Recent Posts

#thestruggle

My current favorite hashtag is #thestruggle. As in the hashtag that could be applied to this brilliant Audrey Hepburn/Facebook-themed number, which I saw on a friend’s Instagram:

iloveyou

I laugh every time I see it. (On a side note, thank goodness I’ve never had to date in the age of Facebook. Come to think of it, I’ve really “dated” in the traditional sense ever, but that’s not a story relevant to YogaRose.net.)

And my favorite set of memes would have to be, of course, Ashtanga Memes (shout out to Aaron!). Putting the two together, #thestruggle for me this week can be summed with this one:

badluckbrian

Except, of course, I wouldn’t necessarily be talking about poses.

You know how it goes….

  • You realize the moon day is here to relieve your crazy schedule, except you’re kind of afraid enter this particular work day without having had the benefit of practice first. (Tell me again what I would do without this practice?)
  • Kapotasana works on that heart-space cage of yours, then you realize what it means to live that exposed.
  • You feel one vibrational channel open up, only to witness another flicker as its lack of a circuit breaker becomes exposed.
  • You write a blog post like this one then remember that you’re an introvert and need time to recharge, except you don’t have that luxury.

And so on. During a much-needed walk yesterday with my husband, we talked about #thestruggle – how once you pass certain portals, you can never go back. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to live in that new awareness space. But what are you going to do? Keep on keeping on, as one of my favorite bosses used to tell me whenever the newsroom got ridiculous.

And the older I get, the more I believe that humor – not taking any of this too seriously — helps. Thank you, Internet memes! (Actually, if it sounds a little like I am trying to convince myself, you are correct. Some of this stuff just does seem so heady and heavy — the stakes can be high.)

In any case, if you have your own version of #thestruggle this week, know that I’m right there with you, friend.

(Photo credit: Click on the images to go to the source pages.)

© YogaRose.net and Rose Tantraphol, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to YogaRose.net with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

 

 

  1. Himalayan goose 5 Replies
  2. La mujer de viaje, el mat de yoga y El Arco 1 Reply
  3. My swift-footed, pranic summer Leave a reply
  4. In Rebelle Society: Does your calendar rule your life? Leave a reply
  5. Are we all just Messi on the mat? 1 Reply
  6. Location scouting 1 Reply
  7. Retreat of the mind-monkeys, protests from Catholic peacocks: My first meditation retreat 3 Replies
  8. Vishvavajra as a talisman of stability and ‘grounded, lightning-clear awareness’ Leave a reply
  9. Out of the frying pan into the . . . void? Leave a reply
  10. Don’t stir the kitchari. And oh, bring flowers to work! 6 Replies
  11. Moons, paper, words, dreams 2 Replies
  12. What is the role of led ashtanga classes? 7 Replies
  13. Mercury retrograde — or a bumpy post-India reintegration? 1 Reply
  14. [Mysore dispatch] Etched Leave a reply
  15. [Mysore dispatch] Lingua franca 1 Reply
  16. [Mysore dispatch] In due time 2 Replies
  17. [Mysore dispatch] Profiles of ashtangis telecommuting from Mysore 1 Reply
  18. [Mysore dispatch] So you helped get an ashtangi to Mysore? Thank you, truly. Leave a reply
  19. [Mysore dispatch] Temple tour to Belur, Halebid, Shravanabelagola 1 Reply
  20. [Mysore dispatch] Happy Sankranti 3 Replies
  21. [Mysore dispatch] Thank you, interwebs and wifi 2 Replies
  22. [Mysore dispatch] Castor oil baths and not (particularly) getting things done Leave a reply
  23. [Mysore dispatch] And then there were four — led classes, that is 1 Reply
  24. [Mysore dispatch] First breakfast, second shower, next electric practice 2 Replies
  25. [Mysore dispatch] How does Sharath know? And btw, where did my feet walk off to? 6 Replies
  26. [Mysore dispatch] Start of the work week and no time to practice? 3 Replies
  27. [Mysore dispatch] Pink kurta Leave a reply
  28. [Mysore dispatch] So familiar and yet . . . so familiar Leave a reply
  29. [Mysore dispatch] Rain down on me 11 Replies
  30. [Mysore dispatch] Plugging my 120V self into this 220V space Leave a reply
  31. [Mysore dispatch] #gratitude #possibilities 7 Replies
  32. [Mysore dispatch] Emptying the cup Leave a reply
  33. [Mysore dispatch] #235, 8th Cross, an eternity and a blink of eye from my first ashtanga practice 2 Replies
  34. Checked baggage for DTW –> CDG –> BLR Leave a reply
  35. ‘Surrender to the count’ 2 Replies
  36. The art and science of surrender (car accident edition) 15 Replies
  37. Before enlightenment, check email, share link. After enlightenment, check email, share link. 3 Replies
  38. Don’t worry, ghee happy 2 Replies
  39. Submit and surrender 2 Replies
  40. Sleepylicious: Meditation and insomnia 2 Replies
  41. Guru Purnima Leave a reply
  42. AY:A2 ashtanga session ‘bootlegs’ 1 Reply
  43. Goodnight, Way-Before-Breakfast Club for morning-challenged ashtangis 2 Replies
  44. From halahala to challah . . . and more challah! 7 Replies
  45. ‘Sahana Vavatu’ shanti mantra, assisted dropbacks — and trust 2 Replies
  46. A time to digest 7 Replies
  47. What’s an ashtangi stuck on an island pulsing with the energy of inebriated schmoozing to do? 2 Replies
  48. Moment-to-moment practices Leave a reply
  49. Equanimity is like . . . 2 Replies
  50. Meditation as the ‘vaccination against future horrific suffering’ Leave a reply
  51. Road to redemption 2 Replies
  52. [VIDEO] Three Questions with Angela Jamison 4 Replies
  53. [Retreat dispatch] Xinalani means ‘seeds’ Leave a reply
  54. [Retreat dispatch] PVR –> DTW, without leaving the magic behind Leave a reply
  55. [Retreat dispatch] Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Repeat. 2 Replies
  56. [Retreat dispatch] Flames, tapas and bandhas Leave a reply
  57. [Retreat dispatch] The eyes (well, dristi) have it Leave a reply
  58. [Retreat dispatch] Waves, vrittis and meditations 3 Replies
  59. Put those potato chips down! + Launch of nation’s first comprehensive healthy food access portal Leave a reply
  60. Why I’m addicted to ‘The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food’ Leave a reply
  61. How to draw yoga stick figures + Twitter’s new Vine app Leave a reply
  62. Community + practice = glowing (or, how to practice in a Michigan winter when the furnace has blown) 4 Replies
  63. ‘All that you learn you may need to unlearn once you enter a Mysore room.’ 10 Replies
  64. Kino MacGregor making news in the Ashtanga world — why is this not surprising? 14 Replies
  65. Neti pot fail 8 Replies
  66. Plow, baby, plow (or, how to create new patterns) 2 Replies
  67. Chai and LCD Soundsystem 4 Replies
  68. Snowmanasana 1 Reply
  69. Eating your way through the holidays, with a little help from Ayurveda Leave a reply
  70. Showing up (for backbends, Capitol lawn protests, etc.) Leave a reply
  71. [VIDEO] Three questions for Jayashree and Narasimhan / The sutras as ‘a single string that gives a single meaning’ Leave a reply
  72. Workshop dispatch: Richard Freeman resources Leave a reply
  73. [VIDEO] Three Questions with Richard Freeman 2 Replies
  74. The practice of the yoga of politics (whatever that means), post-Election 2012 Leave a reply
  75. I rolled out my mat, and then I voted. #Election2012 Leave a reply
  76. Tuesday morning to-do list: Ekam, practice. Dve, vote! 5 Replies
  77. Radiant sources, power lunches and the influence of all those wordy words 2 Replies
  78. “Why is there a tongue scraper in our bathroom?” — and other adventures in trying my first Ayurvedic cleanse 2 Replies
  79. Visualizing our journeys — on and with — our yoga mats Leave a reply
  80. 21 tips for dragging your sleepy butt out of bed to practice yoga in the mornings 9 Replies
  81. Got injuries? Reimagining the Ashtanga practice to help injuries heal 3 Replies
  82. Enlightenment 2.0? 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics & Practice is now out 2 Replies
  83. Flushing away bad eating habits (my TMI post on acid reflux) 8 Replies
  84. Good day, moon 1 Reply
  85. Lost yoga ring found! (Insert your own symbolism.) Leave a reply
  86. Mysore Magic: A DVD for Ashtanga practitioners with desires and doubts 10 Replies
  87. [Version 2.0] Updated Ashtanga Yoga + Social Media Grid 1 Reply
  88. An elevator pitch for a steady, consistent yoga practice? (Or, thank neuroplasticity for what happens when your brain is on yoga.) Leave a reply
  89. Resources for Ashtanga yoga and pregnancy 7 Replies
  90. Cleaning out closets — physical and mental (in which opinions and judgments count as ‘stuff’) 8 Replies
  91. More on the Ashtanga breath: What the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā tells us 2 Replies
  92. The long and the short of it: On the Ashtanga breath (which, for the record, is not ujjayi!) 12 Replies
  93. 52 weeks x 6 days a week* = !!! 1 Reply
  94. Daydreaming about Mt. Shasta, Mexico and milestones 2 Replies
  95. A yoga room of one’s own 10 Replies
  96. About this blog’s new header 3 Replies
  97. Retreat dispatch: A simple (though maybe not easy) way to ratchet down reactivity Leave a reply
  98. Power to the pitta, plus a recipe for a delicious fig and date almond drink Leave a reply
  99. Shut up and play the quiet Leave a reply