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  1. Annette McKinnon
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    It is an amazing achievement to become a yoga teacher Jane, and only you would write such a thought provoking post on Christmas morning. I always sort of duck when Yoga comes along but the idea of withdrawing from the struggle between mind and body, even for a short time, that you present is attractive.
    We can spend huge amounts of time on what the body ‘should’ be able to do but going that route never seems to help. It sounds as though you are attaining more harmony in your current practice

    • Jane Waterman
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      Thank you, Annette! I am. I used to think that inner peace was a destination, that one day I would wake up and all would feel okay in my mind, body, heart and soul. I realize now that we have the power to glimpse it every day, and every time we do, it’s something to be celebrated. If we can break with the old ways and stop beating ourselves up over all the “shoulds” we glimpse those moments more often. I found the highlight of my week was seeing a student so deep in that place and just seeing peace written over her face and her closed eyes. Although I felt pain and extreme fatigue afterwards, that moment told me exactly why I was doing what I was doing. It felt great!

      Whether or not Yoga itself is your practice – sometimes we try something and it’s not for us, other times, we just haven’t found the right teacher – there is something that can take us out of the mind-place and into the body-mind place. Once we find what that thing is, I’m convinced we can enjoy those moments when they arrive by not clinging to what was or what will be, just by enjoying what is.

      Forgive me for being philosophical today, but it feels a nice peaceful place to be, without being anywhere else but here.

      Hugs, and Merry Christmas to you and D-!
      Jane

  2. India
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    You are amazing! Just what I needed to read. The possibilities are certainly more gratifying to focus on than the limitations. Achieving a goal as you have with becoming a yoga teacher has greatly encouraged me to just try it. Having ADHD, depression, and arthritis I constantly feared trying yoga because if I could actually stay focused and make it to a class, I worried my arthritis would limit me. Some days are great but being a perfectionist who used to be a dancer makes me self conscious and somewhat embarrassed. I didn’t know about chair yoga and did some research to see if it was offered nearby. I will go and talk to the instructor mid January in hopes of maybe starting. Maybe I too can become okay with what is and find that peaceful moment.

    • Jane Waterman
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      Go for it, Sweetheart – you can do it! Chair yoga is rapidly becoming more available, as everyone is recognizing that apart from an aging population, we have a lot of younger people with chronic illnesses and limitations. I’m thrilled there’s a class near you and that you’ll talk to the instructor. I’m hoping you’ll find a great fit there. There are endless ways to modify yoga. BKS Iyengar, one of the modern fathers of yoga used all kinds of props to make yoga accessible to everyone. There is also a growing group of instructors who are body positive – Dianne Bondy is one, and Anna Guest-Jelley is another. They are both so inspirational, and through them you will find lots of resources.

      I truly believe that you can find those peaceful moments… you just have to begin. Let me know how you go and if I can do anything to support you!

      Lots of love,
      Jane

  3. Fit DreamCatcher
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    Jane~
    What an amazing post! You should be so proud of yourself! This is so beautiful. You’re students are lucky to have you, It’s like an unspoken language between them and you. You know what they may be feeling. And that is an absolutely amazing achievement for the year!

    I’m also loving all of this positivity emulating from your post. I have a favorite mantra I’d like to share with you. And it is “turn your burdens into blessings. ” you have done just that. Taking what could be taken negatively and spin it and try and look at what good has come BECAUSE of it.

    I am also loving this body positive movement as well! I follow a cowell wonderful ladies on instagram. Are you on instagram? There are so many people like us out there. Just looking for someone to inspire them.

    I hope this finds you well.
    Chrissy

  4. Therese
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    My cousin is a yoga instructor. I’m going to share this post with her! Chair yoga is such a wonderful idea!

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