The End…Or just the Beginning?
Trying to sum up this most recent life experience in a series of well articulated sentences is like describing quantum physics with stones and sticks.
The stones and sticks represent my rudimentary understanding of this boundless and limitless science and lifestyle that is yoga.
Sure, 8 weeks of twice (sometimes thrice) daily asana practice, lecture, theory and philosophy provided a solid platform of knowledge
but the real growth, the true understanding, will only come through a lifetime of practice.
I leave Rishikesh, India’s acclaimed “home of yoga”, with mixed emotions. I’m excited to return home and apply my education, but just as yin has yang, my excitement has trepidation. It’s one thing to attend class and practice daily because it’s what you “signed up for" but it’s another to translate this discipline to life at home. When a job, social life and those damn adult responsibilities do their best to compromise and obstruct what once seemed so pure, so perfect. I find myself asking, “Will this experience simply fill a chapter of my life? Or will it become the outline for all chapters to come?"
Just as quickly as I can type these questions, my brain thinks of a hundred more. The “monkey mind” is back.
"Return to your breath Regina."
It is here, and only here, that all your questions will be forever answered.
~ To everyone at the Association for Yoga and Mediation, I thank you for sharing your passion, your practice and your discipline with me.
And to every one of you beautiful souls met along the way, I wish you happiness, health and a lifetime of yoga.
Om Santi. Santi. Santi.