“If you ain’t livin’ it, it ain’t comin’ out your horn.”
My favorite part of Mardi Gras parades has always been the marching bands. I love the rhythm of the drum section, the harmony of the horns, and the familiar melodies that have evoked merriment since I was a little kid. So if I like music so much, why is it that I never play it during my yoga classes? People have asked me that question many times because it does seem to be a distinguishing feature of FSY, and my response has always been the same — “you can’t hear it?!” We are making music with our bodies each time we come to the mat. Opposing forces create vibration and resonance chambers. The coordination between body parts is the harmony that we feel on the cellular level. And the rhythms that we establish with our breathing produce the melody of the mind.
Before the crescendo of Carnival season reaches its hedonistic climax, take some time to re-tune the instrument of your body. Join me this Sunday from 1:00-3:00pm for an extended practice that promises to deliver. We’ll move through sun salutations and standing poses to prepare ourselves for some interesting backbends. Then we will explore a combination of twists and forward bends to cool down and settle into a regenerative relaxation. Enjoy the parade of your inner landscape first, and you’ll probably enjoy the outer parades that much more. As always, space is limited, so be sure to claim your spot now.