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Faith Favors Action-In Life and In Yoga

ou hear it all the time, especially when you get squeezed between a rock and a hard spot. “Keep the faith!” George Michael even wrote a song about it. 
Being the tough as nails, heavyweight champion of the world, keep it real kind of yogi you know me to be, you might expect me to say, “Forget faith.”
But you’d be wrong.
I’m all for faith. Heck, when times get really tough, faith is what gets you up the hill (in my case literally, as you’ll see below). 
In my pre-yogi career as an actor, there was one long stretch of time (i.e. the whole career) when I was out of work, and completely broke. I’m talkin’ completely. 
My buddy lived up above Sunset Plaza, high on top of the Hollywood hills in West Hollywood, and was kind enough to let me crash in his 10 x 10 garage apt that between you and me, I shared with a washer and dryer, a very large rat, and my 100 pound golden retriever named Mr. R.
It was a pretty dismal situation. Each morning, I would walk down this tremendously steep hill from his house to the Boulevard to pick up breakfast, lunch and dinner for the day from McDonald’s. 
I’d get two breakfast sandwiches, cause that’s all I could afford. I’d eat the eggs from one for breakfast, eat the other sandwich for lunch, and eat the bread from the first with a can of tuna for dinner.
Like I told you, times were tough. But I had faith.The cool part? I never worried. I knew things could and WOULD turn around in an instant, and I was poised and ready to pounce like the tiger that I am. I didn’t just hole up in my buddy’s garage and wait.
I went on every audition I could, and when I wasn’t auditioning, I was working out like a God to stay tuned up and prepped. 
Tell you what, that 30 minute walk down and sprint up the hill to McDonald’s, the gym and auditions 3-4 times a day had me in the best condition of my life.
In hindsight, there was a big blessing in the Spartan warrior lifestyle that I was fully embracing. At 40, yoga finally happened for me. 
My faith you can say, was rewarded. But in retrospect, even though I got to yoga better late then never, I was training like a yogi the entire time, walking and sprinting up that hill with intention and fierce focus, and working out to build my strength and endurance. 
As an out-of-work actor, the only thing I had control of was the physical. So I worked out and studied human potential a lot. 
And in the end, now nearly 34 years later and deep into it’s inquiry, it’s the physical that became my career, my platform, my savior.
George Clooney started acting on television in 1978. It wasn’t until 1994 that he landed ER. He’s what you call a twenty year overnight success, and you know what, so am I. 
Twenty plus years of exploration and effort, and then boom, a successful yoga career, seemingly overnight. I kept the faith, and worked my ass off in the meantime.
So remember: waiting is a waste of time. Don’t wait, DO. And let faith be what fuels you to get where you were meant to be.
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Teaching Yoga – Why I Love It

I have been teaching yoga for a few years now and for some reason it took me a while to pinpoint what I love most about teaching. 
It’s the intimacy. We spend so much time isolating ourselves, walking by each other in the store, yelling at each other from inside our cars, putting up fences between our house and our neighbors’, making idle conversation at work, but when do we really get to know someone and be honest about who we are?
Most of us have a handful of good friends and family members who know us well, but why do we hold back so much of ourselves from the rest of the world? 
It’s as if we all have created an unspoken agreement that problems and emotional vulnerability make us unlikable people. 
In this Facebook culture, we strive to make our lives look as fabulous as possible from behind a screen and we forget what truly opening up to other people feels like.
On Fridays I teach a morning Power Yoga class and have a handful of regulars. One of those women­­­­ came in recently and looked visibly shaken. 
Her eyes were glossy with emotion, her posture that of someone in pain. She walked up to me and said, “If I seem off today it’s because my husband died yesterday, but I needed to come in. I needed to move and I needed your light.” Her words shook me to the core.
In that moment I realized how much I affect people as a teacher and how much they put trust in me. My job becomes to create a space where people come to feel good and to feel safe. 
There is really not much beyond that. Will they be physically challenged, will they sweat, will they grow stronger or more flexible, will they calm their mind? 
Sure, but none of that could happen if they did not feel safe with me and if they did not walk away feeling good.
It also reminded me of how much can be happening in someone’s life without them talking to you about it. Sure she said something to me, but what if she hadn’t? 
I would have known something was different, but I never would have guessed that the woman in Child’s Pose in front of me had lost her husband to a battle with cancer just one day earlier.
That experience has stuck with me through all my classes since then. I am more aware, more open, and in turn more alive because of that moment. 
I’ve also noticed so much more about my students. A woman who I know as a very put together woman who stays very busy as a consultant, has scars from wrist to elbow… scars that can only be self inflicted. 
Another woman came in directly after finding that her boyfriend of nine years had been cheating on her for over a year.
I have seen people battle insecurity, injury, and fear all because they trusted me to be their teacher and because they made the choice to connect with me as a person. 
Yoga is truly one of the most intimate ways two near strangers could ever interact, and for that I will be endlessly grateful to call myself a yoga instructor.
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