Conscious Conversations

So stoked to be introducing our podcast: Conscious Conversations

We love talking with our favourite people so we decided to record some of these sessions to share with the entire conscious community.

Expect deep insight, and big surprises!

So sit back, relax, and get your jam on with us!

In the Community: Kent Brun Podcast

Cory Sterling sits down with Kent Brun to talk about Yoga Law/Branding/Diego. Check it out! 

In The Community: Yoga Crush

Cory Sterling sat down with Suzanne Moscovitch, of Yoga Crush, to have an amazing conversation about yoga, important legal considerations for an instructor/studio/retreat, and other rad stuff. Check it out! 

Notes from Yoga Crush: 

IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:

• How Cory responds to the stereotypes of being a yogi and a lawyer
• How to distinguish your role as a contractor or an employee (and why this is important)
• How to ensure you're properly covered through liability insurance
• How to protect your content as intellectual property
• What to include in a commercial contract (for teaching at festivals, conferences etc.)
• How to stay legally protected when organizing yoga retreats
• What to include in a partnership agreement
• How to approach difficult conversations with employers or collaborators
• When is the right time to legally incorporate your yoga biz
• Why it serves you to create content for copyright

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Expectations

Do you ever find yourself expecting things from other people or experiences? You aren’t paying attention to what is actually going on but instead focus on what you think should be happening?

I recently saw the Foals play at the Commodore Ballroom. Going into any concert, I always think about what songs I’d love to hear live at the show. For this rocking British band, I settled on “Two Steps Twice” and “Big Big Love (Fig. 2)” both killer songs from their first album “Antidotes”. I declared these desires to my friend Shaz as the band walked on to the stage to the uproar of the crowd. My intention was sent forth and pushed into the universe.

The atmosphere was electric and the band was on fire as they ripped through their set, much to the delight of the sold-out venue. It was hard to keep two feet on the ground as they pounded the Commodore with unrelenting energy without pause, like a stormy ocean beating up against the shore.

As each song ended and the band prepared tuning for the next jam, I caught myself constantly wanting to hear the chords for the songs I came to see. I almost stopped paying attention to what the band was actually playing, because I was so focused on what they weren’t playing. Expecting to hear certain songs prevented me from enjoying what was really happening at the concert.

After the beautiful “Spanish Sahara”, I caught myself in my behaviour and immediately committed to not wanting to hear anything, except which the band felt like playing. From that moment on, I was much more present at the show and was fully able to enjoy each song as it happened, not waiting for it to end so I could hear my songs.

This experience inspired me to think about other areas of my life which were pervaded by expectations. I was able to see how in some relationships, I wasn’t aware of what was really happening, but instead only thought about what I expected to happen. I found this to be especially dangerous when dealing with personal and professional connections. It became obvious that there were instances where I was blocked from seeing what was really going on in front of me, because I was only looking to see what I wanted to see. The Foals concert was a great example of how this was happening in my life. Once I became aware of this and stopped expecting things, I found that relationships and experiences unfolded in a much more natural and pleasurable way.

The band re-emerged from backstage after putting on a stellar show and picked up their instruments for the encore. I applauded, jumped and screamed to show my admiration and appreciation. The lead singer approached the microphone and gazed out into the crowd. “You’ve been great Vancouver. This is our last song and it’s called Two Steps Twice”. Of course, I laughed to myself. The moment you let go of something, it comes running back to you.  

 

Sharing Your Gift

I was shocked to see his name on the list. When I signed up for Wanderlust Tahoe, I hadn’t checked to see any of the artists, but was thrilled to learn that Garth Stevenson would be leading a Morning Meditation Hike through Squaw Valley at the break of dawn. Garth is an extremely talented musician whose music I came across and incorporated into my spin classes for the meditation drills. The track “Hourglass” is powerful and inspirational, with a profound bass that fills the soul with hope and belief.

The hike felt like a dream. We trekked in tranquility up rocks, through trees and beside a rushing stream. Garth managed the whole hike with a bass on his back and randomly stopped on top of a small plateau for the performance. He unloaded his tools, introduced himself and spoke about the omnipresence of nature and unique landscapes as the inspiration of his music. Everyone sat in silence, legs crossed and breathing deeply as Garth created sublime sounds. The natural effects of his gift synchronized perfectly with the environment. There is no better place than the side of a mountain, in a gorgeous valley, with a rising sun and running wanter to hear his music. He played his final chord and held it for what seemed like eternity as a cloud of calmness hovered over us.

Following the performance, I approached Garth to thank him and told him about my connection with Hourglass. He looked a bit taken aback, if not surprised, when I mentioned my affinity for the song. “That’s so funny,” he said. “I worked so hard on that song and almost didn’t include it on the album.” He lifted his eyes while saying this and our eyes met. I can’t imagine what expression I had on my face, but I was shocked. The song is such a gift, so powerful, yet it almost never emerged from the womb. As I said goodbye and thanked Garth, I urged him to share everything he makes, noting that hundreds of cyclists have manifested their dreams and goals in my class listening to a song he almost did not share with the world.

As I walked off to the water to bathe in its glory under the sun, I couldn’t help but think how applicable this lesson is in all of our lives. How often do we have a gift that we neglect to share? We stop ourselves from putting gifts into the universe for a million reasons. But, whatever excuses we create to justify such inaction are all trumped by the blessing of sharing our unique contribution with the world. Do you think when Garth Stevenson finished Hourglass he ever envisioned people sweating on bikes, changing their lives while listening to the song? Probably not. But, once you put your gift out there, it will create its own path and meaning. The important thing isn’t harping on what will become of your gift, but more importantly ensuring that you share it.  

My First Post

My First Post

This will be used as a space to share lessons learned from my legal practice and inspirations from teaching spin. Also, if rad stuff happens, I'll probably write some if it down here.