Eversomuch More-So: Yoga is virtuosity in becoming yourself.

Via Susanna Harwood Rubin
on Jun 8, 2011
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Sianna Sherman & Douglas Brooks - Paris, May 2011

Yoga is virtuosity in becoming yourself

~ Douglas Brooks

There was a story I loved when I was little called Ever So Much More So. The story, written by Robert McCloskey, revolves around a stranger who comes to town selling shakers full of a mysterious product invisible to the eye and without smell or taste.  Everything sprinkled with it seems to become more essentially itself. The name of the product is Eversomuch More-So.  The people of the town shake it over everything, and are amazed to find that their water gets wetter, a squeaky spring becomes squeakier, and people’s individual characteristics such as a stutter or a tendency toward pomposity become more pronounced. Everything touched by Eversomuch More-So becomes its heightened self.

Two curious boys finally open the product’s container, which appears to be empty. Of course the stranger is long-gone, and the townspeople wonder if they have been swindled, but one older man pours it over the earth, and celebrates as the grass becomes greener, the birds sing more clearly, and the world becomes more profoundly itself in every way. So is it suggestion or is it real? The story ends ambiguously, leaving us wondering: how does something become eversomuch more itself?

I spent last week in the company of two of my favorite people –Douglas Brooks and Sianna Sherman – both of whom have distinct and powerful voices. I was assisting Sianna with her Paris Anusara teacher training, which included people from 17 different countries. The range of cultures, languages, and life experiences was impressive. I listened and gave feedback as everyone brought their particular sensibilities to the conversation, refining the structure and the poetry of their teaching.

Speaking to the group one night, Douglas stated: Yoga is virtuosity in becoming yourself. For yoga teachers in the process of honing their skills, this was particularly meaningful – essential, actually. If you parrot another teacher or take on a persona, your lack of authenticity will be evident.

But virtuosity in becoming yourself is about far more than teaching asana. This is about how you want to be in the world.  This is about gazing inside to recognize that you are the sum of your own individual particularities, and that no one else can speak from your experience, your voice.

Live fully in your strengths and vulnerabilities to sing the song of you. When your song comes from this place, it moves people. You have become eversomuch more-you. Your virtuosity becomes an opening, inviting others to sing their songs.

If you want fluency and depth in your life, you must cultivate a state in which you are always becoming more profoundly yourself. If you want to inspire people – to move people – to offer people a taste of their deepest selves, you have to step into your own virtuosity. Like attracts like. This is the yoga.

How can you invite your green to become greener, your water to become wetter?
How can you inspire your voice to arise from that fertile place of your identity?
How can you cultivate your virtuosity in becoming Eversomuch More-You?


About Susanna Harwood Rubin

Susanna is passionately committed to finding beauty in everyday life. She is a yoga teacher-writer-visual artist, which means that she rarely stops moving except to meditate. She is ERYT-500, has been teaching for over 12 years, and travels regularly to South India to delve into the traditions of Rajanaka Yoga that inspire her work. Her spiritual home is the great Nataraja Temple of Chidambaram. She teaches internationally, but is based in New York. Find her weekly classes at Twisted Trunk Yoga and Abhaya Yoga . Susanna's artwork is represented in collections such as the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Berkeley Museum, and the Addison Gallery of American Art. She lectured and wrote for MoMA for years, including co-writing the book "Looking at Matisse and Picasso," and she will still happily talk about Picasso for hours if you ask her. Susanna currently writes on yoga, writing, art, and life for a number of publications, including The Huffington Post , Mantra Yoga+Health , Rebelle Society , and YOGANONYMOUS . She gives talks on yoga, Hindu myth, and philosophy, and created the popular Writing Your Practice workshops and telecourses for yogis, applying yoga philosophy and myth to the practice of writing. Overall, she is amazed at the richness of her life. Find her on Twitter , Facebook , & Instagram


18 Responses to “Eversomuch More-So: Yoga is virtuosity in becoming yourself.”

  1. Antoinette says:

    Bravo! So well done it reads like a song. Thank you!

  2. Emma Magenta says:

    So beautiful, succinct, and rich.

  3. I'll second what Antoinette and Emma said.

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  4. ayda says:

    I love is susanna! Beautiful and clear! bises from Paris!

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  6. that is the highest compliment for me – thank you, Antoinette!

  7. Thanks Emma! Coming from one who writes so beautifully…

  8. Your virtuosity, modest as you are, Shig, is always clearly evident!

  9. Tu me manque beaucoup, Ayda! I am looking forward to rejoining the Paris Kula in July. I'll be coming straight from India with Douglas, so I'll be bringing love from him & from Nataraja, of course, in abundance…bisous!

  10. peggy schneider says:

    Robert McCloskly was my fave as a kid and is still my fave as a parent….thanks for reminding me of everwhysomuch x

  11. This story was in the back of my mind, but I couldn't remember what book it was in or who wrote it, so I searched through every remaining kids' book at my parents' house last year. Finally I found it in "More Homer Price." I love that you love him too!

  12. meg haberbusch says:

    Thanks for the taste of Paris, Susanna! xo

  13. You are welcome, Meg!!!

  14. Julie Margolis says:

    Susanna – I love this piece – it is beautiful, it is clear and it is inspiring. Thank you xx Julie

  15. You are welcome AND thank you for saying that, Julie!

  16. Tracy Toon Spencer says:

    Beautiful, and just what I needed to hear. Thank you!xo Tracy