The word "Namaste" is a greeting that means that the light in me honors and recognizes the light in you. While "light" can be spiritually interpreted as "divinity", it can also mean that we all come from the same star dust -- or what Carl Sagan referred to as "star stuff" -- and that we quite literally share the same "light". However you interpret it, the meaning is essentially that we are the same -- we are one. Through our yoga practice, by connecting with ourselves and developing a greater understanding of who we are, we connect with one another, acknowledging and embracing our shared humanity.
Why I Practice
I first discovered yoga almost 10 years ago, and I have found it to be a transformative adventure that has brought with it peace of mind, physical fitness, emotional strengthening, and a better understanding of myself. We are unique in our capacity for self awareness, our capability to grapple with the meaning of our life, and in our desire for fullness and richness within it. Yoga is a way to explore ourselves, the world around us, and the lives we lead. It offers a glimpse into our unconscious at what lies below the surface and the opportunity to make what we discover there a part of our awareness, creating a deeper, more robust understanding of ourselves. Whether it is in my own practice or leading others, it is the connection that drives and inspires me, that fills me with inspiration and purpose.
Why I Teach
Since becoming an instructor, I have become just as passionate about leading others on their own journey as I am about my own practice. While our experience and the meaning of our yoga practice can constantly fluctuate, and the benefits it presents us with always seem to evolve, the yogic path is essentially a journey of self discovery and profound connection. The connections I feel through teaching yoga are just as profound, insightful, and inspiring as those I experience in my own practice, and more often than not, my students are enlightening me far more than I am teaching them.