Before writing this, I went back and read my 2015/2016 ‘New Year Newsletter’ and It did make me smile on reflection. I was pretty burnt out and had had a very busy year of teaching commitments, as well as some personal hurdles to overcome, and serious family health worries. Therefore, my intention for 2016 was about cutting my workload, spending more time with family and friends and also to look after myself by taking more down time to do the things that I love.
Well, I can honestly say, hand on my heart that that is exactly what I did, in fact for me personally 2016 was a very good year indeed, just like a good wine, it will go down as a one to remember. I spent the whole month of February with friends and family in Goa, India and also got married out there. I taught 3 yoga retreats in stunning locations, I also had a milestone birthday and so did my Dad, which meant that I spent some real quality occasions with my friends and family celebrating. I also spent some treasured time away and at home just hanging out with my husband and 2 children last year, which was so enjoyable and fun, especially now that they are both adults with great personalities.
I’m so aware that one day I may wake up and find that there won’t be anymore time to love, so family and friends time will always be a priority for me from now on.
Now I find myself at the start of 2017 pondering, feeling remarkably refreshed and ready to move on to new pastures with my teachings and also out of my current very comfortable ‘comfort zone’.
I have reached an age whereby, I don’t need or want to compete or compare myself with every other yoga teacher because it will not make me a better person, move me further ahead, improve my situation, or help me to find peace. Instead, it can fuel feelings of inadequacy. The reality is that there is not one correct path for a yoga teacher these days because we all have our own unique journey. A path that’s right for someone else won’t necessarily be the right path for me and now finally – I’m ok with that. My life isn’t meant to look like anyone else’s because I’m a person with my own unique set of abilities, obstacles, needs and visions.
So this year is about simply listening to my own inner wisdom, as well as trusting that I am enough, I am worthy and that my life is enough, I believe that I’m where I’m meant to be right now and that I will end up where I’m meant to go……
I’ve never been one for setting big intentions but I do listen to my dharma, in other words, my visions, what feels right, what makes me feel fulfilled and how can I stay true to that. I have decided that 2016 is the year that I would like to really refine who I am on the mat? Don’t get me wrong, I have everything I need right now, life is good and I love what I do, but there is a sense of wanting to dive deeper in to myself in order to facilitate more quality rather than quantity in my teachings. My meditations, (the study of svadyaha, being still and simply noticing who I am and what forces are at work, the ones that I have control of and the ones that I don’t) have been speaking with real clarity lately, with regards to what I see myself doing and where I want to be eventually. You see, I have plans and a vision that hopefully have an eventual destination, even though this seems a little vague at the moment. Its so easy to overly place extraordinary value on an end goal and objective when actually what is more important is creating the intuitive stepping stones and simple groundwork that is required to put into the journey that will ultimately take me there. Ten years from now, I want to be able to say that I chose my life and that I didn’t just settle for it.
These past 2 weeks, I’ve been really busy plotting, planning and collaborating and consequently have some exciting personal teaching events in the pipeline for 2017.
Here’s what’s on offer for the first half of this year and there are more surprises to come too.
Saturday 14th January
Friday 3rd March
Sunday 5th March
Friday 31st March
Sunday 23rd April
Friday 5th May
Monday 29th May
Tuesday 20th June
I have so many more ideas and plans still waiting to come into fruition so watch this space for more exciting collaborations to come……..
This year, my mantra is “I believe in myself”
im taking a deep leap of faith to make this year exceptional in every way. I am good enough, I am worthy, I am knowledgable, I am full of sparkle and compassion, I am not afraid of the truth, I am loyal, supporting, loving and surprising. I make mistakes, but I own them and I learn from them. I keep it real…..
Love Brigitte xxx
True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.” — Aadil Palk