If You Flow You Know // Flow Genome Project
My backgrounds in actions sports and yoga led me, through friends, to the initial public launch of Flow Genome Project. I was blown away. I thought, "These guys are onto what I'm onto!". I had been geeking out on this stuff for years in my Venice, CA bungalow and had suddenly found my people outside of a ski town where locals cared about not much more than finding flow for themselves, touting accomplishments and simply gaining glory as athletes. As a former competitive gymnast, then full-time "funtime" snowboarder, surfer, mountain biker, and trail runner, I knew this place, now commonly called flow, deep in my bones. Years later, as a yogi attending top notch yoga classes in Boulder, CO then Los Angeles, I surprisingly and thankfully found that same place with leaders in L.A.. That same place that no words do justice of seemingly transcendence where everything else falls away and there is nothing but silence and peace.
I also noticed the difference in that unnameable place within sports/movements where everything is static and there is almost zero risk (trail running would be my favorite) compared to sports/movements where it seems to me there is much more embodiment, as well as a need for much greater focus due to constant changes, risk, or physically and mentally surrendering to what is. Constant changes: When surfing ocean waters, everything is in motion and the waves are never arising and rolling quite the same. Risk: There is also severe need for focus due to significant risk specifically when it presents good potential for broken bones or death - literally. Surrender: Not to mention the great challenge of where the mind goes when you must stay still. Try a yoga class where poses are held for so long you feel like you're going to lose your sh*t. Coincidentally, in yoga, focus is the step prior to meditation is the step prior to seemingly transcendence. See where we are going with this?
However, I didn't know what exactly was going on nor how to explain it. I was reallllllllly good at getting into this headspace. It kept me sane for decades. But I'm not a neuroscientist and had never really bothered to study these experiences until about 5 years ago.
I just knew this unnameable state was life saving.
I knew that if more people had a way to access these states, the world just might be a better place. At the time, 2013, I was in the process of creating a non-profit connecting yoga and action sports together for this exact reason. (Maybe that project will someday be officially birthed.) But a broken tib/fib changed my course as I was unable to teach/lead for a couple years with two major surgeries 11 months apart. I might add that I would have never fully recovered with only the allotted several weeks of physical therapy alone. No way. Yoga practice for the following couple *years* gets the credit.
Enter Flow Genome Project. I touched base back then even though they were not offering courses or anything at the time. They appeared to be a straight research project. I shared that my wish was to share this information with anyone interested regardless of their status/title as I was positive every living soul could benefit from regularly accessing this state. The conversation then faded and I was left with the impression that it was another who's who boys club, so I moved on. But everything they were doing and saying over time, discreetly and under the surface, was yoga yoga yoga. The philosophy, psychology, neurobiology, physiology and much more are all found within the yoga practices - not just the physical practice known as asana, but all eight limbs of yoga, Pantanjali's eight-fold path.
As a holistic health coach, Flow Genome Project's constant nod to the holistic, the "whole", their absolute embracement of modern times and technology, and especially their eventually saying 'Fuck It' let's just call it what it is (to some extent - yay!).... well... fast forward to a few years later, and I am honored to be a mentor within their course offerings this spring. Session "Flow Fundamentals" for a test drive. "Flow Performance" will stoke you out much more. Questions? #SessionIt