Tonight the 200hr Summer Teacher Trainees graduated! For the trainees, the last month was 100% dedicated to their yoga study and practice. For myself, Stacey, and all the other wonderful teachers involved, it was an opportunity to share and even reignite our commitment to the subject and practice of yoga. As my wise older sister said when she was just five, swaying along with a weeping willow, “If you want to understand the tree, you have to move like the tree”. It does seem that the necessary ingredient to understanding is dedication, and this puts love in our hearts. Love and dedication, dedication and love.
Showing up is loving, and it’s not always easy. Even ancient wisdom, like the classic yogic text the Yoga Sutras, shares a long list of obstacles that impede our endeavors, like indifference, laziness, doubt, misunderstandings, etc. Its so easy to give up or stay on the surface, but when you stay with and continue that deep dive, somehow grace comes and changes you.
Stacey read a poem by Joseph Campbell and this line struck me,
“I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.”
We want to congratulate all of our grads for following their bliss, dedicating themselves so fully to yoga, and for showing up and inspiring us all!