A Commitment to Learning From Ourselves

Peak pose of the week: Urdvah Danurasana (Upward Bow or “Wheel”)

My motto has always been that the best I can offer as a teacher is to bring to class whatever I am currently focusing on in my own practice. I find that there are some particular principles I’ve learned from yoga that will always be at the forefront for me such as presence, patience and slowing down. However, recently I have found myself at the computer more often than usual looking for extra online work that won’t require my speaking voice, as I’ll be having surgery on my vocal cords in March and unable to teach for a while.  This has lead to a lot of hunching over, and so, my current practice has involved a lot of back bends and shoulder openers to free up my chest and spine.

It can feel vulnerable to physically express and open the heart, but there is an opportunity to practice backbends with a sense of fearlessness IF we approach them as a way of opening up to ourselves. I offer this empowering quote by Judith Hanson Lasater as a reminder that we are our own greatest teachers, and a commitment to learning from the self comes first.

“We accept responsibility for ourselves when we acknowledge that ultimately there are no answers outside of ourselves, and no gurus, no teachers, and no philosophies that can solve the problems of our lives. They can only suggest, guide, and inspire. It is our dedication to living with open hearts and our commitment to the day-to-day details of our lives that will transform us.” 

― Judith Hanson Lasater