. 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.
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.
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.
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.