As a dedicated fan of the New Orleans Saints, I thoroughly enjoyed watching our inimitable quarterback, Drew Brees, break the NFL record for all-time passing yards last Monday night. But I also have to admit that I couldn’t help feeling a little perplexed and depressed by the thousands of fans who were watching the game at the Superdome through their phone. I thought the whole point of watching a live sporting event was to experience it in all of its immediacy, intimacy, and vibrancy. So it just strikes me as really odd that many of the people who were there seemed more interested in the recording of the event than in the actual participation of the event. It felt like the same lunacy as someone eating the menu at a restaurant instead of their meal. We have become a culture that covets symbols and recordings over the realities that they are intended to represent. And this is why yoga is so important for our day and age. We are in desperate need of practices that reconnect us to the present moment so that we can once more experience life directly rather than virtually.
The obvious irony in my writing all of this is that I am advocating instructional yoga videos, accessed through the internet, as a means of healing this neurosis. Yet I firmly believe that our programs are useful tools for bringing you back to yourself, to what we might call embodied presence. To the extent that you lack embodied presence, you will need external validations such as Facebook likes in order to know that you were there. Let’s stop the madness right now by feeling our feet on the ground and noticing our breath… Can you spare a few more minutes? Great! Check out our newest releases, Everyday Yoga #1 and #2. Each of these videos presents simple pose sequences, alignment exercises, and breathing techniques that I try to work on each day. Remember our mantra that frequency and quality mater more than duration. So even though the practices are fairly short, when done consistently and mindfully they are portals into presence. Hope you enjoy!