MAY WE ALL FOLLOW IN EACH OTHER’S
PHOTO OF FELICIA
AND MEE TAKEN BY
Throughout our lives, we are influenced by our teachers. Before we are introduced to our early
teachers in school, we are initially influenced by the life lessons imparted by our parents, our family
members, and the environment around us. Later in life, as we start our yoga practice, we enter into
yet another relationship with our teachers and their teachings—a relationship that may inspire us to
dive deeper, to learn more than what is regularly taught in our yoga classes.
Not everyone who decides to attend a yoga teacher training program does so to teach; some merely
do it for the love of the practice and the desire to be able to lift up the hood and peer inside, to get a
closer look into the complexity of the tradition. Others are seeking a source of inspiration, perhaps a
mentor like Annie Carpenter, whose voice they continue to hear inside their heads with gentle reminders and adjustments on the mat. Still others are embarking on the path of ritual, to which Shiva Rea
speaks in her soon-to-be-released book and in the words she shares within these pages.
Over time, the practice may take us from the mat to the plate—and the kitchen—either by necessity
or choice. As a result of severe distress and imbalance, Mee Tracy McCormick was driven to become
a student and then a teacher of healing foods. She shares a day in the kitchen and offers us appetizers
to bring to our next potluck. This was the first time I had ever tried bean-free hummus made with
zucchini and black-eyed peas shaped into crispy croquettes. In these moments, it was a joy for me
to be a student and appreciate how food nourishes us, heals us, and is an expression of deep love,
something Mee Tracy exemplified in her approach to cooking.
When considering how we are all teachers as well as students, I was touched by a comment made by
noted teacher and speaker Marianne Williamson in our feature interview this month. She quotes from
A Course in Miracles, “A teacher is someone who is half a step ahead in time.” When we see ourselves collectively, we may recognize that in many aspects of life, we are that half a step ahead, while
in other arenas, we benefit from the living example of those whose footsteps are just ahead of ours.