I have a summertime fetish that simply must be indulged each year: I love jumping off cliffs into alpine lakes. The exhilaration of the ice cold water awakens and refreshes my entire system. The slight fear surrounding the preparation makes my body/mind completely present. And the letting go into gravity somehow restores my faith in the process of life while making me feel more connected to the planet and the whole of existence. In short, jumping off cliffs makes me feel fully alive.
Why am I sharing this and how is it even remotely related to yoga, you wonder? Each of our new releases has to do with re-discovering balance by taking risks. In Beginner’s Basic Balance, you will learn an incremental approach to standing firmly on one leg and organizing yourself around your central axis. The inspiration for this video was the comment that many frustrated students have uttered after falling out of Tree Pose — “I stink at balance; I’ll never be able to do this.” Not true! We’ve made it manageable and accessible for you to practice balance so that you can experience the internal poise and sense of security that are its main fruits. Then, in Arm Balances Just For Fun 2, intermediate students can take the plunge into some of yoga’s more challenging poses that require a healthy blend of coordination, observation, and determination. It would seem at first glance that strength is the main criterion for entering some of these odd positions, but if you follow the cues and stay focused on the process, you will realize quite quickly that was is actually needed is pure presence.
I hope that you’ll take a little leap with me. I guarantee that no matter how many times you fall, you will recover a precious sense of aliveness that is your birthright. Hope you enjoy!