Why weren’t you getting that in Anusara?
In Anusara, there is a specific sequence that is required, so there wasn’t always an opportunity to talk about our behavior and how we act in our household and in the world. I was always looking over my shoulder and wondering, am I doing this right? Is this really an Anusara class?
What do you want to see happen with Anusara?
What I really want is the healing of this whole yoga community, as the teachers are going their separate ways. I think it would be an even better idea to all band together and try to help instead of running away. I pray for healing. I know we can create it. The greatness that has been the Anusara tradition cannot be discounted.
How do you recommend that others find yoga in their life?
I always say the same thing: Find your teacher. You’ll know when you’ve found your teacher. You can have many teachers or one teacher, it doesn’t matter. Who’s the one that resonates with you and makes you feel extraordinary? Traditions mean nothing without your teacher. We need people who make us feel good, make us feel safe, and give us space to grow and soar. I have teachers all over my life–my boyfriend, my child, my parents, they are all my teachers.
What if we haven’t found our teacher yet?
Keep going to classes, take as many different classes as you can. Go, find what works for you. It’s that simple.
Where would you like to see the yoga community go from here to truly be the “union” it should be and stop all of the in-fighting that appears to be happening?
Since social media’s become such a force in this community, I have fun using it to create a collaborative spirit between the different styles and teachers, and I’d like to see more of that. Less of the distractions between communities and more of the supporting of different styles and teachers. More collaboration, more cooperation and supporting one another’s gifts. I definitely think that’s possible. It’s about how we can all teach and grow with each other.
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