Because you need to put your own oxygen mask on first.
It’s interesting how other people’s priorities feel so much more urgent than the ones we write down for ourselves in our journals. For me, years ago, my body was something I never thought about. I just hurled myself headlong into my life, and my body had to work with whatever I gave it (which was precious little) in between jobs.
Eventually I broke down. My whole system went on strike and I ended up in the hospital for several weeks before gaining enough equilibrium to get back home. And even then, it was months before I was strong enough to work again. Discounting the importance of right relationship to our bodies is dangerous.
When you think about it, the body—this skin bag that holds all the ways in which we move forward and through our lives—it is the most important asset we’ve got. If we truly want to be happy, we must begin with this, our most potent ally. It is not the sum of who we are, but it is the vehicle that Who We Are uses to be itself in the world.
My first private yoga teacher.
Then I worked privately with my first private yoga teacher, Aadil Paklhivala in Bellevue, Washington. He showed me what true yoga was—union of mind and body. I will always remember my first class with him. We didn’t do anything dramatic or even particularly difficult. He just kept pointing me back into my present, physical experience as I moved through certain poses. At the end of it, I felt like my shoulders, my arms, legs, feet, my mind, my heart had all been massaged from the inside. Years of depression gave way to the very first glimmerings of hope.
My friends. Private yoga changed my life. It can change yours, too.
Try it. Your body is the training ground for becoming whole, for bringing mind, heart and body together as one unit. In private yoga, you will also learn to be ok with things as they are. Weirdly, the more you accept your life and body as it is, the more healing can take place. No matter where you start in private yoga—the mind, the emotions, the body—you will end up coming home to your body, the only vehicle you’ve got that will take you where you’re going in this world.
If you’ve read this far, and you’re interested in trying private yoga for yourself, I have a few spaces opening up in June for the summer.
Contact me, let’s have a chat.
Tell me what you need and we’ll explore how private yoga might be a good fit.