Posts tagged sport
"IT'S AN ENCHANTED INTERLUDE" / Chatting Ashtanga Yoga with Rene Kubiak

I’ve practiced various types of yoga in different parts of the world and my most intense session was during an ashtanga class, in France.

As I was holding a contorted pose, I felt emotions coming up.

After talking to my teacher, I realized that yoga isn’t just a workout.

It’s way to face your body, to be in the present moment, to let go of emotions and to exorcise fears, traumas and imposed limitations.

That’s what we discussed in the interview.

Check it out!

Fuck Fear / Skydiving with Sam Polyvyanny
sam polyvyanny

In this episode, I'm following Sam Polyvyanny to jump off a plane.

I met this crazy guys self proclaimed “not give a fuck-er” at a coffee place in Venice, LA. He was doing a headstand in the middle of a coffee-place and had to do a good deed to make up for a bad deed he’d done earlier that day.

He asked me what he could do to make me happy.

at the time I had just been let go of my job and was paralyzed by fear.

To leave the country. My friends. My life I had newly built.

To transition to Journalism…

So I wanted to try something new.

Do something so scary, anything beside it would seem ridiculously simple.

Get this “badass” feeling once and for all.

My biggest fear was to jump off a plane and turns out he was planning on doing a jump later that week. Coincidence?

At the time, he was doing a "30 Days of Rejection" challenge to get out of his comfort zone, so I decided to step out of mine and do something crazy with him, just 72h later after we met...

What’s the scariest thing you can think of? Would you face your fear?

Balance Your Energy
Estimated reading time: 1'40

Estimated reading time: 1'40

I've never really been a big yoga enthusiast, but I've been pushing myself to practice it to release stress and anxiety.  

And while I lived in San Francisco, yoga was pretty much a must as most people incorporate it into their lifestyles, out there.

I usually go for Bikram or Power yoga since I am more inclined to practicing exhausting sports and push my body to its limits, but one day, I decided to give lyengar a shot (a type of yoga that focuses on pose and alignment).

As I was stepping out of the class, I chatted with the teacher, French as well, and asked her why she had chosen to teach that sport:

- "A couple years ago, I desperately needed to recenter and listen to my body.

I used to work in an office as a DHR. I was completely stressed out, could barely breathe. One day, I got diagnosed with a slipped disk. I was having terrible backache, and realized that I just hadn't been listening to my body at all.

So I took the diagnosis as a call for help. I decided to leave the corporate world and become a yoga teacher.

I quickly noticed that here in California, people were much more understanding and willing to help, which encouraged me to take this step, while people back in France were negative, doubtful and little inclined to support my new life choices.

I chose to teach lyengar yoga because it focuses heavily on body awareness. It might be perceived as "boring" at first sight, but since there is a lot of focus on the position and you get tons of instructions, it helps you relax, almost to a meditative state, contrary to punchy classes with loud music that distract you ..."

I could not prevent but smile, as I related to what she was saying. She understood in which category I was.

"Hyperactive, or even energetic people like you usually go for dynamic classes that correspond to their lifestyle, and the other way around... But you should find a class that completes you".

It took me a while to admit, but I believe she has a point. Being consistent with yoga and meditation (and massages ;)) actually does help beat the stress out.

 

Are you a punchy person or a calm one? How do you you balance your energy?
Climb the Wall
Estimated reading time: 1'

Estimated reading time: 1'

I am one of those who likes to try new experiences. Including workouts.

So I showed up one day to a circus class, excited learn how to climb on a trapeze and wind around aerial silks.

Acrobatic arts are one of those sports that looks so gracious and easy, but when you try it for the first time, you understand the high level of dexterity and strength required.

As I was asking the teacher, Alexa, for tips, she simply told me:

"Just do it.

Don't think don't think about falling.

This is a general life advice".

As I was repeatedly failing at mastering the movements in style, my frustration was growing, and I wondered how it was like for her when she started to practice:

"It was exactly the same.

Actually, the silks are my favourite types of acrobatics BECAUSE they are the most challenging (in my opinion), not like the trapeze or aerial hammock, on which you can sit and rest.

So keep pushing until you reach "the wall".

The wall... It got me thinking.

Anything new is difficult at first.

Like climbing a wall. It gets more and more difficult as you go. You do not see the end of it. You think about the pain. You're close to giving up. 

Until you eventually reach a turning point. 

"When you get to the other side of the wall, you get more pleasure.

You feel more comfortable, strong, aware of your body. You find muscles you didn't know you had or needed.

You feel like possibilities are endless, there is no finish line.

You can keep being creative and do new things".

I have kept this symbol in mind ever since that day.

And you, which wall have you climbed?