After 15 years of practicing Yoga on and off, more and less, and then a year of traveling back and forth to California to the Chopra Center to get certified to teach Yoga, I can finally say that I feel balanced. I don't take myself so seriously. I am better able to find equanimity in pleasure and pain, happiness and disappointment... The Yoga class that I had worked so hard to pull together- the class that I have been planning for months- that was supposed to start last week didn't start last week. I had 10 egger souls ready to do Yoga, and we were locked out of our space!... The universe had a different plan. And if Yoga has taught me nothing else, it's to just go with it. To just breathe. It does no good to struggle against the entire universe- I've found. And so, instead of teaching a class or reading one of the three books that I am working on now (Buddha by Deepak Chopra, Mantra Yoga by David Frawley, and Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul by David Life and Sharon Gannon) I decided to do something completely different. I watched Gossip Girl instead... It's all about balance. And that's why I adore Yoga.
When Dharma comes calling...
Dharma is a Sanskrit word just as Yoga is a Sanskrit word, (and Sanskrit is a sacred ancient language) whitch means purpose in life. We all have a purpose in life. I didn't know a few years ago that my Dharma would be to teach yoga, but I had a spark of an idea and it let me here to this place. Having completed my certification with the Chopra Center- a real dream come true. I have been certified for 10 days as of today.. and already I have been asked to jump into the fire. I subed for a very experienced teacher at a yoga studio last week and I have been asked to sub for a reguar teacher at my gym this weekend. Plus, my new SSLY class starts tonight..
Something that my teacher, Clair Diab taught me is that when you start to feel overwhelmed or nervious about your Dharma or whatever your doing, start to shift your inner dialog from What's in it for me? to How can I help? How can I serve? This wisdom brings me back to center every time.
Please let me help and serve to the best of my ability for the good of all concerned. Swaha!