaching master classes in locations like Moscow and France, or simply driving herself around town in her tiny blue and silver Smart Car. Tao Porchon-Lynch is a living testament to the power of a life-long yoga practice, and she is a personal hero to me. We all need people like Tao. We need people who live their lives heroically, people who defy the odds and somehow thrive in the face of the extraordinary challenges that each and every one of us face just by virtue of being alive. A few years ago I came across a video of another such person that eventually went on to become viral. I’m sure you’ve seen it. It is about a man named Arthur Boorman who, as a wounded war veteran, documented his personal journey of self-healing. Few videos have had such a profound effect on as many people, and watching him go from hobbling about on crutches in the beginning of the video to sprinting full speed by the end is nothing short of breathtaking. Through his heroic efforts to heal himself, he has become an inspiration to countless other people who face enormous challenges in their […]