This month I set my intention to commitment. I really also want to get off social media, and commit to staying off. Have
you watched Master of None? In one of the episodes, he mentions that we live in 'cancel culture'. I remember how much
that really resonated with me, and I automatically felt strange. I find there to be a direct link between commitment and
'cancel culture'. Right about here, is a good time to mention, that I am not referencing to cancel culture as most people know it, which is to cut off a person from their social or professional circles. In wikipedia they call it a modern form of
ostracism. The episode was referring to how now that we all have cellphones, we can cancel at any moment, and make
any excuse. Where prior to cellphones, we made a date and stuck to it...we showed up! I have been participating in the
“cancel culture” of Master of None, for forever. I don't feel strange or awkward when I write to someone that I can't meet
them, that I can't make it...that I won't be there.
This is AWFUL!!! It trickles down to all facets of our lives. I made it part of my practice to cancel... and so many others
around me did also, that in fact, we held the same value.... Newsflash! There are others though, whom behold different
values, and a totally different commitment to space, time, relationships, culture, work, politics, and yes yes the earth!
Someone takes the time to set aside an afternoon for you, or evening, or is getting ready to do X, Y, Z with you, and suddenly they get stopped in their tracks, with a message: Sorry, I can't make it today..
Can you relate at all?
It is hard to make decisions. When I was younger,
I remember we would often say, that we will meet
with people that we were friendly with but we
didn't really meet them(except for when you did, on
the street, or at an event) then you would chat a for
a bit, and set a date...and boom cancel. Also I remember friends feeling anxious, and stressed about
canceling, because that person would think poorly
of them. So we learned to say NO.
What a game changer, saying no, so you don't have
to cancel. Well all of a sudden you have a whole
lotta space to maneuver with. So perhaps these are
When we are raised in “cancel culture' though, it
trickles down into very fundamental parts of society
and the status quo. We can become automatically
exclusive without at all caring about how our lifestyle, and way of life affects others...we just cancel,
don't look at it and move on. I am really truly sad
about this state of affairs.
We have made everything disposable.
Most people will tell you to start small. Take little
baby steps, start where you are, no matter what start,
and then adjust.
I am finding that staying committed to the November
hot room challenge is a breeze in terms of my loyalty
to showing up, and doing the work, but yeah, schedule wise it has been very intense. I literally need
a class at ten in the morning. Do you? Is that a good
time for you?
And YOGA GARDEN ONLINE has got you! Stay at
home, and practice with us. Don't bother getting outta your lounge wear.
Our very new Yoga Garden ONLINE is here! This is
setting the score! Stay committed to your practise. Show up daily on your mat to BREATHE to build
strength, show up however you want but do something really awesome for your body. Even just twenty
minutes a day. This daily engagement, creates confidence, and progression, and you will be so grateful
that you invested in yourself.
In my classes, i am trying to keep it as real as it gets.
Stay committed to being alive. Breathe consciously
into your body, even if it is for one hour a day, do it!
Build compassion in your practise so that you have
the tools to do it off the mat too. Build a sense of
confidence that being alive and just being(without
needing to do anything) is enough! Give yourself this
opportunity to be alive.
Finally, of the most important commitments in my
life, is a sense of community. It is not easy to build
community, or solidarity. Especially if people have
totally different opinions or experiences of these two
realities. I have always been blessed with incredibly
supportive, artistic, creative, activists, even revolutionary circles of people
We always wanted the studio to be alive even when
classes aren't happening. For Yoga Garden, to be a
place where people feel comfortable enough to gather and plan.
We have so many incredible things lined up for you
that all I need from you is to be COVID NEGATIVE,
please self test and come prepared, to all our classes
and events with a negative test or vaccination (even
if you are vaccinated, it is a good practice to test)
Sending you lots of love and see you in the classes!
Christina and YG gang.
P.S Covid killed the Party so our anniversary on 27.11
is cancelled… Virus is making its rounds again, please
stay on the negative, test frequently and be safe.