Yoga teaches me that there is inspiration to be found in many places - even in Rick Ross!
We were in warrior one, arms in reverse namaste with sweat running down our arms, when cosmically my playlist shuffled to the words chanted like mantra “eryday I’m hustlin’ hustlin’, hustlin’ hustlin. Eryday I’m hustlin’.” I cringed a bit, knowing the following verses contained expletives not fit for a yoga class. And then the class reacted in a completely unexpected way - the entire room resounded in buoyant laughter!
The fact is that many of us are searching for nourishment in each other instead of doing the work to nourish ourselves. When we are unable to be fully nourished by the other, we project onto them and see all the work that they need to do in order to satisfy our individual needs and desires.
“Through all the roles I play and take on, I must remember first that I am a soul. My heart shares the heartbeat of the earth” -unknown
After teaching a class the other day, someone said “I feel like you work a lot, Robin.” It made me laugh because I’m currently in a transition period where I do work a lot. I notice my ego getting puffed up “Look how hard I can work. Look how little rest I can get in order to achieve my goals.” My own ego is so funny to myself.
So many events and unplanned for circumstances arise in our lifetime that knock us off our feet. Such events such as failed relationships, financial setbacks, and other uncomfortable shifts - (especially ones we thought would make us happy like relationship or completion of a project) - can make us ask, “This is so hard! Why did I ask for this? Why didn’t I see that sooner? I could have saved myself a lot of time, suffering, etc.”
Each time we step onto the mat, we’re having a dialogue with our body. It’s a process of cellular programming. The way in which we move with our breath and the manner in which we practice is very much like how we interact with the world. If our practice is rushed and impersonal, we tend to be rushed and impersonal in our day-to-day lives. When we are patient and mindful with our physical bodies, we learn how to be patient and mindful in our movements and interactions in the world.
Yoga teaches me that it's okay to shine! I love the quote by Marianne Williamson "As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."
Hi. I'm Robin. I'm six-foot tall. I've been this way since I was twelve years old. Not only was I tall at a young age, but I was one of about five brown-skinned children in a school of 500. It was undeniable that I was different.
Yoga teaches me to surround myself with people who support my happiness doing good things in the world. There’s a great quote that says "You become the company you keep. So keep good company." When I first heard these words I simultaneously smiled and shuddered.
“As long as our orientation is toward perfection or success, we will never learn about unconditional friendship with ourselves, nor will we find compassion.” -Pema Chodron
Yoga teaches me to release ambition and relax into intuition. I love this quote by Pema Chodron. It reminds me that success and achievement is a by-product of mindfulness, inner love and compassion. For the past 6 months, I've been riding myself to update my website. It's been a HUGE GLARING ITEM on my to-do list, like the swan hanging from my neck, noose-like and tight. And of course, whatever website I built had to be perfect, nay, more than perfect....remarkable even.
“Be gentle with yourself. You have moved through so much. you are healing and releasing that which no longer serves you. This takes time. Honor your process and celebrate your progress. You deserve it.” - Laurel Bleadon-Maffei
Yoga teaches me how to listen.....how to really listen. As I've mentioned before, I started yoga with a kundalini practice. In this type of class, your eyes are closed for most of the time which requires you to really listen to the teacher in order to know what to do.
Hi! I'm Robin - Teacher, Singer, & Author. I love creativity & sharing what I love!