This past weekend I taught two full day yoga workshops.
Saturday a fitness conference at the YMCA for yoga and Group Exercise instructors. Refining alignment, Bringing play into your practice, and finally a group meditation and Savasana to close the day.
Sunday held a beautiful Embrace your Inner Radiance Workshop to harness your Inner Goddess. SO much Pranayama I literally made the upgrade to a new level of consciousness. You may not be aware yet but you as a reader, have also been updated to the new version of L&W, thanks for coming along, to infinity and beyond!
I am so inspired by the feedback from both experiences and honoured to share the practice. (Much gratitude to all who were present!) In addition, my preparation for both of these experiences was a hilarious and healing journey for me that I will share.
Mind does interesting things when faced with new experiences, and challenges to grow. I can recognize how much my mind wanders into worry mode like a hamster on a wheel, not actually getting anywhere but moving quickly none the less.
“Well what if its not good enough, people might think its too weird. I should do more of this and less of that, and I must remember to say all the right words, at all the right times. I have about 20 quotes but which one is the perfect quote. It needs to connect so deeply to the heart that people just explode right there on the spot with self love so transformative that world peace happens in that very moment of Savasana.”
Do I really care what people think? no. But my mind is somehow still concerned about coming across as weird? Weird is good! I realized that in kindergarten when I kept getting in trouble for singing too much. If singing is wrong I dont want to be right!
Are the right words ever able to be planned, for anything? A little planning never hurts, though I have learned that the best and most relevant words, the ones that have students saying “I felt like you were speaking directly to me, it was exactly what I needed to hear after my day today” don’t happen when I plan them before hand. They happen in the moment when I speak to something that I feel that can’t be named or touched or seen but it is alive and here in this breath. And you feel it too.
I love to provide an experience that is memorable and transformative, uprooting comforts and opening opportunity for an exquisite experience of inner truth. And in truth, its never about the perfect sequencing, words, or playlist (although they contribute to the experience). But instead about presence.
All we really want as humans is to be seen, to be heard, to be valued. When I let go of the plan and open myself to what is here in this moment, words flow from my heart, Light shines from within and instead of living in a preplanned script, I am living with you in the love of this breath.
So needless to say I dropped my ideas of how things should be, and the use of the word should all together. I teach presence, I offer my heart, I share the Light of my soul, none of which could ever be scripted.
In the wise words of Maya Angelou “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Take a deep breath and ask yourself how you can share a little more of yourself in your world today. You never know who really needs a smile, a hug, or a little sunshine from your eyes.