Meet yourself as you are

It has been so wonderful to connect with so many of you over zoom these last few months. And while things are slowly opening up, I fully believe that online classes are here to stay. To be honest, I’m really grateful about that, as it has allowed me to reconnect with so many of you in, not only in Massachusetts, but in NYC, Arizona, Colorado, and beyond.

One thing that I have loved about teaching on zoom is something that I have dreamed of in a yoga studio – that feeling of being at home. Seeing you all in your homes, with your partners, kids, and pets has allowed me to feel even more connected to you all. We’ve all been ”invited” into each others’ homes to share some time together, which is so real, special and intimate – it’s like the Mister Rogers of yoga!!

One day when I was teaching a class from my home, Maddie Rose came in to tell me something had happened to Soupy (one of our dogs. He was fine in the end.). My initial reaction was centered around how unprofessional the interruption was and how the class was ruined. But I later realized that I wasn’t unprofessional, nor was the class ruined – it was just real – a little messy, a little imperfect and yet…perfect. And how great that we get to see each other as real human beings, living real human lives...a little messy, a little imperfect, and yet...perfect.

I often start my time on the mat and with my classes with the thought that we come to our mats as we are – with our bodies as they are, our breath as it is, our minds and hearts as they are. Our practice doesn’t ask us to arrive “perfectly”, it asks us to arrive, and to do so just as we are – with all the stuff and imperfections – because that is real and perfect.

Likewise, our practice doesn’t ask us to have the “perfect” space – just a space where we can unroll our mats and be and breathe.

It doesn’t ask us to have the “perfect” leggings and shirts – just something we can move freely in.

It doesn’t ask us to have the “perfect” array of props – just whatever we can find to help us feel supported during our practice. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used a nearby sweater as a strap or a blanket.

So, if you haven’t been on your mat in a while, ask what is stopping you. Now, dear Lesley is the PERFECT time to do so…the practice is ready to meet you just as you are.


 

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