More content seems to be the goal these days with that being said we’re back on that mission! More YouTube videos mainly, subscribers seem to build up faster than I can upload so I’m looking forward to interacting more on that platform!
YouTube – 3 videos a week on the tube! Could be more but quality over quantity is the key over here. From short doc style videos to abstract cinematic captures!
Plenty of Yogi Selects. Yogis tend to move on cp time so I’ll create 7 questionnaires but receive a couple within normal time periods.
Book Selects – More books with mystical and fascinating information will be postedRecipe selects, cannabis selects. Travel selects + more….
Blogging – Sharing more of the day to day behind the scenes of our photoshoots videoshoots or daily workout progress.
Workshops – We are now offering basic photography and videography workshops for those that would like an introduction to content creation. For more info go to Infocus247.com/workshop
Merchandise – Cubensis T – Shirts are still available, I will be hitting up ByrdEyeView for another batch of Grey print ups!
Introducing The Cube – Feels like I’m going to be more vocal about raising awareness of Cubensis mushrooms. There is a transition period going on right now and I would like to be ahead of the wave. Writing a book up will be a great way to organize all these experiences and ideas to be shared!
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It has been thought about long enough. Some ideas pop out and before you know it your in it. I’m glad to say Infocus247 and Bluetreasurephotography is now offering classes teaching basic videography and photography techniques to capture an image and tell a story. There are times where some concepts and buttons may be hard to grasp. With hands on in the field practice we can help you gain a better understanding on how to capture the shot you are looking for. We completed our first group class over the weekend in Houston.
Here’s an example of a student learning the technique of rack focusing.
The class/session is 2 hours long with 2 teachers at 100.00
What will you require. – A camera ( No iPhones… that’s a different class)
We provide a print out overview of the basics we will be covering.Shutter speed, F – Stop, white balance and ISO
A PDF file for the videography half that details shot structure, being prepared and techniques for cinematic shots.
Go to Infocus247.com/workshop for more info . Use the contact form below to reach out
Today we have a chance to be blessed as always! The yogi select that was nice enough to share a little more about their practice this week is Leah or known as on instagram @Blessed2Empress. I noticed there were plenty of beautiful photos with intriguing captions but I was curious to know more! Have a read below and see yoga from a different perspective!
What was your perception of yoga before you began and what led you to the practice?
While I attained my undergraduate degree in Anthropology at New York University I worked the front desk at the Jivamukti Yoga School. To be honest I found many of the people there to be kinda weird and over the top (with vegan-ism etc) so that turned me off some. Also, as a woman of color it was hard for me to sit through the spiritual talks at the start of the classes. When I was younger and angrier (this is ceca 2004-2007) I wasn’t really feelin a white person telling me how to liberate myself through my yoga practice! But after a while I realized that the teachings themselves regardless of the delivery, or of the cultural appropriation were truly a gift.
I realized that I was there for a reason and that I should be open to receiving the knowledge for liberation. Rather than focusing on the others around me that were I needed to focus inward. Jivamukti in Sanskrit literally means freedom of the soul. I did my first teacher training there and am grateful for it.
Does living in a big city like New York effect the type of yoga you do? If so how
Yes Absolutely! NYC is a faced paced city, it is full of fast paced people. It is very Vata energetically . Yet despite this, most New York Yogi prefer a fast paced Vinyasa type practice which Ayurvedically creates Vata imbalance. Especially if you also do a lot of cardio based workouts in your fitness routine like running and cycling. Since I am also a personal trainer who is into board sports I try and use my yoga practice to provide balance. Physically I use my yoga practice to help correct muscular imbalances and over exertion. Energetically I use my yoga Practice for doshic balance. My dosha is already very Vata and I live in a Vata city, thus my yoga practice has to be more Kapha if I want to achieve harmony. My life is fast, my city is fast and my workouts are usually strength endurance based, so my yoga practice has now become slow. Not easy, not boring, but slower for sure.
Do you feel yoga has helped your workout routine?
I often do yoga prior to or after my workout as a warm up or cool down. I consider yoga to be a part of my fitness regimen so I often tailor my yoga practice to help me prepare for sports and strength training or, as a recovery technique. These sessions are shorter than a traditional vinyasa practice but very effective.
How did you come across sup yoga and what are some of the differences in your experience on the water vs land.
I tried paddle-boarding in Miami for the first time in 2013. I had already been surfing on and off a few years and thought SUP Yoga would be right up my ally. I found SUP school and signed up for a class, but when the teacher arrived he wasn’t the Yoga teacher, just a person teaching paddle technique. Paddle-boarding was challenging yet relaxing and I found myself naturally trying poses on my own while the instructor worked with other students. Then when I came back to NY I found a SUP yoga teacher training in the Hampton’s and signed up! Yoga on the paddle board is awesome because it challenges you in a whole new way. Poses that are “easy” on the mat are not so easy on the water. You really have to engage mula bandha and uddiyana bandha in order to stay on the board. Plus even if you fall off that’s fun too! The most interesting thing about teaching on the board though is that most traditional yoga sequencing just doesn’t work so you have to re-learn how to sequence a yoga class. It is also very peaceful to practice outside and to be on the water in general. One of the main reasons I got into board sports in the first place is for that city escape. You need water to surf and paddle-board. You need snow for snowboarding, you need nature.
What was one thing you learned about yourself during your practice that may have been hard to see previously?
As I continue to practice I’ve realized that the strength portion of yoga for me, is way more important than flexibility. I’ve always been very flexible and training in dance and gymnastics as a child increased that ability. As I have gotten older my practice has changed. I’ve learned that hyper mobility promotes injury so my personal practice has become very different than the type of practice I teach to those who sit at a desk all day and aren’t as flexible.
What was your first memory ever?
My first clear memory is being on my fathers shoulders walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. I remember we walked for a really long time and there were people everywhere crowding around us. I didn’t know them and I didn’t know why we had to keep walking. I was scared and crying by the end. Finally my mom came and picked us up in the car and drove us home. When I was older I asked my dad about it and he told me we were marching in protest to the Howard Beach race attacks. This was in 1986 so I was 4 years old. 23 year old Michael Griffith, an immigrant from Trinidad had been killed when white teens chased him onto the highway. His his car had broken down in “the wrong neighborhood” and he and three other young black males were severely beaten. The teens chased Michael onto the highway where he was hit by a car and left in the road to die. The driver was another white, local teen who was incidentally the son of a police officer.
What do you find most beneficial about meditating?
For the past six months I’ve been working with a meditation teacher trained in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Its all about loving kindness. Giving that to yourself and giving it to others. I think selflessness can be overrated sometimes. How can one care for others if not for for oneself? Giving loving kindness to yourself is really powerful. Empowerment of self enables you to be stronger for others, open to others, compassionate to others.
Do you think you learn more as a teacher teaching yoga or as a student?
I am certainly most grateful to all of my yoga teachers and have learned so much from them! You cannot be a teacher without first being a student. Likewise, you also learn allot being a teacher. You learn about different bodies, different injuries, different moods. You develop different types of flows and sequencing. However interestingly my participation in other forms of sports and training has inadvertently taught me the most about how to be a good yoga instructor. When you work with different kinds of athletes and study the body mechanics of what they do and how they do it, it enables you to be able to teach to a wider student body. Also since yoga has such a large spiritual component, I find the anatomy portion in the study of yoga to be lacking. Most of what I have learned about body mechanics and its applicability in yoga was through personal training and Pilate’s coursework.
I’ve never been surfing so how can a yoga session prepare you physically and mentally before you paddle out?
Surfing uses very specific joint actions when paddling out. It requires shoulder mobility as you paddle, spinal extension to keep the head and chest lifted off the board, and lateral flexion of the trunk as your torso moves from side to side while paddling. Once you have gotten past the break and are trying to catch a wave you also need a good amount of cervical rotation to look back at the wave you are trying to catch. All of these joint actions are a part of any standard yoga practice. Sun salutations, reverse prayer, cow pose and other binds promote shoulder mobility, while upward facing dog, bow pose, wheel and other back bends utilize spinal extension. Lateral flexion of the trunk is performed in triangle pose, extended angle, and other standing poses, while cervical rotation occurs each time you look up towards your lifted hand or down towards your mat in those poses. Once you have caught and are riding a wave, surfing necessitates a lot of internal rotation of the femur. This is one of the major ways that enables you to turn the board in reaction to the wave. In yoga, internal rotation of the femur occurs when you turn your feet inward from a turned out (90 degree) position. For example, coming into a straddle from warrior two, or rotating both feet from one side to the other so that the front of you mat becomes the back and vice versa. This is why I recommend an Ashtanga based standing practice in preparation for surfing. In the Ashtanga primary series you rotate the feet from one side to the other in-order to switch to the other side, rather than stepping the opposite foot forward from downward facing dog. Another major factor in turning the board once you are actually surfing is trunk rotation. So a presurf yoga series should also incorporate a LOT of twisting poses. But surfing isn’t just about joint actions. It is about a neuromuscular connection as well. This is because you are exercising in the ocean which is a reactive setting. The practice of yoga prior to surfing allows your body to reinforce those neurological connections while you’re in a stable environment.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers of infocus247
I am just happy to be included in a social media project featuring yogi’s of color. We are so marginally represented and our views, practice, knowledge and history is so important! I thank you for your interest and look forward to reading future featured yogi’s.
It’s brick cold in New York but somehow some way I managed to make it to the end of the 4 line in BX to meet with Librada.Yoga. From time to time the opportunity to meet with the Yogi Selects yogis presents itself! I missed her on the first orbit but was able to make time the second trip to NY. Running late (not usual) but I made it around 5 and the sun was down and the cold was effecting AsiaSol more than me. After a quick plan to explore and find a decent spot we hopped on the bus. An insightful conversation ranging from traveling to the willingness to sacrifice to achieve a goal laid the undertone for our subtle search. Hopped off the wrong right bus sparked a spliff to keep warm and wallllaaaa on the last toke we arrived at the best lit spot the cold could offer! This is the first half of our shoot the next half requires a trip to Puerto Rico!
Yogi Selects: Librada.Yoga How can tradition/ritual be beneficial for a consistent yoga practice? There is such beauty in the stillness of a ritual, just as in yoga. In creating daily and/or weekly rituals, we build consistency. Through the rhythm of repetition I believe we can cultivate peace within. In Ashtanga, we visit the same poses everyday, and this practice allows me unveil the obstacles I often hide from myself. So just like some traditions, there is an information exchange. My practice is often a part of a ritual.Sometimes I begin a dance offering with breath and free movement; this moving meditation definitely feels like yoga to me even if its more informal. When I can feel life getting away from me or I’m burdened, a cleansing ritual or a detoxing yoga flow can always help me get back on track. So if you are already are armed with a spiritual ritual practice, some yoga can strengthen and ground your spirit.Was there a specific point or experience in life that led you to forming a stronger connection with yourself through practice?I definitely acknowledged at a young age the fact that there were/are forces guiding my life. So with that self-awareness, i know that I did not fall into yoga. I was guided over the course of a few years, or maybe like Patanjali said in the Sutras this journey has lasted a few lifetimes. So during high school, my mom met her father and found him sick and living in shambles. She took him in and began to care for him, the financial and emotional burden was overwhelming. I couldn’t find money for university so I dropped out of George Washington University during midterms and went home to find my mom in the hospital at her last rope. She retired early, and we took our little family to St Croix, USVI where I helped take care of my estranged grandfather and took as many classes as I could at a local studio.My grandfathers health deteriorated and we moved to Puerto Rico for better health care where I immediately took a YTT at Ashtanga Yoga Puerto Rico and never looked back. Are there lessons you learn while teaching others? If so what do you find useful from teaching others? Teaching always reminds me how sublime the complexity of life really is; that our bodies have a lot to show us. All the people it took to birth you, their lifetimes live in your skin, your muscles, your bones, down to the synapse of your neurons. There are lots of shitty situations that can leave you feeling broken and purposeless. One thing I believe is we are all God experiencing themself through the wilderness of life in this universe; in moments we spend with each other we can find another face of God meandering through this journey we are all a part of. Only I could have been born, with this skin, soul and body. Whatever I am, I am the energy God decided should be here right now.What was your first memory ever? I think it was singing The Boy is Mine with my Titi Nancy in her car. Whenever I was with her, the space we were in always felt like love & I could feel it in the air. She taught me how to have a good time. I learned to stay true to myself by watching myself die? How can you relate to this quote?I try to not be afraid of failure or destruction. I think there can be beauty in obliteration. For the sake of balance, I can’t be afraid of the ugliness. Sometimes we need to strip ourselves of the things that make our lives “prettier.” On my mat, I bring myself down to the gritty, bare version of myself to see what’s at my core. What’s left when all the bullshit is destroyed? I’m bare-assed and exposed. Alone with myself, I deconstruct what I’ve built to see what truly is. Shit happens and sometimes I’m crushed. I have lost direction and had to start from scratch. I’ve failed, fucked up and had to watch bits of myself die. Like a dead limb threatening to poison me, I’ve cut off bad habits, thoughts, ideas or even goals I’ve set for myself. I’m still young and try to practice courage, so I can be my own true self. I know that more destruction is in my future because I want to create; and the two go hand in hand. In my evolution, there will be several versions of me. Through my practice, I shed, renew and find my truth. Have you had any mystical and metaphysical experiences practicing yoga/meditation? My yoga practice helps me manage my sensitivity. My dedication clears out the excess. If I’m not conscious and present I will carry a lot of things that don’t serve me. With a consistent practice, I see/hear the guidance I need much clearer. I can walk closer to my divine path. So in a sense, yoga helps me handle the metaphysical and mystical parts of my life that otherwise overwhelm me.I noticed you like quotes, reflect on what this one could mean to you? “The moment we realize our imagination is as tangible as our memory experience becomes limitless.” We live in a world of possibilities. Even with the privilege of western living, I forget how much influence I have on my own path. My imagination & past experiences can help shape my present. Whatever future I see for myself, I can bring it to fruition through discipline, dedication and faith. But through non-attachment, I believe we can find even more success. So often life will offer you a path radically different from what we intended; and its probably wilder than our imagination can fathom.How can yoga be a good tool for recovering from the aches and pains that come with skating? While it is obviously great for recovery, I think yoga & maybe more specifically Ashtanga, is the perfect tool for skaters. It offers us muscular and skeletal alignment, to keep the body safe. Skating asks a lot of the body, but there is no limit to your progress if you pair your training with some primary series. The mind/body connection will maximize your potential in the street, on a ramp or in a derby bout. In which ways has your practice taken your mind off of your self and how does that help those around you? In class the discussions are often about “me” “i” “the self”, and while this is really fucking important ( I realize all mental, spiritual or even physical work begins from within), it’s so vital we address our communal responsibilities. A good grounding practice can harness a deeply rooted connection. And when I ground myself, I release my individuality and accept more of the infinite. I realize the inescapable relation between me & everyone/thing. When I’m grounded, I more readily see the beauty & strength in the people around me & try to remind them of it. When my root energy flows I give compliments, I share good energy, I dance, I can love more thoroughly. What has been the most important question you can ask yourself at this point in life? This is tricky. I often ask myself, “What’s next?” But I don’t think its the most important question. Maybe its: “Am I living my truth?”Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers ofinfocus247.comSomething I try to tell myself on the regular: Live fiercely & humbly. Be radically at peace with yourself.
Another cool yogi I follow on IG SamRbarberMorris Going to her page feels like a bright beam of sunshine! This was a photo taken from the spaceship we conducted the interview below enjoy!!
If you could choose another body to be in not limited to human which body do you think would be best for yoga adventures?
I’ve always felt connected to snakes. The way that they slither and move is so much a continuous practice of immense strength and effortless flexibility. Their awareness of their whole body is a feat and is something I aspire to cultivate in my asana practice.
It has been said that pain is stored in our muscles, joints, bones pretty much all over our body, has yoga been useful too in tapping into past experiences that need to be revisited?
A million times yes. Tapping into the resistances and blocks in my own body helped me bring to the forefront of my mind things that I had never faced even through therapy, treatment, and all self-medicating habits I took on. It still feels like this practice is peeling back layers and layers of bullshit and connecting back into a healthy spirit – one who has learned how to let go. My body follows suit.
With every goodbye you learn, what has been a difficult lesson for you to live through?
I have been learning recently how to accept love with openness instead of defensiveness. I encountered my first sex offender at 5 years old. I learned at a young age to hide and protect parts of myself so that I wouldn’t have to be hurt again. It’s decades later and I’m only beginning to learn what it feels like to be safe. It’s not what happened back then that is difficult to accept, it’s learning to feel safe for the first time in my body since then.
Which crystal are you currently attracted to and explain why you may be intuitively connected?
Different crystals call to me at different phases in my life. Right now, moonstones are my supreme guide. I think it’s perfect – a stone for restoring the balance of feminine, creative, and calming energy, great for opening the heart, and a guide for travelers. Sounds like the work I’m ready to do now.
Have you had any mystical and metaphysical experiences practicing yoga/meditation?
As a child, my mom’s hypnosis & parapsychology mentor would teach me hypnosis and how to enter altered states. Through that I healed my own trauma, also had some luck reading people’s emotional states, and astral-projecting. Often times when I’m in deep meditation I lose track of an hour easily and sometimes I feel my whole body vibrating with the earth.
Is there a way to create a business from your passion for yoga without compromising the passion? How do you manage to keep a balance
It’s what I’m striving to do now. Finding that balance is always tricky but I try to keep the community in mind always. Accessibility is a huge issue but I have been lucky to partner with spaces that allow me to offer free community classes and donation based classes on top of my regular paying jobs. As of now, I feel grateful that I haven’t had to compromise any of my values – I’m able to bring my authentic yoga practice to people who need it everyday. My greatest hope is that I can continue doing that.
Create an analogy using the ocean and waves that would reflect how you process the trials and tribulations of life?
There was a day I spent on the beach with some friends. My friend and I were swimming in the ocean behind the break line, riding huge waves before they crashed on the shore. When we were ready to go back she started swimming hard, wave after wave crashing into her. Resisting the pull of the water as she swam to get back. That’s how I used to go through life – all out and hard. Fighting to get to my destination as soon as possible, to just get through the trials.Now I do what I did then, anytime a wave came behind me, I ducked my head underwater and let the wave push me towards the shore. I’d come up, swim a little more and then repeat. I came up to shore smiling, being in flow with the ocean is amazing.. My friend came up panting. This is not to say that trials and tribulations become easy, far from it.. but I suppose I’ve learned to surrender to what I can’t change, move where and when I can, let everything else just flow. I find myself smiling through the challenging parts, there’s a lot of good stuff there too when I slow down, a lot of learning, a lot of growing.
What was your first memory ever?
My first memory was walking when I was maybe a year old. It’s one of the few, if not only, memories I have with my father. I was walking, fell on my face, and chipped my front tooth which stayed that way until it fell out 6 years later.
How has yoga improved your mental flexibility and what were are open to now that you weren’t before?
As time passes, with consistent practice my body began to open up and change. All the things I used to think I couldn’t do became more and more possible. It’s a real visceral experience of how limited our minds can be – in short, I didn’t know shit. Probably still don’t. We are so full of potential energy and given practice and patience I feel that there is so much we can learn. I’ve started working for myself which is something I never thought I could do, I’ve even started taking up piano again which I gave up as a kid and swore I could never do. If we never try, we can never know
Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers of infocus247.com
Thank you for taking the time to read my little contribution. I’m grateful for the space to express..
The Science of Breath and the Philosophy of the Tattvas. The Tattvas are the five modifications of the Great Breath or the central impulse which keeps matter in a certain vibratory state. The book was translated from the Sanskrit in 1894, showing the religion of ancient India had a scientific basis. Contents include: The Tattvas, Evolution, The Mutual Relation of the Tattvas and of the Principles, Prâna, The Mind, The Cosmic Picture-Gallery, The Manifestations of Psychic Force, Yoga-The Soul, The Spirit, and The Science of Breath.
The Goddess Revival was magical as intended! This was the 5th event I have captured and the vibe is all so familiar. Its great seeing familiar faces and hear all the changes and progress being made in life. It feels like these are the moments that remind me time is actually passing. Events seem to be my roadmap of where I am and the direction i’m going in particularly The Goddess Gatherings. I stayed longer than I planned but it was well worth what was captured + I know more footage = more editing! The edibles was popping from AdventuresOfaSacredGoddess, had me floating 2 inches off the ground. Across the room I heard a recognizable laugh so I breezed over to find Holisticallyhealarious having a laugh yoga session. I stumbled upon her through Hadiiya and have been laughing ever since! Check her page out it will be well worth it! She was telling me something about an event coming up Dec 16th In LA … I think … I was getting pulled in by her eyes and my ears stopped working! The next Goddess Gathering event with Hadiiya Barbel will be in NY 1.19.19 I’ll post the specifics once the flyer begins circulating. Get your snow boots ready!
I’m looking forward to capturing the next event and being on a black sand beach soon after to thaw out from the cold weather!