What Is Yoga in America? Lessons from my students.
Yoga is the student who finally feels safe - and falls deep asleep in savasana (relaxation pose) - not waking while the rest of the group picks up the room and says their goodbye’s. After a period of time she awakens - in more than one sense of the word.
Yoga is the long time practitioner, precise in her practice, always a perfect practice. Through a simple breath awareness exercise, she finds her practice a container of restriction. The discovery of fluidity in her body-breath returns her home.
Yoga is the lady, fearful of getting on the floor, who three classes later is on her mat laughing and playing - her child has returned.
Yoga is the woman who feels the benefits of a fun gentle practice, yet who is conflicted by her pastor’s teachings. She finds her own way in both worlds.
Yoga is the woman who shares her recovery from breast cancer reconstruction, and re-empowers herself to relocate to share her life with her (grand) family.
Yoga is the man who breathes for the first time - in a class of women.
Yoga is the student, feeling good in a posture, guided to remain off the “edge-of-effort”, who nonetheless “tries to make it better”. Ouch!
Yoga is the child in the womb driving mom insane with the intensity of life within - and mother finding balance in her outer and inner worlds.
Yoga is compassion for your students.
Yoga is gratitude for all your students teach you.
Yoga is practice in an empty dusty office.
Yoga is practice in a slick polished studio.
Yoga is being while the dentist and her assistant are knuckle deep in your mouth.
Yoga is a break from the outer world, a haven of me, myself.
Yoga is laughter.
What is your yoga? Yoga is ...
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