Yes, I completed my yoga teacher training with Gopi Kinnicutt this past weekend. What a journey these last six months have been! It is difficult to articulate the changes I have experienced, except to say I am so much more awareness of my patterns now.
I know my edge now. Instead of going to it, looking over, thinking, “Holy S**t! That’s scary.” and backing away, I linger to notice the landscape. I still feel the pain and the fear but past that I see the wonder and possibilities.
I have made friends with poses that I have struggled with since I was a teenager. Through understanding the breath and function of poses, I found a deeper place past the physical practice of asana. I see that it’s not about the poses. Yes, the poses serve a purpose. They serve to link us with something greater within ourselves and to each other.
Gopi insists that we students understand that humility, tolerance, respect and compassion are the qualities we are responsible for cultivating as yogis and yoga teachers. We are but channels passing along what we have received from our teachers. In this day of copyrights and marketing, it is a challenge to remember that. Though, at some point, I may have to package the knowledge I wish to share and give it a name, I am just here to it along.
To experience some of what I have learned, come play:
Flow Yoga Level 1
Sport & Health Tenley
4000 Wisconsin Ave NW
Non-members: $20 all-day guest pass