A Series of 15 Teachers’ Stories in 15 Days
celebrating Yoga Tree’s 15 Year Anniversary.
The meaning of yoga to me in one word is true to the definition of “union”, but I feel it is best described in an experience. Very early on in developing my practice at a deeper level I was just finishing a beautiful home practice at sunset and meditating on gratitude when I found myself no longer in my physical mediation seat, no longer in my body. My heart and mind became so wrapped up in gratitude that, like in a dream, I was gone somewhere else, being drawn through tunnels of light, full of all that I love. I was very much awake, upright and aware, just so outside myself that I connected into a place that we all share.
Yoga to me will always be a reminder that I’m connected to something greater.
While I don’t often slip all the way to that place in my meditation I touch it every time I slow down and sip in a conscious breath and draw on the lessons of the yoga practice, reminded that peace and love is not only something that I seek, but something that connects us all at our deepest core.
I later read something Mahatma Ghandi said and I have held this saying close to my heart since and often share it in my classes:
“I honor the place within you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place within you of love, light, truth, peace and wisdom. I honor the place within you where, when you’re in that place, and I am in that place, there is only one of us”.
Yoga as a life practice for me is a gathering of tools live closer to this place in my daily life and to be able to share this with others so that they too might feel this peace and love in their own hearts.
She became certified to teach yoga at Ashiyana in India, drawing from a background in the Ashtanga, Iyengar and Yin Yoga traditions and has continued her training with many master teachers in the San Francisco Bay.
The roots of her practice grew organically from her Buddhist background and education in Holistic Health and the fruits of her teachings are much the same, seeking to leave her students stronger, balanced, grounded and at peace. Yoga has given her endless gifts and teaching is her way of returning these gifts and living out her Karma.