It is difficult NOT to be inspired after such a powerful workshop this afternoon. I taught the Spring Detox Workshop to what ended up to be a group of all women (our one man had to leave before it barely got started). We talked about all the toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis and how we can do alot to clear the body, mind, emotions and access our spirit. The asana practice was sweaty and good, the pranayama peaceful, the chanting was angelic, the sitting meditation was very comforting. It takes intent, practice, encouragement and inner resources. The Dalai Lama was quoted as saying the the world would be saved by Western women. What prompted him to say that? I believe that he is right in the sense that we have the most opportunity of women around the globe and we are the mothers, wives and sisters that can influence others and especially the next generation. Don't get me wrong, men can be empowered and change the world too. But they will need to access the feminine aspects of their nature: cooperation and sharing vs. individual achievement and climbing the ladder of success. We all have this receptive, nurturing, sharing and compassionate nature and we need to access it not only for our own good but the good of all.
If I must say, I don't think the DL was off his rocker! Western women practicing yoga and the prevalence of women teaching yoga is changing the face of yoga. Can we harness that energy for the good of all? Can we shift our focus from achieving some mythical state of beauty, personal wealth, dominance and the "me" mentality? Can we move more towards honoring the beauty within all, that wealth is meant to be shared and can ONLY be truly found within our own being in practice, and that no one wins when there is a loser? Good questions. Let's find our own answers WITHIN and WITH ONE ANOTHER FOR SUPPORT. COME OUT AND SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE THAT WILL BENEFIT OUR SISTERS AND CHILDREN IN INDIA....

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    Jill Gutowski has been a practitioner of hatha yoga, meditation and holistic healing for over 18 years.  She teaches in the Princeton, NJ area.

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