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CrossFit takes a stand against Facebook fascism:

CrossFit is a contrarian physiological and nutrition prescription for improving fitness and health. It is contrarian because prevailing views of fitness, health, and nutrition are wrong and have unleashed a tsunami of chronic disease upon our friends, family, and communities. The voluntary CrossFit community of 15,000 affiliates and millions of individual adherents stands steadfastly and often alone against an unholy alliance of academia, government, and multinational food, beverage, and pharmaceutical companies.

CrossFit, Inc. defends relentlessly the right of its affiliates, trainers, and athletes to practice CrossFit, build voluntary CrossFit associations and businesses, and speak openly and freely about the ideas and principles that animate our views of exercise, nutrition, and health. This website—and, until recently, CrossFit’s Facebook and Instagram accounts—has long catalogued CrossFit’s tireless defense of its community against overreaching governments, malicious competitors, and corrupt academic organizations.

Recently, Facebook deleted without warning or explanation the Banting7DayMealPlan user group. The group has 1.65 million users who post testimonials and other information regarding the efficacy of a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. While the site has subsequently been reinstated (also without warning or explanation), Facebook’s action should give any serious person reason to pause, especially those of us engaged in activities contrary to prevailing opinion.

Facebook and its properties host and oversee a significant share of the marketplace of public thought. To millions of individuals and communities across the world, Facebook and its properties remain the platforms where ideas and information are exchanged. Facebook thus serves as a de facto authority over the public square, arbitrating a worldwide exchange of information as well as overseeing the security of the individuals and communities who entrust their ideas, work, and private data to this platform. This mandates a certain responsibility and assurance of good faith, transparency, and due process.

CrossFit, Inc., as a voluntary user of and contributor to this marketplace, can and must remove itself from this particular manifestation of the public square when it becomes clear that such responsibilities are betrayed or reneged upon to the detriment of our community. Common decency demands that we do so, as do our convictions regarding fitness, health, and nutrition, which sit at the heart of CrossFit’s identity and prescription. To this end, all activity on CrossFit, Inc.’s Facebook and Instagram accounts was suspended as of May 22, 2019, as CrossFit investigates the circumstances pertaining to Facebook’s deletion of the Banting7DayMealPlan and other well-known public complaints about the social-media company that may adversely impact the security and privacy of our global CrossFit community.

These publicly sourced complaints include but are not limited to the following:

1. Facebook collects and aggregates user information and shares it with state and federal authorities, as well as security organizations from other countries.

2. Facebook collaborates with government security agencies on massive citizen surveillance programs such as PRISM.

3. Facebook censors and removes user accounts based on unknown criteria and at the request of third parties including government and foreign government agencies.

4. Facebook collects, aggregates, and sells user information as a matter of business. Its business model allows governments and businesses alike to use its algorithmically conjured advertising categories as sophisticated data-mining and surveillance tools.

5. Facebook’s news feeds are censored and crafted to reflect the political leanings of Facebook’s utopian socialists while remaining vulnerable to misinformation campaigns designed to stir up violence and prejudice.

6. Facebook, as a matter of business and principle, has weak intellectual property protections and is slow to close down IP theft accounts.

7. Facebook has poor security protocols and has been subject to the largest security breaches of user data in history.

And finally,

8. Facebook is acting in the service of food and beverage industry interests by deleting the accounts of communities that have identified the corrupted nutritional science responsible for unchecked global chronic disease. In this, it follows the practices of Wikipedia and other private platforms that host public content but retain the ability to remove or silence—without the opportunity for real debate or appeal—information and perspectives outside a narrow scope of belief or thought. In this case, the approved perspective has resulted in the deaths of millions through preventable diseases. Facebook is thus complicit in the global chronic disease crisis.

For these reasons, CrossFit, Inc. has placed Facebook and its associated properties under review and will no longer support or use Facebook’s services until further notice.

My thoughts, exactly!

How serendipitous that just last week I was looking for the latest edition of Fascia: In Sport and Movement. This nicely bound compilation of articles, edited by Robert Schliep, PhD— noted fascia researcher from Ulm University in Germany— offers tremendous insight from many perspectives on the significance of the body tissue that had once been summarily cut away and discarded by anatomists and physicians. I wanted to add this text to my library and was hoping to find a good price on the latest edition from amazon.com. Rats!— sold out. So I visited Schliep’s website. Bingo! As well, I discovered his Fascia in Movement & Sport seminar was being hosted by Michelle Bond of Fascia Fundamentals right here in Los Angeles. Rather than buying the book right then I enrolled in the workshop. And what a fascia-nating workshop it was.

Dr. Robert Schliep leading the Fascia in Movement & Sport seminar, February 9 & 10, 2019.

Schliep detailed:

  • Biotensegrity
  • Fascia as a sensory organ
  • Elastic recoil properties and conditioning of fascial tissues in jumping, running and walking
  • How “Rolfing” for rats prevented receptive stress injury and “Yin yoga” (a long hold posture) for rats reduced cancerous tumor proliferation by 52%
  • Embryology of fascia (Michelle Bond)

What’s more, I had the great fortune of personally asking Robert Schliep (far too many) questions, sharing ideas with some of the six-dozen physicians, physical therapists, body workers and fitness trainers in attendance, doing several fascial-oriented exercises with the class and meeting Michelle Bond— a local, up and coming a-fascia-nado, herself. We all received the Fascial Fitness (companion) DVD, the slide presentation from the seminar, a thumb drive with additional fascia-related research articles and sources for continuing inquiry.

I bought the book, too. At a discount. And, signed by Dr. Schliep.

At Its Deepest

Even on this most Yin day of the year— the Winter Solstice— Yang is present. And as depicted by the Taoist symbol where a white dot resides within the black paisley, and conversely a black within the white, neither is an absolute. Not unlike the idea of Zero Point Energy, where molecular vibration persists even in the vacuum of empty space— that shade at a temperature of absolute zero— Yang stirs at its nadir, within the extreme Yin.

On a Tangible Level

Yin and Yang are relative, complementary, continuously changing and only meaningful when an observer is there to appreciate the contrast.

Consider if you will dipping your hands into one of three buckets of water, each of differing temperature. At once you put the left into cold, 40°F water, the right into hot, 120°F water and note the sensations. Then, place both into tepid, 80°F water and observe. What’s your experience?

Clearly none of these experiences is static. Even as the first immersion feels cold to the left hand and hot to the right, the left hand is already warming the water while the right is cooling it. This dynamic is shown by the swirling image of the Tao. Of course, once submerged in the tepid water the experience is immediately reversed.

Taoist symbol

The Taoist symbol elegantly depicts the relative nature and the inherent movement of Yin & Yang. A duality for sure, but not simply black & white.

 

Tonight

I couldn’t have asked Nature to illustrate this any more literally than through tonight’s full moon punctuating the darkness of the year’s longest night. This Yin yoga class is in tribute.

Here’s the series—

  • Seiza— kneeling, shins on floor, sitting on heels: 5′
  • Supported Back Extension— lying supine, block beneath sacrum: 10′
  • Caterpillar— seated forward fold over outstretched legs: 10′
  • Sphinx— prone backbend using elbows for support: 5′
  • Seal— prone backbend using hands for support: 5′
  • Gambling— deep squat: 10′
  • Cat Tail Right— lying side twist with top arm reaching back to grasp bottom foot: 5′
  • Cat Tail Left— lying side twist with top arm reaching back to grasp bottom foot: 5′
  • Saddle— kneeling, supine back bend: 10′
  • Pentacle— lying supine, palms up, tip of index finger resting on thumbnail: 8′
  • Seiza— kneeling, shins on floor, sitting on heels: 2′

Here’s the soundtrack—

Tibetan Monks Chanting with Every 3 Minutes a Tibetan Bowl | Reiki Hands of Light

Here’s the meditation—

Returning. Continue.
In coming and going, there is neither sickness nor distress.
Companions come without fault.
Returning is its Tao.
In seven, returning comes.
Gain by having a place to go.

— King Wen

Hexagram 24

Hexagram 24— Returning (Fu).

Hexagram 24 “Returning” is associated with the Winter Solstice & the 11th moon. Earth trigram atop Thunder trigram; a Yang sliver of light patiently awaits rising from beneath a Yin mountain of darkness. A submerged dragon.

Tonight’s Yin yoga class at the Yoga NoHo Center is celebrating the 11th Moon— the Winter Moon— which is near the darkest (shortest) day of the year, the Winter Solstice. It is very Yin. Can you say even longer, long-hold postures? Yeah, I thought you could.

Trigram: Earth

This trigram consisting of three broken lines represents Earth (kun or k’un) and is considered Yin, dark & cold. It’s the symbol of the female principle in the ancient Chinese tradition.

Here’s the series—

  • Seiza— shins on floor, sitting on heels: 5′
  • Caterpillar— seated forward fold over outstretched legs: 10′
  • Gambling— deep squat: 10′
  • Square R— seated forward fold over crossed legs, right in front: 10′
  • Square L— seated forward fold over crossed legs, left in front: 10′
  • Twisted Root R— lying side twist with right arm outstretched on diagonal: 5′
  • Twisted Root L— lying side twist with left arm outstretched on diagonal: 5′
  • Saddle— kneeling back bend: 10′
  • Pentacle— lying supine, palms up, tip of index finger resting on thumbnail: 8′
  • Seiza— shins on floor, sitting on heels: 2′

Here’s the soundtrack—

Tibetan Flute Music + Om Chanting | Meditative Mind

Here’s a meditation on the Winter Moon—

Bamboo Grove
Sit alone, hidden in bamboo.
Pluck the qin and whoop with joy.
Forest so deep no one knows it:
the bright moon comes to shine on me.

— Wang Wei (699-759)

What better way to celebrate gratitude than with my loved one, TC, the warmth from a fireplace blaze and the traditional Thanksgiving California Yellowtail dinner?

Thanksgiving dinner.

Now that’s fresh! California Yellowtail that was swimming on Tuesday!