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Autumn 2012: Following My Bliss

This past weekend, another group of students graduated from True FLOW Yoga Teacher Training.  This was the tenth 200 hour yoga teacher training that I have independently led.  As I look back and reflect on the last few years of my life, it is very surreal.  Five years ago, although I was already teaching yoga classes a few times a week, I was also still pursuing a path towards a “real career,” or what I thought a real career is supposed to be.  Now here I am today, running my own small yoga business and doing what I love most as a career. 

I did not plan this out; I can’t take any credit for that.  Five years ago, I never would have thought that I would be doing what I am doing today.  The path that led up to this point consisted of a lot of random opportunities that seemingly “fell into my lap.”  I used to think that I just got lucky, but the more I pay attention, the more I realize that opportunities are constantly falling into all of our laps assuming our eyes are open and we are willing to rise to the challenge.  The one thing that I have done consistently that I believe has made all the difference is this: I always stay open to new possibilities.  When opportunities arise (often ones that seem really scary!), I am presented with a choice to either step forward into the unknown or to stay where I am.  Each time, I choose to move forward.  I am where I am today because I have allowed myself to take risks, I have allowed myself to fail, and I have learned what it means to get back up and try again. 

As we move into the holiday season, I have so much for which to be grateful.  Not many people have the good fortune of doing what they love as a career, and I am very aware that I could not possibly have gotten to where I am alone.  Every step of the way, it has been the support of my family, my good friends, and my inspiring students who have given me the courage to keep moving forward into the unknown and taking chances.  I am so incredibly thankful especially to my parents for standing behind me and always being my biggest fans.  Without knowing that I had the safety net of them to catch me if things didn’t work out, I might not have had the faith to take the steps I needed to take to get where I am. 

Perhaps most of all, I am grateful to my students for reminding me again and again why I teach.  When I am having a bad day and I have to muster up the strength to show up and lead a class, without fail I end up leaving the class feeling much better than when I came in.  Just the simple fact of feeling the energy and attentiveness of the students in some way heals me.  Students know that the teacher is there to help them, but I often think they don’t realize that it is truly a two-way street: they help me by being there.  We are a community and the relationship only works when we both show up.  There is not a more rewarding job in the world than to facilitate and be present for another person's self-discovery and awakening.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all those who have been part of my path and supported me along the way.

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” ~ Joseph Campbell

 

 

 

Inspiration Archive

Spring 2012: Dis-connect to Re-Connect

Summer 2011: Even This...

Spring 2011: The Joy of Teaching

Winter 2010: Every Sacred Detail

Autumn 2010: Honoring the Cycle of Completion

Summer 2010: Tapas, The Fire of Yoga

May 2010: Big Mind

April 2010: Just Breathe

March 2010: Celebrate Life!

February 2010: Root Down to Rise Up

January 2010: New Beginnings

December 2009: Feeling Connected

November 2009: Gratitude

October 2009: Change

September 2009: Beyond The Physical

August 2009: Not Rushing

July 2009: Aparigraha

June 2009: The Mat - A Sacred Space; Your Body - A Temple

May 2009: Identify with what you want, not with what you don't want

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Spring 2012: Dis-connect to Re-connect

Having just returned home from leading a beautiful yoga retreat in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, I am feeling deeply inspired and very much at peace.  I think that what I love most about leading yoga retreats is that I am able to be present to watch as layers of accumulated stress peel off of people, day by day.

Something very simple but very profound happens while on retreat.  For just a few days, people set their cell phones aside, choose not to “check in” on Facebook, and take a break from reading emails.  The result?   People eat meals together, look each other in the eyes, and have real conversations in which they listen to each other attentively and truly feel heard.   People walk down the beach without a destination in mind, simply to admire the beauty around them.  They notice the sounds of the night’s creatures and the feeling of breeze on their skin, and they take time to experience the magnificence of a sunset and to savor the sweetness of a freshly picked fruit.

These things are so simple but also so easily forgotten when we are constantly “connected” to our devices and social media.  It seems that to genuinely re-connect with ourselves, each other, and our world requires that we sometimes take periods to “dis-connect,” or retreat in some way.  Think of your yoga mat as your retreat center and let each time you arrive on it be a mini-retreat of sorts.  If you take this time to be quiet and still with yourself, you will find a vast well-spring of love and peacefulness that resides within you.  When you leave your mat, the real practice begins.  Can you carry those qualities with you as you move through the rest of your day and week?  Make it be a daily practice to look people in the eyes, to take time to listen to them with care and attention, and to appreciate the beauty that is all around you. This is truly yoga.

 

"In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love." ~ Mother Teresa

 

 

Inspiration Archive

Spring 2012: Dis-connect to Re-connect

Summer 2011: Even This...

Spring 2011: The Joy of Teaching

Winter 2010: Every Sacred Detail

Autumn 2010: Honoring the Cycle of Completion

Summer 2010: Tapas, The Fire of Yoga

May 2010: Big Mind

April 2010: Just Breathe

March 2010: Celebrate Life!

February 2010: Root Down to Rise Up

January 2010: New Beginnings

December 2009: Feeling Connected

November 2009: Gratitude

October 2009: Change

September 2009: Beyond The Physical

August 2009: Not Rushing

July 2009: Aparigraha

June 2009: The Mat - A Sacred Space; Your Body - A Temple

May 2009: Identify with what you want, not with what you don't want

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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