As you know I love yoga. It's my passion, devotion, in essence, my life. Yoga brings me great joy and connects me to my Truth. If I could do anything I wanted on my birthday it would be yoga, so of course I ran a half day yoga retreat!
I was fortunate to be surrounded by 24 students, many I would call dear friends, all ages and stages in their practice.
My birthday, being on the 20th of March, is the last day in the zodiac calendar (ending of Pisces, beginning of Aries). Astrological, this day marks the ending of a cycle before embarking on a new one. Funnily enough, I think this is why I have spent all my life wanting to feel whole and complete. For many years I searched for that through food, drugs, alcohol, people, money, you name it ... anything outside of me to fill within me, until I finally learnt that nothing external will give lasting internal fullness. Hence, again, yoga, being the answer.
This year, the 20th of March also fell on the Autumn Equinox. The equinox is traditionally known as a point of union and balance between the Light and the Dark, Fire and Water and between the Yang and the Yin. It is a reminder to get a little closer to the core of life, balancing all parts of ourselves, the active and the passive, the known and the unknown, the outer journey and the inner journey.
On the retreat as well as practicing balance (on all levels), we looked at embracing the season as a time to let go of what no longer serves so one can nurture what does. Just as the trees begin to shed their leaves, to maintain warmth for their roots, we explored and released that which has come to it’s fruition so we can cultivate our hearts desire and the teacher within.
Words cannot express my sincere gratitude to all who joined me for my 30th. I'm excited to see how the next 30 years unfold!