Q: I was just wondering, during your hiatus did you find time to do Yoga for yourself?
Erich: Absolutely. He is asking if I did yoga during my "hiatus". Thank you for your question, but you have to be clear on this. When someone asks you, "Did you do Yoga?" be attentive. The old way I would hear the question was, "Did I do my asana practice for an hour and a half every day? Did I do my inversions? Did I do my backbends?"
Now when I hear, "Did you do Yoga?" I don't go there in my mind and then answer by saying yes or no. Yoga is about BEING ONLINE. It is less about what you are doing with your body. It's about your mindset. It's about being connected to Big Mind, consciously — because you ARE connected to Big Mind, whether you are aware of it or not. All the practices help you get to the place where you realize that, wow, YOU ARE ONLINE. You ARE connected. All you have to do is LISTEN MORE because you will then find yourself being guided about what to do or not do. That might look like bending yourself inside out. It might look like you lying in the hammock. You then have to give yourself permission to do either one and not just always insist that it will look like 100 vinyasas or whatever you think "doing yoga" looks like.
At first, you have to discipline yourself. But, increasingly, the new discipline becomes that of listening for Guidance and being free enough mentally to do the right thing. Lying in the hammock, on your back, might be the perfect thing. Lying in the hammock, face down, might be the perfect thing.
So, CONSCIOUSLY BEING ONLINE is what Yoga is about. So, yes, I was doing Yoga. But, even that is not the correct way to say it. You are not "doing" Yoga. You are...
Q: Living it.
Erich: You are living it, yes. Exactly. You are being the place where Online Knowing flows through and is therefore being expressed and experienced by you.
Freeform Playlist from class:
- Dreamcatcher ~ Bahramji & Maneesh de Moor ~ Tandava
- Nuvole bianche ~ Ludovico Einaudi ~ Una mattina
- Water Shows the Hidden Heart ~ Enya ~ Enya
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Image Credit: & Copyright: Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC Summer Vacation 2011 by Arthur Klein