This weekend I was sitting in the garden, enjoying a warm-ish afternoon, glancing through my newly arrived Autumn issue of Spectrum (BWY magazine). Ooh, Autumn, I think, surely not? But yes, it’s true, next week October arrives. I can hear the squirrels chattering and chasing each other and my attention is drawn to the glorious Horse Chestnut tree at the bottom of the garden. Already some of the leaves are changing colour, and momentarily I am sad at the thought of the end of summer. But as Sarah Jane Wilson reminds us in Spectrum, “Gratitude is the highest form of yoga”. So don’t spend ages lamenting the end of summer, autumn has much to offer too: the feeling of “a new term”, a “fresh start”, harvest and the change of seasons. Much indeed to be grateful for.
So our Autumn term has started, and I’m thrilled as always to welcome back familiar faces to class, those who’ve been with me for a while, indeed, some who’ve been with me since I taught my very first class! I could say something along the lines of “on the days when it’s harder to get on the mat and teach, you guys always make it feel like it’s worth it”, however, I genuinely never have a day when it’s hard to get on the mat and teach! I love what I do, and I feel privileged and blessed to be able to do it.
So that’s why I’m also excited to welcome lots of new faces to class this term. I have a geniuine sense of joy when I see people beginning their yoga journey – stepping on to the mat for the first time, unsure what to expect or where it will lead. Yoga changed my life, and I know that if I can give that to even one other person, it’s worth it. Any journey starts with just one small step – even sitting on the mat and becoming aware of your breath is enough – the journey has begun and the rest will follow!
Have a great week everyone, see you on the mat!