In the End by Liz Swan
There’s a scene in the film, Waking Life, by Richard Linklater, in which a dead woman is talking…(oh, I should explain that the film is animated and completely fantastical)… talking about what it was like to be alive. She says, “It was a time to become conscious, to give form and coherence to the mystery, and I had been a part of that. It was a gift. Life was raging all around me and every moment was magical. I loved all the people, dealing with all the contradictory impulses - that's what I loved the most, connecting with the people. Looking back, that's all that really mattered.” I love this sentiment and it captures something very essential about my twelve years of practicing yoga.
From the first moment I stepped into a yoga studio and saw one yoga teacher, before class in an empty studio, assisting another teacher in her downward facing dog pose, I discovered that yoga creates an open, collaborative, positive and loving space wherever and whenever it occurs. And I was IN. Since that time, I’ve been fortunate to have a few yoga teachers drift into my life and inspire me in different ways, especially on the path to becoming a yoga teacher myself. Connecting with my students on the mat, slowing down our breath, finding our way from stress to a smile, has added an indescribable richness to my life. I have always loved yoga for how it makes me feel, and my guiding light as a teacher is to help students learn how to help themselves feel relaxed and good, and sense that we are all a part of this mysterious existence.
Some of my most treasured friendships have grown out of a shared yoga practice and Full Circle is no exception. When you feel your spirit exhale and smile when you walk into a yoga studio, you know you’re in the right place. This was my experience of walking into Full Circle and asking Erik if I could teach there. He said if I wanted to share my “gift” he would make that happen. But connecting with the community at Full Circle has been the gift. You people are what makes it so magical. And in the end, that IS all that really matters.