It may be a touch early to reflect on 2013, but this year has been potent. 2013 was full of big, scary shifts for which I am deeply grateful this Thanksgiving week.
If it weren’t for the daunting leaps, my offerings would not be so clear: an empowering how to headstand workshop in December, another run of my 4 week foundations of yoga series in January, a collaborative of eastern (India) and eastern (China, TCM) healing, teaching anatomy for four teacher trainings (so far), and Bakasana Like a Boss is back. (all coming up at EpicYogaDC.com).
What was so the wild ride of this year? I shook a little as I turned in my resignation from my full time physical therapy position for more freedom but much less security.
This very month I stood in front of two video cameras and a film crew to create online anatomy courses for yoga teachers
— far (far) from my comfort zone. Once edited, yoga teachers and students will be able to study anatomy with me via 90 Monkeys
, the online continuing education platform developed by one of my yoga teacher heros, Amy Ippoliti. (Amy sat in the room and coached me for much of the time).
I give thanks for other ways in which I stepped up to a bigger plate than I had before: having mentored new yoga teachers, taught at a yoga festival, lectured on yoga at my former graduate school, and guided more than 20 hours of anatomy for yoga teacher trainings.
Back in February, I nervously waited for the surgeon to return to allow me and the rest of my family to see my dear grandmother, Lilo, after she woke up from a major surgery. Her health has gradually returned, and her students are so appreciative of her ongoing presence. She was scared, too. But she knew the options: face fear or face a greater risk, perhaps even life or death.
In some ways that is what each of us must realize in our choices in every day.
I stepped past fear to cobble together a life that I love: of higher quality, not quantity. A life that engages my talents and passions instead of demands they conform to my job description. May each offering be of service to all beings, including you. I am thankful for you.
See you on the mat.
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