When I came to Kripalu for the first time, almost exactly twelve years ago to the day -- July 4th, 2005 -- it was because my life in New York City had become so stressful that I knew I had to do something drastic to literally save myself.
That week I discovered something that would change my life more completely than I ever imagined -- Let Your Yoga Dance®. It was called Danskinetics then, but the teachings were the same... Dance like no one is watching. Learn to listen to your body and trust its messages. Become aware of your breath, and let your breath lead you. Loosen the grip of the judging mind and tap into a more alive part of you: intuition. And just let go and let yourself have some fun, already!
I cried and laughed and cried and laughed a lot that week. Then I went home, signed on for the teacher training with my soon-to-be mentor, friend and colleague Megha Nancy Buttenheim, quit my lucrative, high-stress job and moved to the Berkshires to live in a dorm and absorb everything I could from the teachings I found there.
Now, here I am twelve years (or is it a heartbeat, or a lifetime?) later; leading Mantra in Motion, a July 4th program of my own, at the "Mothership" that is Kripalu, doing everything that I love -- Dance, Yoga, Music, Chant.
It's amazing what can happen when we just let ourselves take the first step.
Five-year Plans are great. And To-do lists. We need them, for sure. They can help us find the tapas (discipline) and structure that we need to make our way to a goal. But the miracles in my life -- over and over again -- have been those inexplicable first steps that don't necessarily make sense to those around me -- or even to myself sometimes ? and yet something in me says, "go!" Those have been the most powerful moments of my life. Those are the moments I'm most proud of, that show me who I am, and remind me of what I can be.
Come join me for one of my upcoming programs and shake things up a bit. See what happens if you just let yourself take the first step. See what happens if you just let yourself take the first step.