Words and images about how I teach motion do not come easily. I try to get away from received ideas because I look around and see avoidable ill health. What’s being done is not working.
But getting away from the common leaves me without ready vocabulary. I have a style guide for myself (always a ux copy editor). But images come with even less ease than words.
Images convey beside words, especially as I avoid familiar language. Images convey play and feel and humor. I use images like exclamation points — look here! (see Guided Stable Motion – Stand)
I have used an enso as a site icon. The circle suggests motion. The zen spontaneity and imperfection suggest my emphasis on going away from ideas of perfect received form. But it’s too esoteric.
I’m a very unconventional yoga teacher. That came from seeing a lot of yoga demonstrated like jazzercise and seeing that not work. Reflecting on what I have seen teaching, what I teach evolves.
The label Guided Stable Motion is bland. But rather than wait for perfection, or even inspiration, I get on with it. In some ways its lack of zing and getting on with it make my point.
So now a new logo: a moon gate. It is bland. It’s imperfect. I played and made it quickly. The circle conveys motion. The symmetry conveys two working together. And it is an entrance, a way in. Like the words, it may evolve.
This is not some forever logo doing branding — impermanence dammit, Jim. No spandex, no music, maybe a little incense. No chanting! The very blandness of this site is a message.
… we believe subjectively that we are possessed of far greater certainty about our attitudes than we actually have.
… consciousness is not what we generally think it is. It is not direct awareness of our inner world of thoughts and judgments but a highly inferential process that only gives us the impression of immediacy.
Philosopher Peter Carruthers insists that conscious thought, judgment and volition are illusions. They arise from processes of which we are forever unaware
On the last Friday in August, Dave Long, the CEO of Orangetheory Fitness (OTF), emailed a “pep talk” to members of the fitness studio. In a 500-word screed, Long announced that more OTF studios would be reopening as an increasing number of states begin to lift restrictions on public gatherings and return to a semblance of normalcy. The tone of the email was exciting and reassuring, littered with exclamation points and virtual high fives. But about three paragraphs in, Long presented his thesis behind the reopenings, writing “There’s no evidence to support the fact that gyms are contributing to the community spread of COVID-19 above any other types of businesses.” Long claimed that gyms like Orangetheory were vital because they lessen the impact of the virus and could even prevent it by keeping members in good health, a claim he attributed to “doctors” and the International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).