The last few months have been a roller coaster. One deep privilege has been teaching my 1000th yoga student! I have tracked my early yoga teaching hoping I could see and measure the impact of my teaching on others. I was pleasantly shocked to see my 1000th student come through the doors this week - a mere 6 months since I graduated!
In many ways this is a dream come true. Helping people manage stress and anxiety through meditation and yoga is a vision I have carried for decades.
At the same time life is teaching me some challenging lessons. The school of hard knocks is revealing my shortcomings and where I need to grow and mature. In short it means practicing what I preach off the yoga mat.
As I pondered these questions:
How do we navigate life’s ups and downs?
What are the deeper hidden messages behind self-care, good posture and deep breathing?
I came across the following poem from Wendell Berry:
“When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night
at the least sound of fear of what my life
and what my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water,
and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting for their light.
For a time I reset in the grace of the world and am free.”
As I read this to my classes today I felt a space open. I could experience my grief and my success simply by holding the space for it all.
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