Two years ago, I had a part-time job as an author's assistant. Part of my job was to interview people for a new book calledHappy Stories.This book featured the stories of happy people from all over the world, all walks of life. It was an amazing experience to interview so many people and helping to select the 50 that would be included in the book. As I look back on this experience I continue to be humbled by so many of the stories of courage and bravery in the face of extreme difficulties. Difficulties that you and I could never even fathom, all the while continuing to be happy.
So many things stand out from those interviews, but three things that help me to keep it all in perspective. A young refugee told me in his interview, that 4 out of 10 people in the world live on less than $2 a day! He said, "When you have a complaint about something in your life, think of your complaint on a global scale. Meaning when you lose your songs on your iPhone or your computer crashes, imagine telling your complaint to someone in a 3rd world country living on less than $2 a day." This goes hand in hand with something another man told me during our chat. He said that his organization helps millions of children in Haiti and Nepal who have next to nothing, BUT they are the happiest people he has ever met. His mission in life is to bring aid to these children and he is happy because of their happiness. (I checked the statistic and it's pretty accurate according to several sites I studied.) And then there is Miss Gwen, who survived on her roof during Katrina for days, waiting to be rescued, lost everything, including her leg only to live through hurricane Ike in Texas, losing everything again. Years later able to return to her home in NOLA. Through it all she thanked God everyday for the blessing of being alive.
I am sharing this with you today because I was reminded on Facebook that this process was two years ago. I remember the deadlines and the search for people. But most of all I remember the people themselves and their stories. I learned that we all have a story, but what makes these stories different is each person chose happiness in the face of a challenge. This helps me to keep things in perspective.
Gratitude speaks loudly! I have met some amazing people in the past two years and many of them are my students. I've listened to many more stories of loss, pain, abuse and addiction, not because I was interviewing someone, but because they felt a need to share their journey and how they are healing. This is the human side of yoga. The self discovery. The courage to move forward in the face of fear. Choosing happiness.
So each time we gather on our mat, take some time to give thanks for having the courage to keep moving forward, to keep growing and choosing happiness. Give thanks for that friend on the mat beside you and say a prayer for their journey as well. We never know what battle someone else is fighting.
Scenes from our First Yoga Hike!
Join us in September for two Yoga Hikes~
Sunday, September 13 at 9:00 AM
Saturday, September 26 at 9:00 AM
The Parkville Nature Sanctuary
September is National Yoga Month! Make time for your practice~
Monday, September 7th - Labor Day - No Classes
Sunday, September 13 - 9:00 AM - Yoga Hike at Parkville Nature Sanctuary
Saturday, September 26 - Regular Scheduled Classes Cancelled due to an all day workshop ~ We will have a Yoga Hike at Parkville Nature Sanctuary 9:00 AM
Friday Class Change
My vision as a teacher has always been to bring yoga to every BODY; to help others find healing through yoga. This will never change. I am excited to continue my education and will be expanding my training in the area of Mindful Yoga Therapy and Adaptive Yoga Therapy for Veterans and also continuing my teacher training to become an E-RYT, which means I will be able to train others to become teachers. As I make this commitment to my continued education, I need to set time aside to devote to my training. So I have decided to cancel the Friday morning restorative class. September 11th will be the last Friday class. Having this day will help me to increase my hours of study and move forward with more training. Thank you all for your continued commitment and support!
Thursday "Find Your Chill"
Thursdays at 10:00 AM is "Find Your Chill" Donation Class. This class is an all levels class benefiting the Give Back Yoga Foundation and their programs, "Yoga for First Responders" and "Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans" It is my honor to be able to give back to this organization who is doing so much for our communities. I hope to attend their training in January, Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans and Adaptive Yoga for Veterans. Thank you all for attending this class and for your continued support. All proceeds go to the organization. You can learn more here ~ http://givebackyoga.org/
Save the Date
Saturday, October 3rd from 10:30-12:30 - Alignment Workshop at The Wellness Wheel ~ If you have ever questioned a pose in yoga class or wondered if you were doing it properly, this is the workshop for you! Great for beginners or for advanced practitioners who want to get back to the fundamentals. This class will focus on the Iyengar method of alignment in yoga poses and we'll also discuss modifications.
Stay tuned for more information~
Congratulations to our four Yogis of the Week in August! They are Barb Bloemker, Janelle Rubelee, Don Queen, Bobbie Jo Queen, Marilyn Gibson. Each week we will honor our Yogi of the Week as someone who is committed to their practice and well being on and off the mat!
And congratulations to Mary Nacrelli for receiving the July attendance reward ~
30 Minute Reflexology with Carol
GREEN PEA HUMMUS
This is a hit everywhere I take it! Sounds a little unusual but trust me it is fantastic!
1 cup of Green Peas - I use frozen and just run water over them to thaw
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove of garlic
2 Tbsp Mint
Blend together in food processor.
Enjoy with pita chips or veggies.
**This recipe came from a gal attending a workshop with me at the Yoga School of Therapeutics. Unfortunately I don't know her name.