Fall is always a time of year of reflection for me. It’s when I get my priorities in order for the upcoming year and realign with what’s important and where I want to focus my attention.
It’s an interesting time to own a yoga studio as the culture of yoga has changed so much from when I first started practicing 18 years ago. It was much simpler.
A few weeks ago I attended a workshop,Yoga for Life, from a master teacher and in one of the reflective practices he posed the question . . . why did you start yoga?
I hadn’t thought about this for many years and was grateful for the opportunity to reflect on this.
I started practicing yoga in my early twenties because I found myself again interested in my inner life. I was reading a lot about meditation and Buddhism at a time when I was traveling to Africa. I found myself in a yoga class and it was the first time that I realized I had no real relationship with or understanding of my mind, body or heart. I didn’t understand what it meant to be human.
And so my devotion to yoga was not physical as in a means to exercise, although in my early days I practiced much more vigorously then I do now; it was to understand how to live and understand life.
Unfortunately in our culture so much of what we see as yoga is simply just the yoga postures, but there are so many layers to the practice that yes, heal and care for the physical body, but also connect us to our deeper nature, who we are at our essence.
This fall I am reminded of the my gratitude to almost 20 years of practice and how I hope that the Beverly Yoga Center is a reflection of that and that it continues to be a place that nourishes you.
And if you haven’t noticed, take a look at the website. I’ve spent the past couple of weeks tinkering and updating it in my time of reflection. You may notice that there aren’t bodies on the site. I did this intentionally. Yoga is not about what you look like. It’s about connecting to the feeling inside of beauty, peace and wonder which is reflected in nature and a mirror of our essence.
May you have a peaceful holiday season.