Thursday, February 26, 2009


So, here we are. Back to yoga and life. Hmm. Jen, I know you hate when I talk yoga. Stay with me, I will most certainly switch gears, change my train of thought and have enough grammarical errors to keep you either interested or rolling your eyes.

So, In YOGA there is a little move. It's also a gymnastic move. It's a press up to handstand. Which means you use no momentum to get there. Your feet are on the floor. Your hands are on the floor and all of the sudden, magically you are pulling your feet over your head and are in handstand. This move has eluded me for years. Until recently. I learned the trick. Granted, there is a lot involved, but also, there's always a trick. For a long time I just could not wrap my head around how to pull my feet off the ground with out the slightest jump. Recently in a workshop Krista Cahill enlightened me. Then I told Twist, and she told two friends, and so on. Not really. But I do try to explain it to the amazing women who come to my class. To those women who astound, entertain and inspire me every week.

Tonight in class, one of my favorite's (all though everyone is my favorite) Liz and I started talking about the whole school of thought of momentum. Using momentum and not needing momentum. She told me momentum is a force in voodoo. They believe people with momentum can do anything. It's the snowball effect. I guess, outside of voodoo this is common too. She said that they (being the voodoo folks, I guess??) believe that momentum can be good or bad. Like perhaps Hitler could be a form of bad, he had momentum and looked what happened there. And what could be an example of good momentum? Let's see... um, I dunno, maybe (for those of us who drank the kool ade) Obama. Yes, I drank and I see him having good momentum. So again, I am hopeful.

So I asked Liz (cause she's smart like Asude), "Well, what happens when you don't need momentum? When you can do it all with your strength, your resolve and your belief in yourself."
"Ah," she said, "When you don't need the momentum, you have all the power in the world."
Rock on.


Simple Answer said...

I'm afraid I've got no momentum. But instead of inner core strength, all I've got is inertia. Need a goal. Need a project. Need something stimulating to happen.

Kathy S. said...

"Ah," she said, "When you don't need the momentum, you have all the power in the world."

My Translation: Great people in your life and plenty of chocolate :)

Amy who wants to ovulate said...

Wow, that's a good word.

Anonymous said...

Did Liz really say "Ah..."???

Methinks perhaps someone is watching a bit too much of the Karate Kid...As much a fan I am of the parentheticals, you, my little friend, has taken them to a whole new level. Good work...:)

P.S. Love that SA owns up to rockin' the inertia!!!!

Lora said...

I like that idea. Kinda like the whisper of a butterfly's wings in China can cause a typhoon in Japan, or whatever the saying is.

Also, am I the only one who can't see the text on your blog? I always have to highlight the text to read it. Maybe it's my wonky server here at work.

Sue Jacquette said...

Is it strength or momentum that is making 2009 the year that my life changed. Maybe a little of both? I think I'm going to go with the laws of physics here... and object in motions tends to say in motion and an object at rest tends to stay at rest. That explains Simple Answer, and me. Once I started moving with one thing I wanted to change, it all started falling in line.

Anonymous said...

AWWWW!!! (Palm smack to forehead) How'd I miss "grammarical"???? Did you do that to me on purpose?????

Lula! said...

Liz is a genius...
great quote!

Amy said...

First of all Anonymous, Yes, Liz did say "Ah," as she said it her eyes narrowed and she held her chin between her thumb and pointer finger. And again, yes, of course I did that for you. Finger to nose.

SA-You're in Jordan! You can drum up some trouble there I am sure of it.

Amy who wants to ovulate- that Other Amy, as anyone who knows me knows.
Love you Amy WWTO!

Lora, I don't know why you can't see it. Puzzling.

Sue- 2009 baby. A force.

Lula, Liz rocks it.

Wep said...

I have always wanted to stand on my head. And I agree. When you don't need momentum, you can do anything. The strength inside becomes something you don't have to think about :)