I was on the phone with a friend and fellow yoga teacher from out of state this morning. I was sharing with her how it seems that our local yoga market is saturated with teachers and their offerings. I explained how there are dozens, if not more, events and workshops available each weekend for students to choose from. To which she replied, "Oh No! It's happening THERE too?"
Of course, yoga for the masses is not a bad thing -- it's a very good thing. We also know that when there is too much from which to choose, and a lot of hype and flash and "pick me! pick me!" going on.... it's incredibly challenging for one seeking quality to find what they came looking for: Quality.
This goes far beyond yoga. That is, if yoga isn't a huge part of your life, but personal enhancement is, this inundation of offerings holds true for many other markets -- coaching, wellness, self-healing, and personal growth. Finding quality without the hype and hassle is becoming harder and harder to find.
I choose this topic today for one reason: If I'm not part of the solution, I'm part of the problem.
So I am here to state my intention, to be clear about what drives me, and to identify and share what I will bring to impact change.
To do what I can, when I can, for whomever I can, with what I have for as long as I can (Jimmy Carter coined that, but it gives me goosebumps and I trust goosebumps.) I aspire to support each soul that walks my way in knowing three basic things: one: you are already whole, two: yoga is a loving, inclusive & powerful practice and way of BEing that can be implemented into one's life and be coordinated with ALL and ANY spiritual traditions. It comes from wholeness and exists in wholeness. And, three: when in doubt, repeat one & two.
What drives me:
Wholeness is my driver. I know this stuff works. I know yoga works on all levels -- physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual. I know it to be non-manipulative and non-harming. I know it be accepting and inclusive in all ways. I know it to be all loving. I know it to be WAY more than the silly little high speed videos I post of myself doing postures on Facebook. The asanas (postures if you will) are the gateways. That's it. They are nothing but the way in. The way into Wholeness -- the place from which everything comes, to which everything returns and in which everything exists here and now.
What I bring:
I am committed to provide, for you who seek it it, a step by step way to get from where you are to where you long to be. Part of this, magically, is bringing forth the realization that all that you have been taught about you limitations, your less-than-isms, and your lack? ALL. NOT. TRUE. In all I do, I will offer you to both see and experience a path with an end in sight. Enough of this "becoming disease". The path is the way. The path itself is the means. The means to an end -- Your end. Your Way. You are the Way. Your life is the way. You get it? The most incredible path you seek to walk is already before you -- it is your life. YOUR Life.
My parting message: Go for what matters and for what lasts... Darn it if we aren't attracted to the pretty shiny stuff! There's a lot of sparkly stuff out there making big claims and lots of promises. Arm balances, inversions, yoga soirees, and collaborations with the greatest organic new-something-or-other on the planet and your favorite yoga teacher. Truth is, these things are only going to take you so far. Cuz' at the end of the ride, its just you, Babe. Just. You.
So you're the one you want to get to know..... the deep-in-your-bones-kind-of get to know.