Nurturing ourselves is a moment-by-moment daily activity. I was reminded of this recently, and the realization
was a powerful one. We may think that the occasional
massage appointment, regular yoga class, or healthy eating regimen is enough to truly nourish ourselves, but we
need more than that.
We could argue that we actually nurture ourselves (or
not!) with each and every thought that crosses our mind.
This month’s featured teacher profile, Jake Ferrée, had
an a-ha moment during savasana related to the nature
of nurturing thoughts. “Would I speak to a friend the
way I spoke to myself?” Unfortunately, most of us don’t
treat ourselves as kindly as we do others. Taking a moment or two to shift this experience is a necessary part
of enhancing our ability to nourish ourselves. Conversations set the tone for relationship. Approaching our own
hearts and minds with an attitude of friendship is like
wrapping ourselves in a warm blanket, or settling into a
One of the reasons we meditate is to shift the nature of
this conversation and have greater control over our own
internal attitudes. While we think a great deal about
what yoga teacher training entails, the internal practice
of yoga may be even more important. How we approach
the teaching of meditation is a valuable inquiry. As Lorin
Roche quotes the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, “Meditation
allows us to be led into the nourishing state of fullness.
This is why we practice.”
This is also why we may enroll in a teacher training program, to be led, one way or another, into the nourishing
state of fullness found in the sanctuary of practice. Since I
took my teacher training program in the early 1990s, the
options for studying to be a yoga teacher have grown exponentially. Julie Buckner explores some of the options in
this month’s feature story, while Karen Henry spent weeks
compiling information on programs for this issue’s guide.
Shiva Rea offers her perspecitve on practice through an
exploration of the season we are about to enter: the long
days of Summer when we experience both the gifts of
abundant sunshine, as well as the challenge of ensuring
we do not overheat or dehydrate. Her Ayurvedically-in-spired suggestions provide a framework for us to survive,
thrive, and nurture ourselves throughout the Summer.
Through meditation, practice, training, and moment-to-moment self-care, may we nurture ourselves well.
FELICIA WITH HOLLI RABISHAW AND LAINIE DEVINA. PHO TO BY JEFF SKEIRIK/RAWTOGRAPHER