I had several students say goodbye this week......it never gets any easier. They are so amazing, brilliant, talented.......when they leave, I just pray that their lives get better.....that they have peace and joy.....that they find the path they so desperately seek.
There were tears today of sadness and joy......it is so scary to go back out into the world.....in rehab you have a safety net, a large support group......the world hasn't changed, all the stuff that was there before is still there, you have to walk a new walk, talk a different talk and sometimes make tough decisions about your life and those you want in it.
Yoga is a great tool for recovery of any type.........whether you are recovering from grief, illness, addiction......yoga can help. Learning to be still, learning to breathe, learning to go within........even the movements take you to a different place. Living in the now, the present is a biggie........most of us try to hang on to the past, while worrying ourselves crazy about the future, never thinking for one second about the now. We replay those ancient memories and dally with what ifs until we destroy the present.....and then we wonder what in the hell happened to our life?
I closed my classes today with something that I say often.......12 steps teach one day at a time, yoga teaches one breath at a time.......some days, all you can do is make it through one breath at a time.