Whenever I lead a yoga retreat, I like to recite the famous quote by General Oliver P. Smith, a venerated Marine Corps commander during World War 2, who said, “Retreat, hell! We’re not retreating, we’re just advancing in a different direction.” I love both the staunch determination and the radical shift in orientation that he expressed, presumably to bolster the morale of his troops. And as diametrically opposed as military tactics might seem to be in relation to the nonviolent underpinnings of yoga, I think that this quote gets right to the heart of why yoga is relevant to our modern way of life. Consumer society glorifies the acquisition of material possessions and places maximal value on outward appearances. Consequently, many of us feel spiritually and inwardly impoverished. When we forget to connect to spirit or soul or whatever you prefer to call it, and when we overlook the abundance of our inner landscape, then we feel in one way or another that life is out of balance and devoid of meaning. Yoga counteracts this tendency because it is constantly inviting the practitioner to listen inwardly to the whispers of spirit and to feel the natural contentment that arises out of proper alignment.
Each one of our new releases is an invitation to back up and slow down, which is essentially advancing in the opposite direction than we are ordinarily used to. In Back to Basics, Adero Lewis and I will show you surefire techniques for creating stability in the pelvis and lower back. It might seem like you’re backing way up in order to absorb these fundamentals, but in actuality you’ll be taking a quantum leap forward in the direction of integration and balance. Then, 20 in 20 #4 presents a delectable forward bending sequence that will not only soothe frazzled nerves but will also lead you to inner stillness and ease. We call them forward bends, but in reality you’ll be moving backward into the center of your being. Hope you enjoy!