more than two decades of ski writing, ski teaching, and ski publishing by Lito Tejada-Flores
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We are breaking all the rules.
There are no positions, no asanas.
But in all this crazy movement:
tumbling, falling, flowing
down the mountain, exploding
through cornices, jumping
over sudden bumps & smashing
the edges of our skis into hard ice–
there is something inside us
which moves less & less,
slows & finally stops.
It happens first in powder:
you float motionless
above both skis & skier,
inside, above & below the snow,
watching yourself make perfect turns,
not just in snow, through time
& frosty air: You have let go
of your skis, & at last, they obey.
Neither gravity nor friction
nor muscles make them turn,
but only love - powder yoga.
Motionless motion, timeless time,
high-speed quiet, high-tension repose:
the self no longer skis, no up, no down,
no discipline, no freedom, no contradiction.
Eventually we surprise ourselves
doing powder yoga through the bumps,
in crusty snow or junk,
on blue ice, & one day
even after we kick off our skis.
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