“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
Last year I began to ponder the idea of completing yoga teacher training. My initial plan was to travel to Guatemala to do an intensive class on the banks of a volcanic lake. Money negated the travel, but still allowed for the training.
This year I finally walked out my door along the yogic path. Already it is sweeping me … somewhere.
I talked with my principal about offering yoga to the faculty and students at my school. She said yes to the faculty right away. There are concerns about liability for the students, so I’ll have to go through some hoops to offer a student class.
Today I handed out a small pamphlet to faculty to gain data on when and how often faculty might want to practice yoga. I also asked if they had their own mat, as I’ve been thinking of buying a set to have on hand for classes.
I was surprised how many teachers and administrators seemed to be interested. We’ll see how many actually show up for that first class, but I’m very encouraged and excited to share yoga with my colleagues. I think it’s going to be a great team builder for our school, and I hope everyone gains the stress reduction and relaxation benefits that yoga brings with it.
I’ve had one person express concern about the religious flavor of yoga. I shared my perception that yoga is for everyone and all paths. The definition of yoga is union. If you are Christian it can help bring you closer to your god. If you are atheist, it can help bring you closer to your true self. For a spiritual mutt like me, it’s helping me be more connected to the rest of the universe. When you set your intention at the beginning of the practice, it could be a prayer to Jesus or a wish for well being, no gods attached.
After thinking about that conversation I realized that yoga complements you on whatever path you are on. In today’s busy society, it helps quiet the noise and distractions to let the good stuff shine through.
We need more good stuff. I’m grateful my colleagues want to practice with me and bring more good stuff to my school.
It’s gonna be a good year!