I had spent many years pursuing excellence…now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important. —Nina Simone
This time of year inevitably brings up the question – to make or not to make New Year’s resolutions?
It makes me think of a time several months back when, sitting around the dinner table with good friends and family, someone posed the question to us all “What’s one thing about yourself that you would really like to change?”
I had a hard time answering that, not because there aren’t things about myself that I would like to change, but because that is something I think about all the time, every day. I am always reflecting on how I could have better and more effectively acted in just about every situation. I don’t do this in an obsessive, negative, beat myself up way, but in a curious, loving, growth-oriented way, because I deeply care about how I am in relationship with myself and those around me, and I’m always interested in how it can be better, and freeing myself from old, limiting beliefs.
One-time, big questions, therefore, aren’t really relevant, because freedom from actions and beliefs based on limiting habits and prejudices requires daily (actually much more frequent than that!) questioning. It may sound laborious or even scary, but on the contrary, you grow to love not only yourself and the process, but the questions themselves (as Rilke advised us).
A practice that encourages this questioning, examining, curiosity and interest is an invaluable tool, and I am beyond grateful for this approach to yoga which does just that, and for being able to share it with others.
Join me in ongoing classes and upcoming workshops in Mexico, Italy, and more!
January 10-14, 2019
Retreat Workshop in Mexico with Diane Long
San Agustinillo, Oaxaca, Mexico
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Ongoing classes at Yogala Studios
Mondays and Thursdays
Stay tuned for upcoming workshops… including this summer in Italy!
I am also available for private lessons in person and on Skype, and to come to your studio or town to teach classes and workshops. Contact me for more information and to schedule.