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TINIERTINA's Photo TINIERTINA Posts: 5,003
9/22/13 9:47 P

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Don't discount my resourcefulness and my persistence. I know how I want to do it. That is all.

Here in the more trendy areas, the spiritual patter does sell. And it isn't spiritual bypass by any means. Silence is golden, but only when it is. Done with or without music, do not underestimate the motivational power of right speech.

It is no different - when taken in analogy in the more secular world of physical activity, let's say - than recording positive affirmations on a recording machine ... except here would be the pose cues (this is a flow practice, a structured practice that does not stop moving ...), a few alignment cues ... and philosophy wound in [perhaps later editions would have some chakra talk, but that is not what I am ready to do without further self-study... at NO cost but time...

Rome was not built in a day.

And neither is a self-practice.

So, when you were a child you'd needed a metronome or timer in order to play with your toys? Had you been an overscheduled child?

For my part, some of us had not many more playthings than our vast imaginations ...

Your healthy plaything could be your Fitbit. Mine engages my creative side too, and will be used for healthy pastimes, too. If you used to teach yoga, how would you memorize your sequences?

This is a memory tool. So at the end of an 11 hour day (including commute) I WON'T HAVE TO THINK.

You'd think from your response that I'd intended to build a recording studio in my apartment ...
[Of course, I am taking a path not well trodden ... someone else I spoke to today tried to discourage this ... ]

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 9/22/2013 (22:09)

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9/22/13 11:56 A

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You will be pleasantly surprised by the number of free or very inexpensive meditations, music, etc. that you can find for your MP3 player. For me there is something very personal and private about having the sounds in my ears as I am in savasana when I practice at home. I wish you had a place for the kind of practice I have. It is called GSP(guided self practice.) I practice in a small studio (room for maybe 12 people) with us all breathing in time with a metronome (40 beats a minute, 2 beats per inhale and exhale) each of practicing the form of the various asanas that fit where and who we are. I usually spend 4 minutes in savasana and 4 minutes in full lotus at the end of my practice.

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TINIERTINA's Photo TINIERTINA Posts: 5,003
9/22/13 7:59 A

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Home practice overwhelmingly rules.

It started out being born of necessity. I can ill afford many live yoga classes, nor do any live teacher trainings, live workshops or live retreats … it had started out as a resentful, angry, unbalanced and inelegant highly-structured practice …

I'd needed more, better influences on it by live classes … Even in my limited, low-value-customer way … I’ve gone to a tiny handful of studios (in the New York City metropolitan area – 6 is a VERY tiny mumber) for 5 of the six years I’ve been practicing yoga regularly … (save for a period of 18 months when I regrouped PSYCHOLOGICALLY -bank account isn’t everything, you know!- practicing only at home …) and will continue …

However, I do not have my pick of studios. Only a tiny handful have generous expiry dates (by that I mean ONE CALENDAR YEAR or LONGER) on a discounted 10-class pack. I chose the one that just started offering such classes. So sue me if you think this studio shouldn't be a pilates studio ...well, it SURE IS...

By successive approximations, I now have the yoga practice that works for me … all the time at home ...

So, on to the dilemma ....

I’d taken over 100 studio yoga classes(the first BIG, big batch of classes deeply discounted) over the five year period, by the way, and maybe 2 asana workshops and a kirtan workshop. The one thing I miss about the classes – ironically, the woo-woo (possibly to others) -sounding patter (except I’d mostly hated ANY talk during savasana). Yes, the spirituality is important to me. I have to record a timed voice-over for that, soon. My sequence changes slightly each time, and semi-majorly over a very lengthy period of time.

So, I bopped into a Radio Shack - I, who have never so much as owned an iPod need the handholding, not looking for cheapo bargains online; and -You know, I couldn't even stick to having a Smartphone ... I'm a latter Baby Boomer who's never had a bourgeois bohemian/academic/super high tech job so I've never needed mobile technology (nor had I ever been reimbursed by my employer one red cent for it!) ... but I've got a dedicated little mp3 recorder NOW!

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 9/22/2013 (08:05)

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.

- Igor Stravinsky

Find a way.

--Diana Nyad

(Said after swimming from Cuba to Key West without fins or shark cages)

My blog is at tiniertina.wordpress.com/ (topics vary; words are the most important things)

Now 103 pounds less than at age 24–w/o surgery!
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