This week I’ve been reminiscing and travelling down Gratitude Lane.
When I finished my teacher training in 2010, I really sort of orbited around for a while looking for My Teacher. Here I am 4 years later and I thought today, wow, I have two really awesome teachers. I also am grateful for awesome family and friends!
I found both of my teachers without actually searching (no google searches here lovelies).
I work with the wonderful, funny, creative Kelly Connor-Sunrose. We meander through asana, sutras, mediation, and asana. She is a very kind and sweet person, and in 8 months I have learnt so much through her, my practice and I feel my teaching have taken on a way more “Sara” feel but also a depth I was looking for.
Once a week I learn to sing, yup, sing with Rama Dasa. We chant, sing, discuss philosophy, laugh through an hour of awesome. He is such a talented teacher and a beautiful Bhakti Yogi. I really love to chant and sing but I was so nervous because I was pretty sure I had no vocal talent. At all. None. But I asked for a sign and Rama turned up, really, his sign was in our Yoga school. Funny.
So, today I’m so grateful for these two teachers and the impact that have made and continue to make in my life.
That’s my stroll down Gratitude Lane for today.
Do you have anything that your grateful for, something that you didn’t “strive” towards, that just sort of showed up?
Cheers & gratitude,
I love to Chant. Thankfully chanting is not singing.
After my teacher training in 2010, I did a wonderful on-line Chant Course with Amy Cronise-Mead. It was 12 weeks, each week a new chant. This course opened up a whole new world for me, the world of metaphors, of stories, goddesses, of new ways to think and feel about life and its messages.
It feels so good in my heart and my bones to chant. Edo and Jo are my favourite Kirtan Band (picture above), gorgeous voices, lovely chants and such nice people. And big bonus, my kids love to go with me! My daughter is 12 and my son is 8, they like it. They don’t “LOVE” it, but they like it and it makes them feel good. So, I will keep taking
them for as long as I can. Its either Katie Perry, Jlo, or Edo & Jo!
So moving forward. I’m working with this chant at the moment. Its a
chant to Dhumavati.
Dhumavati stands for despair, sadness and failure. For waning, loss
and disappointment. She’s not beautiful, probably because we think
of these qualities as ones we would rather avoid.
I chant this, I sing it and I feel its weight and what it represents in my bones.
How it feels to sit with this!
Well thats another post for another day, because this is big work for me.
Nice bathrobe hey!
When I started Yoga many many years ago, I really thought it was all about Asana. I thought Asana, the physical posture, was ALL the Yoga.
I didn’t realise till later that it was 1/8th of Yoga. Wow. 1/8th. Its small in comparison with the focus we put on Asana in the West.
Here’s 8 things I didn’t know about Yoga when I started: