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Judgement and Creativity

Yesterday I had the awareness that much of my life is open to public review. Our two businesses, Spirit House Yoga​ and YogaLab can be reviewed by those who attend our classes. There are hundreds of reviews on the Spirit House web site for anyone to see. Our teacher training programs are also subject for review on Yoga Alliance. The book I published last year, Warrior Self can be reviewed on Amazon. My solo CD, Bach to Bix, released six years ago can be reviewed publically at CDBaby. Finally, my performances with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic are also subject for review. Spirit House Yoga and YogaLab have two dimensions; how we run our business and how we teach yoga. We define Spirit House Yoga with three words, Wisdom, Action, and Heart. The wisdom of teaching yoga comes from teaching thousands of classes to hundreds of people. Action is our integrity. Heart is our intention to serve in the highest. We define YogaLab with three words as well, Yoga for Everyone. If you’ve ever been to one of our classes, you will see every age, body type, and physical limitation. Warrior Self was my first book. The fact that I wrote a book and published it is the success. Fortunately it has received very positive reviews, but I had no idea it would when I released it into the world. Sometimes I get asked, “How many books have you sold?” as if that was the measurement for success. What I want to say is, “more than you”, as only someone who has never written a book would ask such an ignorant question. My solo CD was nothing more than a 50th birthday present to myself. I wanted something representing my skills as a musician left to the world. A LIVE CD is about as honest as it gets. The reviews written in our local newspaper rarely mention any aspect of my performances with the Philharmonic, yet I perform dozens of times every year. All of this is socially sanctioned judgment – it doesn’t seem “wrong” if presented in the context of a review. For me it all comes down to intention. With my business and teacher training – it’s to serve. My insights with my book are to share. My CD was for myself, an item to check off my bucket list. Being a part of recreating amazing music with a symphony orchestra for others to experience is a privilege. It’s easy to sit in our safe zone never attempting anything for fear of failure. If there is something you wish to do – do it! – don’t make excuses. Put yourself out there and see what happens – I bet you’ll surprise yourself. More is on the way – my new book will be out in 2016, beyond that, stay tuned. The awareness we all need to bring into our daily lives is how we judge ourselves and others. Is our judgement connected to our jealousy and selfishness? Why do we judge ourselves so severely? There will always be yoga teachers who are more popular and studios that have more business. There will always be better writers and better musicians than myself. My nature is to create – everything I do is an expression of my creativity. I created a business, a yoga school, yoga classes, a CD, a book, and as a musician, I create sound. All humans are creative – in countless ways. How do you express your creative nature? More importantly, how do you create your life?

About Ted Cox

Ted Cox- Owner: Now in his third decade of teaching, Ted began teaching professionally in 1982. Ted is the first teacher in the State to be certified with Baron Baptiste, one of the world's master yoga teachers and founder of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Ted's classes are fun, challenging and inspiring. All of Ted's classes focus on alignment; the foundation, engagement and celebration of every pose with emphasis on the breath. Ted is a dedicated student of yoga, not only the physical practice of yoga, but especially the timeless wisdom yoga teaches us, how our actions, thoughts and words affect our lives and how important it is to follow our hearts, live our truth and become the authentic people we are meant to be. It is Ted's sincerest desire that the students who attend just one of his yoga classes have an awakening about something they are doing either on or off the mat that will help transform them towards a more beautiful life. Ted’s teachers include Desiree Rumbaugh, Todd Norian, Martin Kirk and Christina Sell. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, Ted taught music for 22 years, most recently at the University of Oklahoma from 1993 until 2003. Ted's passion for music continues as he is a long time member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, a position he's enjoyed since 1992.

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