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“Person to person, moment to moment, as we love, we change the world.”

-Samahria Lyte Kaufman

Be the change.  Live the solution.

“He who, forgetting self, makes the object of his life service, helpfulness and kndness to others, finds his whole nature growing and expanding, himself becoming large-hearted, magnanimous, kind, sympathetic, joyous, and happy; his life becoming rich and beautiful.  -Trine

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self confidence.”

-Robert Frost

“We are wiser than we know.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Let yourself be open and life will be easier.  A spoon of salt in a glass of water maikes the water undrinkable.  A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.”

-Buddha

“So and so comes from a long lineage of yoga instructors…”

When I read or hear this, a few things come to mind.

“Wow, how nice for that person—that they had yoga in their life from day one or even while in utero. Rock on. I’m happy for them that they were blessed to be born into that “lineage.’”

What also comes to mind is how not always, but sometimes, this statement/fact can be used as a type of exclusion. A type of “I’m a ‘better’ yogi than you and there’s nothing you can do about it because it’s in my genes and my ‘lineage’ and it’s not in yours.”

Just another form of exclusion, arrogance, and ego–wrapped up in yoga mat and scented with incense.

But it still smells bad to me.

I can see this kind of stuff a mile away and it reminds me of some of the clinical work I did while working toward my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Occasionally I would observe clinicians playing this card, the “lineage” card. To me what it said to every psychologist who hadn’t been so blessed with “lineage” was: “Sorry, kid. No matter how much you study, how hard you work, how committed you are, how wonderful you are with clients, how talented you are and how much you love this work, you’ll just have to wait till the next lifetime because you don’t have ‘lineage.’”

So even in helping professions and/or the world of yoga, exclusion and arrogance can rear their ugly heads and keep people from simple truth.

The simple truth is that everyone is a yogi and yoga simply means union.

Your yoga might look different than my yoga, but everyone can practice yoga daily and it will help them come back to their center and remember who they are, so that they can walk through the world with integrity and grace.

Your yoga might be gardening, reading quietly, going for a walk in nature, or baking apple muffins.

My yoga is asana in a heated room every single day…and this asana is for everyBODY. Not just the flexible. Not just the young. Not just the thin. Not just those donning Lululemon clothing.

Every single day I tell someone—at Trader Joe’s or Wholefoods or the park or our ten-year-old daughter’s elementary school—this yoga is for YOU…just show up and get on your mat and do your best with breath. That’s it!! You’ll feel so good.

Whether you have “lineage” or not.

To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest.

“The significant problems of the world cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness at which they were created.”

-Albert Einstein

“It is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.”

-William J. H. Boetcker

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Super-mom Kim Cherelli

 

WOW!! Supermom of the month.    I was shocked to say the least when Taylor mentioned she wanted me to be her super mom of the month.  Me?  I never thought there was anything super about me.  I’m as average as average is, nonetheless I was and am honored to be thought of.

 

I met Taylor a year ago during Teacher Training at Prana Power Yoga.  I was instantly drawn to her energy and knew I was in the right place.  I didn’t know why I decided to become a yoga instructor nor did I know what I was getting into.  You see prior to signing up for the 8 week teacher training I think I practiced yoga about a dozen times.  I woke up one day and said “ I think I’d like to be a yoga instructor”  I proceeded to ask my yoga instructor at BSC how one goes about becoming an instructor.  She told me about Prana and here I am a whole year later.  I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for other than the fact I was looking for “something” the something that yoga instructors have.  I’m learning every day and I’m a work in progress but this is a journey and I am excited to see where it takes me.  The teacher training was an emotional and beautiful experience.  As quickly as the thought popped into my head to become a yoga instructor the same happened for my understanding why.  I’m understanding I am where I am suppose to be right now at this moment.  Stress is not as prevalent as before and I’m understanding people a bit better.

 

So, a lil about me.  I’m a single mom of one 18 year old son.  I don’t consider myself any different than the next mother. I never found raising a child difficult because it came naturally to me. .  I raised him simply the way I wanted to be treated.  I always knew I wanted to be a mother. I was 24 when I found out I was pregnant and afraid to tell my mother.  I knew what she would say or better yet the look or her face would tell me how disappointed she was.  Most people know my situation and how my son was the result of an abusive relationship, however I wouldn’t have change a thing.  I had to go through that for my son to be born.  If I didn’t then he wouldn’t have been born and I can’t imagine my life without him.  People congratulate me for being a single mom  my son does too but I don’t think I deserve any special credit.  Putting aside all my heartache and struggles in my life, it’s nothing compared to what some are going through.  I do count my blessings and I feel blessed to have been given this gift of motherhood.  There are those who want children and can’t   I am so very thankful and I can’t say it enough…..It’s truly a blessing.

“where you are at this moment is where you are suppose to be”

Sending love and light to all

Kim Cherelli