This is me. Wow! I look at this picture and I can’t believe how far I’ve grown since I first started teaching yoga. I see these eyes looking back at me: strong, loving, reaching for connection, and I’m grateful. This strong and open state of being was not always the case for me.
A definition of health that resonates with me most comes from an Ayurveda Text: “a healthy person is one whose elements are balanced [...] and one who is established in oneself.” This kind of health is what yoga practice promises. Wherever you’re coming from, however, broken or deep your longing to heal, you can connect to that person you desire to meet the most — your true self.
When I look at this picture I see the journey of me establishing myself in my body, establishing myself in the five elements and establishing my spirit in this life, which has been excruciatingly challenging at times.