“We practice yoga to create ease in the body, peace in the mind and be useful in life.”
I got inspired by many great teachers and do not teach any particular style of yoga. There are many ways of practice and each has its beauty and place. My lessons vary according to the student’s needs. My main focus during a class is to guide each participant to a silent place, where the mind slows down and the senses awaken to connect with the here and now.
When the body, the mind and the breath move together deep physiological changes take place. The organs start to work more efficiently, muscles relax, the nervous system calms down, the heart opens and a deep sense of peace develops.
Yoga is not about doing and achieving. It is about undoing, letting go, releasing, allowing, opening, softening. Movement becomes meditation. We direct our attention inwards, experience every breath, every movement, every thought, every emotion. We challenge and stretch. We meet our limitations. We observe what arises without competition, expectation and judgement. We let go of the urge to achieve. We stop holding on, we open ourselves to the present moment. The crust is melting. We become soft and still. We let life touch us. We feel more vibrant. We experience a sense of lightness or as one of my student put it: “It feels as if the whole body is smiling.”
In a deep state of relaxation we experience yoga, which can be translated as: “I like myself the way I am.” We take this memory into our daily lives with a renewed sense of vitality, confidence and focus.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. We are slowly allowed out of isolation. I am missing the personal encounters, the hugs of dear friends, cuddling my grandchildren and moving with others in the same space, feeling the presence of the whole person, not just a face in a box. But we are blessed with the most amazing weather 🌞. So even when I sometimes feel I am cracking up, Leonard Cohens song comes to mind: “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” This is the theme for our classes in June.