Rock Star Yoga Teacher Training (for a no-brainer price)

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photo: Sadie Nardini who invented Rockstar Yoga

I’m getting back on the yoga teacher wagon, yoga do-er wagon , or really any wagon that involves doing something with my body, because man!
I really have been cutting corners here….

Every free hour, I have been publishing my books.
It is work that I had been waiting for, praying for, and that in my experience can almost only be done with, I don’t know “the Universe on your side” would be a good way of putting it.
And after years of the Universe not supporting, the flood came.

The past 6 weeks, I have only pulled myself away from the screen, when I absolutely had to go, or had to sleep, and even that was sacrificed occasionally.
By now I can make healthy meals in a minimum of time, and I ve learned to live in a house that crosses the line to being closer to a stable.
And then before going to bed, sometimes as late as 3 AM, I quickly do the dishes and sort my house out, so that the next day it begins on the other side of that stable-line.
But with enough sand and kitty litter everywhere to make every visitor run away screaming.

For the first time in a year, I ve had weeks when I had more days when I didn’t cycle or walk for an hour or more, than days that I did.

I’ve dropped on the spectrum of taking care of my house and body, and I don’t think I did yoga once.

And yet I always knew that I would get back on the wagon, and pick-up my own yoga practice #dailybonjoviyoga;
Start making Bon Jovi yoga videos for YouTube;
Reinvent my yoga and put myself back in business, as a yoga teacher.
I knew that.
And I am.

My publishing is now contained, and it is no longer allowed to consume my life.
So I knew that this Monday I would cycle, see some daylight, and also pick up my yoga.

And here we are, you and me.

Because the thing I came up with to inspire myself, was so good that I immediately wanted to share it;
The original Rock Star Yoga.

In 2015, when I was still a yoga teacher and studio owner, I came onto the path of Sadie Nardini, who was then sharing her work on the site “Udemy”, of which you may have heard.
Nowadays Sadie Nardini has her own community, runs her own membership programs, and her courses, and she has stopped uploading to Udemy long ago.
But her older work is still there.

Meanwhile the prices for these amazing courses have dropped significantly, and sometimes (as is the case today) they’re even on special and you pay even less.
It is an absolutely crazy low no-brainer offer, in particular if you have yoga experience and want something meaty to sink your teeth in.

But there are also courses for beginners.

So if you are looking for inspiration for your yoga practice, I strongly recommend you check out the Udemy page with Sadie Nardini’s courses:
https://www.udemy.com/user/sadienardini/

And then we can all get back on the wagon.

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~Suzanne
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Let’s bounce! *sound of heavy thud* | log

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5 September 2002, one month before the Bounce album was released

#dailybonjoviyoga
daily practice log
Saturday 14 August 2021
starting time yoga 8.15 PM
cd Bounce (2002)
49 minutes 10 seconds
songs:
1 Undivided
2 Everyday
3 The Distance
4 Joey
5 Misunderstood
6 All About Lovin’ You
7 Hook Me Up
8 Right Side Of Wrong
9 Love Me Back To Life
10 You Had Me From Hello
11 Bounce
12 Open All Night

I did yoga and the final 2 songs were relaxation. 

log:

Okay, that was definitely one of those “You can do yoga and feel worse after”- sessions that Facebook memes claim do not exist.
But they do.

I think it’s mostly that before yoga you could run away from your feelings or numb them down with social media and pretzels (which may explain why I felt so awful during practice)
But I guess the point is:
You gotta start somewhere.

My last practice was a few days ago, and I spent an insane amount of time behind my desk the last two days. Postponing all exercise including yoga to the evening hours.
I m lucky I even got to my mat at all.

So.
Resolution time.

Daily Bon Jovi Yoga, from this day forward.
And definitely as EARLY in the day as possible.
As much offline time as possible.
And keep on going with the cycling and walking!

And until my belly looks as great as Jon Bon Jovi’s in the Bounce era, Time Square 2002,
I m taking it easy on the pretzels.

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Bounce album:

All I Know Is What I ve Been Sold

Jon Bon Jovi by Anton Corbijn 1993
Jon Bon Jovi by Anton Corbijn* for Dutch magazine OOR (1993)

It was a printed interview that I never would have guessed had actually taken place,
because I thought all interviews in Dutch magazines, were basically bought from international magazines, and then translated…
But this was the real deal!

In 1993, a Dutch interviewer* went to Worcester, Massachusetts, to have an interview with Bon Jovi.
It was printed in the most prestigious Dutch music magazine, and I received a copy recently.

I ve transformed a corner in my living room where I am going to shoot my #dailybonjoviyoga videos, to look like my 80s room, and bought posters from Jon Bon Jovi.
The majority are pages from this magazine, which I copied before I drilled my pins into them so don’t worry!
No original prints were harmed.

But the final print I bought was still in the magazine so I got to read the entire interview.

“Just listen to the first sentence of the first song,” Jon says referring to Keep The Faith.
All I Know Is What I ve Been Sold
About the desillusion of being a touring rock band and the day-to-day frustrations, that ultimately broke the band and its members.
In 1993 these details were still kept indoors, but it was known the band had broken the seven year pattern of album-tour album-tour, from 1984 to early 1990.

That much was known.

With each of the band members going their own way after the final concert and Jon doing his solo project Blaze of Glory, the highly acclaimed soundtrack of Young Guns 2.
His songwriting got to a whole new level, and I would not be surprised if “Keep The Faith”, the first album that came after the band’s sabbatical, is the album with the highest number of songs regularly played at concerts.

But Jon’s disappointment, of the profession and status he fought so hard for not being what he thought it was?
Yeah….
That was still there, even though the nitty gritty of it was not shared at the time.

Yesterday night, just before I pressed play on a little over an hour yoga session to the cd Keep the Faith, I jotted down a few words in a box that said: “Today’s focus”.
Find myself.

It almost made me laugh! That was quite a tall order in my opinion.
And yet the session did not disappoint.
Unlike the massive disappointment I still feel when I look back on my career in yoga.
And it’s so unwelcome! It’s so “not done”!
When you are or have been a yoga teacher, you feel this invisible pressure to never investigate or ask questions about the nature of your work and your integrity doing it.
And this is a code of silence that will go to your grave.

Just like Jon Bon Jovi had his fans, his reasons not to tell the uncomfortable truth about how bad it got, I feel like I cannot tell how bad it got.
And maybe, to a degree, still is.

Every time I try to express myself, and analyze what happened, I feel the unease by the people I tell it to.
They took my classes, they believed in me, they paid me, they were inspired by me, and now I betray them.

Yet  even Jon Bon Jovi, as many secrets as he kept, did already say in that interview in 1993, he had felt like a whore.
Without resorting to graphic terms; Something was very wrong for me.
And it needed to be sorted before anything else could be born.

But one of the things I loved about yoga WAS, and STILL IS the connection with other people.
It was something way more subtle that didn’t work for me.

So I knew that by reinventing something that could be called Bon Jovi yoga, I am basically trying to bypass whatever THAT was.
The thing that didn’t work…

You know what the funny thing is?
Everything I went through what I thought I had against yoga? 

That did not have anything to do with yoga.
Nor even with teaching yoga as a professional.
It was way broader than that;
I did not have my own vision for my professional life.

The yoga teacher/ student paradigm didn’t work for me.
The service provider paradigm also didn’t work for me.

I had a powerful yet also incomplete vision that did not cover areas and practicalities I should have had an answer to.

As spot on and never out of alignment I have been in other areas of my life,
the part where you determine how you want your professional life to look, was not sufficient.

And I have an academic degree and I ve done my education at the biggest yoga institute of the Netherlands;
So I HAVE peers.
And they work, they’re successful, and yet I always felt with every job I ever had including being a yoga teacher, that at a deeper level, something was disturbingly out of integrity for me.

It was never about the yoga.
Yoga and me have always been okay, just that for a while I thought it was yoga when it was about not having that inborn-by-many vision for my professional life.
I was living on borrowed concepts that did not suit me.

Now that, was the good news…

Because my new yoga channels absolutely do not come with a guarantee of me knowing exactly how much I ve figured out!  

The only thing I CAN assure you, is that this will probably make my yoga channels way more exciting than all the other stuff out there.
Like an adventure!

Think more rock star and less yoga teacher!
Think mood swings!
Showing up late!
Being a total mess and yet putting on a show you will NOT forget! 

Yes;
I will rock yoga.
But be prepared to be rocked as well!

And although I still have no idea of the specifics, and I m absolutely just putting one foot in front of the other, in the dark and possibly wearing sunglasses, and I have no idea where I am going;

An hour after I had written “Find myself” in that box that said Today’s Focus?
I did know one thing!

I know way more than what I have been sold.

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~Suzanne
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What has been READY for years to come out? | Runaway

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“Taking a break while rehearsing for our first record” | credit Jon Bon Jovi  https://twitter.com/jonbonjovi/status/1415729287664214023 

“Runaway” is one hell of a song to start this series with.
There is so much meaning you can attribute to this first single from Bon Jovi
– and I will bite my teeth into that in a minute, so that will definitely be done.

But aside from the context of how this song was created, and how it landed as opening song on the very first and self-titled Bon Jovi album
Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi (1984),
it is also the only song that has been on the setlist consistently, almost as consistently as Bon Jovi’s biggest 80s hits from late 1986 and up.

So even though this single was never the mega-hit as those other songs were;
It has a special place in Bon Jovi canon, and by having it played for 35 years straight, it should probably have its own thesis written about it, and not a small blogpost which is just meant as the back story of my first #dailybonjoviyoga video, which I will shoot for my YouTube.

Runaway is the only Bon Jovi song that has been consistently played live for 35 years (with pre-pandemic 2019 as the last touring year), despite never having been their biggest single and dating from before the band was known.

And that makes Runaway a strong point to own your own history.
To be aware of what once was, but also to choose, tell, and in Bon Jovi’s case hammer HOME those facts using your own narrative.

A narrative is a story that you make from events mixed with what you believe or choose to be the way it should be looked at.
And now I m getting to the context of how the song was made, to see how choosing a narrative works.

Because Runaway is not a Bon Jovi song.
It was a song from Jon Bon Jovi solo, then still recording under his own name John Bongiovi. The other songs he released in those years were reissued later under several names one of them being the The Power Station Years.

They are reissued by the studio/ his father’s cousin Tony Bongiovi, and are (as far as I know) not official records.

So all songs were left behind so to speak, except one;
Runaway.
Which had been Jon Bon Jovi’s game changing song.

In 1982 he had pitched it himself to a new radio station, where they were still so in startup phase that they did not to even have a receptionist so he could walk straight up to the booth of the disc jockey.
The song became a hit, and the radio station turned out to be active in multiple states which then picked it up, and that’s how Runaway by John Bongiovi became a local hit/ hit in America.
So far not so much a chosen narrative, these are all facts.

When two years later, the band Bon Jovi was formed and they were at the studio for their first record, they chose to include Runaway. The song stayed exactly the same, all musicians on Runaway are the musicians from the Power Station Years.

And now here’s where the narrative steps in;
From I believe mid-90s, Jon introduces Runaway on concerts by counting back the years to 1982. You can find that video at the top of this page, and if it has been removed just check YouTube searching for
Bon Jovi live Runaway time machine

In this introduction Jon counts back to 1982, commemorating the moment he asks the dj to play the record and adds:
“And in 3 minutes and 30 seconds you’re gonna see, a rock n roll star”

STOP!

Just like Jon screams “Stop!” when the time machine has landed at 1982;
Stop!

Because what was that?
That was a narrative.

The more humble version of that same story of Runaway could also have been;
“Runaway was a song that really opened doors for me. So when in 1984 we were making our first album, we chose to put it on there because we wanted people to know who we were, you know,”
(this is all fiction, me, Suzanne, making up a story, Jon Bon Jovi never said these words)
“But after the 80s we stopped playing our first two records.”

So that would have been a totally different narrative to the story of Runaway, and there is even a third version where Runaway is pretty much shamed into not being good enough.
It goes like:
“Runaway was a good song at the time. But we all hated the video, and none of the other guys had played on this song you know. It was a good start, but it wasn’t a Bon Jovi song.”

So you see how these two other stories, other chosen narratives, just suck the life right out of you?
Even though the fact that the band at many points in its history has failed to be a real band, and two original members have dropped out, something which may not have happened if someone had listened to Richie Sambora trying to get it through to Jon Bon Jovi’s head that they were
An American Rock n Roll BAND

Can you see that choosing to include Runaway to be on the record, to keep playing it,
and to make it Bon Jovi canon to know how this was the song that started it all;
How that narrative has got as much pitfalls on a band-level as it has perks on a success-level?

That’s a narrative.
That’s choosing your perspective, and taking massive responsibility for the choices you have made.

That’s saying in a studio in 1984:
“Runaway is READY, it is GOOD, people know it! And we’d be fools to not put it out there, and kick start our career!

That’s saying every night on stage, since the mid 90s:
“The story of that “punk” becoming Jon Bon Jovi?
OF COURSE we’re gonna use that every night to spice up our show!”

So, what have you got on the shelves that is frickin’ READY?
GOOD!
And that OF COURSE you should be using, and milk it for the next 35 years?

Go GET THAT!

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❤️🤍💙 A BELATED 4TH OF JULY

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The big breakthrough for my vision for yoga came in the form of an interview from Jon Bon Jovi with Julie Brown.
This interview, together with the entire Blaze of Glory 1990 period of Jon Bon Jovi, has been on my mind for weeks now, but on Independence Day that particular interview even more than the album and what it stood for;
It just clicked.
And on tiny seemingly irrelevant details, such as the Independence Day color scheme of Julie Brown’s clothes .

The thought of resuming sharing my Daily Bon Jovi Yoga on Twitter and Facebook in these colors excited me:
To look for blue, red and white emojis.

I just made my first yoga practice tweet/ Facebook post, and I did not even use those colors.
Maybe I will in the future.

But the point is, it were these colors, and the flirting between Jon and Julie, the lightheartedness and festive atmosphere, that sparked excitement for Daily Bon Jovi Yoga.
And that ultimately led to a big breakthrough this week, that I had been waiting for for weeks, if not years.

Ever since 2019, the concert of Bon Jovi, I have known that my yoga journey had not ended after 15 years of teaching yoga, but that instead the best was yet to come.
A new rock-inspired version of yoga, would be what was next.

Yet as certain as I had been that I would be a rock star yoga teacher, or develop a new form of yoga, and I did what I could setting it up and teaching the little I knew, I backed off every time.
It didn’t took flight.

The word “yoga” alone; It was a minefield!
Filled with so much restrictions, heaviness, and the business model of being a yoga teacher so stale.

For the past two years developing a cool yoga that rocked was like trying to lift a concrete block by a butterfly.

There were times I thought I was never going anywhere yoga ever again.
That if yoga had ever been alive, it was broken now. At least it was broken and beyond repair, for me. 

And then the Blaze of Glory period started to inspire me, and even that took a little while before I realized WHY.
Why?
Because it was Jon Bon Jovi’s solo project after 7ish years with the band.
Heavy touring had taken its toll and in 1990 it was uncertain Bon Jovi would ever get back together again.

The album Blaze of Glory stands for cutting ties with all that brought you success in the past and starting from scratch.
I intend to start teaching Daily Bon Jovi Yoga on YouTube SOON (that was your cue to subscribe!) and I think our first videos should definitely have the “from scratch” tag!
Learning yoga from scratch; there is no better way!

I had to start yoga from scratch, after over 15 years of being in the industry.
The 2019 glimpse of the future that I received for rock star yoga, was just the beginning. There was still massive clearing to be done.

And then last weekend when I watched the Jon Bon Jovi/ Julie Brown, that hot mess of scripted interaction and blatant chemistry between them, and I laughed with them (and hoped it had an off-screen follow-up!) that’s when I knew:
I m ready.

Just like Jon Bon Jovi let go of the band, to make that album, which resulted in the best most fun interview of his career;
That’s how I have let go of the past.

I m ready to rock Daily Bon Jovi Yoga.

It was not just the best Independence Day of my life, but just like for Bon Jovi I was certain that the best is yet to come.

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Offered Bon Jovi Yoga The Job Of Saving My Art, Sex Life and Curvy Badass Butt. It Said Yeah!

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Blaze Of Glory solo era. 

We have a singer here in The Netherlands, who also hosts television shows where he goes to live with other people or works in unusual places.
I have never watched it, but a few snippets did reach me, and one of his classic sayings is:
“I don’t have the strength for this!”

Usually accompanied with him falling onto the bed after what was apparently an exhausting day, and dramatically covering his face with his arms.

That’s how I felt this week:
I don’t have the strength for this.

I don’t know WHOSE life this is, with all the madness and mayhem, but it better not be mine because I m definitely not cut out for this!

Ten days ago, I wrote a big piece for my art blog World Between Worlds, and it was about a new relationship form. The Baby Koala Relationship. In this relationship I was (of course) the baby koala.
A sweet little creature who cannot be held responsible and who has to be looked after 24/7.

Since I do not have such a relationship, one of the conclusions that could also be drawn after writing that, was that I was basically an unbound, not looked-after baby koala, who was not really supposed to function on their own.
Who needed a caregiver to provide food, shelter and most of all, emotional safety.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, things went a bit rocky from there.

I felt like a turtle without a shell, and this did not improve when Life had Big Events, Insights and Purpose lined up for me!
One thing even more exciting than the other.

So last night I indeed was like that Dutch tv host and singer, as I threw myself in bed and covered my face with my grey furry arms:
“I don’t have the strength for this!”

The work under two names; This name and my alterego.
The work related to yoga as well as sex, Bon Jovi, art. 
Publishing books, writing blogs, and I have two YouTube channels which are both face down in the mud.
And this is just my English work, in theory I also have my Dutch work to worry about.
It’s also only my purpose work, and not (yet) the work I get paid for.

Social life and sex life, my two main sources of creativity aside from Bon Jovi,
are also not included yet, in the above list.

I can totally understand why I ended up a crying baby koala in my bed, last night.
Not pretty although slightly cute. But not ideal.

And I came up with a plan to save myself, while also sticking to my guns of purpose work and standing my ground sexually and socially.
The plan included yoga which is why this ended up on this Daily Bon Jovi Yoga Blog!

So, Daily Bon Jovi Yoga is basically me saying to you:
“Hey! You! Yes, you there!
Do you know yoga is really cool and awesome if you do it to Bon Jovi?
It could save your life, you know!”

And you would say:
“What do you mean, Suzanne?”

“Well, it’s like, if you’re an unsupervised baby koala with immensely challenging tasks on their plate,
you could do Daily Bon Jovi Yoga and not end up suffering from anxiety.”

Anxiety is that feeling you need validation, reassurance, and comfort.

If you have the luxury of being in a real Baby Koala Relationship, this is the role of the caregiver who will take you on their lap and rock you until you’ve calmed down.
Probably playing a little game or distract you from your panicky thoughts by asking you what you want to do this weekend. 

But since most of us do not have a caregiver, we must look for ways of creating those moments of emotional safety for ourselves.
For me, as a creative, this has to be something “actionable”! 
Just relaxing only increases anxiety, and even social interaction so talking to a friend, very often does not work.

So to soothe your inner baby koala, you must find something that increases your ability to handle stress yourself. Which is when yoga came in.
I know that doing Daily Bon Jovi Yoga was one of the very few things that would be able to “save me”.

I’ve been a yoga teacher since 2003 and if you count me inspiring you to do yoga as teaching, then I am still a yoga teacher.
And as widespread and widely available yoga is nowadays?
The path of you taking ownership of your own yoga practice is untrodden….

You diving into yoga, and crafting your own practice out of music, your body, your memory, and everything that you know and don’t know;
Very few have gone there.

Maybe even none this year…. 
I know I have been flaky as f with it. Which is why I end up in bed with anxiety, I know that much.

So, I am making the commitment today, to do Daily Bon Jovi Yoga.
Most of the time I will be using these albums:
Monday: Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi (1984)
Tuesday: 7800 Fahrenheit (1985)
Wednesday: Slippery When Wet (1986)
Thursday: New Jersey (1988) 
Friday: Blaze Of Glory – solo album (1990)
Saturday: Keep The Faith (1992)
Sunday: These Days (1995) 

In 1990 Jon Bon Jovi had his Braving The Wilderness year, as Brené Brown would call it. After gruesome years of touring had bled the band dry, it was each on their own, until someone was ready to pick up the pieces.
Jon Bon Jovi spent it riding his motor bicycle to the West coast. He spent it on the set of the movie Young Guns 2. And he spent it in a recording studio in the Hollywood hills and in a mansion he called Disgraceland.

He spent it writing the award winning album Blaze of Glory, working with Jeff Beck, Little Richard, Elton John.

And there is an interview with MTV’s Julie Brown, shot on location in Disgraceland, with so much flirting going on that it will set fire to your screen if you watch it.

Life gives you two choices:
Either you face the wilderness. Alone. Not knowing where you’re going and without your old friends to fall back on.

Or you cave in and make yourself small, pull the blankets over your head and hope it all goes away.

But if you want to reach that peak in creativity and sexuality;
If you want to receive that clear vision of your future, which Jon also received.
And if you want to be so on purpose that every step you take is always ON the path;
Because you ARE the path.
Then there is only one choice.

Face the wilderness.

Alone..

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Yoga Outline To The 10 Song Albums: Fahrenheit, Slippery, Blaze Of Glory, Burning Bridges, 2020.

My vision for Daily Bon Jovi Yoga is to help you practice yoga by yourself.
If I think about how spot on I was when I just started yoga!
Created my own yoga ring-binder, based on notes I made after my local yoga classes, and with books from the library.

And how far off I got when I got all caught up in learning how to do it properly..

If only I can prevent you from drifting half that far off from what you already know?
And what already comes through you?
I will consider Dialy Bon Jovi Yoga a huge success.

And that is without saying that any of the training I got was bad.
Because it wasn’t. It was good training.
But I simply didn’t value what was directly from me, and was way too eager to replace it with what was from someone else.
And that’s never a good idea, you know? 

It’s never a good idea to learn anything from someone else, when you’re already well on your way to your own unique blend. And one where, if you do stick to your guns to name but a Bon Jovi song that is on one of the albums we’ll refer to today, will always be in touch with your inner-voice.

Whereas if you learn something from someone else, you must first detach from yourselves. And you may never get back to what was you about it, or what would have been your blend. In this case your blend of doing yoga.

So although I understand that what I m offering here as Daily Bon Jovi Yoga may not be inspiring to beginners, and especially if you want to use the outline, it does require familiarity with them and having done the poses with a YouTube video for example;
I invite you to keep your formal training minimal.

If you go to the Yoga With Adriene Channel, you can find many videos you can do which will make you familiar with yoga.
And be on your way to start recognizing the names poses have, and to understanding the logic behind the 10 song album outline of the list below. 

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So I am aware that for promoting this self-practice, of Daily Bon Jovi Yoga, I am indebted to YouTube yoga, and paid yoga channels, for making yoga so widely available.
If it had not been for that, I may not have been so sure that a new era has begun where yoga can and will be practiced without setting a foot in a classroom.
And perhaps even without ever having done that in the past either.

I think yoga has broken free, from the classroom.
We, are free.

If you want to know if I believe classes still have value?
Yes!
I believe both online communities and real life classes and yoga studios, have great value because they provide a sense of connection, and they are also great if you want to know more about yoga or learn a certain system, or within a certain lineage.

But compared to 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago, yoga classes are no longer nessecary to be able to do yoga at home.

The 10 Song Albums

The 10 songs Bon Jovi albums are:
7800 Fahrenheit
Slippery When Wet
Blaze Of Glory
Burning Bridges
2020

I am currently practicing with the first 7 albums from Bon Jovi, including Jon Bon Jovi’s solo album Blaze Of Glory from 1990.
I practice them every day of the week:
Monday Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi (1984); Tuesday Fahrenheit (1985); Wednesday Slippery When Wet (1986);
Thursday New Jersey (1988); Friday Blaze of Glory (1990);
Saturday Keep The Faith (1992); Sunday These Days (1995).

So I m basically practicing vintage Daily Bon Jovi Yoga, all albums are at least 25 years old.

It was in this setting that I encountered the Fahrenheit and Blaze of Glory albums.
For Blaze of Glory I m not counting the 11th song which is only a minute long.

What I ve done for this outline, is that I ve used the very first outline I made, which I shared in the previous blogpost, about Wembley 1995;
But I ve translated it to an album that has 10 songs.

I also saw some often used yoga poses I forgot, which I added.

I m ending this official part of the blogpost with the summary Yoga For A 10 Song Album, which will describe the general idea.
You can just go with this, or scroll down and find the extended version with poses that belong to each category.

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Yoga for a 10 Song Album [summary]

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song 1: opening sequence and/or sun salutations

song 2: balance poses

song 3: standing Poses

song 4: transition poses between standing and kneeling & poses on your knees

song 5: backbends
& close with child’s pose

song 6: seated, forward bends and twists

song 7: lying down, supine poses
you can add inversions* if you want
* do not practice inversions when you are in your period

song 8: Lying Butterfly, or restorative yoga with props
you can add inversions* if you want
* do not practice inversions when you are in your period

song 9 + 10: long relaxation

Enjoy your practice.
And rock on!

~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer

Follow this blog for inspiration to start your practice!
The button is on this page, probably somewhere on the right.

my Daily Bon Jovi Yoga (a tweet, a log) is posted on my TwitterFacebook;
and added to the list on the overview page

Related and also by me: Rock Star Writer, a blog dedicated to Bon Jovi, sex, and rock n roll.
And
my rock star writer YouTube

The next review of my rock star writer YouTube will be this concert, 2nd night Wembley
So subscribe to the channel to see it.

print out the outline on A4 and keep it next to your mat/ where you practice:

Yoga for a 10 Song Album [Poses]

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With every song, I provide a selection of poses you can do. 

All poses are just suggestions, to help you create your own practice. 
In asymmetrical poses, repeat on the other side.

Breathe in and out through your nose and breathe to your belly:
Inhale through the nose, let your belly expand.
Exhale slowly and completely, through the nose, let the belly release and soften.

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Song 1 opening sequence and/or sun salutations

the Daily Bon Jovi Yoga opening sequence:

on hands and knees:
child’s pose
with the knees wide and arms extended forward

forehead to the floor
resting pose, stay as long as you like

on hands and knees:
child’s pose with twist
cross one arm under your body to the other side
turn head on one cheek
resting pose, stay as long as you like

on hands and knees:
cat or also called “cat cow”
inhale: arch your spine and look up
exhale round your spine, tuck your chin in to your chest
easy moving pose, repeat as often as you like

from hands and knees move to:
downward facing dog
hold for longer or shorter, depending on if you re familiar with this pose
It’s a pose I suggest you throw some YouTube tutorials at!

from downward dog move to:
standing forward fold
walk your feet forward, until you can come in a gentle forward fold (bend your knees)
roll up the spine and reach your hands all the way up, inhale deeply
bring the palms together overhead.
Exhale, bring the hands in front of your chest in “Namaste”

you have now completed the opening sequence

from here you can move into:
Half (standing) Sun Salutations & Sun Salutations of your choosing

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Song 2: balance poses

Examples of balance poses are

tree pose

dancer’s pose

hand to big toe pose (advanced)
holding big toe and extending the leg forward
variation: open/ rotate leg to the side
variation: place hand on hips, hold leg hovering, keep extending it forward 

eagle pose

half-moon pose
variation: with a twist

“the mountain”
place feet at hip width
interlace your fingers with the index fingers up
extend your arms high above you, index finger now points to the sky
come on toes 

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Song 3: Standing Poses

examples of standing poses:

crescent pose/ high lunge pose with the back heel up
arms extend overhead, at shoulder width

crescent pose/ high lunge pose with the back heel up
variation: with a twist

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reversed warrior pose

warrior pose II
upperbody turns open to the side

reversed warrior pose

warrior pose I
looks simple but it is a tricky one
keep your lower body turning to the side as in warrior II
and twist/ turn only the uppertorso, from the waist up, facing forward

extended side-angle pose

triangle pose
variation: with a twist
variation: bow forward over the leg

Goddess pose
standing wide legged squat
reach your arms up overhead, at shoulder width

fierce pose
bend knees (“squat”) with the feet and knees together
reach your arms up, at shoulder width

wide-legged forward bend
variation: walk your hands to one foot and stretch over the leg
variation: from folding forward, bring your body halfway up/ horizontal, and extend your arms to the sides. Lift your head up. Making a bird shape with your entire upper body.

standing forward bend
feet at hip width
variation: with a twist
keep fingers one hand (left) on the ground, bend one leg (left), twist body open to other side (right) and reach other (right) arm up
variation: gorilla pose
feet still at hip width in the forward bend. Bend your knees deeply and place your hands, with the palms up, under your feet.

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Song 4: transition poses between standing and kneeling & poses on your knees

transition between standing poses and on the knees
wide legged squat pose 
+with a twist
crow pose (arm balance)

high on your knees
gateway pose

camel pose

plank pose
variation: side plank

variation: starfish or a moderate (half) starfish with your toes on the floor behind you, in side plank

downward dog

on hands and knees:
cat or also called “cat cow”

inhale: arch your spine and look up
exhale round your spine, tuck your chin in to your chest
easy moving pose, repeat as often as you like

on hands and knees:
cat free flow
circle the hips in a big circle, let rest of the body move with it

tiger pose
tiger pose or half tiger pose

on hands and knees:
arm and leg extension on hands and knees:
extend left arm forward, right leg up, look up, inhale
“crunch” bring left elbow and right knee together, exhale
repeat as often as you like | always practice both sides (repeat other side)

tiger pose or half tiger pose


for the called ones: full body prostration
lie on your belly, face down, with your arms extended overhead, palms together

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song 5 backbends & close with child’s pose

on hands and knees:
puppy pose

forearm plank & sphinx pose
hold low forearm plank and then move into sphinx pose (hold)
repeat

cobra

seal

locust pose

bow

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child’s pose
with the knees wide and arms extended forward

forehead to the floor
resting pose

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song 6: seated, forward bends and twists

seated forward bend also called forward bend or forward fold

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janu sirsasana with a twist

head to knee pose, janu sirsasana
& janu sirsasana with a twist

“easy pose”
sit with the legs crossed or in lotus pose: 
-side stretch, reach (right) arm overhead and lean sideways (to the left)
-repeat other side
-relax forward
-place fingertips behind you, lift/open chest and stretch head slightly back
change legs (other foot up or in front of the other) and repeat the four exercises

wide-angle seated forward bend
variation: grab toes and lift your legs up (upward facing wide-angle seated pose)
variation: now roll back and forth 

butterfly pose/ bound angle pose
place soles of the feet together, so that the knees drop open
grab the ankles and draw the feet closer towards you
– sit up straight, breathe to your belly
– or gently sway left to right, maybe even rolling from side to side
– or sit up, roll/rotate the knees in the direction of the floor with every exhale
– relaxed version: place the feet further away from you, and relax forward with your head in the direction of your feet

seated spinal twist

double pigeon

song 7: lying down, supine poses 

all these poses are done lying on your back

lying twist stretch
lie down on your back, pull one knee (right) towards you
now twist it over to the other side (left)
with the left hand on your knee
extend your right arm to the right at shoulder level
turn your head to the right (optional)

repeat on the other side

supine leg stretch
start with both feet flat on the floor

extend one leg (right) up and pull it towards you
maybe relax the other (left) leg on the floor
repeat other side

supine pigeon stretch or eye of the needle

happy baby or dead bug pose

(I) inversions*
* do not practice inversions when you are in your period

bridge

plow pose/
snail pose = a relaxed plow pose with the arms overhead

shoulderstand (compensate with fish pose)


song 8: Lying Butterfly, or restorative yoga With props 

lying butterfly, reclined bound angle pose
lie on your back, place soles of the feet together and let the knees drop open
let the arms rest next to you or place them wide, at shoulder level

legs up the wall pose
legs up the wall pose, here with a yoga block to elevate the hips

(I) restorative inversions* with a meditation cushion to elevate the hips
or multiple cushions or a rolled up blanket

* do not practice these poses when in you are in your period

bridge pose with a meditation cushion under your hips

legs-up-the-wall-pose
place a mediation cushion under your hips and relax with your legs up

(II) restorative poses with a bolster to rest your upperbody on
or a rolled-up duvet/ blanket

lying butterfly yoga bolster backbend
reclined bound angle pose with a bolster

-child’s pose with a bolster
-wide-legged forward fold with a bolster
-seated forward fold with a bolster
-backbend,
legs and hips lying on the floor, and back and head resting on the bolster.
variation: legs in butterfly = reclined bound angle pose with a bolster


song 9 + 10 long relaxation

Long relaxation
Lie on your back, cover up with a blanket and maybe you’d like pillow under your head.
Lie down with the feet at hip width, hands open next to you, close your eyes and relax your face and entire body. 

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Wembley 1995 2nd Night part I – yoga setlist 1h 6 minutes

This is the first time I am creating a tool, for what is my vision for Daily Bon Jovi Yoga:
An outline to help you practice yoga by yourself.
Without a teacher, without a yoga studio, and even (ultimately) without YouTube yoga teachers.
And without this outline.

My dream for you is to move freely with the music, and do what feels good to you.

In my experience, the best way to go about it, is IF you want to use a guideline, to sequence groups of poses where you can easily go from one pose to another, without adding the noise of having to shift from standing to seated, and so on.

To do that, I have provided poses per group, that go well together.
And I ve tied a group to a song. You can move from one group or type of poses to the next with every new song.

How to use this yoga set list

This selection of poses I offer, will be constantly evolving. I have chosen names that you can Google.
Please send me a message through my Facebook page or @ me on Twitter, if you have found a pose that is unclear and doesn’t give a satisfying result in Google

If you’re new to yoga and do not know where to start, I recommend Yoga With Adriene on YouTube.

~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer

Follow this blog for inspiration to start your practice!
The button is on this page, probably somewhere on the right.

my Daily Bon Jovi Yoga (a tweet, a log) is posted on my TwitterFacebook;
and added to the list on the overview page

Related and also by me: Rock Star Writer, a blog dedicated to Bon Jovi, sex, and rock n roll.
And
my rock star writer YouTube

The next review of my rock star writer YouTube will be this concert, 2nd night Wembley
So subscribe to the channel to see it.

print out the outline on A4 and keep it next to your mat/ where you practice:

Wembley 1995 2nd Night part I
– yoga setlist 1h 6 minutes

ErpP0O0XEAMVnwBsoundtrack:
Bon Jovi | 2nd Night at Wembley Stadium | London 1995
24 June 1995
video by hAnD90, total length 2:20:10
this yoga setlist covers the first part of this concert
We stop after Dry County

With every song, I provide a selection of poses you can do. 

All poses are just suggestions, to help you create your own practice. 
In asymmetrical poses, repeat on the other side.

Breathe in and out through your nose and breathe to your belly:
Inhale through the nose, let your belly expand.
Exhale slowly and completely, through the nose, let the belly release and soften.

1. Livin’ On A Prayer- opening sequence and sun salutations

the Daily Bon Jovi Yoga opening sequence:

on hands and knees:
child’s pose
with the knees wide and arms extended forward

forehead to the floor
resting pose, stay as long as you like

on hands and knees:
child’s pose with twist
cross one arm under your body to the other side
turn head on one cheek
resting pose, stay as long as you like

on hands and knees:
cat or also called “cat cow”
inhale: arch your spine and look up
exhale round your spine, tuck your chin in to your chest
easy moving pose, repeat as often as you like

from hands and knees move to:
downward facing dog
hold for longer or shorter, depending on if you re familiar with this pose
It’s a pose I suggest you throw some YouTube tutorials at!

from downward dog move to:
standing forward fold
walk your feet forward, until you can come in a gentle forward fold (bend your knees)
roll up the spine and reach your hands all the way up, inhale deeply
bring the palms together overhead.
Exhale, bring the hands in front of your chest in “Namaste”

you have now completed the opening sequence

from here you can move into:
Half (standing) Sun Salutations & Sun Salutations of your choosing
Again: YouTube is your friend 🙂 

2. You Give Love A Bad Name – balance poses

Examples of balance poses are

tree pose

dancer’s pose

hand to big toe pose (advanced)
holding big toe and extending the leg forward
variation: open/ rotate leg to the side
variation: place hand on hips, hold leg hovering, keep extending it forward 

eagle pose

half-moon pose
variation: with a twist

“the mountain”
place feet at hip width
interlace your fingers with the index fingers up
extend your arms high above you, index finger now points to the sky
come on toes 

3. Wild In The Streets : Standing Poses

examples of standing poses:

crescent pose/ high lunge pose with the back heel up
arms extend overhead, at shoulder width

warrior pose II
upperbody turns open to the side

warrior pose I
looks simple but it is a tricky one
keep your lower body turning to the side as in warrior II
and twist/ turn only the uppertorso, from the waist up, facing forward

Crescent pose/ high lunge pose with the back heel up
variation: with a twist

extended side-angle pose

triangle pose
variation: with a twist
variation: bow forward over the leg

Goddess pose
standing wide legged squat
reach your arms up overhead, at shoulder width

fierce pose
bend knees (“squat”) with the feet and knees together
reach your arms up, at shoulder width

wide-legged forward bend
variation: walk your hands to one foot and stretch over the leg
variation: from folding forward, bring your body halfway up/ horizontal, and extend your arms to the sides. Lift your head up. Making a bird shape with your entire upper body.

standing forward bend
feet at hip width
variation: with a twist
keep fingers one hand (left) on the ground, bend one leg (left), twist body open to other side (right) and reach other (right) arm up
variation: gorilla pose
feet still at hip width in the forward bend. Bend your knees deeply and place your hands, with the palms up, under your feet. 

4. Keep The Faith : on your knees

Of course we’re on our knees in keep the faith. Where else would we be?

transition between standing poses and on the knees
wide legged squat pose 
+with a twist
crow pose (arm balance)

high on your knees
gateway pose

camel pose

plank pose
variation: side plank

variation: starfish or a moderate (half) starfish with your toes on the floor behind you, in side plank

downward dog

on hands and knees:
cat or also called “cat cow”

inhale: arch your spine and look up
exhale round your spine, tuck your chin in to your chest
easy moving pose, repeat as often as you like

on hands and knees:
cat free flow
circle the hips in a big circle, let rest of the body move with it

on hands and knees:
arm and leg extension on knees:
extend left arm forward, right leg up, look up, inhale
“crunch” bring left elbow and right knee together, exhale
repeat as often as you like | always practice both sides (repeat other side)

for the called ones: full body prostration
lie on your belly, face down, with your arms extended overhead, palms together

5. Blood On Blood – backbends

on hands and knees:
puppy pose

forearm plank & sphinx pose
hold low forearm plank and then move into sphinx pose (hold)
repeat

cobra

seal

locust pose

6. I Can’t Help Falling In Love (a capella)

child’s pose
with the knees wide and arms extended forward

forehead to the floor
resting pose

7. Always – forward Bends and twists

seated forward bend also called forward bend or forward fold

head to knee pose, janu sirsasana

“easy pose”
sit with the legs crossed or in lotus pose: 
-side stretch, reach (right) arm overhead and lean sideways (to the left)
-repeat other side
-relax forward
-place fingertips behind you, lift/open chest and stretch head slightly back
change legs (other foot up or in front of the other) and repeat the four exercises

wide-angle seated forward bend
variation: grab toes and lift your legs up (upward facing wide-angle seated pose)
variation: now roll back and forth 

butterfly pose/ bound angle pose
place soles of the feet together, so that the knees drop open
grab the ankles and draw the feet closer towards you
– sit up straight, breathe to your belly
– or gently sway left to right, maybe even rolling from side to side
– or sit up, roll/rotate the knees in the direction of the floor with every exhale
– relaxed version: place the feet further away from you, and relax forward with your head in the direction of your feet

seated spinal twist

double pigeon

8. I’d Die For You – abdominals

rolling/ rocking over the back
hold on to the backs of the knees or just extend your hands forward

situps, crunches whatever you are familiar with
variation A: situps, crunches with the legs in lying butterfly, legs on the floor
variation B: situps, crunches with the legs in lying butterfly, legs pulled up towards you (soles feet together)
variation: A or B + with a twist (elbow to opposing knee)

every pilates exercise you know

“yoga bicycle pose”

boat pose

lolasana/ pendant pose

9. Blood Money

lying twist stretch
lie down on your back, pull one knee (right) towards you
now twist it over to the other side (left)
with the left hand on your knee
extend your right arm to the right at shoulder level
turn your head to the right (optional)

repeat on the other side

short relaxation lying on your back until Blaze of Glory begins

10. Blaze Of Glory – supine poses 

all these poses are done lying on your back

supine leg stretch
start with both feet flat on the floor

extend one leg (right) up and pull it towards you
maybe relax the other (left) leg on the floor
repeat other side

supine pigeon stretch or eye of the needle

happy baby or dead bug pose


11. Runaway – restorative yoga

lying butterfly, reclined bound angle pose
lie on your back, place soles of the feet together and let the knees drop open

legs-up-the-wall-pose
inversion, do not do when in you are in your period
place pillows under your hips and relax with your legs up

pose with a bolster or a rolled-up duvet/ blanket:
backbend with a bolster
– variation: legs in butterfly, reclined bound angle pose with a bolster

pose with a bolster or a rolled-up duvet/ blanket:
-child’s pose with a bolster
-wide-legged forward fold with a bolster
-seated forward fold with a bolster


12. Dry County- long relaxation

Down in dry county
They’re swimming in the sand
Praying for some holy water
To wash these sins from off our hands

Long relaxation
Lie on your back, cover up with a blanket and maybe you’d like pillow under your head.
Lie down with the feet at hip width, hands open next to you, close your eyes and relax your face and entire body. 

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What If That Box You’re Looking For To Fit In Does Not Exist?

41HUR0vPzrL._AC_SX342_The first time I knew I had issues, was when my first thought when someone was talking about the challenges of showing up online for your business, in particular if it’s a service close to your heart and you want to be honest-and-authentic you and not masking-as-professional you, was that at least they HAD something to sell!
“If only my life were that easy!” I thought.

I write for this account, Daily Bon Jovi Yoga, but I also write under Rock Star Writer, and have an art blog or more “meta blog” for popular culture that is not Bon Jovi.
That art blog is called World Between Worlds.
Then I have a business channel, and a YouTube channel about Bon Jovi. 

And (behold!) this is ONLY the English content under my real name!

If I would include the media I use for my pen name, and for my Dutch content, it would double or triple.

However, since I stopped being a yoga teacher, I no longer “am” something.
I do not write for the sake of writing. It’s not a deliberate art, not some delicate craft that needs to be developed, kept in shape, polished and fine tuned.
My writing does not even need to be admired, that’s how natural it is to me.

I just write because I can’t not write!
It would be like trying to stop myself from breathing. The story needs to come out. 

However, writing just because you die if you don’t, that is not a thing. It doesn’t become a thing until you monetize it, make money off of it.
Something I know I don’t have time for.

Because I don’t know if you have any idea how writing for money works? But it’s a high risk low payoff industry.
If you want to make money, any skill will get you there faster, than writing.
Writing is only monetizable if you use it to SELL something else! 
Like yoga, for instance.
Or coaching.
Or coffee.
Anything business or professional, combined with writing results in a mesmerizing combination!

And as a solo activity: Writing will work if you’re deeply invested in the craft (and write historical novels), or if you re a copy writer, or otherwise write for money, that could work.

But writing just because you’ve got the story coming out of you and stopping it is way too much effort compared letting the thing out?
Does not count.

Now, the conversation I had, about showing up online with someone who did have something to sell, did make me aware that I needed to up on my books!
If only I started publishing those, I would be a writer, and I could close every blog post with:
“My first book *insert juicy title*  is now available at (…)!”

Yes.
I had to publish my books (for this account/name) and then I would “be” somebody!

[…]

It wasn’t until I was home that I realized I was making excuses to NOT show up online, to NOT blog every day, something which I not only love doing but also can’t not do, as mentioned before.

Where the friend was having trouble to show up online to write, speak and sell;
I was having trouble showing up online because I could write (effortlessly),
speak (YouTube, way much more effort, but very rewarding)
but I had nothing to sell!

In my career as a yoga teacher I had gotten so used to the validation of being a yoga teacher, and having that invitation for a first class/ to join the studio, at the bottom of my page;
I didn’t know how to show up online without.

Without the identity of being a yoga teacher, having a studio, offering classes, I was feeling so naked I needed to be a published author instead!

I had been holding myself back because I could not invite people to work with me, not to take my classes, not to DM me.
I was a turtle without a shell.
I needed a shell… I needed to be able to say, “buy my books!”, or I made a fool of myself even being here…

Naturally, the realization I had with the friend was the start of coming to my senses and realizing I had to get over this.
Had to make my peace with the fact that I did not fit into a box, did not know how to professionally call myself, make my peace with having nothing to sell and also use this time to detach from the idea that if or when I do have something to sell?
That that does not define me.

My work will always be bigger than a book I have on sale.

My work is to do Daily Bon Jovi Yoga and write.

Wait? Wait!
What did I just say?

A little voice in my head repeated: “My work is to do Daily Bon Jovi Yoga and write.”

So my question to you is:
Where are you looking for a box to fit in?
Where are you uncomfortable just being and doing, whatever it is you’re called to do, even when to the outside world that does not have a shape or form?

new Twitter bio I do Daily Bon Jovi Yoga and writeI just changed my bio on Twitter to:
“I do Daily Bon Jovi Yoga and write.”
That is five months after I stopped being an entrepreneur and yoga teacher, and almost two years after the Bon Jovi concert that I knew would change my future.

Two years looking for something solid, something to call myself. Even though I already did Bon Jovi yoga in 2019, and I ve been writing since 2006.

God makes us in many shapes and sizes, both physically. But also in terms of skills, interests, fascinations, curiosity.
Use it.
Follow it.
Don’t wait until you have a box for it, a label, a name, a price tag, because that day may never come.

Rock whatever it is you’re doing, that’s all there is to it.
And it saves you two years.

~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer

my Daily Bon Jovi Yoga is posted on
my personal Twitter account
and Rock Star Writer page on Facebook
and the
overview page Daily Bon Jovi Yoga

Follow this blog for inspiration to start your practice!
The button is on this page, probably somewhere on the right.

Related and also by me:

Rock Star Writer, a blog dedicated to Bon Jovi, sex, and rock n roll.
And
my rock star writer YouTube

The Most Important Thing To Remember About Yoga, Life, Anything, That No One Tells You

124033595_2856577737959315_8768405420731460002_nI m going to keep this second post for my Daily Bon Jovi Yoga blog, as short as possible.
Not because it’s already 9 PM and I don’t intend to have the same Staying Up Too Late To Write Can’t Sleep – outburst of insomnia I had last night.
Not because I still want to do the dishes and at least get some yoga done tonight,  leaving little time, if any, for writing.
And not even because this is quite a political post, and perhaps a bit ranty. And before you know it some deep-rooted cynicism could seep through, and I personally believe that anybody who calls anything “Bon Jovi dot dot dot” (as in Daily Bon Jovi Yoga) is no longer allowed any cynicism, and will be held to the same optimistic standards as its name bearer.
Not even that.

No the reason I am going to keep this short is because:
A. It is too important not to write.
So skipping this topic, regardless of my resistance or my tight schedule, isn’t really an option.
and
B. I do not know all the answers
I know the value of knowing what it is I m about to tell you, but I do not know all the consequences. And even the ones I know, do not have an easy black and white solution or adaptation.

I may even have to come back to this topic, in the future, but I hope to cover the basics.

After a long career in yoga, I am now a writer. I no longer have a company, VAT number, insurance and so on. I threw all my yoga teacher books out, website, Facebook page, and so on.
I hope to, in the future, have a house so big I can teach friends but I will never be “a” yoga teacher.
People whom I teach will have a friendship with me, and yoga is a way we do things together.

It is no longer my business, my work, to teach yoga to the public.
I am not a yoga teacher.

And yet?
Of course I AM a yoga teacher.
And even: I am YOUR yoga teacher, in that if you follow this blog, I will start inspiring you to do Daily Bon Jovi Yoga.

Just like Tony Robbins in I Am Not Your Guru (Netflix) is of course the guru to his followers, I am of course a yoga teacher if I keep inspiring to do yoga.
I don’t even have to teach, yoga poses; I teach by writing about what Daily Bon Jovi Yoga is, and because I m also doing yoga to the concerts I review for my YouTube channel, I will weave in talking about yoga in those reviews.
And you’ll be able to pick up on my energy, or the energy of yoga.

But what I mean when I say that despite of all this I am NOT a yoga teacher, is because I do not have a business (model) where I make a living teaching yoga.

And here we come to the essence of this post:
In almost a 100% of the cases, you will only be offered the things people can make money off.
And yoga teachers? Independents serving their local communities? 

Those are the good guys, compared to the big picture stuff.

For example Active Mobility, which means to not use motorized transportation (f.e. to work): 
If everybody would travel only by bicycle or foot? 
That would make a huge impact on reducing carbon emissions.
But they are no part of the economy.
Pedestrians and cyclists only buy a bike once, and the extra cyclist-friendly infrastructure costs the government money.

Whereas electric vehicles (cars, but also buses) have companies sponsoring them, making money off of them, and when it comes to carbon emissions you hardly ever hear about pedestrians and cyclists, but you do hear about the improvement of electric vehicles over normal transportation.
Because electric vehicles are part of the economy and pedestrians aren’t.

With Covid no government immediately switched gears to rapidly make everybody as healthy as possible (free fruit and vegetables, free wholemeal products, free workout gears, promotion of daily walks etc).
Because pharmaceutical solutions (sickness) is part of the economy and health is not. 

Everything you have ever been offered as a solution or a path, was because it was someone’s business model.

I think about 60 years ago, “the food industry” came to rising.
Before that you just had food, in the stores. The raw ingredients.
But raw ingredients are not part of economy, and processed foods are. 

Even the stores where they sell organic food, are still selling processed food.
And nutritional supplements, exotic foods flown in from around the world.
As sympathetic as an organic health store / supermarket seems: 
It stocks the products that make a profit. Not the products that are the most healthy for you, or for the planet, because as said previously, health is not part of the economy.
And raw cacao nibs are.

So I write “Yoga is Political”, what I mean is:
The yoga you get, is the yoga someone makes money off.
Not the yoga that is best for you.
It’s not a bad thing, just like sponsoring your local health store is not a bad thing and it’s certainly a lot better than going to the big supermarket chains;
But it’s good to realize that yoga classes, and everything else you thought you were doing for your health, have been part of the economy. And you know they are part of the economy by the very fact that they reached you.
That is HOW they reached you!

Money makes the world go round.
If you have something, a message, a product, that you want to send out into the world, you must give it a monetary value. You must give people an option to pay you in exchange for what you give them.
Because even in times of open source technology, and knowledge being freely available on internet
-or maybe in particular because the free market being so big that people simply cannot afford to plow through it and find out how to use it for themselves;
Even in those markets, and in our new time, giving something in exchange for money, with a business model, to work within the economy, to be part of the economy, is the fastest way to let whatever it is you want to put out there into the world, and let it thrive!

So I m not saying that asking money for what it is you sell is bad, in fact if you re serious about whatever it is you re selling, please do ask money! And the more money you ask, the further and faster your work will travel.

But from an individual perspective of you the receiver, the consumer-by-default, this means that all the work that was ever brought to you, was the work by the person or organization that understood this principle.
Until, if I take yoga as an example, a handful of yogis who left India to spread yoga over the world, ultimately trickled down to your local yoga teacher and you paying him or her.

The yoga that survived was the one that was monetizable.

Everything that survived and everything that reached you, was the most monetizable version of something that could have had a thousand shapes, a million different expressions. And an infinity of possibilities.
And one of them, would have been yours.

Let’s find that one.

~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer

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