“It is the function of art to review our perception. What we are familiar with, we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it”.-Anais Nin
I would like you to start by closing your eyes and traveling to one of your favorite places to relax, or where you practice yoga, or bring to mind a beautiful photograph or painting, or go to that spot where you felt an amazing connection with someone and kissed them for the first time. Or think of a paragraph within a book when you felt like the author was speaking directly to you…..
What do all these things have in common? They are memories that you will forever hold because the essence of the moment was captured. What was an ordinary bench is now the place you fell in love, what was a normal yoga class that taught the same exact sun salutation as the other yoga class is now your sanctuary because the teacher enhanced every single breath and movement with his/her authentic and powerful voice. The photograph and paintings that are now hanging on your bedroom wall exist because the artist saw a different angle and is offering you a new perspective that forever changed your life.
The ability to create astonishment and curiosity within this world is what makes art. My practice in teaching yoga, in writing, in being a mother, in all my life is to enhance each moment and make familiar things seem new again.
I love this practice. It forces me to become present, to sit down and meditate first, to go for longer walks, to spend more time in nature, to appreciate the people that have been in my life and are currently in my life. The longer I teach yoga, the more important I realize it is to keep my personal practice alive. Constantly learning from my teachers, letting my creativity flow on my own mat and recognizing what allows me to feel more fluid and strong in my own body will help me be a better teacher.
I am writing more these days because I am inspired to capture the essence of life, in as many moments as I can. To teach with passion, to cook with gratitude, to move with intention, to write with a deep sense of profound emotion, to embrace being a woman, and to be an example to my son. Observing, feeling, living, loving….one meaningful, stunning, and captivating breath at a time.