What a profound statement for the UN to declare June 21st a day of Yoga- Harmony and Peace. All across the WORLD people lay down their mats and practiced. I hope that coming together in celebration of yoga created connection to one another as well as illuminated the deep impact of yoga. Not merely a physical act, yoga can truly create internal and thereby external harmony and peace. To see photos of cities packed with people practicing warmed my heart. As a teacher of yoga, as a practitioner of yoga this day was deeply important. I think all true teachers of yoga feel the same way.
We had our humble celebration here. While only a few attended, those that did brought their curiosity and devotion. I was most moved by our small but powerful kirtan. The act of chanting this ancient and divine language opened my heart and I aim to hold more kirtans in the future.
When asked what yoga brought to your life, one young, enthusiastic practitioner said she started at 13 and yoga has given her a new outlook on life. She went on to elaborate that while her friends studied subjects in college they weren’t interested in or did drugs or only saw a future of marriage and children, through her practice she now knew other options awaited her. Usually, I hear how yoga eradicates pain, or makes one feel calmer this was the first time I heard that yoga opened new doors and offered new paths for this young woman’s life.
I’m continually moved and impressed that connecting to oneself deeply can create such profound change.