Watching the aftermath images of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma has felt eerily reminiscent of Obi Wan Kenobi’s response to the moment when the Death Star destroyed Planet Alderon in the original Star Wars movie. “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices just cried out in terror…” Obviously these images have been particularly disturbing to my fellow New Orleanians, many of whom had to endure Hurricane Katrina and the long road to rebuilding the city after the floods. But the interesting thing I’ve noticed recently is that no matter where you happen to be stationed in the country, the visceral feeling of concern that you have had for the people of Texas and Florida has completely eclipsed any superficial differences of opinion that you might have previously held. In other words, what we feel in our body transcends what we think in our mind. The human body is a connecting force because it’s the one thing that we all share in common, irrespective of sports team affiliations or political proclivities. And this is why yoga is so vitally relevant to our modern world — we need to keep cultivating our connection to the body so that we don’t have to wait for a natural disaster to recognize our shared humanity.
Each of our new releases focuses on balancing and directing the flow of forces in the body. Let It Flow is an energizing Level 1 sequence that uses core stability and hip mobility to free up the energetic stagnation of the pelvis. This is a wonderful practice for times in your life when you feel stuck, either in your gut or in the repetitive thought loops of your head. Meanwhile, Use The Force is an uplifting Level 2 sequence that explores the optimal relationship between the thigh bones and the sacrum. Does that sound colossally boring? How about if I said that this video will teach you how to equalize upward forces and downward forces in your body so that not only will you experience the most effortless Warrior 1 you’ve ever done, your lower spine will align and your upper chest will beam open like a light saber? You will use the forces to feel full of the Life Force. Hope you enjoy!