Goldie talks Yoga, Responsibilities, and Life Transformation.
Clifford Joseph Price or Goldie gave a seminar on the Sunday at London’s Om Yoga Show.
He had just landed from a gig in Poland and had managed about two hours sleep, one on the plane and one in the taxi. He still looked fresh and happy to be there.
Six years ago Goldie had embarked on a Yoga journey. He turned fifty recently and said that Yoga had changed his life dramatically for the better.
He had broken many bones and had so many accidents, breaking his hand seven times. He had hammered the party scene and was at a real low point when he met up with a friend and said to him ‘Why the fuck are you always so zen?’ …’Yoga’ his friend replied. Goldie at this point wanted to punch him in the face but instead embraced his zen having no where else really to turn.
‘One and a half hours of hell.’ Goldie described his first session. But said the time was so bad because he was staring at himself right in the face with no distractions. He knew now was the time to face up to himself, and yoga was his opportunity.
Goldie doesn’t claim to now be perfect, he is still sometimes an ‘arshole’ and can still be mischievous. But feels a lot healthier and more in control of his life.
Clifford enjoys practicing Yoga with his daughter and claims it is one of the most beautiful things in his life.
He wants to see Yoga in schools here in the UK as it is in Australia and Thailand.
He also looked very proud when he told of a young raver shouting to him at a gig that his set was awesome and he was also loving the Yoga stuff. He said he was happy to be having a good influence on the younger generation.
Goldie said he wasn’t interested in the politics of Yoga, had turned down the suggestions of becoming a teacher many times, and wanted to enjoy being a student.
Goldie was glowing and an inspiration to many listeners.
Supported Shoulderstand is an intermediate level yoga pose.
How to Perform Supported Shoulderstand
1. Lay flat on your back. Tuck your chin in slightly so the back of your head is on the ground. Point your toes upwards and tuck your arms in down by the sides of your body. Slowly tilt your pelvis upwards so the lower back is on the ground and shift out any weight in the buttocks by gently moving the buttocks to the sides. Then lower to the ground. Now you should be able to feel you are grounded comfortably.
2. Now perform some single leg raises. Inhale lifting your right leg to 90 degrees off the ground or as high as comfortable. Toes flexed and pointing behind you. Then exhale and lower your leg. Repeat this flow 3-5 times and then move to the left leg and repeat this action.
3. Now perfrom some double leg raises. You may want to bring your arms closer to the sides of your body for that extra support in the lower back. Inhale and raise both legs off the ground to 90 degree or as high as possible (no stress or strain), then exhale and lower your legs. Repeat this 3-5 times. Increase with time to 8 reps.
4. Now inhale with a double leg raise this time lifting your buttocks off ground. Then exhale walking your hands down your back untill you are resting on your shoulders. You are now in Supported Shoulderstand. Hold the position for around 30 seconds increasing the length of time as you become more confident. Breath normally with a slow steady breath.
5. To deepen Supported Shoulderstand posture bend and bring your knees to your forehead and walk the hands further down the back. Hold this position and then move back into Supported Shoulderstand by raising both legs back up to a verticle position.
6. To release inhale then exhale and let your knees drop down slowly towards your forehead. Lower your hands to the ground uncurling your back slowly vertebrae by vertebrae to the ground. Then lower your legs together to the ground and relax.
7. Well done 🙂
You can move from Supported Shoulderstand into The Plough.
You can move from Shavasana into Supported Shoulderstand.
Sanskrit name Salamba Sarvangasana
Sa = With, Lamba = Support, Sarva = All, Anga = Limb, Asana = Pose