"Yoga is the union of the intellect of the mind and the intelligence of the heart."
I spent the last 6 months traveling around the country as an ambassador for Yoga Journal’s Live Be Yoga Tour. Throughout our travels, we visited and practiced in more than 25 cities and published blog and video content based on inspiring interviews with master teachers and leaders in the yoga world today.
Instead of 'New Year, New You' consider 'New Year, ALL of You' -- a commitment to stand in your truth, to show up fully, to play big and to honor all of you, from the things you love to the things you don't.
This time of year, and especially this day, is a time for reflection and creation; an auspicious time to reflect upon the past year and to envision what lies ahead as we welcome in yet another new beginning.
As we find ourselves in the heart of the holiday season, while it is a time to welcome in the new, it is also a time to honor, celebrate and sit with what is and what has been. The question remains: can we give back to ourselves so that we can better give back to others, and if so, how?
I believe we all share a common desire to live a life of connection and to be happy, content and satisfied with who we are and what we're up to in this lifetime. I believe we all have a spark within that can waver between bright and dim, but doesn't ever completely vanish.
It's easy to forget to pause; to take in the smell of the air, the colors of nature and the embrace of the breath. And yet, this is what yoga asks of us time and time again: to come present to each moment as it arises and to pause long enough to feel these moments fully.
The Sutras succinctly say, “by contentment, supreme joy is gained” (II.42). Within this sutra Patanjali defines contentment as being where we are without going to outside things for our happiness. We can and must continue to put in the work and dive into our dharma with devotion; we can and must stay curious; we can and must keep growing…
When a moment becomes a memory almost instantly; when that which we once anticipated turns to a point of reflection. Time is fleeting and ongoing. It passes without pause, and yet I find myself wishing for that magic button that allows for time to simply stand still…
More than ever before I am highly committed to finding beauty within each cycle of breath and to living each moment to its fullest. I want to go to bed every night with the same sense of wonder, compassion and gratitude that I’ve woken up with. I want to dance with the dynamic nature of this heart-centered path, held by presence, patience and passion.