Words by Kemila Velan
My yoga homegirl Terri is the one who turned me on to Seane Corne, an LA-based yogini who teaches so well she can do more than pay the rent.
This is a blessing for any yoga instructor. So I bought Miss Corne’s DVD, “Vinyasa Flow Yoga” to see her in action (I won’t be in LA anytime soon, and chances are I’d have to wait in line to attend her class like I would to buy a Madonna ticket…).
I watched it and I was like, “Huh?”
I didn’t get it. This is normal for me. I can be slow sometimes.
For me, the key is repetition. I kept watching her video while working. Still nothing.
I was about to call Terri and ask her what the heck is so special about this particular teacher when I started watching Disc 1 by accident. In the first scene Miss Corne is rambling.
“The Vinyasa practice is all about connecting the dots…it means linking movement and breath…it’s learning how to move moment to moment, movement by movement, breath by breath, you want to bring into the Vinyasa practice and to all yoga a sense of humor, play and joy. Obviously there are going to be things that are going to be challenging. The point is not to judge the experience, the point is to get into your body and explore. See what happens when you move toward the pose….”
And I thought, “Hey, that’s the attitude I’ve been trying to take at work.”
Duh. I think that’s what she is saying, right?
This is probably my interpretation. But that is the beauty of learning. We interpret the way we need to in order to navigate our own paths. Miss Corne gave me another way of looking at my office job, which often takes me out of the moment. All the planning, all the tasks, all the time management can make one feel like your life is no longer your own.
So try this for Yoga Mad Libs. Fill in the blanks:
Being a ___________ is all about connecting the dots…it means linking _________ and ________.
It’s learning how to ___________ moment to moment, movement by movement, breath by breath.
You want to bring into the _________________ and to all your work a sense of humor, play and joy.
Obviously there are going to be things that are going to be challenging. The point is not to judge the experience, the point is to get into ____________ and explore.
And see what happens when you move toward the ________________.