OK Go video creator sheds Light on Yoga.

Via Donna Freeman
on Oct 1, 2010
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Yoga Insights from Creating a Rube Goldberg Machine

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OK Go is known for their fabulously creative one take music videos. Personally I really like their music (and British sense of humor).

During a TED Talks Adam Sadowsky shared four insights he and his team gained while creating the Rube Goldberg machine  in OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass” video. I appreciated how these same lessons apply to a personal yoga practice.

Insight #1: Small Stuff Stinks

Small details are a pain. They take a lot of energy and attention. However, they are essential to success. In yoga when you can get the small stuff, the nuances of each pose or breathing technique right, the big stuff generally falls into place.

Insight #2: Planning is Important

Having a plan is important to achieving overall success. However, don’t be so attached to your plans that they impede your accomplishments. Flexibility within a framework is an essential skill. This is similar to yoga postures. Each one has specific alignment (planning) but requires flexibility and balance in order to execute.

Insight #3: Put Reliable Stuff Last

Do difficult things, or things that may not work well, first in the order of events. Leave the tried and true for the end and you will flourish. At the end of every yoga practice you get to enjoy savasana, which for many is the whole reason for doing yoga.  Savasana is like an old friend who will always be there or a favourite blanket into which you can simply relax and let go.

Insight #4: Life Can be Messy

Life includes difficult moments. Whatever comes, good or bad, remember “this too shall pass.” Learning to live in the moment and appreciate each stage of life, be it sickness, health, worry, blessings, tragedy, change, love, loneliness, beauty, or joy, with gratitude for the experience is a key element to living a yogic life. Let go and celebrate whatever life may bring.

End Note:

OK Go’s newest video “White Knuckles” is another one take wonder with some decidely yoga (or dare I say Doga) moments. Click to watch:


About Donna Freeman

Teacher, author and expert on yoga for kids and teens, Donna Freeman firmly believes that yoga can be done anywhere, by anyone, at anytime. She grew up in British Columbia, Canada but was introduced to yoga while living in Cape Town, South Africa during her nomad years. She is currently learning acroyoga with her kids and enjoys practicing tadasana while pumping gas or washing dishes. Bob Weisenberg describes her book Once Upon a Pose: A Guide to Yoga Adventure Stories for Children as indispensible. For more about yoga for kids and teens visit her website yogainmyschool.com or the Yogainmyschool.com facebook page


5 Responses to “OK Go video creator sheds Light on Yoga.”

  1. Great advice, Donna. I love Rube Goldberg machines.

    Right now I'm going to resist the temptation to google "Rube Goldberg machines", simply because I've got a few other things I've got to get done today, and I know I'd be gone for the day if I googled "Rube Goldberg machines"!

    Bob W.

  2. Rachel says:

    Just as a matter of proper credit, that Downward Dog caption photo was created by OK Go fan Beckysioux.

  3. namasteinmontana says:

    I offer that both in yoga and in life it's better not to think of things as good and bad. They just are. If you are doing a pose that is difficult for you, thinking "this too shall pass" means you are gritting your teeth until you can get to a "better" pose. How much better to immerse in the difficult, perhaps find insight into why it is difficult and grow big enough to include it in your life without judgment. When I achieve this state of mind (though not often) both on the mat and off, I suffer less.

  4. lindsayyoga says:

    I love this, Donna. And I love OK Go videos … so much. Thanks!

  5. I loved the entire Facebook Fan competition they had going of people doing fun screen shots with various sayings – thanks for the attribution