The practice of yoga means a great many things to a great many people. To me, it means a practice of connection to myself and ultimately a larger connection to the world. According to ancient yoga philosophy, Hatha yoga can be a complete journey to wholeness. We can develop and connect to our physical well-being through asana and pranayama, mental clarity through concentration, meditation and spiritual illumination.
When I started teaching yoga it was a hobby. Something I wanted to share with my friends and family. I have been practicing some form of yoga for the past 43 years of my life. My yoga evolved from a form of exercise to life altering experience. My teaching developed from a small class of my friends and family to a worldwide stage. My mission: more accessibility for more people. I wanted the yoga mat to be a place of surrender and community.
It seems to me the older I become; the faster time flies. I used to be afraid of getting older. I used to be scared of a lot of things. But now I realize that fear is a limiting emotion and getting older is a privilege.
Spring is my favourite time of year. I am always excited to see the world start fresh with a clean slate. I live in a cold climate, so I am always ready to see winter move on from its icy grip – I can see the beauty in the winter whiteness, but, it’s not my favourite time of the year.
I don’t make new year resolutions, but if I did, I would review that pesky list and see what I could cross off. It would probably be nothing because resolutions don’t work. The very nature of resolutions sets you up for failure by creating unrealistic goals and expectations you feel you have to achieve.