I meditate, but I wouldn’t say I am diligent about it. I go back and forth between having a regular practice and then going weeks without sitting at all. I should sit more. I can tell it makes a difference. I’m more calm; centered. A while ago, while sitting, I received a message out of the blue. I don’t normally receive messages while meditating. Who this message was from, I don’t know. Maybe God spoke to me, or maybe I was finally at peace enough to listen to my heart. Either way, the message was abundantly clear and concise.
“Start an Ashtanga yoga practice, go to India and train, and teach Ashtanga.” Wow. That’s a tall order. I don’t currently practice ashtanga, but I do practice yoga. I have my 200 RYT and have been teaching for almost a year. I have taken a couple ashtanga classes, but I’ve never considered taking up an ashtanga practice, so this “message” really threw me for a loop.
I thought about it for a while and the more I thought about it, the more passionate I became. I finally looked up Ashtanga schools in Delaware and…. well, there aren’t any. Now what? I expanded my search and found an ashtanga shala in Philadelphia. That’s 80 miles round trip for a class. ::sigh:: Is it worth it?
I waved it off and downloaded Kino MacGregor’s Primary series on Cody and started that. That’s good enough for a while, right? I really enjoyed it; so much so I signed up for one of her workshops this summer in North Carolina!! I cannot wait!
I could feel myself getting sucked in. I started researching India again and I could feel the pull. “Mysore. Mysore. Mysore!” I need to have time with a certified/authorized teacher in order to train with Sharath, and AYS will give me that opportunity. I kept thinking about it more and more and I decided this is my path. If I’m willing to travel to NC for a workshop and go to India for yoga, I should be willing to go to Philly, right?
After a talk and an argument with my husband, I finally paid for the May “Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners” course at AYS. I don’t know for certain what will happen after that. I’ll take one step at a time, but I’m thinking I’ll most likely have more of an Ashtanga home practice with an occasional trip to the shala to check in. I’ll just have to make sure I’m diligent.
Starting this coming Monday, my Ashtanga journey begins and I couldn’t be more anxious and excited! I’ll be driving up to Philly four days a week after work, so it will make for a long day, but it will be worth it.
I’m optimistic and feeling good about beginning this new chapter in my life and I can’t wait to see where it takes me! I’m certain I’ve made the right decision. My dreams are only confirming it.
Thank you for the message and for setting me on an unexpected journey.
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