I was born stressed out. By the very nature of my description (Type A, middle-aged, neurotic, Jewish woman), I worry, not only about husband, my daughter, and myself but also for the human race. I have my mother to thank for these traits. She taught me well.
As a Yoga teacher and Massage Therapist, it’s my job to provide guidance toward well-being. I’m quite sure that I chose this course of work because when my own family stops listening to me (which is often), I can still find an attentive audience in students and clients (God bless them).Enough about me. Let me really begin by defining Yoga. The dictionary definition of Yoga is UNION. Yoga is balance…the union of opposites, black and white, ups and downs, highs and lows. You get the idea. You can do this with your breath. The way I see it, is this: you’re sitting in traffic at a 4-waystop sign and it’s your turn to go. The woman on your left with the headset who happens to be applying mascara in the rearview mirror, runs the stop sign thereby almost killing both of you. You have a split second choice. You can gasp, tense your spinal column and expel expletives or, you can use the breath you learned in Yoga class that morning to calm your body down. The more you practice that use of that balance in a Yoga practice the more easily you can apply that same concept to your life.
I found Yoga at an early age. I was 17. I thought it was stupid. I thought, “Why am I sitting here quietly breathing and stretching. This is the seventies, man! I could be out there wearing pink spandex with the rest of the joint-crunching, high-impact aerobics fanatics”. At least there, I would release some tension!!! I didn’t realize at the time that I was learning the single most valuable tool that I would rely on later for peace and strength…not to mention sculpted abs, butt and thighs. Yoga is sweet work, satisfying, rewarding, mindful, work. I resisted it. It took me many years to understand that if I could learn patience and compassion for myself while trying to maintain a seemingly impossible Yoga posture, I could do the same thing in an up-tight situation in my life. When that concept truly kicked in, I felt better, looked better (I was taller…really) and I had more energy than I ever had before.