Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

The Holidays are always a very special time to spend with loved ones.  Both friends and families come together to celebrate time-honored traditions, sacred customs, festive meals and parties and a general sharing of happiness and good will.

During this holiday season, I am reflecting on something my teacher, Pandit Ragmani Tigunait and I discussed many years ago.

We discussed how to form an understanding of life.  He told me this understanding comes from my yoga practice, not through books.   He encouraged me to figure out what type of yoga practice is best for me and stick with it.  He stated that this will teach me about myself and this practice will become my way of life.

Fast forward many years later, I stuck with this beautiful practice and yoga is my way of life.  I have learned about myself; the good, the bad and the stuff I hang onto.   I know life is not always easy and I don’t always get what I want.   But I have also learned to appreciate the importance of trustful acceptance.  Without some level of trust and acceptance the circumstances we encounter in life can be overwhelming.   We can’t handle everything.  I have learned that I need to do everything I possibly can to grow and be happy, but also accept what is and embrace life trustfully and truthfully.

Over the years I have found that my practice is about moving forward; to keep going, starting over every morning, every second of my life.   Thus, it seems tenacity creates strength, not the other way around.  And we certainly need strength in this world we live in.

“My strength comes from my tenacity” Louis Pasteur

I hope all of you, my dear students, experience trust and acceptance for all that is and all that will be.

Live your practice!

The teachers and I wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy new year and a blessed holiday.  We keep you in our hearts and prayers and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Thank you for continuing to come to CMYW.

A Loving Namaste,