200 hours seems like an absurd amount of time, doesn’t it? In reality it takes 200 hours plus a lifetime to follow the journey of yoga.
As I look through my Bodhi yoga manual, it strikes me just how much Yoga has become THE thread of my life. It is what holds me together. My interactions, my reactions, my thoughts, my teachings, my lessons, all connect back to Yoga somehow. This is something I had never thought about before as it was just a way to keep my body in shape for dancing. Since opening my life to the yogic path through bodhi yoga, I can now balance myself.
My awareness for my physical and emotional imbalances has become stunningly clear. Syl’s Ayurvedic teaching as well as her viewpoint on consciousness allows me to question without judgment and question the answers I’ve always been told. My parents have a funny saying that says, “life sucks then you die.” In some ways this could not be further from the truth but in other ways I see that the time spent on Energy that doesn’t serve me or experiences that don’t help me grow physically or emotionally are useless but I still have to do them. I still have to sit through things that waste my time. We all still have to sit through things that we think we waste time. But then again we also have this incredible lifetime to do good, contribute, and make sense of things around us that we seek answers for. Whether that sense turns into an answer or whether that sense turns into more questions the idea of consciousness is such a gift that we take for granted. It is such a gift that we take for granted.
I am infinitely grateful for beginning this journey with Bodhi yoga. I never knew the power I held or controlled until I began paying attention and seeing what was going on around me. I needed to calm my rajasic pitta self and pay attention to those around me. I still work on this every day. I try harder to be an observant ear rather than a self-appointed facilitator. It’s an important pathway that I always felt I needed but could never find the courage to do. Yeah, I think it takes courage to break out of your comfortable, habitual roles. Some people are comfortable being that quiet observant ear where as people like me take the stage in a second. The confidence and perseverance in role reversal has been one of my greatest points of growth this year. As a teacher, as a learner, as a lover, as a daughter and as a friend. I needed to learn how to step back to just observe. I have realized now that by taking a step back to observe others I can also step back and take a look at myself.
Kiera Lucich is a neural integration specialist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s the owner of Smart Move Wellness, a brain-based wellness company dedicated to educating and training people to heal chronic and trauma-associated pain. For more information visit smartmovewellness.com.