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2016 Kiss My Asana #9: One of the 20% February 10, 2016

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“Economists often talk about the 80/20 Principle, which is the idea that in any situation roughly 80 percent of the “work” will be done by 20 percent of the participants. In most societies, 20 percent of criminals commit 80 percent of crimes. Twenty percent of motorists cause 80 percent of all accidents. Twenty percent of beer drinkers drink 80 percent of all beer. When it comes to epidemics, though, this disproportionality becomes even more extreme: a tiny percentage of people do the majority of the work.”

– Malcolm Gladwell explaining the Law of the Few in The Tipping Point

In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell observes that, “The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts.” The he describes the people who move things to the next level: Connectors, Mavens, and, Salesmen. We all know someone who fits into each category. To me, however; Yogi #9 (Elizabeth); is like Paul Revere – she defies the categories. She’s a connector, a maven, and a saleswoman all rolled into one.

She’ll make the simplest introductions – and leave no doubt as to why someone (or something) holds a special place in her heart. She will stand up for what’s right, even when taller people shut down and quiver. She will travel far and wide, just to touch a place people think is divine – and then she’ll share the moment with people who may not have ever thought of going beyond their living room walls. And watching Elizabeth work it on the mat is like watching the Universe at work (or maybe it’s at play).

“I am Pure Consciousness….Nothing whatsoever exists separate from My Divinity. There is no power in the cosmos that does not emanate from Me and belong to me. The entire universe is suspended from Me as if I were the string in a necklace of jewels. The gems may differ vastly, but the force holding them all together, the central thread, is Me, Divinity.” – Excerpt from The Bhagavad Gita

“…there is said to be a network of pearls so arranged that if you look at one you see all the others reflected in it. In the same way, each object in the world is not merely itself but involves every other object, and in fact, IS every other object.”

Hindu Sutra provided in Anodea Judith’s Wheels of Life

From a Buddhist perspective, Alan Watts refers to the network (that is the universe) as a “spider’s web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And, every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And in each reflected dew drop, the reflection of all the other dew drops.” Being around Elizabeth, on and off the mat, is like watching dew drops (or pearls) reflecting each other.

We shot Elizabeth’s video after class, and you can tell she worked it. But, it doesn’t matter if she’s balancing on one leg; opening her heart in a backbend; twisting, untwisting, and re-twisting; or flowing through a “waxing and waning” squat, Elizabeth practices with gratitude and makes all the hard work look effortless and fun! She’s one of the people who makes me want to practice, teach, and share yoga with more people.(Thanks Elizabeth!)

Even though she doesn’t practice adaptive yoga, Elizabeth reminds me that a regular yoga practice is a gift – for everyone. By KISS(ing) MY ASANA, you help Mind Body Solutions give this gift to people who may not realize they can benefit from a little sitting (asana) and breathing (pranayama).

Don't forget, you can turn on and tune in with me this Saturday (5 PM & 7 PM) at the Walker! And February 27th is a Pucker Up and Kiss My Asana Saturday!


~ windin’ up twenty-one thousand, one hundred forty pounds of string ~


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