I can feel the magic in the air!!! There is a change, a shift, a sense of big emotions, often excitement and joy, and of anticipation. There is also a softness and a kindness, which really exudes and seems to amplify as people prepare and begin their seasonal celebrations.
No matter what your belief system, it is easy to feel the growing energy all around. I can clearly see why, as we approach our longest night and coldest time of the year, we have the most holiday celebrations: balance.
In winter, the natural world prepares for the end of this life cycle: trees drop their leaves, animals forage and prepare for hibernation, the grass turns brown, and some years, we even have snow. It is cold and the sun shines it’s light less and less everyday as we head toward the longest night. There is a heaviness and slowness that often drags us down.
This is the time of Shiva, the destroyer. In the west, most of us have a very grim perspective of death as being the final end and darkness being something evil or bad. However, that isn’t what happens when something finishes and concludes; there is space that is also created. A space that is filled with new life and wonder, a space for spring and life and birth. Opportunity for new beginnings and endless choices. The light in the darkness.
That is why Shiva is also known as the transformer, clearing the way for abundance. It is the balance of life.
I feel that one way or another that is what we are all celebrating; gratitude for what we have experienced, those who we love in our life, and the joy and hope that comes with a fresh beginning.
OM Shanti, OM Jyoti, OM Prema (Peace, Light, and Love to you)
I center my life around unconditional loving kindness and compassion for all beings. I bring these aspects and share my passion with others as a Hatha Yoga teacher and student, a practicing Buddhist, a devout vegan, and loving mother. I am also a long distance runner, a published poet, and a travelling gypsy when the time allows. I am a student of life, with a healthy thirst for knowledge and I enjoy learning and growing with every step.
I am a very anatomical based Hatha teacher with a core belief of Ahimsa: non-violence and non-harming, especially when dealing with ourselves. I have a pursuit of the many facets of Yoga including traditional philosophy, kriya, meditation, pranayama, as well as an asana practice. I believe that every person can find self-success if they are willing. Anyone can be taught a skill but you can’t teach will.