Recently I sat with my journal to reflect on why I continue to teach people how to move and breathe day in and day out, over and over again. What flowed out of me was a heartfelt letter to my students that I share here.
Dear Yoga Students,
I teach yoga because I believe in your capacity to feel healthy and strong, and I want to help you feel that too. I trust that when you allow your body and mind to move freely, you will experience a profound sense of being awake and alive like never before. I want to help you trust that too.
I know how life’s circumstances can weigh you down and hold you back. I know that you are often bombarded with information about what to believe and how to live. I know how suffocating this can feel, and I want to help you free yourself from these illusory burdens and trust your own natural intelligence to guide you.
I teach yoga to help you glimpse the space beyond your busy mind where you are already calm and clear, and I trust that with practice you can let go of unwanted emotional baggage and break free from limiting thoughts.
I know that with a little support and a bit of guidance, you can learn to show up in the moment, awake and alive, and let go into the extraordinarily natural and effortless way of being genuinely you.
To quote Lao Tzu: “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” This is why I teach yoga, to help you discover how to trust your center, where you already have the answer, where you are already clear and alert, and where you naturally shine brightly.
Thank you for allowing me to teach you.