Why the bowspring?
The bowspring is the most therapeutic, progressive and highly evolved body alignment methodology, I have ever experienced in my entire teaching career. It has taken me three years of study and application to shift over to this practice, as it is different from any other modern postural yoga system to date. It actually contradicts many of the previous teachings that I had applied and studied for several years.
Rebel At Heart
It was difficult to make this shift, as it was unfamiliar….and unpopular. People don’t like change, and most often will follow the herd and the paths most travelled. I guess I am a rebel at heart, I have always danced to the beat of my own drum and I will continue to do what I feel is best, even if it disrupts the status quo.
If we wish to change this world and help one another to live our truths and follow our hearts, it is going to take extreme courage. We have to learn to think and be in a different way, since the body is a tangible starting point, we begin the process here.
The posturing of the bowspring is very primordial. We have advanced so much with technology and this has come at a price…..we sit all the time. We sit for work, we sit in our cars driving to work, then we come come and sit in front of a television, or computer….again! This is of course generally speaking, but what I am saying is,that we get our daily dosage of sitting and we need to balance that out.
Our previous yoga model served us well, however we humans are evolving and so should our practice. The old teachings are very static and linear, where the bowspring is dynamic and curvy. We are constantly in motion and our movement is our medicine. We are creating waves in the body, that fluidity and pulsation keeps us feeling vibrant and energized. Reversing the aging process and fueling us with vital life force energy.
A Holistic Approach
Looking at the body holistically, we know that even the fingers and toes affect the system as a whole integrated unit. So, we align the facia in a uniform network, creating a balanced connection from head to toe. Each and every part contributing to the whole. Working together for the greater good, this is the goal.
This practice is a beautiful compliment to anything we choose to do, it’s strong, powerful and courageous….all the things we need to help us on this journey!
A new life, a new start
Creation and dissolution
Order to Chaos
Political yoga bullshit
All guilty and all innocent
The process of rebirth
Surfing….the best therapy money can’t buy!
My love affair
Catalyst for your latest creation
I’ve been back in Denver for a visit and have spent some quality time with my family, friends and my teachers. I have spent the past several months living very simply and modestly…. in the jungle… on the beach….and it has been amazing! It was a bit overwhelming coming back to the States for me…so many decisions…so much traffic…so many people! I have realized, that I am happiest living very closely connected to nature, and away from life’s daily distractions….like cell phones…traffic lights….and just too many choices in general! I also realize that this too becomes a state of comfort….as much as I enjoy my “Pura Vida” lifestyle on a daily basis, I also need to reach beyond my comfort zone….if I want to see my family and community here.
This is where the yoga and the surfing come in. Finding comfort in the discomfort, skillfully navigating and mindfully maneuvering. Being able to stand on your hands, or on your board! Chasing a moving target, and also being held by your own unwavering strength! Life will continually pull us in many directions, and it also requires us to stand up for our right! The right to live our lives and follow our dreams, while also taking into consideration the people affected by our choices. Being good in the world isn’t always easy….and there is always a sacrifice.
While I am encountering this crazy, beautiful life….I’m at least gonna have fun! I’ve included a few handstand demos one with Desi, my teacher and friend…the other on a riverside in CO. So grateful for my old home and my new one! Love yoga…love surfing!! LOVE LIFE!!
I have just arrived back in Denver after attending Desi Springer and John Friend’s Sridaiva workshop in San Jose, Costa Rica. This is my first trip back home to Denver, after spending several months in Costa Rica. I moved to Denver when I was 21 years old, and I met Desi Springer when I was 27. I am now 35 and have spent the past 8 years studying under Desi, and 5 of those years teaching at Vital Yoga, which she and her sister Micah own and operate. In addition to being one of my most beloved teachers, Desi is also one of best friends.
I have also been a student of Anusara Yoga for many of those years, and have benefited tremendously from the philosophy, and of course from the universal principals of alignment. These principals have been a valuable asset and practical tool during my years of study and practice. I know them like the back of my hand, they have become a place of comfort, of familiarity…..like home. When Desi and John introduced me to the new methodology behind Sridaiva, I was resistant and questioning….why? They were asking me to do things that felt strange and foreign in body, things that defied the principles that I had lived by for so long! In addition to being unfamiliar, it was freaking hard, asking my body to work in a different way, that required waking up some muscles that have also been living ‘pura vida” style!
We humans struggle with change, with unfamiliarity….we fear the unknown. But as we all know, some of the best adventures in life arise from “killing our comfort zone!” The first few days applying the new technology in my body and my mind made me more than uncomfortable…it was actually really pissing me off! Kind of like the first few months I was learning to surf and my continual struggle to learn Spanish and be able to communicate with my new friends! At the same time it left me wanting more, I began to connect with the new alignment and embraced the challenge of my own evolution….one that requires me to sometimes sit with the discomfort, to face my demons, to be embrace the unknown…..and most of all to be open to the ever expanding nature of the universe!
I have decided after scrupulous debate that this new methodology is of service to myself and my students. I will continue to explore this new technology with an open heart and an open mind, embracing the unknown and embarking on yet another adventure!
This has been an exciting weekend. I am in San Jose attending a Sridaiva workshop with Desi Springer and John Friend. Desi has been one of my most beloved teachers and friends for nearly a decade. She and her sister Micah are the founders of Vital Yoga in Denver, where I studied and taught the yoga that I love for many years.
When she introduced the new methodology to me last week at Shaka, you could say I was a bit resistant. I immediately questioned why? Why would I want to do this? The old “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. Desi answered my questions with kind, logical, intelligent answers. She has obviously had her head in the books, and spent some quality time on her mat exploring this new technology….and that is really what is….new technology.
Just as technology is continually evolving and advancing…so are we. Our bodies and our minds also require software updates and upgrades. Learning these new operating systems can be frustrating and often times challenging, but necessary for further growth and expansion.
I am in the process of exploring this new practice with an open heart and an open mind…..I will keep you posted as I practice this alignment more in depth over the next few week.
I’ve been kicking it in Costa Rica now for about seven months. When I arrived from Denver, I had only surfed a handful of times in my youth, while living in Florida…..that was a long time ago! So, at the ripe age of thirty-five, I have taken on one of the most difficult sports out there. It has been quite the humbling experience to say the least, and also one of the the most exciting! I have learned countless lessons about life and about myself, all while paddling my ass off trying to navigate through the powerful waves.
You never know what the day will present, some days the ocean is peaceful and forgiving….other days ferocious and relentless. Each time I paddle out, the experience is different. It’s the butter and shit analogy…that’s right…butter and shit, so well stated by Dr. Douglas Brooks. The universe is throwing two things at you…butter and shit…so you’d better get really good at dodging the shit…..and really good at receiving the butter!
Seems simple enough…right? Well, I’m still struggling, to be honest. One of the things I struggle with the most, is being fearful…I get scared of the shit and the gigantic waves! Fear is necessary and helpful at times, but we can’t let it consume us either. The other day, I decided that I wasn’t going to be scared anymore….without good reason of course. I have good knowledge of the break, I am a strong paddler, and I have the most important thing….desire to kick ass…. and to get some butter!
Yesterday, I went surfing with that mind set and did just that! It was freaking awesome! Just what I needed to boost my moral! The ocean accommodated that desire for a second, letting me win a few….then she chewed me up and spit me out the next day! Defeated again….only for a moment!
Today however, was the best day I’ve ever had in the water….the months of practice finally had paid off! Riding a 6’4, short board, actually catching and riding most of the waves I attempted! When I awoke this morning, I was feeling a bit beat down and questioning whether or not I should even paddle out….so happy I did! Victory….at last….for now anyway!
Such is the pulsation of life….the continual ebb and flow….the rise and the fall…the peak and the trough. Without these fluctuations, we wouldn’t be able to ride the waves at all! Who wants to surf in a still ocean?!? Not me, I need a little more excitement than that! I’d rather have all of life’s confusing joy, with it’s pleasure and pain, it’s victory and it’s triumph!
With that being said, I also want to be skillful enough to get the hell out of the trough! My dear friend and teacher Desi Springer once said to me, “‘Megs, recognize the importance of the darkness, but always head in the direction of the light.” I will never forget the priceless value of those sincere words.
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A SolaLunaYoga Reunion
“Ocean of Possibility”
With Megan Panchinin
Vital Yoga Denver, CO
Friday, June 7th from 7:00-9:00pm
I am requesting your presence for an evening of yogic celebration! After spending eight months in beautiful Costa Rica, I am returning home for a visit! I would love to share my personal adventures and new insights, regarding this infinite ocean of possibility we call life! We will explore these concepts through asana and pranayama. Can’t wait to see you all!!