Tuesday, December 10, 2013


When I was teaching yoga on Thanksgiving, I shared one of my favorite quotes from Walt Whitman, "If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred." I then decided that I needed to read that quote everyday: I have been guilty of taking the practice of yoga for granted, when deep down, I know, it's magic.

The other day, I was in a baby car accident. Don't worry, there's no visible damage to me, my car, the other person, or the other person's car, and I went to the chiropractor less than 3 hours after the accident, so any symptoms I might have experienced from whiplash were averted. However, my nervous system did get pretty nervous, and thanks to good old fight or flight, my body was tight. That night, when I got to Shree to teach, I picked the Angel Card, "Purpose." Those Angels sure do know me well; I started doing yoga for reals back in 2001, thanks to an accident. And the reason I started to teach was to help people who were in pain because of accidents or because of other reasons. It's been so many years now, and sometimes I forget why I teach, and sometimes I am reminded. Re-minded, oh my gosh, cool word.

Dr. Morter, the gentlemen who created B.E.S.T. believes that "...your reactions to the experiences in your life hold the answers to your state of health." He also truly believes in the power of forgiveness, "Your feelings of forgiveness must be as strong to the positive side as your feelings towards the event which you are forgiving are to the negative side. In other words, you must actually balance or neutralize your negative feelings toward the situation by blanketing it with positive, loving feelings. This does not mean that you must now view the situation or person as good or that you agree with or condone his actions. What it means is that you must see the good in the situation as it relates to you."

The morning after the accident, the magic of yoga thoroughly restored me and I was truly grateful, even excited, to get over to class and teach some of the neato stuff I had just done that had made me feel so much better. I'm not trying to be a goody goody, I genuinely am grateful for the accident; it reconnected me with purpose. And hey, if I were you guys, I'd remember purpose too, and try to stay connected to it; that way some not-so-subtle-re-minder won't have to hit you.


Marie Bentley said...

Dear Ash..thank you for your wonderful post...I'm truly grateful for your "re-reminding....
Love from your Boulder friend, Cathy Bentley

Ashleigh Beyer said...

Thanks so much for reading tipsandtricks Cathy! Love to you. xoxox

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