Category Archives: Self Mastery

Kentfield, CA

GS-R-1200

With the purchase of the GS R 1200, it became imperative to get out on the road and stretch her legs. First impressions of this bike is simply amazing. I am comparing my experience to what it felt like riding the GS F 700 I traded in. The 1200 is so smooth and refined. The Gear Assist Shift Pro gizmo that allows the rider to shift while accelerating without the clutch is a really cool feature. Also, the cruise control just works. Easy breezy on the highway at 80 mph. All of these features, the bikes size ect……all add up to a bike that is much more comfortable, and in my mind feels much safer than the GS F 700.

Olema CG

Olema Campground Site 336

So, I lite out on a Saturday afternoon after teaching my 11am yoga class. (remember my yoga website is christianallaireyoga.com) I was the Memorial Day weekend, so everything was pretty packed. I stayed the first night in Olema Campground in Olema, California which is just outside of one of my favorite places, Point Reyes Station, CA. The campground was crammed with the Memorial Day weekend crowds. The cool evening fog rolled in after sundown from the pacific ocean, which made the morning beautifully dew drop laden.

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Coloma, California (temp a balmy 102)

After a sound nights sleep I cruised into PR Station for some breakfast and hit the highway. Rolling out through Nicasio Reservoir, a stunning place to visit in its own right, I headed onto Lucas Valley Road, to 101, to Highway 37, to Route 80 and dashed off to Highway 50 in Sacramento. I could barely wipe the smile off my face. The heat was on! Sacramento is usually an oven anyway this time of year, but heading into the Sierra Foothills it was scorching. Passing through Placerville I hooked a turn north onto Highway 49 toward Colomo, California. This awesome little town along the south fork of the American River has had a significant impact on California and the nation. It is where gold was discovered in 1848, which triggered the gold rush and the whole 49’s rush. Pretty cool!

Point Reyes B&W

Point Reyes B&W

I made camp at the American River Resort sitting right on the south fork of the American River. It was the Sunday before Memorial Day and of course crammed with tons of activity. I set up shop in camp site #61 and was happy as a clam. As a side note, one of the things that made this trip so pleasant was the fact I was cut off most of the time from cell coverage and or internet usage. It decompresses the nervous system to be cut off like that.

Coloma B&W

Campsite @ American River Resort

American River B&W

American River B&W

 

 

 

The next morning, Memorial Day, the crowds started to pack up. Blessed as I am, I had the entire day to go riding! I stocked my system with coffee and heading out for Placerville. After a hardy breakfast at Mel’s Diner, turned east onto Highway 50 for Lake Tahoe.

On the way to Tahoe

On the way to Tahoe

Traffic proceeding out of the region toward Sacramento and San Francisco was sluggish even at 10am. I on the other hand had the road into South Lake Tahoe all to myself. I headed up the west shore of Lake Tahoe, passed the always stunning Emerald Bay.

From Highway 50

From Highway 50

Heading back toward my campsite required a 2 hour jaunt on Route 80 toward Auburn, which was bumper to bumper. I had to lane split most of the time. Lane splitting is a-lot of mental energy. I arrived back at my campsite and a nearly completely empty resort. Just the sounds of nature greeted me for the entire day. I slept like the dead, and headed out to Sacramento the next day to meet up with my girlfriend for a family function and then a night time ride back home.

Lake Tahoe from Tahoe City

Lake Tahoe from Tahoe City

Ahhhhhhhh…..what a trip! Please feel free to comment or get in touch with me.

 

Yogi C

 

 

 

 

 

Intuition & Trust

SeaSalt

The Six Sense, belly check, gut instinct, a sense of just “knowing”….these are all explanations that we can call intuition. There seems to be a healthy skepticism of intuition in westernized culture. This is partly driven by an enormous amount of meta-data flying around leading us to believe we can parse truths from seen or known data sets. We have a real problem with things that we can’t see and touch and always the word “why” or “how” bubbles up. Humans have a real need to know. The brain is stamped by thought and experience creating impressions in the brain. Intuition collects and harmonizes these impressions and spits out cognition or leanings toward one side or the other. Intuition is a powerful tool because of the enormous amount of information that the brain synthesizes to gain an intuitive thought about this or that. Your gut instinct will be stunted if you’re living in a constant state of mental turbulence. The unconscious mind can’t pass on good “intel” through some invisible barrier into the conscious mind. If the conscious mind is churning with thought and emotion, we won’t process the intuitive notions. We leave so much on the table by not slowing the brain down.

Yogi C

 

 

August 2nd, 2014

Kentfield, California

I love to read period. As far as I can remember it’s always been so. This spring and summer I’ve been reading books encompassing a self-mastery theme. The best books I’ve been uncovering are authored by Navy SEALS. Thom Shea, a fellow retired senior chief penned this great book that I’m half way through. The book was written to his children in the form of a training manual based upon his life experience as a SEAL in the event of his death. Fathers teach and in case he wasn’t present he wanted his kids to know certain things.

This book is all about Internal Dialogue and how it dictates the course of one’s life. Highly recommend this book.

Thom Shea's Book

Thom Shea’s Book

The next two book are by the same author, Mark Divine (USNA ret). Super impressive guy. Not a flash in the pain philosophic pop zinger messaging, but real integration of varying methods of mastery. Anyone who studies philosophy with any kind of depth comes to see numerous connections across seeming disparate perspectives and diciplines. Similar to what I’ve found in teaching yoga, you learn to say the same shit over and over again, but with different words. Essentially conveying the same message. You learn who to bridge.

UNBEATABLE MIND

UNBEATABLE MIND

Shea’s book is more memoir like with lessons peppered in. Divine’s books are excellent excellent books on total transformation.

The Way of the SEAL, By Mark Divine

The Way of the SEAL, By Mark Divine

I was thrilled but not all that surprised to learn that Commander Divine is an Astanga trained yoga teacher. You learn how to think like a warrior, the intense benefits of deep breathing and meditation. He breaks down military planning tools used in the SEAL community, distilling it to be used in business or personal life.

Maybe one of the reasons these books appeal to me so much is the style of writing. He is a military officer and speaks my language. It is not squishy, and there is no waste within.

If you are a person that wants to live life at the next level, please check these books out and check in with the Divine crew at SEAL FIT. From what I’ve gathered his methods work.

Kindly,

Christian Allaire