My first Yoga Teacher Training 2007-08. "Come into the posture that most resonates with you. Do not think, allow yourself o just know what posture to go into."
I immediately knew... Warrior II.
I did not know this yoga path would lead me to Rod Stryker, anymore than I would know that in his book published in 2011, he would write, "... is the psychological foundation for it, (WarriorII), is the commitment to excel -- a resolve to be nothing less than fully your best self."
In 2013, during the closing weekend of the 500 hour teacher training at the Himalayan Institute, The teacher asked us to reflect on where we were when we started yoga teacher training. Sorrow filled my heart as I recalled the challenges I was facing during that first training. Negotiating the separation agreement and divorce from my 10 year marriage and becoming a single parent with a 7 year old. It felt so scary and disappointing, even a little shameful.
She then asked us to consider where we are now as we wrap up the 500 hour training. Immediately I felt a strong desire to thrive. I wanted to stop going through the responsibilities of life and to move more boldly. I knew I wanted to be the woman who had had the guts to leave all security behind and commit to climbing full time and sharing with people what I understood about how to be better at it. To be the woman who wrote "Climbing Your Best" while living out of a truck.
Yuh... Climbing Your Best, published 2001, Warrior II... 2008, 2011, Thriving 2013
Well last night we wrapped up a 200 hour teacher training and I had a little gift for participants, since each has given me something through this training. Each was asked to tap into the wisdom of the inner teacher and select an item that would be what gave them direction when challenged. I trusted that the Universe would leave what I needed in the bag for me; the Warrior symbol.
Well, Universe, I get it. Guess it is time to thrive.