Sat, Apr 6 & Sun, Apr 7 in Cambridge
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Down Under Voices: A Blog
With continued practice, obsession slowly turns to tempered curiosity and dedication to having a child, without it controlling every waking moment.
I’m told some of the men have committed serious crimes and that many will never leave the facility, but I see 9 men who show up weekly to practice and be present. Nine men who, I believe, want to make changes in their lives.
I always thought that being a yoga teacher would be so glamorous because there is a style of yoga for everyone, so whatever I had to offer, would appeal to enough people! Oh to be so naïve…it’s true what they say: ignorance is bliss.
While yoga is certainly not a shielder of misfortune, it did provide me with an hour in which the only thing I had to worry about was where my foot was in space and how my breath felt in my lungs. Doing yoga for me became a relief from the terror of the future, the claustrophobia of my choices. It was brief, but it was there.
Upon entering the world, my daughter Mira suffered a brain injury. Within seconds, my husband and I were thrown into a whirlwind of unfamiliar words, a loss of our vision of a healthy birth, and an unknown future filled with fear, loss, and intense love in a way that we could never have imagined.
The world is always going, always moving. Things are always happening. No matter what I do, say, write, read, yell, scream, make or create, things are going to keep happening. There is no rhyme or reason to these happenings.
There are cycles to be found in everything, especially, of course, time. An hour, a day, a year…each is a cycle, and each part of the cycle has its own special nuance and texture that makes the whole all the richer. A yoga practice is no different.
I know this story. This used to be my story. I have seen this story….and it plays over and over again.
You’re not alone!
Practicing yoga became an exercise in discovering what I could do--with practice.
With each deep breath, I was helping her to take a deep breath. My strength would become her strength, my calm would become hers.