It is said that at this particular time in history, more people practice Yoga than have ever practiced be- fore. In the past, the frequently esoteric, hidden,
or encrypted teachings were only transmitted after
repeated efforts by students to prove themselves.
Today, those of us who are called to Yoga, in whatever form, have more opportunities to study than
were available at any other time in history.
This availability is found in the pages of this
year’s extensive annual California teacher training
guide. Programs, from entry-level to advanced, as
well as those focusing on specialty, therapeutic,
and continuing education classes, have been expanding yearly, allowing eager students numerous opportunities to pursue a variety of practices.
The increasing mainstreaming of Yoga is also
evident in popular literature. This trend discussed
in the article, “Yoga and the Written Word,” in
which Jazmine Green comments on a selection
of memoirs by people who reflect on what the
practice means in their lives. We may even see our
own journeys in their words.
Word and intention have power that we express
through the practice. As we slide through the
Winter Solstice into 2012, the potential for Yoga
to help us manifest our personal resolutions along
with our collective desire for peace and prosperity
may help actualize a new era of community on
the planet. At least that’s what I hope.
Last month, when I walked the grounds of the
Taj Mahal in Agra, India, I felt the weight of the
tons of marble, sculpted as a testament to love, or
so the story goes. To me, the structure felt like a
physical manifestation of what the power of intention can do—create a monument that stands
resolute across eras. May we all be monuments,
flexible yet wise, allowing our intentions, through
breath, repetition, and practice, to be beautiful
manifestations of love.
May the holidays and our practice nourish us for
the New Year,
Felicia M. Tomasko, RN