Ultimately Yoga is about balance for me. It is about navigating through life without striving for perfection or looking only for gratification of the senses. This is a hard task, it is much easier said than done!
The greatest gifts Yoga has given me are intangible and hard to describe in words. They are linked to intuition, understanding, connection, wholeness, patience and presence. They can be fleeting; glimpsed in moments of stillness and quiet and disappearing as quickly as they arose. But, with practice they become more familiar, permeate a little deeper and begin to become part of who I am. They are parts of myself which have lain dormant and are fed and nurtured by Yoga. Slowly, slowly they alter my outlook, affecting the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of myself. I am able to begin to develop, grow and find balance.
I am continually searching for practices of a sustainable, authentic and therapeutic nature. They must also be specific to my own personal set of circumstances, to my body, my history, my needs in any given moment. As a teacher this is one of the key ideas I wish to impart - when we practice yoga we are not looking for mechanical, mindless repetition of physical shapes and movements. We are looking for connection to breath. We allow our individual history to be a part of our practice. We are curious and open to new experiences, we listen carefully - with our whole selves.
I live my yoga by waking up each morning with the intention to do the best I can today.
I try to accept myself........to know I am enough, I have enough.
I attempt to be in dialogue with both the light, and the dark, that exists within me. To practice acceptance of the beautiful and the ugly, the knowledgeable and the ignorant, the wise and the foolish. I sit with the knowledge of being perfectly imperfect and attempt to forgive myself when my actions are less than admirable. And; when forgiveness does not come easily I breathe and trust tomorrow will provide another opportunity to do the best I can.