Effort Is Effective

By Stephen Ewashkiw | June 12, 2013

2082 km so far.

The first part of our day involved very little effort. We stayed home, drank coffee, I tweaked my yoga class, we relaxed.

In The Raw

For lunch we went to Raw Organic Life Energy. I am normally not very excited by raw restaurants. The food is usually more expensive than at a other restaurants (and they don’t even have to cook it!). Also, they call their dishes things like raw pizza, raw lasagne, and raw sushi, even though they don’t remotely resemble these foods.

Several people in Kraków have recommend Raw Organic Life Energy, so today we thought we’d give raw another shot. So glad we did.

The fresh local strawberry smoothie (with dates, banana, and possibly celery tops) was the perfect consistency and sweetness. Just zachwycąjcy (which might be Polish for delicious). We each had a soup – carrot and cucumber for me, and beet for Jane. Both were warm (but not cooked) and stupendous.

raw beet soup krakow poland

These beets are fresh.

For mains Jane had the open-face sandwich plate and I went for the zucchini lasagne because it came highly recommended. Jane’s raw bread, which is something I usually dislike, was terrific. It had beets in it and I think this was what made it less gooey and a bit sweeter than other raw breads I’ve had. My lasagne had a fantastic cashew cream cheese-like sauce in that I loved. While the meal was pricey by Kraków standards, the food was of such a high quality and clearly a lot of effort had gone into making it, it made it all worthwhile.

We also made an effort to see a little more of Kraków today.

view from apartment in krakow

Another view from our apartment.

Prayatna Sadhakah

Tonight I taught yoga at Biała Droga, a yoga studio/collective/community gathering space in Kraków that is also the home base for the massive cycling event, Święto Cykliczne, which we took part in on the weekend. Janek Szpil, who is the tireless organiser of the event, invited me to come lead a post-cycling yoga class.

Siva Sutra 2.2, Effort Is Effective, was a perfect theme for our time together.

Through the effort it takes to put together the annual event Święto Cykliczne, which happens not just in Kraków but in several cities in Poland, through Critical Mass gatherings, and through teaching classes in public schools about the ecological benefits of cycling and street-smart safety, Janek and his team really are being effective.

Politicians are taking note, the public is becoming informed, and attitudes, perception, and reality are being shifted. It is a slow process, but all long-lasting ones are.

In class I discussed how effort is effective at revealing our imperfections and also our perfection. This allows us to fully experience love and joy and pain. It allows us to experience the gift of life.

Yoga is to receive that gift, align to the gifts we’ve been given, and optimise everything (weaknesses and perfections) so that they serve us. Through focussed effort, whether it be in yoga, activism, or other challenges, you can see that you have everything you need to do anything you want to do.  

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  1. Comment by Bianca

    Bianca June 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Effort is effective… I will take this into my next yoga practice. I’m currently trying the Iyengar institute because it’s right down the street from me, but I miss mission street dearly!

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen June 17, 2013 at 7:10 am

      So glad you’re reading Bianca – and thanks for the feedback. I have heard such great things about the Iyengar Institute. If you run into Rosina, who also practices there, say hi. You both have me in common.

  2. Comment by Cassie Van Gelder

    Cassie Van Gelder June 15, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Haha, these beets are fresh ;)

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen June 15, 2013 at 8:38 am

      98% of the captions are pure Jane, but this one is all mine. :)

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