The Great Cartwheel Conspiracy of 2013

by Amanda on May 2, 2013

Do let this happen to you!

From the “news” (hope you’re not still watching that!) to public schools to conventional medicine to government to corporate consumerism to law enforcement, there are many factors working to suppress the tidal wave of awakening humanity and make us feel very….frickin’….serious. Very threatened, small, and powerless.

And that’s OK: it’s all part of the cycle. According to Alan Watts, a hero of mine, we’re exactly on track.

One of the most powerful things we can do to expedite the process of our evolution—of becoming Real Human Beings—should we care to, is to have some eff’n fun. Many, many people are beginning to figure this out and have started spontaneously dancing in public, offering free hugs on the sidewalk, developing alternative economies and ways of living together, and generally having a great time.

They’re looking where they want to go, not where they don’t. Cisco’s dad taught me that key concept years ago while we were mountain biking on single-track, right after I climbed back up a steep, thistle-grown hill.

And in that spirit, conspire with me—literally, “breathe with me”—to have fun now. If it’s not a cartwheel, make it a somersault, or a frog leap, or a hug, or a heart-felt compliment.

Dare to come alive! Do the unexpected. Be your weird, wild, wonderful self. Do what you want! And in doing so, inspire and alight those around you with the warrior courage it takes to walk the Earth as a Real Human Being.

Let us know how it goes! And PS: By not watching the news, we’re not burying our heads in the sand. Nope. Know what’s happening (without the corporate spin), and then look where you do want to go! Choose where to send your energy, is all. :)


The Plank of Doom

by Amanda on April 17, 2013

I'm your friend, see? No, really!

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I guess my definition of “fun” is a little unusual.

My students have learned that when I say, “OK, so let’s try something fun!” some serious shit is about to come down on them. There are usually moans and groans, and sometimes there are flops onto the floor as dread overwhelms.

Most of them, though, surprise themselves by rising to the occasion and finding that a good old-fashioned challenge is, yeah….fun. I love seeing the furrowed brows transform into smiles of discovery as they take on the challenge and win.

In this coddled, automated society, we’ve forgotten how glorious and gratifying it is to test ourselves, mentally and physically, against an opposing force—even if it’s “just” our own bodyweight. And then how fabulous is it to watch ourselves quickly adapt, get stronger, and want to have even more fun?

So, here’s Cisco’s and my latest quick-workout video for you, which I call the Plank of Doom. Make sure not to commit the rookie errors of sticking your butt up or letting the hips sag. If that happens and you can’t help it, just try to hold a good plank for 30-60 seconds until you get stronger.

You’re awesome. Mwa!


Furniture Slide Workouts

March 11, 2013

People ask me all the time where I get the simple yet extremely effective workout exercises that Cisco and I show in our videos. I answer them in one word: Google! Mainly I look up “body weight workouts” and “high-intensity interval training.” There’s a ton of awesome info and great ideas out there if you [...]

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When sheer panic is a good thing.

January 20, 2013

When was the last time you literally fought for your life? I mean, literally. Like if you didn’t do something intelligent with your body—immediately—it would die or take major damage? I’m not talking about the pervasive, toxic adrenaline dumps that many of us endure multiple times on a daily basis. The wife yells, the boss [...]

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Time is short. Be magnificent.

November 27, 2012

Last week, after dialing in (again) just what I’m doing here on God’s green earth, I changed the official Flash of White tag line to “Time is short. Be magnificent.” (Thanks to Robert Greene and his transformational and eminently practical book, Mastery, for the turbo boost.) My thinking on that: Why else are we here [...]

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How to Do Yoga Sun Salutes for Health, Happiness, and Stress Relief

November 19, 2012

Ever despair that because of time and money concerns you’ll never manage to work yoga into your life, despite knowing how good it is for your mind, body, and spirit? Well, despair no more! In this video, I show you how to do Sun Salutations, one of the most effective strengthening, stretching, and stress-relieving yoga [...]

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Can you save your life and your family’s for two bucks a day?

November 19, 2012

Short answer: YES! Particularly if you’ve accidentally fallen into the FDA-recommended Standard American Diet trap, in which we’re told to eat tons of “whole grains” and very little fat. I could go on (and I do, here and here). In our video this week, Cisco demonstrates just how easy it is to down a glass [...]

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The Joy of “No”

October 30, 2012

Our children can be our greatest teachers. Many of us grown-ups suffer from a form of ageism in which we believe that unless someone’s a certain age, they can’t be wise, or thoughtful, or aware. The way I look at it, kids are much closer to Source Energy than I am, having just emerged into [...]

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Arms of Steel and an Open Heart

October 8, 2012

This exercise grew out of a form I learned in Qi Gong with Master Zhou in Ojai last year. Somehow I started thinking of it as a process of creating a golden sphere of protective light around me, and so I call it “the Golden Sphere.” I imagine drawing loving energy from the world as [...]

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Sit-ups don’t work. Here’s what does!

October 1, 2012

If you’re still a devotee of sit-ups and crunches, I have some bad news and some good news. 1. Bad news first: They don’t work. You can’t “spot reduce” that area to magically reveal a nice, tight six-pack. Also, they put tons of strain on your delicate neck and upper-back vertebrae. Are your neck and [...]

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