Life. Yoga. Joy.
Inspiring a life with smiles...™
Photo credit Samantha Eve Yoga. Copyright 2019.
Being present in today's world is challenging.
Our senses are inundated with stimuli which may not serve us in a healthy way. And so here I am finishing week 2 of yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. In this insulated environment my purpose is to learn, explore, feel, experience, and I wonder to myself:
People hug here...often. Strangers talk to one another and look each other in the eye. Yes many of us visiting still have have our phones/computers/distractions but often they are locked away in our room safes until necessity or desire to communicate outside of our bubble arises. Truths are shared - good ones and difficult ones - acknowledged as being heard, respected for their personal nature, and encouraged. Friendships form quickly and deeply when pretenses are stripped away, and kindred spirits seem to gravitate towards one another as though the universe placed small magnets on people's wrists to ensure they don't pass one another in the hallway without feeling a slight tug towards a friend.
There is a lot of laughter, and almost as many tears as people process, reflect, breathe, and allow themselves to transform or simply be in whatever place they are at the moment. It is magical, unnerving, and so very very real...The only expectation is that people simply be here in the moment attuned to their experience...and if you can't do that, well that's okay too.
Several of us joke that this is not the "real world". I wonder after 2 fast-paced weeks of yoga teacher training whether we will be too raw and vulnerable when we leave here, our emotions on the surface and highly sensitive to the world around us.
But is that such a bad thing?
Indulge me for a moment in the following fantasy:
Can life really be this way?
They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but it is my sincerest hope that what happens at Kripalu also leaves Kripalu. In this wonderful community I have learned that yoga belongs not just on the mat, but in every aspect of our lives. Breathing deeply, connecting our body with our mind, enhancing our awareness of our space and the space of those around us, employing metta (loving kindness and compassion) to ourselves and our community, are all resources which can help us to be more present in our daily lives.
In two more short weeks, we future yoga teachers will step back into our "other lives" only this time, there will be no separation. Together we can use the tools of our yoga teacher training to shape the world to a kinder, more loving, and mindful place, similar in spirit to the community here at Kripalu. That lesson is priceless...
Wishing you peace, love and happiness wherever you are in your journey my peeps...and always, with smiles...
Samantha Eve, a