That’s what I call real yoga

photo by: lizjones112

When was the last time you danced without abandon?

Like no one was watching?

Really, without care, without thought, just dancing, getting into the music. I don’t think I’ve ever danced like that in my entire adult life. Sure, I ‘threw my hands in the air and waved them like I didn’t care’. But, that was in Tijuana during my college days with the assistance of beer and tequila shots. And, I danced as though that cute guy was watching. Even during my only Trance Dance class, I danced like someone was watching. I danced like I was watching.

One of my good friends posted a video of her daughter dancing to Shakira’s  Ojos Asi. She stamped her little feet,  twirled her little body 360, gyrated her shoulders, waved her little hands, jazz fingers and all.  She created her groovy belly dance Bollywood fusion.

The whole time, this little girl never looked into the camera. She probably didn’t know her mom was filming her.

It occurred to me: She was completely Present. 

Present, as the whole point of meditation, yoga, mindfulness, bliss… you know, all that good stuff.  Before me was this 6-year-old girl who does not know she is already a yoga teacher, demonstrating ‘being present’. Maybe it is a child’s innocence, maybe it is her overwhelming cuteness, her dancing brought on a sense of nostalgia of simply having fun and not even being aware that she is ‘present’. (mindfully unmindful, ha!)

Just dancing, moving, smiling, enjoying.

That’s what I call Bliss.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 07:28:22

    Gorgeous post!! I love the distinctions you draw: dancing like that cute boy was watching; dancing while watching yourself perform. And then the reminder of what it looks like when you REALLY abandon yourself to the moment. (Also LOVE this description: “She stamped her little feet, twirled her little body 360, gyrated her shoulders, waved her little hands, jazz fingers and all. She created her groovy belly dance Bollywood fusion.” I could see her!) Thanks so much for sharing this! Nice to start my day with a happy smile!


  2. YoginiBunny
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 11:49:46

    Thank you Debbie! I am so happy to read your review! So how about this? Let’s play ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ and dance without abandon… errr… that might be a little challenging ;- )


  3. Deborah
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 15:02:09

    Actually, I’m laughing out loud at this thought!! I think we could do a rip-roarin’ funny dance to Who Let the Dogs Out!! (Especially if we dance like nobody’s watchin’! The conundrum would be that I’m sure we’d watch each other and wind up rolling on the floor laughing!! 🙂


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