Did you know that in the early history of yoga, and up until recently, it was meant as a practice only for men? That is hard to believe as the majority of students and teachers globally these days are women. What first attracted me to the practice so many years ago now was the freedom to explore my body, mind, emotions and breath in a “time out” – or better “time in” – without the pressures of everyday life intruding. Something women historically have had precious little time for.
Just today a video movie trailer came across my inbox (thank you Lynn Walker!) called YogaWoman. I post it here because it makes a statement about what women can create when they become passionate about something. Women have changed the entire make up of this ancient practice creating an embodied and grounded pathway to moments of nourishment, strengthening, nurturing, flow, expanded awareness, increased fluidity and flexibility, a modality for health and well being for all ages, genders, and races – and for simply being with the breath in each moment.
As a student and teacher for many years now I still feel a thrill every time I step on the yoga mat and know that this time, this practice, is just for me! Deep gratitude goes to the many men that have helped bring yoga to the Western shores….and a standing ovation goes to the women that have consistently expanded and grounded the practice in a way only a woman can.
If we can support each other in stepping into our individual expressions, such as has been done with the practice of yoga, instead of competing with each other (or ourselves!), then we have not only come closer to embodying the authentic and honest expression of who we are, but have joined other women in a collaboration of empowerment and joyous creation.
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