Look at this beauty! In my dreams! I am so appreciative of seeing this visual. Misty Copeland, the second black soloist ever in the history of the American Ballet Theater. She took her first dance class in school at age 13 and 3 months later was a child prodigy. As you know, most pro dancers begin dancing by age 5. She is sponsored by Under Armour, a sports clothing shop. She makes twice as much money from this sponsorship as she makes with ABT, usually about $50,000 for the top dancers. Her life has been full of turmoil. "Life was so hard that I think that I almost needed to become a ballet dancer to develop as a person." Under Armour ad
Iyengar died last week and all Iyengar teachers everywhere are honoring him and wanting to pass on their wisdom and knowledge. There are three certified Iyengar teachers in little Gunnison, all of whom have had the great opportunity to work directly with him. From his book, Light on Life: "I am old, and death inevitably approaches. But both birth and death are beyond the will of a human being. They are not my domain. I do not think about it. Yoga has taught me to think of only working to live a useful life. The complexity of the life of the mind comes to an end at death, with all its sadness and happiness. If one is already free from that complexity, death comes naturally and smoothly. If you live holistically at every moment, as yoga teaches, even though the ego is annihilated, I will not say, "Die before you die." I would rather say, "Live before you die, so that death is also a lively celebration"..."I do pray that my ending will be your beginning. The great rewards and the countless blessings of a life spent following the Inward Journey await you." BKS Iyengar.
A young man
An old man
A strong body makes a strong mind. Or is it visa versa? The spine and the mind! Buck tells us of a 91 year old woman in Santa Monica who, each day, roller blades into Dean's, drinks two beers, stays for a few hours and roller blades back out onto the boardwalk.
And so it goes...