Monday, August 20, 2012


Daily I am awestruck by the wonderful amazing people in my life.  As I taught my class at the community center tonight, I looked at all the smiling faces.  This group rocks!  Ages stretch from 14 to 82, men and women, and they come because they love yoga.  Some sit in chairs, some are as fit as can be......but they all have they challenges.

I have cancer survivors, knee replacements, all sorts of pins and mends, those who have been near death too many times,  who have survived horrific car accidents, diseases, and tragedies.  They are my heroes.
I look at them, as they breathe, as they  move from pose to pose, they are living testimonies to the human spirit.....they are living testimonies to the power of yoga, of breath and movement.

It has become a family of sorts, this yoga class.  We worry when someone misses class, we know when they are sick or dealing with problems.  Many of them have become involved with the local charity, Backyard
Blessings,   Some of them meet before class to walk, others come early to chat.  This class has brought all of these incredible spirits together.

Each time class ends, I try to always let them know how much they mean to me, how grateful I am for their energy and time, how humbled I am to teach them.  I have turned down opportunities to play, and participate in various events because of this class.......but they know, they come first.  Some of them were there at a local gym many years ago when I taught my very first yoga class, their loyalty is heartwarming. They laugh and struggle through the challenging postures,  and tell me constantly how much they love the final relaxation.
And at the end of each class, they tell me how much they love me.

I think I may be the luckiest yoga teacher in the world.


  1. Lovely stuff. I go to a Boot Camp fitness class once a week. Exercising with a group of people is so much more fulfilling than doing it alone.

  2. Neat Jilda. I do my daily yoga to the local TV program, but I wonder if I could work up the nerve to do it in a class. eek I don't even like doing it where my family can see and they love me.

    Good for you! I bet I would go if I could find a cool teacher like you. :)