Two years ago, a fellow yoga teacher called me, and asked if I had interest in taking over one of her classes at a nearby gym. I was teaching a lot of classes at the time, and I had no interest in teaching at a gym. “I can’t teach GYM yoga!” was my snobby response.
Anyways, a couple of days later, I was at my son’s rehearsal for a play he was in. Sitting and waiting, I had a conversation with one of the other mom’s. She happened to be the fitness coordinator from the very same gym. She asked if I would teach a class there. I realized there was clearly a divine pull for me to teach there. So, I told her I would try it. Honestly, I never would have looked for a class at a gym. Gyms make me uncomfortable. I need a quiet, sacred space to practice. But, I agreed to teach one class a week, just to try it out and to see if anyone would start coming. Well, they did. A lot. In fact, it became a very popular class (sometimes as many as 50 people would come). I was soon asked to teach another class. Already feeling love for my students, I accepted.
If you know me, or have been reading my blog, you know, I do not follow rules. Always a bit of a rebel, and definitely someone who whistles to their own tune, I learned at a very young age, that I have to stay true to myself.. regardless of what anyone thinks. And that is apparent in the classes I teach. Over the years, my class has evolved from a vinyasa flow class, to a much slower flow class. And every class is very different. I follow my intuition. I feel the room. The yoga begins to flow. I am guided. My body truly becomes a conduit for healing. There is no ego involved when I say this. Much of the time, I am just as confused,scared, worried, lost, etc., as anyone else. But when I practice and when I teach, something happens-beauty, wisdom, and compassion radiate from my being. Other people feel it too. I have come to recognize that the something, is God. As our awareness expands, we start to see that God is not a man with a long white beard sitting on a cloud…. God has no gender. God is pure consciousness. God is love. Love is within all of us.
For two years, on Wednesdays and Fridays, a huge number of yogis and yoginis, came to take my class. This was not fitness/gym yoga. Lives were transformed. My life was transformed. I truly feel blessed. Breathing together, we worked through our own heartbreaks, and struggles. Moving together, we became aware of the connection we all share. We generated so much love energy-I know we helped the whole Universe. Universe means ‘One Song’. Major healing.
I built so many friendships with people in the class. In fact, everyone has built lasting friendships…. There have even been some love connections (wink, wink). Babies have been born, and loved ones have been lost.. Happiness and sadness, yoga has helped us cope. Yoga has opened our eyes.
Nothing in the external world is permanent.. The only constant is change. And there is major change in the air. So, yesterday was my last class teaching there. And, in one month, I will begin a very new adventure, first to an organic farm in Northern Florida, and then to the Azores. The Azores is the land of my family. I honestly have no idea what will happen or where my path will take me, but with yoga to help guide me, I am sure the journey will be magical.
I have so much love for my students. I am eternally grateful our paths have crossed. Our experience together, truly was a miracle. Thank you so much! And remember, we are always connected.