The understanding of what you actually are is far more important than the pursuit of what you should be. Why? Because in understanding what you are there begins a spontaneous process of transformation-
(We should stop here in all actuality. The quote above is tremendously poignant in today’s world.)
Consider this if you may, what if your approach to contributing to the world was based around helping others rather than helping yourself? Let’s use yoga as an example, cool?!?
Pull up your Google Machine this morning and search away: Om Yoga, YogaFit, Zen Yoga and even the patently ridiculous CrossFit Yoga. Sadly we (more times than naught) associate these forms of Yoga as pure Yoga, hardly the case.
There is only one Yoga. Yoga is a 5,000 year old spiritual discipline. Yoga is a powerful contemplative vehicle meant for each one of us who are interested in furthering our personal and spiritual journey(s). Spiritual, not physical.
Yoga is a tremendous system for helping us to reach our true potential as individuals, however, lost amongst the $$$ signs and intertwined craftily with vanity. Yoga as we know it now, is purely a physical practice that just happens (quite coincidentally) to bring spiritual awakening, while picking out arm warmers at Lululemon.
We are off to light a simple candle, chill a bit, sweat a bit … All the while exploring our true potential.
We are spiritual beings who just so happen to have physical experiences, here and there … Daily, maybe?!?
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful-
What is THE WORST training tool we have available to use? Our eyes …
Our eyes mislead us while our best training tool and the one seldom used is our Mind.
The images our eyes capture play a large role in how we organize our perceptions. If you are capable of daydreaming at work?!? Then you can learn how to visualize and meditate.
Let’s start early this morning for good measure:
· A good way to start is to simply think about your home or apartment.
· Imagine that you are standing outside and looking at your front door.
· Describe your door in detail (aloud). What color is the door? What is the shape of the door handle? How high is the door? What does it sound like if you knock on it?
· The part of your mind that you are using to describe the door is the part we use for visualization.
· Now, imagine your door in a different color. First blue, then red, etc. Use your imagination and pretend if you need to. The more you can pretend the better your imagination will be.
Like many “things” in our lives, we forget as we age. Hand a thoughtful little dude a Matchbox car and watch what happens …
There are literally millions of yoga poses, trillions is actually more actuate of a number. Try this: Stand on one foot, hand on the hip of the leg firmly planting you to the ground, your other hand picking at your ear vigorously (keep picking until you find something). Let’s call this pose: CultFita Hasta Padangustasana
True, passionate yoga practice has Nothing to do with the poses.
So on that lovely note, today is a Rest Day. You are free to obsess over your killer pose … We will be going for a Walk and focusing/visualizing on proper breathing?!? <— Hint – Hint
Thank you to the peeps who took a second to “Subscribe to our feed” yesterday. For your convenience HERE is the link again. You can also follow us on The Twitter Machine . Rest assured we will not pester you with self-absorbed crap via a random “tweet”.
Be well today and ENJOY!!!
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I workout. I hit the gym … Yesterday I did ankles-
The decision is yours. Either you can look at the witty, avant-garde photos with a chuckle and a smile? Or, if you like you are free to hang around as we strip back a few layers for your viewing pleasure?!?
Day one peeps clearly understand we give only a few shakes of the proverbial lamb’s tail when it comes to site stats and dreadful “stuff“ like that. It’s not what drives us or motivates us; Past, present or future! However we have been seeing quite a few emails and messages of late asking: “What is up with this nonsense over here at CultFit HQ, bro or brah (if you hail from Eugene, OR)?“ From what we gather from our ongoing conversations with these fine folk is that peeps are really tiring of the Extreme, ELITE, Kranked and Cardio Barre Burn fitness fads (Ja Ja Ja).
These words will read as highbrow and superior. Conveying tone in a blog-o-post can be arduous to say the least … We stand before you humble and laid bare.
One of the driving forces if not the only principle for CultFit is Karma Yoga. Quite simply, Karma Yoga is the gentle practice of giving back to the communities of which you are a part. CultFit has two parts: What you see here before you and if you ever get up off your un-motivated butt? Our offline, more intimate version. In our most pure form we embrace Seva, selfless service. Seva is an act of kindness and generosity that neither demands, nor expects, reciprocation.
Now this is where old Uncle Mo gets all pissy about the “Money Grab“ and “Look at Me“ ELITE individuals of the world (Those in the Know -Know whom we speak of) … Not today, we promise!
One of the great hall marks of our generation is that, more times than not we only take and not give back. A friend recently defined the Law of Karma as to say: “You get what you give.“ We implore you (along with us) to give back to those around you! We are not talking about writing a post about your new shoes, heart rate monitor or What You Ate for Wednesday (Damn, that’s today … Oops!). Hypothetically speaking it would be refreshing NOT to read and hear about peeps: Volunteering at a local food kitchen, Donating time after work to mentor young kiddos, Helping an elderly neighbor …
If you would like to learn more about what we offer off of the inter-webz or if you would like to share ideas about giving back? Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now back to our regularly scheduled program:
Slowly we will purge the Justin Bieber’s of the musical world …
One example of giving back to your community:
The hover-moms thought a merry-go-round was way too dangerous? Coconut water has never looked so glorious spilling from someones mouth as when they saw this apparatus above!!!
Not For Time …
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Thick Grip Barbell Curls and Perfect Push Ups (Feet up Peeps) Followed by:
Take the number of stops you make this morning going to work (Stop sign, street light etc) x 10 and this will determine how many Hard Style KB Swings you perform later tonight!
So what does all this mean? If from here on out, each and every time you open the “CultFit has published a new post” email on your precious iPad? Think of this: We as individuals may not get what we give. Although in giving, we keep this whole darn world thing running. Be well today and ENJOY!!!