Reasons people give saying they can’t
–I’m too stiff.
–I have arthritis.
–I have a bad back.
–I’m too old.
–I’m a guy.
Let me describe the people
in one of my recent classes:
ages range from 42 to 82.
a hearing problem.
One has scoliosis
and deals with chronic pain.
Two of them have had
Two a guys.
Half of them can’t touch their toes.
Let me describe their teacher:
I am 66, and have had major heart surgery. I went to Kripalu in
1999 not to learn how to be a teacher but I was trying to heal myself. After 5 years of dead end streets, the left
side of my body was going weak and would fall numb most every night to the point I couldn't sleep. No one could
give me an answer as to why this was happening. I decided to try yoga, since it had been so good for my body as a young
woman I thought maybe it can help me with this condition. In October of 1999 I went to a month long teacher
yoga about 6 hours a day + more in our teacher training classes. This was like yoga boot camp, I didn't have even one
day off during the whole month. By the time I finished Teacher Training, the numbness and weakness were
gone, my flexibility was back and the first time in years, I could touch my toes.
All this being said, I thought to myself, I need to share this with anyone who will come.
So I decided to start teaching yoga. The rest is history.
What got me going in yoga: weakness, pain and discomfort.
What keeps me here: Hope... improved health and inspiration, the
small, but steady progress in dealing with the challenges my body presents, yoga helps me deal with the hand I have been dealt
in this life. And ultimately, this is the gift of yoga, and this is what keeps us all coming back to the mat again and again.