You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. – Maya Angelou
Perhaps more so in 2021 than in any other time in our lifetime, there is hope and the desire for something different. Yet, these promises of change and new beginnings are deceiving. After all, we have just turned the page on the calendar. We went to bed and woke up to a new day, so why is January 1st any different than Dec 31st. I love Maya Angelou’s quote because transformation doesn’t happen just because we woke up in a new year. Transformation happens because we are affected and changed by life because we endured. In yoga, we call this Tapas, the fire of transformation. When we stay with what is challenging and move through it we are working with Tapas. Transformation can be by accident and it can also be purposeful. We have all been on this runaway train of 2020 and experienced tremendous challenges. Ask yourself how you are going to respond to these experiences. How are you going to be transformed? What have you learned about who you are?
We have chosen to explore the theme of transformation in 2021 through the lens of yoga and physical therapy. We start with Nicci Micco leading an Intention Setting class on New Year’s Eve, followed with Begin Again – Yoga and Ayurvedic Practices with Rachel and New Year’s Morning Yoga with Krista. This year we hope you will join us in diving deeper into how Pranayama, Meditation, Guided Relaxation, Kriyas, Mantra, Mudras, and more can help you transform how you move through the world. We will look at the philosophy and science behind these practices.
Thank you for being on this journey with us. Happy New Year!