As we walk this pathway and journey of yoga — and engage the study of the self — we cross the broad terrain of the personality, ego, and soul. We see more clearly who we are in our daily lives and how we’re connected to the greater whole. Sometimes we find ourselves on the mountaintop, in blissful love and unconditional self-acceptance. At other times, we’re descending into the valley of darkness and learning to embrace hidden, or shadow, aspects of ourselves. The experiences of oneness and expansion are a huge support in these moments of deep reckoning.
On the mat and in our daily lives, openness to the ups and downs, and persistence in showing up continues to move us forward. There’s no doubt that we have a compass in our yoga practices — a guidance through the valleys and plateaus and mountaintops of self-acceptance and greater love. May we be refreshed once again through this end-of-summer weekend, gathering for pranayama (conscious breathing), meditation, asana (postures), and as much fun as we can imagine. Please have at least three months of yoga experience, and bring your yoga mat.