At the end of every group practice we sit in a comfortable seated postition and bow to those who are in class with us by saying, "Namaste." The light in me honors the light in you. Imagine the power of seeing the light of God in every person you meet. It is about being present in the pressence of God recoginzing that pressence is in you and that presence is in everyone around you.
I met Amma, "The Hugging Saint," just before my 50th birthday when I arrived at her ashram Amritapuri in Kerala, India. She is now in her 60's but she is a highly spirited and spiritual leader who knows what it is to make something from nothing. She has taught me the importance of being present in the moment and embodying my ministry.
This is how I first came to learn about the awesomeness of Diane Bondy. Body confidence and self-acceptance are topics that have grown in popularity over recent years. Why? The fact of the matter is that our world is still filled with stigma, stereotypes and unrealistic expectations. It's time to reclaim power from a society that thinks we should look or act a certain way based on our appearance.
In the picture are two of my SheRoes, Diane Bondy and Amber Karnes. They are the founders of Yoga for All Teacher training. I am currently finishing my training with them so I will know how to better reach my round students. One of the benefits of my yoga practice has been the acceptance of my own body. For so many years my inner playlist was comprised of comments about what was wrong with me. I've always been a round brown female but I have lived for many years with a lack of acceptance for my body and shape. Thanks to yoga I live with appreciation for all God has given me.