“The body talks to us in the language of sensation! It says, “that feels good” and “that does not.” The reason for this is to keep us safe.Why would we not listen to what we are feeling?” Bryan Kest
SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND!!!
And NO I’m not quoting Scarface, more like Bryan Kest, the famous yogi!! Bryan believes that you should ALWAYS listen to your teacher (a.k.a your “little friend”). That’s what good students do right?
OF COURSE, But wait, who is the teacher again? Bryan Kest?
No. Bryan Kest is the instructor. but WHO IS THE TEACHER?
Well, YOU are the teacher of course!! You are your own best friend or worst enemy, right? You either push yourself to the perfect place or far beyond your limit to the wrong place. This goes for your yoga practice and for life. Everyone has their limit so it’s best to listen to your body and to respond accordingly (using both common sense and sensation).
“What I’ve learned is that my greatest yoga teacher is within! The knowledge I’ve acquired is a direct result of me quieting my mind and being open enough to receive the teachings coming through.” Bryan Kest
As you all know, I attended Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga Masters Class this past Thursday in Washington DC and it’s safe to say that Bryan Kest injected me and my yoga practice, so-to-speak, with wisdom, passion, and equanimity.
Although the 3.5 hour drive to DC was a little crazy (due to traffic, crowded streets, no parking, etc.), I didn’t care because I stayed in my meditation of gratitude the entire time!
I AM THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING THAT I AM AND FOR EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE!
I’m also very thankful that I met Bryan Kest: He’s truly a blessing to the world! He exudes love, modesty, and hope for the future.
Back on track, though!! SO the entire workshop lasted only about 4 hours (from 6-10 pm), but let me tell you, it was a power packed 4 hours! We all went on a remarkable spiritual journey that ended with a big smile!!
A SMILE YOU SAY?! YES, A HUGE SMILE THAT SHOUTED, “I LOVE MY LIFE!!!”
The first 2 hours were dedicated to his yoga background and then Bryan moved on to talk about the history of yoga, and finally tied everything back to his yogi philosophies (which are remarkable by the way)!! I’ve been practicing his power yoga for 8+ years and in that time, have learned lots and lots about him, BUT now, I KNOW EVEN MORE!!!
(Insert evil, villainous laugh: HAHAHAAAAA!!!!)
I TRULY LOVED EVERY SINGLE MINUTE THAT HE SPOKE!!!
Not only is Bryan Kest knowledgeable about yoga, but he’s also very knowledgeable about athletics, human nature, and the funny, little quirks/habits that people stand by (like being overly competitive, judgmental, etc.):
“I have to develop the strength to disempower my own habit patterns. Nobody can do this for me. And this is what the practice is all about. Quieting the mind means disempowering the habit patterns of thinking, judging, competing and attachment and being open to what I am feeling or knowing.” Bryan Kest
Trust me, yoga is not about how far you can stretch your body, instead, it’s about how far you can stretch your mind. I’ve learned tons from Bryan Kest, namely, that the only person I should be focusing on in a yoga class is myself!! Why look around the room and compare? There is no point!! I’ve always lived by this mantra:
I AM WHO I AM AND THAT’S WHO I AM!!
BUT onto the good stuff!!! Hehehe!!!
Alright, so by now, I’m sure you’re screaming at your computer, “Well Kristin, did Bryan Kest talk to you OR NOT??!!”
AND I’d answer…OMG, YES HE DID (with a lot of pep)!!!
He actually came up to me (while I was in down dog nonetheless (during the 2 hour yoga practice portion)) and joked, “How do you know what I’m going to say before I say it?! Are you some kind of mind reader?”
Haha, at first I was debating (to myself of course) whether or not I should say anything back because honestly, I was a little starstruck and wasn’t even sure if he was being rhetorical or not, BUT THEN I heard him pause (as in HELLO I’m waiting for an answer) SO then replied, “I’ve been practicing your yoga for 8 years!”
He then said, “Oooooooo, I seeeee, well, if I would have known that, I would have put you in the front of the class!!!”
I then muttered a quick THANK YOU with a little giggle( of course) and continued on with my practice!!
IT GETS BETTER THOUGH!!
From the very beginning of the incredibly warm and invigorating 2 hour practice, I could tell he understood my passion and zest for his yoga routine!! Let me explain! It’s as if he could sense my deep rooted spiritual and physical connection to his flows. His yoga routines are VERY hard, but it didn’t matter: My body was swept away with piercing focus and control!! I did not wobble or stop breathing for even one single second!!
It seemed like every time he gave a new command (as if we were playing a game of Simon Says), he would come over to me and touch my toe, hand, foot, or back as if to accentuate his expression of the practice and to detour his way into the next flow series. Um, it was amaaazing!!!
Wanna know something else amaaaazing? At the very end of the practice, when we were done and people were chatting, he came up to me and said, “I was wondering how you knew the flows so well!! I can tell you’ve been practicing for a LONG time and you’re really good!”
I thanked him and assured him that he was my spiritual leader and that I instill his principles into my life on a daily basis!!
I’m not being dramatic when I say: THIS WAS THE BEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE!!!! Knowing that he appreciated me for my spiritual intuitiveness, not just my physical practice abilities (being good at his routines), was a gift in itself! SO SPECIAL!!
Well, that about sums it up!!! I hope you enjoyed the journey!!!