I led my first yoga class last week. Kind of. Blair’s sister asked if I’d do a class on the morning of her wedding. Though it was more like me doing the poses up front while giving the odd cue, it gave a small taste into what teaching would feel like. I was a little nervous – after all, this is my newfound passion and I was scared to suck – but once I started, the nerves faded. It wasn’t perfect but no one expected it to be and that’s what I had to remember.
This is the second time in my bridal party experience that the girls’ morning activity has been yoga and I’ll forever preach its virtues. There’s nothing like this sacred movement to energize for the big day and iron out the crinkles. Everything moves more fluidly, our breath becomes effortless and we reconnect to ourselves as tension melts away – perfect prep for the day’s anticipation. The bride (and/or groom) and their friends have the chance to come together and just be. To be surrounded by the company of each other with no planned agenda for one precious hour that weekend. It’s the chance to start the day with a fresh slate, grounded in the reason that we are all there – the union of two people.
How perfect is it that both yoga and marriage generally symbolize the same thing? Yoga means yoke, or in other words, union – the coming together of any two objects, the body & mind or more philosophically, the individual self with the higher self. That morning, we celebrated two people with the deepest sense that they’re in for a loving and lasting marriage. We connected silently with a knowing that they’ll grow together in the most complementary of ways. We recognized a bride whom we’d never seen so happy. Being a bridesmaid for that kind of love felt good & easy. <3
1. Feist: Cicadas & Gulls
2. Alexi Murdoch: Breathe
3. Iron & Wine: He Lays in the Reins
4. Bon Iver: Minnesota
5. Ray Lamontagne: All the Wild Horses
6. Bon Iver: Wash
7. James Vincent McMorrow: Higher Love (Savasana)
Roughly quoted from my journal, June 27, 2012: “Beauty starts on the inside. Westerners have it all wrong with the attention they pay to hair, makeup and artificial things. When your internal systems are happy, it will give you a glow on the outside to make you truly beautiful”. – Yogi Charu
I’d just attended a yoga class in NYC led by Yogi Charu who voiced the above quote. He oozed a calm, compassionate, soul-rooted love. I later found out he’d spent several years in the Himalayas and taught all over the world. This guy was legit!
No question, living a wholesome lifestyle gives people a certain glow, particularly when eating healthy and treating their bodies to regular workouts. But there is something about yoga that amplifies it tenfold through consistent practice.
To read the full article, it’s just a hop, skip & a jump away on my Lebert Fitness page :)
Delving deeper into our yoga practice is an intimate metamorphosis. Much like the theme of this blog- and of life itself- it can take several different tracks, each person’s path distinct.
Despite the treasures met along the way, the path of yoga and self discovery can seem lonely at times. We’re often acquainted with new thoughts, beliefs and interests bubbling under the surface. And while these things are so effervescently heartfelt to us on the inside, it can be hard to discuss them on the outside. Whether it’s because old friends and family don’t share the same interests or we simply can’t think of how to form internal experience into words – the reasons are varied and true.
I’ve found the Internet to be bustling with countless mentors who come in handy when you just need to hear someone speak words of similarity to what you’re going through. Judging from my blog posts this year, Elena Brower and Seane Corn are the two yoginis who’ve clearly resonated with me most at this phase of my journey. They always express in ways that, while ultimately relatable and in line with my under-the-surface feelings, still stretch my mind into new places.
When I had the chance to finally flow in New York with one of my mentors, Elena Brower, I told her at our initial meeting, “you’ve influenced my practice so much and I haven’t even met you!” Ah, the good old net!
Here are a couple of interviews of them spreading the gospel of yoga :)
Have you found anyone through the Internet to be influential or comforting on your journey through yoga?