Now, just about any yoga teacher will tell you, once you start teaching, it becomes progressively more and more challenging to maintain your personal practice, despite how crucial and necessary that practice is. This is something I've experienced first-hand, and it's all.....sigh....true. Perhaps that's part of the reason that I felt it so important to participate to the best of my capacity in the yoga challenge. Even with my late start and my busy schedule, I knew that there would be a really powerful pay off in just making the effort. I went in knowing that I would not make it to the 27 class mark, but I was and am still totally ok with that.
So, what revelations, questions, curiosities have risen to the surface through the course of my 12 classes?
1. I've been holding a lot of sadness and grief in my body since my Aunt's passing in May.
2. RIght now, a softer practice is what serves me best. I don't need to push.
3. Making time to be a student myself, allows me to be more mindful of and compassionate towards my students.
4. There are some really wonderful teachers out there. It's an incredible gift to be a student.
5. I am getting older. This is both fantastic and confronting.
When I lived in Vancouver, the summer time (my namesake season!) was always my favorite time of year. Now that we've lived in sunny Southern California for just over 4 years, I'm kind of drained by the unrelenting heat and sun, it's actually the fall and winter time that I tend to favor. I am so grateful to have this experience and these insights from the yoga challenge, to take them with me as I go in deep, during this reflective time of the year, to use as tools of transformation. There are so many things I want to explore and experience in this lifetime, often it feels as though I'll never get to do everything I'd like to. Right now, I'm working towards saving for a travel experience, and I'm exploring the ramifications and outcomes of becoming a student again.
How have you celebrated National Yoga Month? I would love to hear about your insights and experiences, whether you've participated in the Yoga Challenge or not; Please share in the comments!
Namaste and Big Love,