What is Yoga? What have I been practicing for almost 25 years? I was the last in line to be asked the question in class, but this was not a difficult question to answer. I have done it all, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyassa, Ayurveda Jivamukti, and more. Different styles, different teachers, different studios, different cultures. But all have preached one common denominator. Breath. Stay in the moment, stay present and listen to the breath.
There is much more to yoga then being able to bind, having the perfect chattarunga, and getting “a good workout”. Sometimes I lose sight of this. Those friends of mine from India quickly remind me when they laugh at me for considering yoga as exercise.
So I am enlightened once again. After one year of grueling training for Ironman, I now begin a journey for better clarity and to give back all the beautiful teachings my instructors throughout all these years have given me. Yesterday I sat on the mat and melted listening to Mary Grace as she went through her journey of learning from masters all around the world. The best of the best, the creme of the crop. And with such delight she greeted us all as sponges as she knew she was passing on generations of yoga teachings from the soul, from the spirit. My classmates and I embraced the flow and the free spirit. We had to open our eyes to yoga being much more than poses on a mat, to start our journey.
Today James and Mary sat on the mat and talked to us freely about nutrition, food choices, and eating habits as this is a crucial part of step one to being a yogi. It made me think. My journey in the past 15 years has been interesting. It has had its ups and downs. I have changed careers,I have traveled the world, I have lost both parents, I got married, I went from vegetarian to introducing poultry in my diet, I became a triathlete, I became a better athlete. I hope that I became a better person and continue to do so.
I am now taking a big step. I am taking yoga to the next level. I sit down and type and I am not in a word document as this flow will not need editing. I have used the back button a few times, but this is pouring out of me. Its time to rethink what I am doing as a person wholistically and what I am doing to others and other living beings in the process.
Memorizing Surya Namaskar A and B is my homework for next week. But I am reminded that my homework everyday is to try and eliminate the bad and accentuate the good.
I start with eliminating simple things out of my diet. For me that is coffeemate creamer and poultry. Its a start. And I am excited to see the results.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu