Spur of the moment this week, I attended a concert at Edmonton's world famous Winspear Centre. It was a performance of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and Canadian songwriter and singer, Chantal Kreviazuk. I have seen Kreviazuk many, many years ago but I have never attended the symphony in Edmonton.
And having not been to see the ESO before, I have never been to this iconic theatre (known as the "one of the finest performance spaces in North America"). So imagine my amazement as I walk into an "in the round" theatre with a massive pipe organ at centre stage and the room buzzing with the sounds of tuning instruments and mic checks.
People were filling into the theatre with great urgency to sit down and enjoy the concert before them.
The performers did not disappoint.
Chills, goose bumps, hair standing upright can only slightly describe the voice of Kreviazuk and her accompaniment. Sitting as an observer, I too was able to feel the passion and purpose behind every note, of every carefully crafted song.
This is what yoga does for me - brings out this feeling of passion and purpose. Well, quite frankly, any movement (dare I say, exercise) does for me. An indescribable rush or shall I say flow of energy takes over.
As I was watching and taking in every juicy note, I was thinking to myself "this is it". This is what I (hope) I provide in my work, to my audience, and to my participants/patients. This is what I want to GIVE as a yoga teacher.
I also thought, does Kreviazuk practice yoga? She just glows and it's gotta come from yoga!
Can you tell who practices yoga?
Accidentally, after the program I had to tweet my thoughts to ESO and Kreviazuk and what do I find on Kreviazuk's tweeter feed but a picture of her practicing yoga at home (and her dog wanting to join in!)
It just made sense.
What does yoga do for you? Can you tell who practices? Does it show up in our work, personal lives and how we walk on this earth?
Aspiring Yoga Teacher
I've practiced yoga since I was a pre-teen and have always found it to keep me centered. I will be a teacher one day and this is my journey to discover teaching and practice.