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Cardiovascular Fitness with No-impact Yoga

No-impact yoga exercise provides cardiovascular fitness.

When folks speak of “cardio exercise” they usually refer to treadmills, stair-stepping, running, or attending an aerobics class. Many have been programmed to believe this is how we develop cardiovascular fitness. Yoga is cast off as for stretching or meditation. However, cardiovascular fitness can be developed in some healthy No-impact alternative ways.

The truth of cardiovascular exercise is having capable supply of oxygen in the blood. Understanding this can help  develop  cardiovascular strength using low or no impact exercise. We can even develop cardiovascular strength without moving at all!

Read on…..

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Camelback hiking with YogaDoug,

I was living in old town Scottsdale, Arizona, the quaint little center of Scottsdale with the original buildings from the cowboy era.  Just a short distance from where I lived was Camelback Mountain, a small, but tall mountain in the middle of metropolitan Phoenix famous for hikers and runners. I enjoyed the steep uphill cardiovascular exercise it provided. An average hiker can make it to the peak in 45 minutes to an hour. The fastest time on record is 27 minutes by a local woman. The climb is strenuous and the decent can be dangerous bouncing from boulder to boulder.

My times were above-average, and I had record times on the decent. I could fly down that mountain in 14 minutes. I loved bouncing from boulder to boulder, but the impact slowly took its toll on my already challenged knees. After several months of this strenuous and challenging exercise my knees began to hurt…. a lot. So I stopped.Low impact exercise esier on the joints, yoga for health

I resorted to only practicing yoga.

I went back to Bikram yoga and stayed away from any running and other fast-moving exercise altogether. For months I refrained from any traditional cardiovascular exercise, only Bikram yoga. This series are simple static poses that help rebuild connective tissue and increase blood flow.

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I practiced these postures with great determination and power. Never did I learn so much about using my breath to get through the strain of holding postures for up to 60 seconds. I felt very strong, but was concerned I was losing my cardiovascular fitness.

After six months, my knees felt great and I had a real urge to climb that mountain! I was a bit afraid that I lost the cardiovascular strength I created in my months of running.

yoga for exciting low impact cardiovascular health.
Tired of high impact exercise

The sweaty, heart pumping exercise of Bikram yoga is the most intense exercise I’ve ever done and continues to be the exercise I default to when I know my body needs rehabilitation, but I felt it was different from the running that traditional American exercise scientists say is what’s needed for cardiovascular fitness.

So early one morning I was fired up, feeling good and full of energy. I wanted to get outdoors and climb. The cross-trainer shoes were dusted off and I fitted myself for the climb. That morning I was expecting to do my best and just have fun.

I got there early enough to find a parking spot, consumed a little more water, tightened my laces and headed for the trail head. My energy was so high I began the flatter portion at the beginning of the trail with a  jog. That jog, however, just naturally became faster…..and faster. When the incline increased and the boulders came into the picture, my speed increased with it! I was feeling natural at a faster pace more than ever before!  In fact, as the hike went on I never slowed down.  I ended up sprinting three quarters of the way up the mountain, a feat I never even came close to before. My heart was under control and I felt stronger than ever.

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Here I was, an avid yoga practitioner, but I was still a newbie to the deep learning experience of yoga. By not running and only practicing the compression and static postures associated with Bikram Yoga, I come to understand the reality of “aerobic” exercise. The key to strong aerobic capacity is the ability to increase the capacity for oxygen in the blood.  Strong breath with heart pumping energy is the key. What I found out is you don’t need the fast-paced high impact sports to do this. In fact, Bikram yoga brought my heart and breath rate up higher than any other form of exercise I’ve practiced, second to motocross of course.  I brought myself to the edge in every posture. It was Vo2 max to the max.

Today, the one thing I do regularly is deep breathing exercise.

Deep breathing, in its own right, raises the heart rate. I have found even today, if I keep up with my breathwork, I can lift heavy weight and maintain an easy heart rate even if I’ve been away from exercise for several months.  I also see how people put extreme stress on their heart by not having the capacity to bring oxygen into the blood. The heart must pump harder to get what little oxygen there is in the blood to the muscles.

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Inspirational yoga

It’s common sense. If you want to increase oxygen/blood capacity, practice breathing more. To increase the heart rate, it can be as simple as standing on one leg.  Try standing perfectly still on one leg for sixty seconds without wobbling and tell me how that goes.

“The bottom line is that the intensity at which you perform an activity determines if it’s aerobic or anaerobic.” –MedicineNet.com

The other powerful component to the Bikram series is its compression effect.

Many yoga poses compress the body. They compress the skeletal muscles as well as the internal organs. This compression affect flushes the muscle by squeezing them. Mr. Bikram refers to this as “wringing out that dirty dish rag.” You wring it out and allow fresh oxygenated blood to rush in when you release the compression.  In doing this you are purifying the system and charging the body’s regeneration factor.

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Bikram Champion yoga rehabilitation specialist
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Be joyful and praise your light

So, between heart pumping, holding your body weight postures, powerful breathing, compression and stretches, you know there is way more to the asanas of yoga than meets the eye. You can build your cardiovascular power without ever running again…. and if you want the outdoors, just practice in your favorite nature spot. You don’t need a mat or any props. Learn to use your body the way the original yogis had shown us. The best thing of all is that the more you practice, the healthier your joints become because we all know what the common results of high impact exercise is (long term injury) and we all want to avoid that. Check out my Natural Health Insights page for more.

Discover an old science and new understanding of our body as a self-contained module for all your health and healing needs.

~YogaDoug

Positive Attitude cures Everything

Every generation discovers more truth about the healing powers of the mind.

By now we know the mind is everything.  A  positive attitude improves the likelihood of healing. The placebo effect is enough to make anyone realize that the only boundaries in front of us are the ones we lay before ourselves in our mind.

What we think, we achieve.

Is it easy? How does it work?  Can I do it? These are questions many will ask when discovering the possibility of self healing,  or any decision to become great. There are some interesting twists to this you will find quite satisfying.

Have we yet determined why some humans can abuse their body to extremes, eat the worst foods, smoke, etc. and live long lives, while others who do everything to achieve “perfect health” die of disease?

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Positive Attitude for longevity

We eventually come up with the same answer… attitude. It’s an answer even modern science has confirmed.

Using Keith Richards as an example isn’t to show a life of extreme but rather how the right attitude can balance everything out. Keith Richards has been one to use every type of drug, but he also knew his limit and not to use more and more to get higher and higher. He treated his body like a temple.

It goes like this. Mind creates cells. Cells create body. Mind becomes the cells of our body. Any thought of disease whether fear of, or avoidance of, will program the cells for disease. People who work to avoid disease have a greater chance of attracting disease than those who simply do what they feel without thinking about it. Now isn’t that a rub!?

It’s a simple quantum understanding.

Can we just think ourselves healthy?…YES!….and no. Because it’s best not to “think” about it. It’s deeper than just thinking. Thinking hovers a veneer of disbelief, as If you’re trying to convince yourself.

If you are having fun with a positive attitude and enjoying yourself, there’s no need to say, I’m having fun. You just are. When you’re laughing and enjoy a sense of happiness in your life, you are creating healthy cells. We typically don’t “think” about laughing.

Natural play and positive attidude for life
Play and enjoy a blissful moment

That’s what makes being healthy so powerful. If developing the physical strength of your body is your happiness, you will follow the protocols of physical reality and manipulate your diet and routine to find the formula for your body’s unique profile for power. You don’t do it to prevent disease. You do it to explore the power within you. In that power lies so much wisdom.

Focused love for the physical experience

Thinking about exercise to prevent disease is an oxymoron. Don’t exercise because you’ve heard it prevents cancer. Instead, decide personally how connecting with your body through exercise will feel and the gratification will it bring into your life, generating new cells.

There’s a lot of money to be made off people’s fear. There are millions of women these days “running” for fear of breast cancer. Pink is the newest color for making lots of money.

All that we do should be created through a deep personal desire.

A positive attitude is a method of affirming the positive state in which you are creating yourself. Fear can get us to change direction but it’s never a good place to create from.

This is understood in the process of healing disease. Clearing the mind of thinking, and connecting with beliefs and feelings of your self provides a platform for reconditioning the cellular structure of your body. The vital energy of your body can be directed through your thoughts, but more importantly, are the real beliefs about your thoughts.

Healthy Cells created through attitude and belief

If you’re feeling helpless or sick, surrender 15 minutes for mental reconditioning. Relax breathe and talk to yourself as a hero.

Once we overcome limiting beliefs about ourselves we can then and only then move into a new reality for ourselves. We become free, free like a child in wonder. Feel the great self-love and appreciation for your unique expression of life. Be the one who owns responsibility for the creation of their health. These are all elements of the positive attitude. Think of positive /negative like a light switch. You’re either ON (positive) or OFF (negative).

Knowing the full control we have over our lives by way of attitude provides access to our maximum power. We can heal anything,

Here’s an interesting twist. You don’t have to be a happy type of person to receive these benefits. You don’t have to follow a guru, be a vegan or listen to uplifting music. It’s more about you and your experience of the world, void of what others think or believe about you.

Do happy cells create a healthy body. yes! but be happy within yourself and what you do. Grumpy was a character in Snow White right? For some people the act of grumpiness is their way of being natural and therefore relaxed within.

We could quickly become a society of walking, living, healing masters.

We simply have to drop our pre-programmed societal beliefs and be more of ourselves.   Kids know this. The best advice I could give a child is to ignore  our outdated human history and create a new today. There is no such thing as “junk” DNA, only untapped potential. Our scientific knowledge is so infantile. Those who put such faith in it are holding themselves down and getting old.

Create the environment to allow each other to feel safe for our individuality and personal power to shine. Together we can ignite an entirely new human experience. The power is within us naturally. Allow positive attitude to express who you are in your natural, relaxed and inspired state of being. We’re all developing great intuition to identify the energy/emotions of another, so hiding from who we are is no longer an option. It is an age of transparency. So let-go. Be who you are and create your dynamic healthy life.  Make it so.

Enjoy my 20 minute re-programing audio meditation for healing click here  

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I love you.

Big God Yes

There’s a surge of people expressing their experiences with the Law of Attraction, a life process known by great achievers throughout the earth. Some feel it’s about vision boards and mantras. Others believe you must think of something for a long period of time as a separate exercise of some sort. Few understand the deeper, subtle, and complex facets of it all in every moment of our lives.

Science now knows there is a force fields all around us. Dark matter is what we used to call space. There is no “space” there is only matter in different forms. We literally mold our lives from the matter around us, like molding clay with our thoughts.

Besides the quantum-physics aspect of the law of attraction, there is a more understandable, physical aspect Id’ like to share.

Here’s a good example. I was preparing to practice yoga in my home and I invited my love to join me. She came out of the room and said, “practice with you separately?” Why yes, I replied. I was granting her wish. Come to find out later it was not what she wanted. She wanted to practice with me, for me to lead the practice together.

What happened? She called forth or evoked the energy of practicing separately. If she had not brought forth the thought I would have not granted it. This is a “ask and you shall receive” moment, for you attract what you fear the most. Had I thought about it more, I may have asked more details about her request.  Such thoughts were not present within me because I was already preparing my practice. In the practice we eliminate thought and distraction to move into being. So I granted her request and stayed in a state of simplistic energy.  Think of it as “Your wish is granted and I don’t need to inquire further”. Just know your desire and ask for that. Passivity can lead to confusion.

Law of attraction works like this in every moment. When we think or speak of something, we are evoking the creative energy of that thought, the ability to create it. Some of these creations are immediate and others are over time as the energy we put forth is a smaller subtler voice in our heads.

In conversations we may acknowledge certain beliefs when a topics comes up, sometimes passively, but do not put our attention to it regularly.  These little acknowledgments are like small  bank deposits. This is also known by motivational guru Jeff Olson as the Slight Edge, little things we say, do and believe over time that culminate into reality. It ‘s a constant law  which can disrupt our life or bring us constant joy and happiness .

The God energy we seek to humble ourselves to, wishes for us to be happy and achieve our desires. This God force provides our ability to use free will to create it.  Think of God as saying yes to our every thought whether we really want it or not. It is for us to understand this great power. Evoking or calling forth problems is in our hands, or should I say, minds.

Be the change you wish to see. Be how you wish to be. If you wish to be happy, healthy and wealthy. Begin with being happy. Personal happiness does not require any external circumstances. How about using the slight edge and begin to be healthy? How about using your happy, healthy self to guide you to the perfect accomplishment for your version of wealth?

In yoga we surrender to the Slight Edge philosophy. We seek to only move forward in our physical transformation by a single micro-movement at a time. The true practice of yoga forces us to be in the moment. We learn that through surrender and humility transformation comes quicker be it reconditioning or healing . It’s a true example of the subtlety of the Law of Attraction. We are placing the vision of what we want in our mind. Then we surrender to the experience rather than forcing it and it comes quicker. It’s a lesson I’ve taken to heart and practiced in all aspects of my life.

Whether immediate or slow you mold the space around you every moment. Mold your masterpiece. I hope this helps.

Much Aloha

Douglas

Mindfulness for Greater Benefits within Yoga Postures

Mindfulness is a secret ingredient to achieving greater health benefits within yoga and other healing modalities.

To an experienced practitioner we understand that the yoga postures, even with their specific names, are only guides along a certain path. A yoga pose is not a finished product. The benefits are revealed during the process. The only thing we seek to obtain is to be 100% present within our body as we move through the yoga postures, opening, strengthening, lengthening, healing, restructuring. Learning to be present to how our body transforms, this is Mindfulness.  In any posture, there is always something more that can be transitioned through. Each and every yoga posture holds benefits that exceed our expectations.

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What it is we are actually doing in “yoga.” What are the yoga postures all about?

yoga is great for skiers!

Think of yoga asanas, or postures, as a ski hill. We all go down the same hill. Some take the bunny slope and others take the steeper trails. The hill is the same.  This is why you see photos of people in Standing Bow Pulling Pose, some with their back stiff and straight and foot  barely over their hip and others with their back nicely curved and leg way up over their head. It’s the same pose just different levels, same beauty. The beauty is that both can have the same amount or lack of mindfulness.

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The benefits are the same no matter what level one practices at.

Every advanced posture starts with a basic move. Think of it like the ski hill,  learning to stand on your skis is the first step to conquering the hill. Standing on two feet without falling over must be mastered  before we practice standing on one leg. We think of it as mindfulness creating clarity for where we are in our endeavors.

Standing pose can be of great benefit in yoga

Yoga teachers won’t expect you to reach completion, but rather be conscious/ mindful of your movements. This is why all levels of practice benefit the same. Mindfulness keeps us in check.

Hatha Yoga.

In every yoga posture there are two forces at work, hence the meaning of Ha-tha, sun and moon. There is strength and  flexibility, the agonist and antagonist muscle reactions. One muscle contracts while another, or others in a muscle group, relax. Therefore each pose contains two reactive forces.

agonist antagonist muscle in yoga

Within the yoga poses is also the compression or tourniquet effect. Internal organs muscles and tissue are compressed and squeezed in many yoga postures. The idea is like squeezing and flushing as if ringing out a dirty towel. The compression forces fluid out, and on the release, allows fresh blood to come through. I’ve found these compression aspects to be of very high value in my practice.

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No matter how in-depth or uncomfortable a yoga posture is, they all become the same when you approach them carefully with mindfulness. So think of mindfulness in yoga postures like  driving your car at night around a blind corner.  Going too fast can lead to collision with an unforeseen obstacle. Therefore the approach to each pose should be done with mindfulness.

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The proverbial man in meditation IS the clear depiction of yoga.

One pointed focus is what becomes meditation.  It’s Inner focus and attention in the moment which provides insights leading to transformation.

I’ve taught beginners who are masters at mindfulness. I’ve also witnessed advanced practitioners become frustrated in their practice from expectation. This becomes our challenge. The path of mindfulness is like a blending of two worlds, of doing and not doing.

Any gymnast or dancer can do “poses” easy. Don’t let people with advanced body movements influence you. It is the process of the pose that defines your level of yoga understanding.

It takes practice….lots of it. By the way, that’s why we call it a yoga “practice.” Keep it up.

For a more in-depth look at this process, please attend one of my new ONLINE YOGA CLASSES  beginning in April! For my first students there will be a significant discount for joining.

Aloha

Coastline Complexity – Our Two Earth Worlds

Our coastline boasts great beauty, but can be something of a paradox.

Coastlines the merging of two worlds, water-world with land, the underworld with the over-world.

the ancient seas and our two worlds
Coastline Complexity

Where coastlines exist, humans find magic.  We ponder life, seek answers and appreciate nature’s magnificence.  While living most of my life within coastal cities, I have found the magnificence of the coastline carries some interesting oppositions. A coastline draws the wealthy to build homes and the homeless to find comfort.  The coastline is also where waste pushed into the sea is returned to  land. On the most isolated beaches we find tons of waste returned from the sea. On warm weather beaches, homeless and the destitute leave waste of their own.

Coastlinesare the dumping point for our misdeeds

All walks of life seek to retreat and vacation on coastlines. We swim in the water where it is safe,  safe from the wild deep and dangerous creatures, but it’s the crust, the outer edge, the dregs of earth’s ripple we swim.

The coastline can be like a kitchen blender stirring and breaking everything up into small pieces including body parts of those using the coastline as a sport. We find treasures and secret messages in bottles sent out to sea in hopes of reaching a magical outcome. Our fantasy with the coastline runs deep. Even the Sirens of Mythology used the coastline to attract and destroy those whom fall prey to the voice of the coastline creatures.

taming the oceans waves  Surfing the edge of our coastline

Coastlines are transition points.

Rogue waves consume land life.  Others leap from the mystery of life on the edge of seaside cliffs. There is a human drive to see and feel the coastlines beauty unaffected by the transitional boundary lines.

Rouge waves on our coastlines

We fall into the fantasy of white water.  As a child this white water was mingled with black tar which took hours to scrub off and fade away.   Many sprinkle the ashes of loved ones on the waters edge, as if the sea entitles them to merge with a stronger force, to spread throughout the planet and travel to distant worlds.

offering ashes of loved ones from our coastlines

On a Santa Monica beach, a rogue wave washed my infant body from the comfort of my mothers arms under our shaded beach blanket. When the wave retreated I was found lying in the arms of earths sandy berm.  To this day I get anxious when I’m away from the sea for too long.  Sometimes I feel my infant body replaced with the spirit of another,  a more watery being. Or did the feeling of our saline earth washing over my new skin possess me to never forget….

we are earths mystery

We are water creatures on land. We are the mystery.

In yoga we seek to always be in the mystery. Surrendering allows us to experience the now. Yoga asanas or postures become an intense experience with the attitude of surrender. We learn to be unknowing. We practice without expectation, for the wave of uncertainty looms in every moment. Seeking to be present allows the subtle energy of life show us who we are.

 Beach yoga, headstands on the coastline

 

Eyes Open to Prosperity

Discovering prosperity in our lives must be cultivated.

Many people attempt to find prosperity rather than simply becoming open to receive it. Prosperity comes in many shapes and forms, some money others gifts or sudden meetings. Keeping our eyes open to prosperity starts with believing we are always on the path with leads to prosperity.

There is a little trap that humans get themselves into when it comes to the ability to attract prosperity and new events into their lives.

Typically, we make decisions based on our knowledge and experience but if we are seeking something outside of our experience or knowledge, what framework do we use to evaluate our decisions in areas of newness?

In order to see something different, we need to transform the eyes from which we see. For we are only able to see in accordance to the strength of our eyes. Our eyes being not only the physical lenses in our head, but the inner eye.

Visualization techniques will program our energy field to attract what we choose to create.

However, if we continue to make choices based on old knowledge, we might completely miss a doorway that just opened up.  To leave old knowledge one has to use intuition and faith for new decisions.

I have worked with business associates who reached out for new people to assist them in growing their business. Then when the premier candidate came to them, they began to treat them and react to them from old beliefs and pushed the premier person right out of their experience. Why? Because this person’s behavior was unfamiliar and therefore brought a sense of fear. Fear led to mistrust and confusion. The owner wasn’t able to let-go and trust, and lost the support they were seeking. The process of letting go also relies on intuition.

Intuition is strengthened by quieting the mind and forming a sense of silence in which we can hear the inner self speak through deep senses of inner knowing. Inner knowing can also be in the form of little voices in our head answering our questions before we even ask them. Even in unfamiliar territory, one can be gently guided to the right decision and perfect circumstance.

We must strengthen the eyes from which we see to view new horizons.

What is the best exercise for this?     Do you need to ask?

How about a PROSPERITY MEDITATION.

Much love

~Douglas

 

 

 

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Coming Together for Humanity 2016

Throughout my travels I have been in many situations where people came together to handle a conflict or situation where there was no, police, guard or military to enforce “law and order.”  In every situation people would come together for the sake of humanity and use natural law and self-rule. In other words, people did what was right and seemed to be guided from their wisdom and their heart.

In “modern” society we are led to believe through misleading news stories and other media  that our neighbors are to be feared and we must have policing, cameras and rules to be safe from our terrifying neighbors especially those from other neighborhoods. This has kept us from discovering the beauty in each other and has literally created disharmony against each other. When given a chance to self-rule, people will follow natural order. People understand our human nature and respect humanity. People when called upon to lead and support will do what is fair and just. People do not need fear of prosecution to do what is right.  These blanketed rules and laws linked with prosecution causes more rebellion and dis-harmony against society.

There is a famous quote by Helen Keller which goes “Avoiding danger, in the long run, is no safer than outright exposure. The meek get caught as often as the bold.”

This is a natural law. It is what we speak about in yoga as Dharma, natural law, natural order. Even the safest cars, the toughest laws and the best laid plans will not hold up to what is to be or what could be. It is the same as decriminalizing drugs. When we decriminalize drugs, drugs are used less and society prospers more. Laws and fear of prosecutions only destabilize society.

The best way we can begin to experience harmony with each other is to use more of our intuition and heart. yes it’s true even a handshake with someone we thought we could trust might end up in trouble, but the more we fine-tune our instincts the more we begin to attract and even create harmonious relations. One way to do this is to go back to the original intuitive building exercise, meditation. Meditation connects us with the highest source of intuition and heart, and in the heart is where our future experiences receive light.

There is a wave of intuition and heart space building  within humanity that is growing larger. Like a tsunami, the power behind our growing heart and influence of natural order will overcome.

The media and leaders want us to fear the massive amount of police and military that have been created to keep order to the “laws.” The one thing to remember is that these people who are the police and military are blue-collar people with families and children. It doesn’t take much intelligence to know what is right when it comes to being a good person to our family and friends.  As our prayers and meditations grow, the light will penetrate and reveal itself in the hearts of those employed to do harm to humanity for the sake of laws designed to oppress the people.

Our brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers in the service sector will in the end, be there to protect us, not harm us. Believe in this idea and the idea will blossom.

Start first by self-ruling yourself. Just because someone mistakenly does something out of the norm or law, if it is not harming anyone or anything, be love. If someone swerves into your lane, notify but don’t chastise.  begin to live a life of natural law not “criminal law.” Become a support to the human nature we all fall into. “Thee who has no sin throw the first stone,” I once heard. 🙂

In fact,  follow less rules and life in more harmony with the natural law.  Moral disobedience, let’s break more laws in order to find order and harmony in a natural way!

sent with love

~Douglas

Falling Down and Getting Up Again

The desire for a good live, food, water and comfort is something on everyone’s mind. Sometimes we get so excited for life we wish to use our skills and achieve great things.  IN the process of achievement comes an even greater factor of circumstances which may hinder or create a pitfall in our process. After a while, we learn that these pitfalls are part of the process and our ability to overcome them is the real story of our lives.

Growing up a middle class family, I never felt I was missing anything. We always had Christmas presents. There was always food on the table. I could join sporting teams and given every opportunity the privileged 15% of people in the world get to experience.

Later in life, when I realized how privileged Americans were, I began to wonder what it must be like to be someone who wakes up to wonder if they would have food to eat, or where they might be sleeping. In our privileged culture we have the opportunity to experience such disparity by choice. That is, if a person over-extends themselves or entrepreneur experiences a venture collapse lifting oneself, or a family up from the bottom can be a traumatizing experience, but we still have the opportunity to do it again.

Anyone who’s trekked into the landscape of creating their own way, developing new ideas or companies, and mastering new ways of doing business will eventually encounter a roadblock, hit a wall, even experience complete destruction of well-thought-out plans. Every entrepreneur knows of the risks involved. It is often said, if you’re not ready to lose it all, you won’t have the strength to make it through. Those who’ve ever accomplished anything had to encounter pitfalls and failures. The failures, however, are not failures of self, but only lessons to direct the next step.

famous famous people whove overcome great obsticles

There are hundreds of examples. Here are a few you may or may not know:

~Soichiro Honda’s unique vision got him ostracized by the Japanese business community.

~R.H. Macy had a series of failed retail ventures throughout his early career.

~Colonel Harland David Sanders was fired from dozens of jobs before founding a fried chicken empire.

~Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything”.

~After Harrison Ford’s first small movie role, an executive took him into his office and told him he’d never succeed in the movie business.

~Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, had his first book rejected by 27 different publishers.

~A young Henry Ford ruined his reputation with a couple of failed automobile businesses.

~While developing his vacuum, Sir James Dyson went through 5,126 failed prototypes and his savings over 15 years.

~J.K. Rowling was a single mom living off welfare when she began writing the first “Harry Potter” novel.

(Business Insider online 2016)

These pitfalls are part of the process. Through my recent encounter with failure, I discovered the truth of what I’ve spoke about as a teacher. If one has access to water, the battle is half  solved. Having access to water and exercising is the foundation for a healthy life. Food can be found. In Hawaii, you can find many wild edible plants that are healthy and medicinal. Maintaining a healthy mind through it all is what keeps you going. It means letting go of attachment and expectations. Maintaining physical and mental health really is the primary force for living well. From there, one can use the strength to create anew.

I see many people with lots of “things” who can barely move and seem so uncomfortable in their body. In this fundamental knowing, I see the stark contrast of how we’ve created living in this material world. People who are fit and at their natural body weight do not need to each so much. It is the nutrient density of the food that determines the quantity. Wise ones know this. I eat a simple dish of dark greens and find fullness and vibrancy. If we as a species moved into this simple wisdom all our problems would be solved, but gluttony and external gratification have become the teaching methods of the young, so much so that there is a generation of people who know nothing else. It is also these attachments that puts stress on the one attempting to lay it on the line and risk it all for a new life.

Those who’ve been stripped of external things either move into wisdom or panic at the loss, and fall victim of ego control. Drugs, alcohol, complaining, and blaming will only continue the experience. A strong person can say, thank God I have the ability to make new choices, and I will start with the choice to appreciate my body and my ability to learn.

Hellen Keller quote

Helen Keller is one of my inspirational mentors. One of her many quotes: “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

So if you find yourself in a state of deconstruction, read the stories of those who’ve been through it. Keep your head up. You’re not alone. There is a lot of deconstruction happening these days throughout the world. Cry when you need to. Let it out, then lift yourself up. Pray regularly and look for the signs. Perform a ritual to shed unwanted energy. Burn some sage around you and your home. Love yourself. This too shall pass.

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Mahalo.

Motocross is Yoga

. Yoga is motocross.

Unlike other sports, motocross requires both balls.

Two wheels at high speed on rough terrain requires a strong commitment to what you wish to achieve and a focus that cannot be swayed. This is motocross.  The one pointed focus and mindfulness of motocross mimics the great teachings of yoga. We balance our passion and courage while open to profound new experiences and unimaginable achievement.

Journey with me into the similarity of yoga and motocross.

All I know is that when I was about eight years old I felt the excitement of speed beyond what my own two feet could go. With a little metal between my legs I could explore a new level of existence. Power, speed, altitude, free-falling and crashing were the new sensations.

Yoga helps prevent injury and speed recovery
It’s all part of it

What I learned quickly was how the physics of my body and a small rocket worked. Once I understood the physics behind it and how to use inertia to turn ideas into matter the fun remained endless. In Motocross it becomes a matter of physical fitness and physicsal fitness. Fitness and physics are WFO for 20 minutes at a time.

As we say on the street “Unlike other sports, motocross requires BOTH balls” … like your first Bikram yoga class.

Team desert moto II

Thought into matter.

Yes. Knowing the time vs speed ratio when traversing over dirt and rock at high-speed requires the ability to think about things before they happen. Knowing what I want to create, using the power, speed and terrain ahead of me, my body would automatically ignite the neuromuscular response to put the idea into form, like a high-speed stunt, jump or acrobatic.

All athletes know how to place the mind before matter. So if you ponder it, one can see how this can become the belief in all areas of life.

In the process of traversing with great speed over rough terrain is the understanding of overcoming obstacles.  I must see it ahead and pick the best course of action at that moment. Then I follow through with the action as I continue to look AHEAD.  Seeing the obstacle ahead and focusing on it as it approaches rather than looking beyond it will lead to the obstacle taking the power. In that lack of foresight comes the consequences of focusing on the problem rather than looking ahead. This usually leads to a crash or unsuitable experience of one kind or another.

team motocross sunsetClassic Team Yamaha MotocrossMotocross carving

Isn’t this everything in life? What we focus on approaches, takes over.  The extraordinary thing about it is to have focus but relax into it, like expecting and letting go at the same time.

Sage wisdom says be in the knowing. Knowing our place intuitively will reveal elements of what we are good at, and if we are in the right place at the right time. In other words, If I know intuitively I marvel when I’m on a motocross bike, it’s likely I will pursue it with passion. Other sports may not prove to be as exciting therefor less intuitive.

For it to become a knowing, there has to understanding from a higher perspective.What it is you came to do. It’s the natural sense one has about themselves, before others taint their view. Once you commit to that which excites your natural sense of wonder, then you can begin to become that, relax into being it, and become mindful of your experiences.

The expectation/relaxation factor plays a big part in motocross. If we expect too much we begin to put values on it. If we expect to win, but focus on the perfect start, then a poor start can put you mentally behind.  So being mentally and physically behind it becomes difficult to keep a winning focus.

Like life and practicing yoga, expectation and force can become detrimental to what should be natural, fun and easy.   Eventually we learn the formula. Know what you desire, be in the knowing of it and let the steps reveal themselves. We learn upon each step, the experience of becoming.

Stay in your foresight. Use your intuition to pick the line and relax into the magic.

WFO.

~Douglas

What is Mindfulness and Meditation?

Today, more than ever before, people are seeking methods to feel stable, balanced and aware of where we are going.

Meditation is the answer and mindfulness leads the way. Mindfulness and meditation go hand in hand. Mindfulness can be used as a type of meditation for everything we do throughout our day. Meditation therefore, builds strong mindfulness muscles.

Meditation is an ancient intelligence by which one can find that sense of peace and balance within. It is a method whereby one can feel the sense of completeness. In that sense of completeness comes a feeling of bliss and comfort. Meditation comes as a big challenge for many people. Sitting still, without thought, might seem like a simple thing to do, but when one is faced with silence, the mind with its prolonged state of thinking – days, weeks, years of thinking – wants to continue. The momentum can be so great that not thinking becomes nearly impossible, even painful.

Meditation is an exercise.

It is a method that needs constant practice to develop. It’s similar to learning a language, one  lesson will not make thee wise.  We say fifteen minutes twice a day is a common time span to begin training in meditation. There are many methods for learning meditation, but the paradox is that thinking about how to meditate defeats the purpose.

Mindfulness is a part of meditation, but more so, it is a process by which one can transition into the deeper aspects of meditation by becoming more focused in the moment. Mindfulness brings you into a state of intelligence because mindfulness is whereby the mind is full of only the current physical undertaking. Think of it like drinking a glass of lemonade. The experience will be of drinking lemonade. If you were to add cranberry juice, oatmeal, beer and french fries, it would become so convoluted that the focus becomes thwarted. There is confusion. This is how many people run their minds on a day to day basis. The body may be on a task, but the mind is elsewhere. This is the most applicative understanding of what mindfulness is.

Mindfulness is knowing “what is” in this moment.

This is not to be confused with how we create ourselves through vision. We say circumstances don’t matter, but rather the state of mind matters. The mind creates the matter. One can be frustrated about a circumstance with all kinds of fruitless or impractical thoughts, or instead, find joyful feelings that will guide to more joyful experiences regardless of the current circumstance.

This does not conflict with mindfulness. Mindfulness is knowing what you are doing – be it making a cup of coffee, sitting in the park, or sitting in jail.  Mindfulness brings a sense of commitment to the moment.  Know what you are doing, or about to do, and participating with full intent. It does not mean you cannot do two things at once. It simply means to understand what it is you are choosing to do. This in itself can help lead you towards meditation.

A mindful person can be quite pleasant to be around because mindfulness brings a sense of peace and bliss. Knowing who you are and owning what you choose in the moment with a state of commitment breeds confidence and honor.

How to practice mindfulness?  Here are a few exercises:

  1. Get yourself a grape, raisin or slice of apple. Spend five minutes eating it. Savor it. Narrate it. Mindful eating is the best way to be sure you are chewing your food enough and can even be combined with healing visualization of the food providing health and vitality to the body.
  2. In the temple, we learn walking meditation. Spend one hour walking. Feel exactly how your foot is placed on the earth. Do this barefoot if you can. Narrate out loud to yourself while walking: right foot, step, left foot, step, right foot, step, left foot, step. Allow each step 5-10 seconds. Do it.
  3.  There are many ways to apply mindfulness exercise. The practice of mindfulness allows you to come up with some of your own.

When mindfulness is present, truth exists. See if you can find it.

~Douglas