Saturday, June 14, 2014

Kentfield, California

These shots were taken in Philo California in Mendocino County. Enjoy!

Uncle Mike from San Francisco shooting toward Marin Headlands

Capt Chris (ret)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Rainy Day in California

San Anselmo, CA

These were taken today using a Canon EOS T3i with an L series EF 200mm prime lens. Ain't she sweet!



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Christian Allaire Photography

San Anselmo, CA

I still like to get out and take pictures. Here are some random shots from this year.


Christian Allaire

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Book Recommendation: The Way of the SEAL

Summerfield, Florida

I'm really blown away by the book titled The Way of the Seal: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed by Mark Divne.

The author is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL with a unique background that caught my attention. I am a yoga instructor and am always struck by the number of successful people who I bump into at the yoga studio. The clientele does not square with the stereo typical hippie yoga person.

In Marks book, in the acknowledgement section he mentions right away two huge influences in his life. One is his martial arts mentor and in the second paragraph is his yoga teacher Tim Miller. I'm pretty stoked to see such an elite operator and successful person acknowledge the power of the yoga practice. As I always say to newer students, yoga is not really an exercise class. Physical fitness is surely an ancillary benefit, however the practice is more a mental fitness program. And Navy SEALS are the toughest of them all.

Like all successful people, he builds on the shoulders of giants as the saying goes. The book does rehash or repackage well established philosophies, but from the perspective of a SEAL and then helps the reader apply crucial habits such as "Front Sight Focus" to their everyday lives. Rehashing or repackaging of ideas is a strength. I love to read self-help and leadership type books. Over the years I easily see the commonalities handed down through the centuries which help me establish or re-establish lost habits.

I believe this book to be special. In fact I believe what this Mark Divine is creating via SEALFIT and the Unbeatable Mind Academy is so very yogic and inspiring. 

Check out the below video on mental toughness which is a theme throughout the book.


Christian Allaire

Saturday, January 4, 2014

2014 New Beginnings

Summerfield Florida

As the saying goes each passing moment is another chance to turn it all around. But who says we're so far afield that we need such drastic course changes?

I am a goal setter by nature and am always looking for ways to fine tune my goals. I love the concept of life management. Now I've stumbled upon some great concepts that I'm grappling with. Many of the different fields of philosophy, self-help, task management, leadership studies, management ect. all have significant cross-over and commonalities. It really does boil down to semantics. 

This year I've set an intention versus a resolution. Very yogic of me indeed.

The Sanskrit word Sankalpa means 'resolve' or 'resolution' with a yogic twist. The term acknowledges that designer of a life is the mind, and to get a handle on a goal, resolution or an intention one must discipline the mind. It is about a larger arc of life. We don't really need to bring things into our life as all that we require really resides within ourselves. Thus we tap into the mind and call forth prana and direct said life force. 

What I love about this concept is that it is anathema to multi-tasking which I struggle with mightily. It's just fine though, as struggle and problems is what teaches. There is no such  thing as perfection, only perfect effort. In my yoga classes I love to say that we are practicing yoga, this is not yoga perfect. 

Another concept I intend to work on this year is what the Navy SEALS call Front Sight Focus. This term describes the incredible concentration, the single-minded focus a team displays when dispatching a target. These incredible men are aware of what is happening around them, but there objective never leaves the front sight. BOOM!

I hope to apply these concepts to drive my business life, yogic life, love life to achieve self-mastery. 

Christian Allaire