Work for the working man

outtake from the Let it Rock video shot at the O2 (other night, same shirt)

If it hadn’t been for this blog I would not have done yoga tonight.
Yesterday and the day before that were both slow, extremely hot days, and I practiced at nighttime with my balcony door open.
It was 29 degrees Celsius in my living, the day before yesterday;
30,5 degrees Celsius yesterday;
and today it was 29,5 degrees Celcius.
Even though it was ten degrees cooler outside.
I had been counting on the lower temperatures outside to kind of rub off on my casa, and the heat had
 deflated the entire day.
Next to that I was out for the night, so when I came home I wasn’t exactly brimming with excitement at the idea of going to my mat.
This is Rock Star Yoga.
And the rules of Rock Star Yoga are: Do something that works for you. Inspire yourself. Put on some music. 
Make it FUN.
So I did.
hAnD90, a Bon Jovi channel on YouTube which continuously uploads old and new material which they curate and polish – just read the description box with the video on everything they did with the demo material in order to make it presentable!- had just uploaded a concert that looked promising:
A Bon Jovi show from 2010 shot at the O2 Arena in London.
I put it on while I was trying to come down from my night out, and doing the dishes. The sound quality was good, and the video quality too, although both suffered from being shot from the stands/ far away.
The video was a wide shot of the entire stage, and you could hear voices that had been standing close to the recording device.
But I liked it.
So I decided that the second half of the concert would be for my yoga practice.
For the first time in my life, I decided to do yoga with headphones.
It was already past 11 PM, the balcony doors were open, and I didn’t want to make too much noise.
I tucked my phone into my pants, playing the video, and as long as I didn’t do inversions or laid on my back, my yoga practice would be okay.
The past two days I only did very gentle yoga, but I had enough of keeping it so calm, and did standing poses and sun salutation inspired poses.
But then, transferring into lying poses, I made a mistake.
I intended to take the phone out of my pants, and place it on the floor next to me, keeping the headphones in; And to then do my inversion practice with shoulderstand, bridge and plow pose variations.
But I looked at the screen and OMG!
It was sleeveless Jon!
Sleeveless Jon is someone who only comes out when things are getting heated, and this year he has barely come out at all.
This House is Not for Sale tour 2019 was already in week 6 or 7 when he finally made his debut appearance.
And I turned out to have a VERY STRONG reaction to sleeveless Jon!
It was probably a good thing we didn’t get to see him at Goffertpark, Nijmegen, because I m unsure if I would have been able to concentrate.
Maybe I would have relapsed into my 80s fainting thing, and be dragged to First Aid for some water.
But here he was.
And not only was Jon sleeveless, he was wearing his Let it Rock T-Shirt!
Let it rock is my favorite Bon Jovi song, and I have a live playlist on YouTube, that has a recording of it, AND a live recording from Dry Country.
Both in this lavender colored sleeveless top.
The beauty of this light color is that you can see him working up a sweat.
In hindsight I find it remarkable that I can drool over Jon Bon Jovi working up a sweat, and at the same time being a lazy-ass lizard myself, when temperatures in my living are above what I find ideal to actually do something on my yoga mat.
I was only halfway into my practice and I was now confronted with Jon Bon Jovi in the lavender T, something I had watched dozens of times because Dry County and Let it Rock had been my favorite live videos.
I just couldn’t put my phone down again.
Bon Jovi played the O2 in London twelve times in a row, as I understood it.
Let it Rock and Dry County were not played in the show which was uploaded by hAnD90. I just checked and “my” Let it Rock video and Dry County live were indeed filmed at O2 too.
Just on other nights.
So during the second half I watched the screen while doing yoga. Whether it was a lying twist, a wide-angle seated pose or a forward bend;
I managed to put the phone somewhere I could watch the pretty boring wide shot of the stage, with a 2 centimeter high Jon in a lavender shirt.
And I just absorbed it …..
I could not see the sweat here, because it was such a wide shot. But I could see his grinding hips, the powerful dance moves, the wide spread arms.
At one point he practically makes love to his microphone stand, or he’s making an elegant way down to study the set lists taped to the floor.
Or both.
For my long relaxation, I did stop looking at the screen.
The entire three song encore ( When we were beautiful, Wanted dead or alive, Livin’ on a Prayer) I just lay on my back with my eyes closed and listened.
Jon appeared, even with closed eyes.
He was wearing the lavender shirt and he was sitting next to me.
It was the Keep the Faith Jon, from the early nineties.
I liked his hair (pretty similar to 2010, slightly longer) and especially his golden earrings. They were so bold.
Jon stayed next to my mat, and we talked.
I don’t know which lesson was more important:
To not look at my phone halfway into my practice.
Or to realize that what distracts you only does so, because it’s already inside.


yoga log Saturday July 27:
80 minutes of sun salutation inspired yoga (first half)
and a selection of “It’s sleeveless Jon I need to see that”
seated and lying poses that allowed me to watch my phone screen.
Used the entire encore (three songs) for my relaxation
video: Bon Jovi | Live at O2 Arena | Night 11 | London 2010
I started at number 13, at 1h 5minutes
Homebound Train by Ritchie Sambora
And Work for the Working Man is number 19
(the set list in description box video)

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