Yoga is a process of identification- an ever-changing and expanding version of yourself. For this reason if you choose to walk the path it is essential to have tools of self-reflection, space and time to exercise those tools and honest relationships to support you as the inevitable road-blocks come up.
When I first began practicing yoga I identified myself as someone who was inflexible, who became sick easily, someone who was overly-sensitive and weak. It is through my yoga practice that I have expanded my perception and experience of my physical strength and flexibility as well as my true nature as a human being. I have become a dancer, a massage therapist and a teacher, all things which require physical vigor and self confidence.
In January 2017 I began a health sabbatical, which turned into a major shift in my life path- the GPS in my heart “recalculated”. It’s during times of recalculation that ghosts from the past haunt the inner workings of our thoughts. For me old voices, the amalgamation of past teachers and coaches, yelling for me to get my head out of the clouds and get back to work. We all have these voices. The ones that focus on our faults, remind us of our past failures, the ones that doubt and discourage.
It is this inner conversation that creates our identity. This is why I teach yoga. As a yoga teacher I identify as a seeker- a seeker of truth and a vessel of transformation. If it’s challenging for me in this lifestyle that I have been cultivating for over 10 years to care for my health and stay true to my heart, then I know it is challenging for you too. I want to be your advocate. I believe that every human is unique and that it is through our health that we become able to make a significant offering to our world.
And our world is changing quickly. We are the creators. We are the ones who can decide how we want to live. I have felt powerless many times in the last few months- and this is when I return to my practices. So much value comes from who you think you are.
It’s easy in our yoga practice to feel isolated, but when you turn within, when you listen to your heart, you are hearing a unique transmission of something universal. When I speak to you from my heart and you resonate, it’s because I am speaking to something that is in you. Let’s be courageous together. Who do you think you are and how do you want to walk this path? What do you have to offer? Keep asking these questions and listen for the voice that is kind- the one that loves you unconditionally.