A little over two years ago I moved from L.A. where I had been teaching yoga and pilates for nearly ten years full time. I am now traveling to teach instead of teaching in more of less one location as I did there. I loved my time in L.A. it was fabulous. We’re now living on a boat, I’m still teaching and out experiencing more than I did, in a different way, each day, than I did in L.A. One is not better than the other, though.
I recently had someone ask me, “Don’t you miss your yoga lifestyle”? Hmmmmmm. What exactly IS the Yoga Lifestyle?
One of my favorite definitions of Yoga is “Connecting with the infinite” (Erich Shiffman) If that is close to your definition, it could come in various forms and definitely not limited to teaching at a major studio and practicing asana each day. Some of the most “yogic” people I’ve ever known had no idea was “yoga” was and had certainly ever done a Down Dog. They were people that were kind, balanced, connected with what they loved and connected with nature. It can come in all forms.
Some people find their connection in their kids, their breathing practice, their church, skiing or gardening. For me a lot of what yoga means for today is living a balanced, mindful and inspired life. I look at this morning and think about all that made my day full of the “yoga lifestyle”…….I was in the sun, on the water, mindful of my task, in my body, strengthening my body, aware of my breath, eating healthy food, connecting with other beings (Tobin, a dog and cat!) and thinking positively. No I didn’t do any Surya Namaskars, but there will be other days for that!
If you would like, please respond to this blog with your definition of what yoga is. It doesn’t need to encompass everything, but just what it is for you today. Just for today. And if it happens to be doing 108 Sun Salutes that’s great, too! God knows I have those days and love asana!