|dance with the wind (Photo credit: cambiodefractal)|
The first class of yoga teacher trainees graduated from the True North Yoga Advanced Yoga Studies/200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program on March 10th. I had an amazing six months with these women, learning as much from them as I hope they learned from me. The time we spent together felt like weekends with old friends. The love and support these women offered each other was incredible and I feel blessed just to have been able to create the space for them to come together.
The "final exam" for the program was to teach a yoga class. Each class was unique as the personalities and experiences of each teacher came through in their words and asana sequencing. One new yoga teacher wrote a poem for the others in the group and shared it at the end of her class. It was touching, meaningful and embodied the author in every way. I asked her if I could post it and she agreed. Enjoy this gift from yoga teacher Alexis Sandiford-Fisher:
My wish for you
is that you take the time to...
Dance with the earth, draw your strength from the strong roots that keep you
steadfast in the face of adversity.
Dance with the wind, blowing your cares away and ushering in the breath of new life and ideas.
Dance with the flames that fuel the desires of your dreams. Move with them as they rise and wrap
themselves around to shape and reveal the truth in your heart.
Dance with the rain, let it wash over you clearing your body and mind of all negativity.
Dance with the rays of the sun, with your bare toes in the grass and flowers all around.
Dance with the falling leaves while colourful dreams swirl all around you.
Dance with the snowflakes - even if there's slush in your boots - let them kiss your
nose and caress your cheeks.
And finally... Dance with your children - or significant other - whether 2 legged or 4 legged
because there is nothing sweeter than this.
Thank you, Alexis, for giving me the gift of your friendship, your presence, and your energy. And thank you for the lovely poem. I danced with the snowflakes today. Lots and lots of them.