Last week I had the amazing honor to take two classes with Elena Brower. She is an incredible teacher and I was very inspired. One of the things that struck me most about her was her presence. What I mean is, that she looked everyone in the eyes when we first started class and connected with everyone. When I introduced myself after class, she looked me right in the eye and asked my name and for that moment, she was completely present with me.
In this day and age, presence is such a rare occurrence. We are busier than ever and when we are not busy, we are checking email, Facebook and watching TV, all at the same time. I am no exception to this rule. As a newer yoga teacher, I am constantly checking email to respond to sub opportunities, on Facebook promoting classes, all while walking my dog and talking on the phone. So something’s gotta give.
This is where our practice comes in. We show up to yoga and sometimes arriving in the present moment happens quickly, sometimes it takes the whole practice. Sometimes not at all! But I think most who have been practicing yoga for a while can say that they begin to be more present and in their body when they are at yoga class. So then, what happens when we leave? We need to make a larger effort to stay in the moment. Our lives are full of many distractions and entertainment and we have to make the choice to be more awake.
My hope for this holiday season is to share some of my presence with my family and friends. Really take the time to be with them, not checking my phone, not watching a movie, but actually connecting with them. That is the real Present that everyone loves.
Happy Holidays and much peace and joy for the New Year!!!