Sparks

The sirens and the horns howled like wild electric wolves running down from the mountains to mate and feed.

A pigeon sat in a red traffic light on a sunny winter day in East Hollywood and nearly nobody noticed the beauty and the art of her silhouette. It ran in my mind like vines on an old brick house, slowly pulling away the mortar. Until the only thing standing was a memory, like long strands of DNA going back generation after generation and—for now—still stronger than computer code.

Rhythmically tapping, the fuzz and the rattle of the collective sings in my head, turning sparks into emotions and emotions into postures and postures into stories that release themselves back into the universal mind to be heard again like a distant radio station that’s not quite strong enough.

I sit on the floor in a room of furniture knowing, if all else fails, we can hide in the wind.

Why are we here at Black Market Yoga?

A student approached me after class asking about a song I played.
Turns out they had been writing a script and were a little blocked. The subconscious or the muse had momentarily stopped delivering. But in the middle of yoga class, when that song came on, the flood gates of creativity opened. An answer to the question and gift from the universal mind. Their script would be completed.
Where are we going?
All the way, to where the unconscious meets the conscious.
But maybe you don’t think you’re an artist or have a creative life.
The termite doesn’t think he’s an artist either.

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Yoga for your feet

The feet are a delicate, perfectly engineered, high-performance piece of sophisticated walking, standing and running machinery. We should really make it a daily routine to show them our love. This is not a blog about foot fetishes by the way … it’s yoga for your feet. I’m going to give you four foot poses (asanas) that will have your feet serving you like happily indentured slaves. So with no further ado, let’s be nice to our foot soldiers.

The feet are the furthest appendage away from our heart, which is the prime source of oxygen, the fuel for our body and feet. So every foot asana (pose) we do will be held for the duration of 3 breaths to send oxygen and fuel from the nose to the toes.

Breathing: Breathe through your nose as you count to 3, then hold for a moment. Breathe out to a 3 count and hold empty for a moment. We will do this simple breathing technique 3 times for every pose.

First Foot Asana: Sit down and clench your feet like you are trying to make fists with your feet. Keep you feet like this for 3 deep breaths (see above), then release. If you get pain, back off … that goes for everything.

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Second Foot Asana: Flex your feet like you’re trying to open them as wide as you can. You’re pulling your toes back in the direction of your shin. Stay like this for 3 breaths, the release.

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Third Foot Asana: Grab your left foot with your right hand. The palm of your hand will be facing the sole of your foot. Put all of your fingers in between all of your toes. Now squeeze a little like your giving a firm handshake. Hold for 3 breaths, then do the other side. Left hand on the right foot, hold firm for 3 breaths. Don’t forget to count slowly to 3 as you breathe in and count slowly to 3 as you breathe out.

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Fourth Foot Asana: You are going to have to get a golf ball. Maybe someone you know plays. It doesn’t matter what brand. You should sit in a chair for this one. It will be easier to do this on a carpeted floor, but you can do it almost anywhere. Put the golf ball on the carpet, then put the center of the sole of your right foot on the golf ball. Move your foot around like you are trying to touch every part of your foot directly on the golf ball. Use a little pressure. As you do this, take 3 deep breaths. Then do the left foot.

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I would do these at least 3 times a week, more if you have the time. Make it a habit and try and do it at the same time every day … and don’t forget to breathe. I know in current society we are spending less time on our feet and more time on our asses. Maybe next time we’ll do some ass yoga. But for now, be cool to your feet and take them out for a walk once in a while.

Everything is rhythm

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Everything is rhythm.
The beat of your heart, the change of the seasons, the combustion engine, 
alternating current...
Dance to it and write great songs of love and angst, scream, move, 
push and pull.
But never ignore it.
Never fight it.
The rhythm of Earth is the great composer
and you are the song.