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The Yoga of Gratitude and Growth

The Yoga of Gratitude and Growth - GoodyogaIn meditation today I was reminded of the Yoga of gratitude and growth. I had such a wonderful sweet and deep experience of gratitude I felt the need to share it with all those whom I have had the privilege to connect with in my life. I will never be able to codify all of the knowledge and wisdom I learned in India, but I can say that the experience has changed my life.

My time in India has changed my perspective, changed the way I move, the way I sit the way I breathe and even more incredible, how I think and how those thoughts affect the way I feel.

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Every morning, as I sit in meditation, I still feel the The Yoga of Gratitude and Growth - Goodyogapresence of my teacher walking past. With this memory present, automatically I feel my spine lengthen and my breath deepen. I feel both the apana and prana striking and connecting. As I go into my asana practice I feel his eyes, with one eyebrow cocked, critiquing my laziness and bringing me back into the present and into the awareness of the pose.

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One can never underestimate or over-value the worth of a good teacher. I feel so blessed and privileged to have had some very wonderful and incredible teachers in my life. Each one has helped to guide me along my path as I stumbled and fell over branches, rocks and my own two feet.

I am not the same person I was two months ago and I am certainly not the same person I was four years ago. Taking an even bigger jump back, I don´t even know who that scared, angry and uncertain girl was who packed up her backpack so many years ago, left her homeland and never looked back.

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Reviewing the past with impartial, non-judgemental awareness always provides 20/20 vision but I have learned that doing the same in the present also provides 20/20 vision. This realization has flipped my former worldviews on their head and removed yet another covering off the inner light that burns inside. Pantanjali speaks often about how the practice of Yoga removes the layers off the candle flame of the soul. I can now feel that flame.

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I feel it spinning located just below my rib cage, lifting my chest, powering my breath and moving my feet. There is a sense of courage and fearlessness combined with a calm and relaxed awareness that I cannot ever remember feeling so clearly in my life.

As I let this gratitude wash over me, I felt again the deep truth that I had to lose myself to find myself. I have spent many years lost both physically and metaphysically. (I don´t know how I ever travelled without google maps!!)

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Fortunately, there were sign posts and guides along the way to point me further up my evolutionary path. I certainly could not have done it alone.

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The Yoga of Gratitude and Growth - GoodyogaThanks to teachers that came in the form of Yoga instructors, friends, enemies, lovers, books and travel I was moved along my evolutionary path towards the joy I always knew was supposed to be my existence.

I am still finding myself but with a sense of love and curiosity rather than one of urgency and uncertainty. I find myself speaking my truth more readily with less fear and more humor.

This switch in perspective changes everything. I know I could never have arrived to this little spot of Joy in one jump.

 There were many layers of conditioning and programing I had to face and peel away so that light within could finally shine.

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The process hurt, but I now know it hurt because of my own resistance to it. Whatever we resist truly does persist and in letting go of the resistance, (which as my teacher would say, ´is just the fear of death´…he loved to remind us of this) life can start to truly be lived.

The Yoga of Gratitude and Growth - Goodyoga

So I want to say thanks to all of you who have cried, laughed and argued with me, loved me, danced with me, sweated with me (call out to all of my YogPeeth Yogis!!) and even belittled and hated me because without you I would not have kept moving and growing – and as my first teacher knows (my mom!) I am happiest when moving.

Deep love, gratitude love and respect to all.The Yoga of Gratitude and Growth - Goodyoga
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