I will be running a yoga teacher training programme at my dear friend Marion’s lovely yoga studio in Cap d’Ail in South of France in July this year, and Marion had asked me to send her some up-to-date, high-resolution, nice photographs of myself to promote the course.
But here’s the problem: I have a bad injury from a kayaking accident that has gone from bad to worse: I have a fractured ankle and split tendons. In fact, the morning these photos were taken, I was in hospital with the orthopaedic surgeon discussing the next step.
So the elusive “perfect” posture did not appear to be possible on this Saturday afternoon, though the weather was sunny and just right.
But who am I trying to kid? I am 50 years old and I have given birth to 5 children, ranging from 32 to 18 years old. I am not a girl gymnast anymore. I love food and I have an active, indulgent lifestyle, which means my poor body has deep-set injuries and on many occasions, carried extra pounds.
Here’s a clip from 8 years ago about my injury (ankle again!):
I have lived fully and joyously, no regrets, and as a consequence, perfection has slipped my body’s vocabulary a long time ago. Instead, I have found deep beauty in small things. No doubt if my ever-so-patient friend Jane and I had spent longer than 2 minutes in the garden, we would have gotten more stunning photos from the session. Some perfect ones even, albeit accidentally 🙂
But is a perfectly posed, perfect posture what I’m trying to sell? Am I trying to say, “Come and learn how to look good doing an asana?”
Over a three-week period in Cap d’ail, this is what you will be doing:
- Learn all about your body, the mechanics, the connections and how they all fit together to create a stunning engineering wonder;
- Honouring your body, enjoying the movements that are inherent and personal to you – yoga is a deeply personal relationship between you and your body;
- Cultivating gratitude for your body and finding beauty within its imperfections;
- Finding peace in Cap d’Ail.
Once you have found that deep passion for your physical being and reestablish your connection with nature, you will radiate. And this is when you become a teacher and pass on the light.
Be the light ~ SUN YOGA.
Come and join us in Cap d’Ail on 6-29 July 2018.
For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org