Sunday, June 27, 2010

People who do Yoga and Blog…


I just want to say, if you ever get a chance to meet people you’ve gotten to know Online (and you want to), do it!


It was so fun to meet Bob Weisenberg and Linda-Sama at Linda’s Yin/Yang Yoga workshop!


Here is Bob reclining during a break from the workshop. We didn’t get to spend much time talking, but it was such a pleasure to meet! Bob is just as friendly in person as he is in his comments and blogging. The sound of his voice is also just as kind, friendly and curious (interested in others) as his writing voice is. His wife, Jane is also beautiful, friendly and fun. When I asked her if Bob spends a lot of time on the Internet (with a laugh), she smiled and shared that she thought it was good for him because he likes it so much, and she can always get him when she needs him.


Linda was squarely in her power as she presented the Yin yoga concepts and practice. Her teaching, like her blog, has an edge and I don’t think that she’d have it any other way. Her voice is really nice and warm. (I always think I can tell a lot from hearing someone speak, by listening to how they speak.) In the Yin practice we stayed in poses for like five minutes, sometimes to the point of pain, and Linda made no bones about the fact that this is a part of the practice. She said something about there being a possibility of seeing the pain and also seeing the “pain of the pain” and that these are two separate things. Pain is something that arises naturally, and the “pain of the pain” is how we react to it. In learning about how we deal with our pain we can be more present to pains as they show up outside of yoga, too.

Both Bob (and Jane) and Linda are real people, and how they show up in their blogs is very much in synch with the people I met this weekend. This has been something that I’ve wondered about: whether people are presenting themselves authentically in their blogs, but everyone I’ve met (so far) has really jived with what I perceived even before I met them in person. But of course it adds so much to see the person, and look at them directly and talk together.

14 comments:

Christine Claire Reed said...

LUCKY YOU!

I just said to Marcy yesterday, "Next spring, summer, or fall...one of them...we are headed to Chicago, Period."

:)

The pain of the pain...I had a teacher at Kripalu talk about pain and ask us, "is it really PAIN or is it sensation that you are then telling stories about."

She and Linda are saying the same thing and I LOVE IT.

Bob is adorable, by the way. :) I don't think I've seen a photo of him.

Linda-Sama said...

thanks for coming to the workshop, Brooks! but remember I said there was a difference between "pain" and "discomfort" in yin....;)

funny how we all picked balance poses for that shot!

Brenda P. said...

What fun! For a second, I thought Bob was doing some sort of hand balance...the BG discussion has been good to him!

How delightful to put peoplefaces to the (written) voices. I feel like I know everyone from the b-sphere, even though we've never met. It's nice to know that the sensation is not too far off the mark!

Bob Weisenberg said...

Thanks for all the kind words, Brooks. The warm feelings are entirely mutual, and, like you, I was equally pleased to find that cyber relationships could instantly transfer to face-to-face understanding.

The photos are great fun, too. (Brenda P., I called that pose my "Roman Orgy Pose". All I need is a bunch of grapes.)

And thanks again to Linda for putting on the event that drew us all together.

Bob

bindifry said...

in vipassana we observe the "pain" or discomfort that comes from our "strong determination" sittings. not permitted to move for an hour at a time, we just observe & know "anicca"-that it will pass. OR you just pass out hahaha!!!

YogaforCynics said...

Looks and sounds like loads of fun...(though I would've felt unworthy)...

Rand(Om) Bites said...

Meeting fellow bloggers is such a great experience! I have made life-long friends from doing this both in Australia and overseas. What a special experience, especially meeting Linda and Bob. I love their blogs and really enjoying reading yours as well. Cheers.

roseanne said...

wish i could have been there! looks like it was a great time.

Yogadawg said...

I vote Bob for the next Lululemon spokes person!

RB said...

This post made me smile.

nadinefawell.net said...

It looks like you guys had a really good meet-up. It's so cool meeting people from the blogosphere, isn't it? and the connections often turn out to be surprisingly strong.

Emma said...

lucky you :)

i met a blog person this month and thought it was fabulous, as well

also... i quoted from you today. i hope you don't mind. let me know if you do, of course.

cheers,

e.

Elize said...

how awesome!! :)

Tiffany @ Moving Meditation said...

This is very cool! Thanks for sharing!