As someone who has managed to turn her passion into her day job, I consider myself to be a very lucky girl indeed. There is no greater joy for me than to be able to share yoga with the amazing beings that cross my path on a daily basis. I learn from every student who honours me with his or her presence in the yoga room. As an offering back to those people (you guys!!), I feel it’s important to keep my knowledge growing and evolving. I’ve studied a variety of yoga styles and theories. I’ve found that every school of thought imparts something valuable that I can integrate into my toolkit. In this way, I am better able to serve the students that I meet.
One style in particular though, repeatedly offers me an unsurpassed wealth of fascinating insights, deeply encouraging teachings and opens all sorts of new doors to possibility as a teacher, a student and a human being.Over the past three years, teachers from the Anusara style of yoga have been making their way to NZ to offer workshops and immersions. I have been fortunate enough to have attended at least one of these workshops per year and have even travelled to LA to study more Anusara yoga.
In an overall tradition that goes back thousands of years, Anusara Yoga is a relatively new kid on the block. It combines many threads of ancient wisdom in a very modern way into a school of thought that I find incredibly intelligent yet also deeply nurturing. Each Anusara workshop has offered me new perspectives on fundamental alignment principles and given me a better appreciation of the founding yogic philosophies. They have also made me feel alive, encouraged and amazingly vibrant.
A couple of weeks back, I went to Christchurch to study with a teacher from Arizona called BJ Galvan. BJ embodies the life-affirming viewpoint encouraged in the Anusara lineage. The five days I spent learning from her and the 19 other beautiful people who came along to the immersion were nourishing and exciting. A perfect start to 2010! Many thanks to the wonderful Katie Lane of Christchurch for her flawless organisation of this event.
In the coming months, Lynda and I will be investigating the possibility of bringing an Anusara teacher to Wellington so that you guys can share the fun. In the meantime, I have brought back all kinds of little tidbits for those in the Yoga Unlimited community to play with!