“Yoga is a dance between control and surrender between pushing and letting go, and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of being.”
Today we had a special guest speaker named Alicia who has her own business as a yoga instructor. She shared with us some of her life experiences and how yoga was something that energized her and made her feel like life was worth living. She gave us a few helpful tips on how to meditate, ground and center ourselves in order to improve both our physical and mental capacities. In other words, she gave us a primer for beginner yoga students and I was surprised that I actually enjoyed myself throughout the process. Mittie Dodge refers to the process of grounding in her blog on February 17th as:
“Pressing into the mounds of the feet so that you can easily lift the toes without losing balance.”
I find this process helpful because life can be overwhelming at times and so we must constantly work towards finding the right balance. Alicia showed us how to practice being still in the midst of a world filled with chaos. Despite not being in the best of shape, the activities put me in a very relaxed state of mind. We spent about a half an hour doing basic yoga postures meant to have a positive impact on our bodies from the outside-in. Besides this, Alicia spoke about not yet knowing her final goal or destination but still remaining content and secure living in the present, not knowing what the future holds for her. Alicia was able to start her own business with the help of an associate who became an investor because she believed in and supported Alicia’s idea to open up a yoga studio. Before Alicia became a yoga instructor, she held a position at Lincoln Financial; two totally different occupations, not connected in any way what so ever.
I find it fascinating how life can take us through so many twists and turns before we are finally able to figure out who we are and what it is that we should be doing in order for us to feel happy and fulfilled; while at the same time giving us the ability to pay our bills and put food on the table. So far, Alicia’s current business has not made her rich but this hasn’t made her any less successful. Although she doesn’t earn a lot financially, and could probably make more money doing a thousand other things, Alicia is happy because she feels passionate about what she does for a living. In my eyes, that’s worth more than having a large paycheck because, at the end of the day, you can’t take money or material things with you, but you can take the memories of all the things that made you feel animated and alive, that made you feel complete. All the simple things in life that put a smile on your face and that brought you peace; all those things will be with you forever in spirit. After Alicia shared her story, it made me reflect on how it’s always the things that money can’t buy that usually bring you the most joy in life. It’s the knowing yet not knowing. It’s the fears, the joys, the ups and downs, the good and the bad things that happen that have a way of letting you know that you alive and apart of something greater than yourself.