• Tj Tate

Are you ready to plunge into yoga?

Ok, so yes, Fish Pose is an actual yoga pose (and done much better by others) but how do Fish and Yoga interconnect?  Or do they?  For me, they are my world and I continually have struggled to connect the two. I love our world ocean, the people committed to feeding humankind and creating communities of strong families. I love the world of yoga. It is a world comprised of unity and community.  People passionate about inner-strength and outward love.  And I love my daughter.  She is both of the above- community, family, strength and the purest form of love.  Yoga doesn't mean that you have to be "bendy-betty", have a dancers body or even be of a certain age.  Yoga if for all shapes, sizes and souls. Every person is unique and that what keeps yoga -well yoga.  It is not one size fits all! 

And Sustainable Seafood- it's a movement that started 20 years ago to save a dying industry and overfished fisheries.  It has twisted and changed into an economic driver that is fed by big money and consumer choices made with their forks.  I never envisioned myself becoming someone with a made up name (and yes, I made it up).  However, I have talked Fish and responsible seafood all day everyday for 20 years, while wistFully wanting to contribute A LOT more to the world and longing to be on my Yoga mat.  And I really wanted to take my lessons learned in my dual lives out of the office, off the mat and into the world. Hence, the FISH-FUL-YOGI.

So, I started thinking.   On a flight from California back to Baltimore after attending Fish 2.0, and studying for my 200 teacher training at Core Power Yoga, it hit me like a wave! Yes, it might have been the lack of sleep, the inspiration of reading the strategies of the best and brightest up and coming entrepreneurs in the seafood industry, reading about yoga cultures from thousands of years ago or the two glasses of wine.

But whatever it was, it clicked.  What once was old is now considered new and what once was new is now old. It the simple cycle of life that flows in a circle.  One cannot sustain itself without the other.  The majority of the world takes for granted that life will sustain itself for future generations.  We will continue to become smarter, swifter, more intelligent and gain additional wealth-right?.  But how can that continue, if we lose ourselves in the "lust for life", while not giving thought to our future. 

Seafood is the best form of protein plain and simple.  There is NO debate.  It should feed our planet, our bodies and our mind.  Yoga unites communities, spirits and souls.  It has the power to push out depression, shed anxiety, heal old wounds, and build spirit through strength.  However, as yoga has transformed into more of a fitness craze that seems to lose the balance of knowledge and transformation off the mat; sustainable seafood has lost its place on our plates, hurting our health and our ocean's bounty.  How can two such powerful and life game changers get lost in the fast paced world of electronics, commutes, politics and powerful media.  Easy- we have 8 sec a day to dedicate to each piece of new information we receive.  No wonder we have lost touch with some of the basic fundamentals.

If yoga can lower blood pressure and seafood can lower your chance of heart disease, why the hell aren't we doing both?  (this is a topic for another day and the crux of this site)

UNITY- That's what this is all about.  Taking care from the inside out so that we preserve and better the outside-for the Mind, the Body and the Planet.

As odd a combination as this sounds, it's clear as a sun-filled day to me.  Allow me the time and you will soon see that one is not without the other.  Sustain ourselves through our efforts to sustain and feed our world.  There is no better solution.

~yours in unity

The Fishful Yogi

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