I've never understood this phrase, until now. It never made sense that parting could be anything but sorrow. Yet, as I approach the end of my study and my departure from the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat,
There is a slight sadness in me that emanates from knowing I will likely not see some of the people I have come to know. Yet many, I feel quite certain, I will see again.
The experiences I have had over the course of the year have been completely new, amazing, transformative, interesting, challenging, difficult and invigorating - sometimes, all at the same time:)
Yet, my over riding feeling is one of joy, love and gratitude, which is truly 'sweet'.
KP Khalsa, my Sivananda Ashram family, Banyan Botanicals, my family and friends back home have all supported me and cheered me on throughout this year. I've felt the love and have deep gratitude.
I am savoring each moment at the ashram as my departure nears.
A goal I have is trying to not get so caught up in the transfer of information, responsibilities and tasks, that I forget to be present in the realization that I am in one of the most fabulous places on earth, surrounded by beauty and spiritual energy that is beyond description through mere words.
I've been teaching a yoga class to 15 students, enrolled in a 10 day Juice Detox Course. It has been wonderful to teach daily, and I feel so privileged to engage with these students (of all ages), as they undertake this detox to reset their bodies onto a healthier path. I'm learning and teaching at the same time and loving it!
As I will soon take photos from the "after" perspective, it was pretty fascinating for me to take a look at some "before" photos recently. I can't wait to share with all of you some of the great results and changes that have occurred in my body. The new cell generation that I have been feeling, will be evident in the photos as well.
Photos cannot as easily capture the spiritual changes and the emotional changes, but I believe the healthier cells are produced from the combination of the Ayurveda medicinal herbs, supplements, and yoga that elevate the energy of this ashram and those of us who are here.
My karma yoga and devotional practices have provided me with a supportive environment for health and good karma for the future. All in all, I feel great!
I am excited to visit my family in Arkansas and Chicago, soon. My almost 2 year old grand baby awaits me:)
It will be great to briefly catch up with friends, while I am in Chicago for the final physical exams that will complete the study. The year has gone by so fast!
After my visit home, I look forward to venturing off to Thailand, where I will do my writing. And as if that is not enough magnificence to share with you, I will travel in the Fall to London for my other, almost 2 year old grand baby's birthday! Pinch me - life is JOY🌻
Live Your Joy!
Sending You Love from the Bahamas.
Thank you for taking this journey with me!
(FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO NOTICED THE NUMBERING CHANGE, I FORGOT TO ACCOUNT FOR TAKING THE TWO WEEKS OFF OF BLOG POSTS AT CHRISTMAS, AND SO THE COUNT WAS NOT CORRECT. SORRY ABOUT THAT)
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