HQ: Tenacity (persistence, forbearance) and patience (yielding)


Personalize: Start with story of something that made me slow down because it was touching/beautiful…

Last week I talked about samskara’s, Sanskrit for groove, rut, habit, or pattern. One of my samskara’s, and I think this is common of our culture, is to rush things, impatience.  Especially true if the present moment feels a bit uncomfortable or boring, or just less-than-perfect… samskara is to push ahead, to forge onwards, leave presence… without really pausing to feel.


Contextualize: The truth is, is that the only constant is change. We can absolutely participate in shaping how things change, but there are times and situations when theirs is something to be said for letting things come, open and unfold slowly. Yielding a bit. Today we’re going to do hip-openers and also some restoratives at that end- especially when it comes to opening hips, there is something to be said for patience. Is patience easy? No it often takes huge amount of tenacity, staying power to be with intensity of sensation. Thus tenacious patience.


Meditation/Universalize: Pause. Arrive. See if it’s possible to say yes unconditionally to what’s here.  If we’re always in a rush, we often miss the aliveness and joy that’s available to us in the moment. Feel aliveness of breath. Hands. Legs.  How seldom do we actually feel like we fully inhabit the body? This aliveness is cloaked and neglected by the pace of our culture. Our true nature is this pulsating consciousness, awake, alive and free.


Context statements:

  • This quality of patience and yielding enables us to more in the flow of life.
  • Tenacity = lower shins
  • Yielding= thighs back
  • Patience= breathe into pelvis, energy open up and muscles/fascia follow.
  • Rest patiently in a vastness of natural awareness- floating in ocean of awareness. When we’re resting in this big awareness there’s room for whatever waves come and go.
  • sense the breath as a current that’s occurring within a larger ocean of sensation. Sense this instant as a moment as a wave that’s rolling through a larger ocean of time.
  • When we take the time to slow down, feel and listen to our inner selves with patience, we have more power to then manifest what we want in our lives with integrity.
  • Enter the Dark. Close your eyes and become quiet in your unknowing. Rest patiently in the mystery of rich darkness. See clearly with your eyes closed, as you hear the truth in the silence.
  • “There is one form of hope which is never unwise and which certainly does not diminish with the increase of knowledge. In that form it changes it’s name, and we call it patience.”




On the day when

the weight deadens

on your shoulders

and you stumble,

may the clay dance

to balance you.


And when your eyes

freeze behind

the grey window

and the ghost of loss

gets in to you,

may a flock of colours,

indigo, red, green,

and azure blue

come to awaken in you

a meadow of delight.


When the canvas frays

in the currach of thought

and a stain of ocean

blackens beneath you,

may there come across the waters

a path of yellow moonlight

to bring you safely home.


May the nourishment of the earth be yours,

may the clarity of light be yours,

may the fluency of the ocean be yours,

may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow

wind work these words

of love around you,

an invisible cloak

to mind your life.

~ John O’Donohue ~


Flow, Nov 14-17, 2010

warm-ups — cat/cow & hip circles

Dog > straight leg lunge, gentle twist lunge > cobra> dog


Tadasana – instruct SITO

Uttanasana – instruct SITO

SN – lunge with hand on outer shin> DD – instruct SITO

30 sec utkatasana – instruct SITO

SN – elbow lunge


Prasarita Padottanasana w/ arms interlaced



pigeon prep

Bound Parsvakonasana

Child’s pose


Upavistha konasana (with partner, feet to shins, hug shins in, thighs out, fold forward)

Ardha matseyendrasana


Supta Baddha Konasana (with blocks under knees)