"Don't move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move." -Osho
fill your cup
Many yoga classes, mine included, are filled with metaphors and analogies to describe poses unfamiliar to the body in a way that is relatable. Good analogies are simple, some are personal. Mine are a combination of both. A dear teacher of mine reminded me in a time of struggle that you can't pour from an empty cup. In order to be of service to others, you have to fill your cup first. You have to take care of yourself.
Recently, a childhood friend told me that she was struggling with anxiety because there were many good and new things coming into her life and she didn't know how to balance. It was almost like she felt guilty for the new blessings in her life. She mentioned how her sister used an analogy she liked about a cup. I inquired further and she said "Our hearts are like cups, sometimes they are closer to full and sometimes they are closer to empty. Right now my cup is too full, so I need to empty it." I responded and said I thought she should get a bigger cup, and we both laughed.
Thinking back, I think we were both right. When we fill our cup to the brim, we have the opportunity to grow and expand into new awareness and new potential (get a bigger cup) or we have the opportunity to share the overflow. I think it depends on the individual, the time, the place, on what we choose to do. I think you can do both. A lot of us do neither, and are left confused and feeling empty.
I teach my students to take care of themselves first and foremost - to fill their cup. We usually do this by silencing the chatter in the mind and hopefully making space to hear the heart. How do we do that? With breath, with movement, with stillness.
yintigrate workshops in 2018 at the center sf
Join Leigh Stewart and I for a five part morning workshop series to rejuvenate the body's systems in a half flow, half yin class with hot stones, therapeutic-grade aromatherapy, hand-harvested teas and guided meditation. Each Saturday, we will explore a different system of the body (reproductive, immune, excretory, nervous, & endocrine) with accompanying essential oils, hot stones and yin postures to promote health, balance and harmony throughout the body.
Join us the following dates from 9-10:30AM at The Center SF: