by Marta Czajkowska
“The more you schedule and practice discomfort deliberately, the less unplanned discomfort will throw you off center and control your life.” – Seneca
Seneca, a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman and writer, suggested that anyone wealthy – like himself – benefits from practicing poverty. He walked his talk. Each month he set aside a few days to get away from the luxury of his comfortable bed, ate very little food and wore his shabbiest clothes.
The reason for this uncomfortable task? Completing it, he realized it wasn’t as bad as he had dreaded, and he felt much readier to face anything that life might have in store for him.
We can summarize the logic of voluntary poverty this way: Having comfort means having something we can lose. Fear of losing comfort enslaves us. However, when we deliberately practice discomfort, we diminish our fear of losing it. Merely thinking about misfortune won’t do the trick – for those of us who live comfortable lives most of the time, Seneca recommends that we create a situation of deprivation to prove to ourselves that we can do without, that neither comfort nor discomfort can master us.
We commonly fret and worry about the unknown. Our fears often have no basis in reality. Once we face an empirical experience of poverty, we know it, we’ve lived it. By consciously creating a worst-case scenario that frightens us, then going through it, we free ourselves of fearing it.
Seneca wisely taught: “Poverty is good for at least one thing: It’s an opportunity to practice forbearance and discipline, a chance to see that you would not be crushed by fate.”
How to practice poverty?
Deprive yourself of something that feels scary to lose. You can start small, giving up something comfortable to your body, your image of yourself, or your style of living. If you love your hot showers, how about trying a cold shower? Letting your hair go gray? Skipping dinner? Cleaning the toilet at work? Going a full day without spending any money? Taking a bus? Putting on no makeup? Sleeping outside on the ground?
Dig a little deeper. How about stepping down from a role that gives you status? Apologizing publicly for a misdeed? Spending a night on the street? The more threatening a poverty practice sounds to your ego, the more it may loosen your attachment to comfort and free you from fears of losing it.
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Want to do aerial and stay safe and alive? Come and learn how to rig your aerial equipment (whatever it is) in a variety of situations. You will learn and practice 5 basic knots, how and where to purchase your rigging equipment, how to put it together in a safe way and how to know that your gear is getting worn out. Please bring a notebook so that you can write information down.
In the workshop, we will do hands on rigging simulations so that you can make sure you know how to do it on your own. We will also set up a free standing aerial rig and talk about rigging from it.
Learn from Marta, who managed to stay alive throughout over 15 years of her climbing career, relying on her rigging in all kinds of conditions. Among her many talents, she is a highly trained and experienced climbing guide. Watch Marta slackline in Yosemite! She was really trusting her rigging!
with Marta Czajkowska
High Intensity Interval Training is a very efficient and time-saving way to exercise. Taking the body to maximum exertion for short amounts of time (anaerobic zone) is beneficial to our hearts and provides better weight loss results than standard cardio programs. Interval training promotes muscle growth and fat loss at the same time. Interval training is a part of natural human movement and has great hormonal benefits. It’s interesting, challenging… and over quickly!
Hanging Out: Aerial Yoga
Working with gravity instead of fighting it
By Fernando Pacheco
with Marta Czajkowska
Saturday, April 13
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
$300 for Certified Aerial Yoga teachers
$200 for Aerial Yoga Teacher Training StudentsSign Up Now!
The objective of this workshop is to give Certified Aerial Yoga teachers the tools to instruct aerial conditioning and aerial interval classes. Bodyweight High Intensity Interval Training combined with Aerial Silks is a completely new and groundbreaking idea! The silks provide an unstable surface, which makes the body work harder. While big muscles do the work of large movement, the small stabilizer muscles are also recruited for stabilization, increasing proprioception. In this training we will be working with aerial hammocks.
with Glenn Yoshida, Aerialists Angela & David Saucedo & Marta Czajkowska
2:00 – 4:00 pm
$25Sign Up Now!
with Marta Czajkowska
Saturday, Jan 28
1:00 – 3:00 pm
3:00 -5:00 pm
*Same workshop each session
*Limit 10 people per session ( sign up in advance! )
$35 per session
Slackline is a fusion of balance, strength, and concentration. Slacklining engages all major groups of muscles, improves core strength, balance and movement and is incredibly fun!
Slacklining is a practice in balance that typically uses one inch nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points (such as two trees.) It is distinct from tightrope walking in that the line is not held rigidly taut (although it is still under some tension); it is instead dynamic, stretching and bouncing like a long and narrow trampoline. The line itself is flat, due to the nature of webbing, thus keeping the slacker’s footing from rolling as would be the case with an ordinary rope.
From its beginning in the early 1980’s as a way for climbers to hone their skills, it has now become a sport of its own. Slackline can be done 2,700 feet off the ground or 3 feet, pure entertainment or training for sports like climbing, gymnastics, or skiing.
This is a first time beginner workshop. You will not be doing what Marta is doing in the photo! We will learn basics at Still & Moving Center, then practice in a nearby park, on short lines safe and close to the ground. We will talk about both physical and mental aspects to finding the equilibrium on the line. Come barefoot and wear comfortable clothes.
Marta was born in Warsaw, Poland. Among her many talents, she is a highly trained and experienced climbing guide. She graduated with Masters in Fine Arts from Universidad de Cuenca, Spain. She currently works as a freelance photographer, video producer and editor. She is also an accomplished muralist and web designer. Slacklining helps Marta remain sane in the midst of modern world chaos.
Watch Marta slackline in Yosemite! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_L6ElOglBQ
Monday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat 12:00 – 8:00 pm
Upcoming Training January 20-25, 2014
Aerial yoga is one of the fastest growing forms of yoga practice because of the diverse and numerous benefits including whole body strengthening and spinal decompression.
This 40 hour comprehensive Aerial Yoga Teacher Certification Program will provide you with the necessary tools to teach safe and effective Leva Aerial Yoga classes. The hammock supports the weight of the body in order to attain optimal alignment in yoga postures. The hammock also creates support for safe and accessible inversions. During this course you will learn more than 150 Aerial Yoga asanas and how to safely adjust and modify these poses for your students. Watch Wendi teach how to do an aerial yoga shoulder stand here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJMWpVTmgcw
Aerial Yoga can bring new awareness and passion to your traditional practice. Upon certification you will be able to teach inspiring mid-air classes that strengthen and decompress the body. The Leva Teacher Training course fulfills Yoga Alliance qualifications for continuing education hours at the 200 level. This training may also be taken for personal development without receiving the certification to teach. www.aerialyogahawaii.com