Sunday, August 28, 2005

Practice 'Cause it's Precarious

If you've ever spent a moment in virabhadrasana III or ardha chandrasana or bakasana, or if you've even tried these poses, the thought must have occurred to you, "how in the world could this precarious position possibly have anything to do with the calmness and peace I want?"

warrior pose 3, virabhadrasana III Posted by Picasa

ardha chandrasana, half moon pose Posted by Picasa

bakasana, crane pose Posted by Picasa

My daughter's closest friend from school had a big part in our local community theater production of Fiddler on the Roof. So last night my wife and daughter treated me to a delightful evening of theater.

The lead character, Tevye, gets right to the point. In the few brief phrases that open the show he explains the musical's title and the moral of the story. Above him is precariously perched the rooftop musician playing a wistful tune. Tevye says,
A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But here, in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn't easy. You may ask 'Why do we stay up there if it's so dangerous?' Well, we stay because Anatevka is our home. And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: tradition!
Just ask the people who are driving like crazy to get out of the way of Hurricane Katrina. Our lives are precarious.

Like the people of Anatevka, we can keep our sanity and even make something beautiful, if we dedicate ourselves to a Higher Purpose and practice, as Patanjali says, with fervor, uninterrupted, and for a long time.

Even when it looks and sounds "crazy," as Tevye put it, we keep doing these traditional practices. Though Anatevka is not my home, my regular and attentive practice of yoga keeps me feeling more at home in my body and in relationships with those around me.

Keep practicing the traditions of yoga. Start where you are. If it's asana you're practicing, don't forget the rest of ashtanga yoga: yama, niyama, pranayama, pratyahara, dhyana, dharana, and samadhi.

Check in and read my Daily Yoga Tip tomorrow. I'll be writing about listening. The kind of listening you do right before the show starts. The house lights are down. The pit orchestra has warmed up, but is now silent. The conductor is in place. You know the show's about to start...but it hasn't yet.

Don't just read about it. Get up. Experience it. Experience yoga!

Kevin Perry

p.s., I am very happy to say a special hello here today to my very first yoga teacher, Betsey Downing. Betsey's been traveling and conducting Anusara yoga workshops around the country. I know these have been great events because her students from recent workshops in Ann Arbor, Michigan and The Woodlands, Texas have been writing to tell me how great they are.

Betsey's been spreading the good word about my Daily Yoga Tip. I know that, too, because they've been signing up to receive it by email. Thanks, Betsey!

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