Wow, I have been absent in posting about yoga. It seems to me that you are more busy and less discipline when unemployed or maybe I am just talking about myself.
So, I started this blog as a way to write down my journey into yoga and into finding a teacher training program that fits my desires. This has been a process that I have taken seriously as it is a big investment finically and spiritually. I want to do my training in India the sacred place that born this practice. I also am intrigued by the idea of studying at an ashram as it sounds amazing. Yet, another option has floated into my path. Last week my sister and I went to visit my cousin in Chicago which made me start to think I should check out yoga studios in the area. So, I went to a class at Yoga Now in the Gold Coast neighborhood. I took a vinyasa level 1-2 class which was fun and different as the teacher focused on alignment and proper form. This started to turn my wheels thinking I need to explore the options of Chicago yoga to India yoga training. And, I ask myself do I compare with pros and cons or my inner feelings. I say that the inner feelings is my method. So, I write this to keep myself accountable and on track. The new year and new journey is right around the corner, so I must have a program selected by Jan. 1 2013.
This time of research is exciting for me. I plan to share the places and reasons I chose them, so get ready to explore the world of Yoga Teacher Training.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
My day begins with a peaceful yoga awakening sequence which I am focusing more on my breath. As I am trying to direct my attention to my inner feelings instead of making sure my asana is perfect. I find this intention helps me to get a full practice that centers my inner being. After my practice I make a chai tea latte for myself as a treat on this Sunday morning, yummy.
As I arrive at the Unitarian church I see our discussion today is about social justice and our interconnectedness to each other, the earth, etc. There some guest speakers who spoke about social justice and the woman minister reads a Rumi poem. I can’t recall the exact words so here is what I remember: When in the city it is noisy but be the noise, take in all around you, let your eyes close and your other eye guide you, may fear fall away and the circles of comfort become larger. As she read his words, I envisioned these circles of our fear breaking away and our hearts opening up. The sizes of the circles grow and extend out as we seek for deeper connection and with that comes a deeper connection to ourselves, the earth and others.
As we step on our mats to ground ourselves and listen to that inner voice. We are also challenged on the mat by keeping in flow with our breath, pushing ourselves with new asanas. I think if we view life as one huge mat then events and situations can be viewed as a lesson to check in with your breath when life brings us tension, find your inner warrior when you must stand your ground. And lastly, know that we are all spiritual beings undergoing a human experience so live, love and grow.