“In the waves of change we find our true direction.” – blog.freepeople.com
I consider myself an expert on this topic, at least insofar as it comes to riding the wave of my own (often) crazy life. As a busy and sometimes overwhelmed mom, wife and yoga studio owner, it sometimes feels like an incredible challenge just to keep my head above the water line. I know with certainty that many of you can relate.
Those of you that know me personally know that I have a great affinity for anything outdoors, particularly anything near the ocean. In fact, the studio name ‘Lahari’, means ‘wave’ or ‘beautiful wave’ in Sanskrit. The entire concept of ‘Riding the Wave (of life)’ resonates very strongly with me.
It takes no small amount of courage to face the uncertainty offered by life. It takes strong faith and a connection with something bigger than oneself. We are made up of the same elements that surround us – earth, fire, air, water and ether – and as such, we need to experience and connect with what is surrounds us in order to remain happily afloat. Yes…we are speaking of Yoga, surfing and life! These strong rhythms of life cannot be resisted or forced, so to learn how to remain fully awake, focused and actively part of these processes is how we learn to ‘stay on the board’ and ride the waves of life.
No one moves through life without experiencing its joyous highs and heart-wrenching lows; the birth of children, powerful love connections, gut-wrenching losses, soaring personal accomplishments and stinging failures, health scares, and deep contentment. It is a well-lived life that allows for all of these experiences and the accompanying deep emotions. Renowned Yoga teacher Stephen Cope advises us to “open to the energy of our emotions.” This is not a passive process in the least. We can learn to remain awake. An active part of life’s process. Focused. Inspired. Empowered.
May the waves of life take you on the journey of your dreams.
Join me for the upcoming ‘Ride the Wave’ Registered Yoga Series at Lahari Yoga.
Simple asanas (poses), five strongly themed classes, stories from ancient mythology, pranayama, meditation and music. This series is suitable for all levels and experience.
Week 1: Invite Awaking
Week 2: Let Go
Week 3: Find Stillness
Week 4: Explore Possibility
Week 5: Graceful Offering
When: June 2-30th (Tuesdays, 7:30-8:45 p.m.), Cost: $79 plus GST