so one of my teachers hit me up today and called me out on something that probably needed to be called out.
as he pointed out in reference to a prior post of mine, breakin is not a pose, it is not gymnastics, it is not one move extracted from the dance… and i say, in turn, that yoga is also not the pose on the cover of yoga journal. it is not a singular sequence, a line of beauty, a peak of physical prowess. we are not just here in our hot sneakers, our tight yoga pants, our black or white or brown bodies as one moment, one hue, one way of being…
while these pop-culture body shapes visually define the two practices, what is lost in much of this eye candy noise is that these studies and rituals require a commitment and a resolve to dive into something deeper. they require that we allow ourselves to settle into the floor and breathe.
my mission has always been to find links between (people, cultures, mindsets, movements, artistic endeavors) but sometimes what can happen when we make connections is that the details and the intrinsic beauty of the origin can get lost in the translation.
if you dig what i do, if you dig breakin, house, dance, and/or hip hop culture… if you dig yoga and the many many lineages wrapped up in that word… do yourself a favor and ask yourself WHY. ask WHAT FOR. ask QUESTIONS about the form, about the practice, about the social norms in relation to it.
and most of all… allow enough space in yourself so that your view of this thing is not rigid.. is not erected in stone… and gives enough room for it to be ALIVE within you. not some archaic notion of what it is, but a living definition of how it resides IN YOU.
i hope to keep writing on these ideas as time passes. if you are interested in what you read, please sign up for my newsletter (upper right of the page) and i will try to include a blip each time i send out info.
for raph. thank you for always pushing me.
(the source is only for the photo, the writing is mine)