PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, JOCELYN SOLOMON, KRISHNA KHALSA, PATRICIA MARIE LOPEZ,
FELICIA TOMASKO, KIMBERLY MIA SARACINO.
PHOTO BY DAVID YOUNG-WOLFF
We enter into the practice of yoga for
a variety of reasons. We could walk
through a door marked: Cross-training,
Spiritual Practice, Relaxation, Decompression, Someone told me to come,
Cool Party Tricks, Meet Girls, Meet
Guys, Meditate, or Save My Life….
Then we stay in the room for any number of reasons.
When we share our lives and homes
with children, young or old, we face an
entirely new set of challenges in maintaining a regular yoga practice. If we
can shift our perspective, every room in
our life can become a yoga studio, and
every piece of furniture a possible prop.
Jocelyn Solomon shares her creative
solutions for finding yoga everywhere;
they’re suggestions that we can incorporate when cultivating balance in every
area of our lives, at every age, whether
or not our path includes parenthood.
The reasons to keep our practice going may add to what enticed us in the beginning. Meg Weidner
shares her personal experience balancing patience and perfectionism negotiating her child’s homework assignment as well as her professional development. She offers insights gained through applying
the teachings of practice to the ordinary moments of everyday life.
In our daily lives, the ordinary and the extraordinary are constantly in relationship. The more we
commit to our practice, even for a moment, the more we can find ways to fully express our inner
freedom, even amidst the demands of small people and the challenges of the seemingly mundane.
The tools for practice are powerful ones. Training programs and classes to offer these tools to young
people have been steadily increasing since I first sought out the practice as a teenager dedicated to
distance running. Classes for kids do more than offer a temporary respite for parents or yet another
activity to add to an already busy day. Yoga classes plant seeds to help kids develop the ability to
incorporate the lessons from practice wherever and whenever. Yoga provides opportunities to create a
shared language around the freedom to create balance in the ordinary and extraordinary world, even
while living on the roller coaster of this life.
Even while living in duality, may we continue to walk through the door of our practice and settle into
the rooms of the studio of our lives.