There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You simply have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open...
~ Martha Graham to Agnes De Mille
Vibrant, passionate and free-spirited, I love all things yoga and music ~ two universal and boundless forces with the potential to transform everyone and everything without regard to ethnicity, body type, culture or orientation. Now that’s powerful stuff!
My first experience with yoga actually happened 13 years ago, when I ventured into an Ashtanga class seeking the vigorous workout so many were raving about. I enjoyed my brief yoga experience that spring, but eventually yoga fell off my radar, not to be revisited again until 6 years later, when my journey as a Yogi in progress truly began.
On the other hand, I was pretty much born with music in my soul, with a natural affinity for the blending of perfectly harmonized voices, ears and souls. Singing has always been an innately visceral experience and expression for me, from my very first solo at the tender age of 6 as a member of the Youth Choir at St. John's Baptist Church.
As spiritual beings having a human experience, we are all - whether we realize it or not - daily engaging in that delicate dance between ego and essence, between fear and love. Every time I am blessed to step onstage to sing, or honored to lead a yoga class, I become more certain that my purpose is to share these passions in order to inspire and raise consciousness in my own little corner of the world (and my own noisy mind!). I often find that the lessons I strive to share with my students are the exact ones I need to hear most. My constant, silent prayer is that my offerings might somehow uplift, empower, and perhaps even heal ~ and that I might serve as a channel for others (and a constant reminder to myself) to connect more deeply, to become ever present to more love and less fear.