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A BIG shout out to Kelly Murphy of Bend Over Backwards
- Yoga in the Iyengar Tradition iyengaryogananaimo.com

Thank you so much for letting us use your studio for a yoga class!

A group of nine teen age young women got up for a 9 am yoga asana class. As their teacher, I spoke to them about posture and alignment of the spine and how to make that a little easier while seated (which they will be a lot when they go back to school next week!) 

We heated up the small studio while moving through Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) and Standing Poses which were designed to strengthen the body and focus the mercury-quick mind. I had some feedback that they liked it when I had them lie back on supportive bolsters in a pose called Supta Baddhakonasana. I was very pleased when two of the girls asked politely for the extra support that I offered them to allow the tight adductors of the groins and legs to release without gripping. I feel that the message of non-harm (ahimsa) was received, at least by a few and hopefully more.

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One does not have to suffer for benefit to be gained in our poses, in fact if we force or struggle in our yoga we will find it impossible to create peace and freedom in our body, mind and spirit. 

The final part of the class was the teens giving something of themselves in the form of work in thanks for the use of the space. When I asked them to carfully remove all the items on the windowsills to allow them to clean the windows they took the responsibility for the items very seriously and returned them precisely. I was impressed with their maturity and willingness to try the class even if they had preconcieved notions about yoga or didn't want to get up that early.

Simply beautiful young people.

May our children learn these lessons early and may they be with them always. May they pass on the positive, vibrant beauty that they find.

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Click this photo of Desmond Tutu for a link to a clip of him speaking for less than 20 seconds about our connection


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