Yoga (and Mindfulness)
Yoga brings us into PRESENCE. Yoga changes lives. Frequently anxious, constantly worrying about the future or ruminating about the past, we forget to breathe. In 24/7 connectivity, our nervous systems are on high alert. When we power down from technology and connect to our breath, mindfully without judgment, the nervous system resets into rest and relax. In yoga, as we settle into the sensation in the body, out of the chatter of the mind, we find stillness and silence. This opportunity for healing can only come in this present moment.
As a consummate yoga student, I never thought I wanted to teach, until a class at On the Mat Yoga studio was without a teacher. Ironically, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, by Pema Chodrun was my inspiration that morning. As I walked to the front of the class, reciting the LuluLemon quotation, “Do something every day that scares you,” I called upon higher inspiration. Exhilarated after teaching, I knew it was time to pay it forward when the words “Yoga When Things Fall Apart” rolled off my tongue.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self to the self.”The Bhagvad Gita