At this time of the year, every corner you turn speaks of gratitude, and the experience of Kramas is no different. We have so much gratitude for the long line of Yoga teachers that have supported, nurtured and taught both Al and I so much about the practice and the ability to be flexible with our lives and practice. Yandara Yoga Institute and Yoga One took us in and gifted us with our first 200 HR Certifications for which we are deeply grateful. We are also grateful to our friends and families who have encouraged and supported us as we moved forward with our vision for Kramas Yoga School and its incredible birth. This all culminates in our gratitude for our students, those that we have trained, that we are training and those that attend our group classes. The idea that when “one teaches two learn” is so clear to us, and we are so grateful to be able to learn from each of you. As you move forward into this holiday season remember to be grateful for all that you offer to those who surround you in this experience of life. It is our gratitude that outshines the shadows and our gratitude that brings us hope.
This time is a time of abundance. . .it cannot be spoken in any other way. The life that we live is filled with everything we need in the exact moment that we need it, but it is often difficult to see this. As Kramas journeys forward, we cannot help but be filled with abundance. Al and I both teach multiple classes a week at various studios in the Madison area, I have a beautiful private practitioner that I have the honor of working with weekly and of course there is the 200 HR training. The abundance that we feel in love and light from each of the eleven participants in this training is beyond anything that we could have imagined. As we start to think about our next training (details coming soon!) we already have nine potential participants interested, abundance shines upon even more. In addition, we still have time for our personal sadhana and meditation practices. The gifts are grand and recognizing this abundance is so important to us at Kramas Yoga. As the abundance continues to flow, I find myself reminded of my deep Vipassana practice and the understanding of Anicca, that all things change, and that this too shall pass. As with the pain, suffering and disease (dukkha) as with abundance, joy and ease (sukkha) all things change. Attachment to the abundance binds us. Recognizing that equanimity is also important when things are going wonderfully in life. That we maintain a calm and centered mindset even among the blessings. So that we aren't running after craving and forgetting about the truths of our human existence. With deep gratitude for the abundance and an even deeper gratitude for the impermanence.
We're beyond excited to lead a group of 11 amazing students in their yoga journey!
Those of you familiar with yoga are aware of the significance in the number 108. It took the Chicago Cubs 108 years to win the World Series. Coincidentally, the Cubs happened to hire a yoga teacher/mental skills coordinator this season. Did yoga, meditation and mindfulness play a part in securing the Cubs' first title in over a century? I can't say for sure, but I'm certain it didn't hurt.