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Coming Home To Myself

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Coming Home To Myself

When you apply to yoga teacher training programs (well, the good ones at least) they make you complete some sort of application questionnaire, all of which inevitably ask “What does yoga mean to you?”

This past summer I completed a few different applications for yoga teacher training programs (and am proud to report I was accepted into all that I applied to, and am even happier to report that I am so thankful I chose the Yoga Ed program that I am currently enrolled in!) Although I often tend towards more elaborate and long-winded answers, my answer to the “what does yoga mean to you” question was always my most succinct answer; Yoga to me is the ongoing practice and exploration of “finding home” in my own body, mind and spirit. Read the rest of this entry

The Whale

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The Whale… Remember the front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, about a female humpback whale who had
become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was
weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to
struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope
wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her
mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for
help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her.

They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently
around as she was thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you.
And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude. I pass this on to you, in the same spirit.

Thanks Gregg Braden for this story.