I have a goal to go to yoga teacher training. This has been a goal for several years now. In fact, if I wasn’t in China, I would be taking that training this year. Instead, I am taking time to cultivate my personal practice. I need to make it my own…everyday. I have struggled with how “to do” this. Some days I’m drawn to the mat like a magnet, others I avoid it. Somewhere inside me I felt there was “a right way” that my practice needed to be. But really, there is no right way. Yoga is different for everyone. That is the perfect part about having a personal practice. When you teach, you don’t have class for yourself. You create a class that will give a little something to everyone. You adjust to the needs and the climate of the students in the room.
I am making “my” way on the mat, trying to get there everyday, even if it is for a short time. I like this curvy path I am taking to find my “true yoga self”. My practice is growing a little bit each day and each week. I went to a day long workshop recently by Donna Farhi. She is an American now living in New Zealand. I learned about 1 muscle. The psoas. This muscle is really deep in the abdomen, and most people don’t even know where it is, and therefore its incredibly tight. If you find it, and develop it, you will have a really strong core strength. I found it really interesting, because Cyndi, my yoga teacher in Raleigh (at Moving Mantra yoga) was always talking about the psoas and about protecting your back. Now I have the background information on all that Cyndi was trying to instill in my practice.
I am really happy with my yogic transformation over the years…from early days of practicing at the YMCA in North Dakota and North Carolina, to visits to Kripalu for R & R, to an Anusara class in California on my honeymoon, to NYC to practice with famous yogis. I love practicing with my children. They make it fresh and fun. Hollis likes to fly like an airplane on my feet! For the last two weeks, I have been experimenting with music. I don’t really have a set playlist right now, I just turn on iTunes and let the music inspire me.