I have been wanting to write this post for a long time.
I have been wanting to share all the benefits I have been receiving from a dedicated yoga practice over the last 17 years. My intention is to encourage students to dedicate themselves to a regular practice and to honour it with utmost respect. In order for the practice to become sacred, that particular time/space/props need to be addressed with a ceremonial or ritual tone. And in one's mind's eye, it helps to have a clear sense for one's intentions, one's goals or creative wishes. It does not matter if one's intention is vast: "I want to feel calm" or "I want my mind to achieve various logical tasks" or "I want to be more empathetic" or if one's intention is very focused: "I...
Last summer I had the joy of going back with my eight years old daughter to the Sivananda Ashram in the Laurentian mountains in Quebec. It was a dream come true! All these years when I would do my yoga practice, Zara never showed any interest at all. She did not even want to go to the kids yoga camp. I did not force her, I just did not hear her (if I heard her every time she said no, we would be sitting in front of netflix most of the time and eating cake).
So we arrived at camp. She did not talk to me for a few days. Later I realized that she was jet lagged and completely overwhelmed, she even said that she felt we were in a different country (all the Indian culture). After a few days she told me: "maman, je ne sa...
I received from one my valued life mentor an email that left me reflecting (February 24th 2017)
The subject was: "Dear, dear friends"
"I'm in a process of end-of-life planning -- even though that time is not considered to be imminent... but, I'm a (recovering?) Virgo, a planner, an organizer, and interested in communicating... so please indulge me and read the attached.
I look forward to hearing from you, with a hopeful "dead-line" of March 15, so I can continue with other facets of planning!
Thank you, in loving spirit, Georgia"
She was asking her friends assistance in planning her last moments in this human form.
Of course I responded right away:
Subject: "Count me in!
i have always thought i would want to be by your...