With Thanksgiving approaching, I hope to successfully express to you how grateful I am to be part of such an amazing community. After almost three years in La Honda, I am still overwhelmed with emotion when I think about the amazing people who have come into my life through our yoga practice. I'm filled with gratitude for the warm and generous neighbors who have welcomed and befriended my family and me, for the children who usually teach me more than I teach them, and especially for the yogis who grace me with your continued participation in our humble clubhouse practice week after week.
You sustain me, and you inspire me every day to ask myself "what can I do next for my community?" Thank you for this incomparable gift.
I went to bed at 8 pm last night. I was exhausted from driving up north to collect our son Ben (a Chico State student), from sending out compassionate energy to those impacted by California's latest round of devastating wildfires, and from trying to sustain a hopeful outlook in the midst of never-ending hateful tweets and news reports.
At a time when many of us are feeling surrounded by negativity -- emotionally and energetically depleted -- our asana and meditation practices can be powerful ways to replenish our positive energy. Taking our yoga off the mat can be equally replenishing. Every time we extend a hand to someone in need; every time we share a smile or a laugh; every time we send out a positive thought or, if you prefer, a prayer; and every time we come together to genuinely connect with one another in a positive way, we are "doing yoga." We are replenishing our ability to remain kind and compassionate while creating much-needed positive energy for the world around us.
So whether you are participating in one of our regular yoga practices (see schedule), or you are replenishing yourself and your surroundings through love and kindness off the mat, I applaud and thank you for "doing yoga."
Jamie Walton is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher with more than 8 years (1000+ hours) of experience teaching group exercise classes, and has been certified by the American Red Cross to administer First Aid and CPR.