The Yoga of Transformation at the Yellow Barn – Day 2

This blog is the second in a series that invites you to experience the Yellow Barn’s 10-day Yoga of Transformation, guided by Gary (Anandasagar) Majchrzak, a nationally renowned yoga teacher and instructor.

By Polly Meyer

ImageMorning comes early as I rise at 4 AM to journey to the Yellow Barn in Mendota Heights for the second day of Transformational Yoga. The Barn is unlike any gathering space I’ve ever been in. It’s warm, cozy and truly inspiring. Deb, the co-owner greets me at the door with a sweet smile and we make our way upstairs. This morning I roll out my mat on the hardwood floor for no reason other than to breathe and be in my body. I’m still sleepy and I can hear yawning from the other yogis in the room.  I’m content to sit on my mat and listen to our instructors voice as he talks about our practice. We begin our session with a series of “Om’s” and then come to a standing position. I’m about to wake up.Image

Gary selects a tune from the iPod that has a percussive and pulsing beat that soon vibrates through the speakers into my tired ears. He encourages a wholehearted participation in the chaos that’s about to commence. He plants his feet firmly on the ground and begins twisting his torso as he indiscriminately thrashes his head and arms about in wild abandon. Instinctively the earthy music guides us to move our own bodies in a similar chaotic fashion. The throbbing beat shapes our movements in a thousand different ways. We follow the sound impulses that rise below our thoughts. A rich ground is being created for self-inquiry. Our heads, spines, hips, and arms wave and wildly push through the air while our feet stay firmly grounded. Our impulses of movement range from playful to staccato, from huge gestures through space to the smallest vibrational shaking.  We move through chaos. It is a powerful lesson in staying grounded when immersed in disorder. We are sparking spontaneous creativity. But most importantly, we are letting go.

We let go of our: Selves, Problems, Bank accounts, Accomplishments, Families, Political affiliations, Education, Degrees, Money, Jobs, Disease, Agendas, Ideas, Cars, Homes, Religion, Bodies.

Do we retain our value when not attached to any of these worldly things?

The answer is a resounding, YES! We are liberated. We are grounded. We are pure energy. The weight of self-consciousness dissolves, releasing into the catalytic wildness of our movements that can never be planned or repeated.

All too soon, the pulsing music fades and our bodies slowly come to a halt. Our hearts continue to beat loudly. We stand motionless and silent. There is only breathing, silence, and awareness.

And I am profoundly awakened to the living pulse of an embodied and present life.



About PollyMeyer

I studied everything about being on-camera to promote myself as a successful on-camera Commercial Talent, TV Host, and Presenter. I studied with top experts in the media. I further developed these on-camera skills as a Video Producer coaching and directing business professionals on how to make a connection with the camera, and to come across the lens as Confident, Knowledgeable, and Likable. I developed soundbites and message content for corporate videos and presentations. I became an expert in media training. My passion is showing my clients and students how develop their ON-CAMERA Media skills STRATEGICALLY to GET RESULTS! I created IMAGE ON CAMERA, a boutique media training partnership. We direct you on camera in our Minneapolis studio. We walk you through from start to finish. We coach you in developing a dynamic on-camera presence, help you get clear on your message, rehearse your soundbites, structure your videos, plan your media strategy, and rehearse interview techniques. Everything is filmed so you'll quickly get instant replay and feedback. We have a full service video production studio and can film and edit your videos for you! If you're wanting to shoot your own videos, we can train you in the art of Social Media Prep. CONNECT WITH ME IF... ✓ You're a business owner or entrepreneur and would like to feel MORE CONFIDENT, MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE, and MORE DYNAMIC in front of the camera and when giving presentations. ✓ You're looking for a media trainer for your organization or association, a workshop or a keynote speaker for your conference. ✓ You're wanting a coach to walk with you from start to finish. ✓ You offer professional services (i.e. coach, consultant, lawyer, accountant, financial services etc.) & want to be known as the LEADING AUTHORITY in your community. We can show you how to be seen as this authority using video. Contact me for a custom solution to all of your ON-CAMERA, MEDIA, and VIDEO PRODUCTION needs:
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