If you ever happen to be at the same yoga festival as me, it’s likely you’ll find me in the front row of the classes, with my notebook and pen stationed at the upper left corner of my mat. I’ll be taking notes in downward dog, writing down whatever wisdom that particular teacher spouts out that resonates with me. I get the good stuff in ink so I can share gems of inspiration with you guys. Writing during a yoga class doesn’t lead to perfect alignment by any means, but I love it. It’s extremely fun and gratifying for me, and I end each yoga festival with a notebook full of magic scribbles to deliver to the world (you).
The quotes below are a few things I overheard in my classes at Wanderlust up in Stratton, Vermont. I wish I could have learned from every single teacher there, but the schedule was way too packed for that.
Each of these quotes could be a blog post of its own. In fact, that’s usually what I plan to do, but those kind of mile high ambitions can often lead to my notebooks sitting untouched for months, and then the inspiration passes and the magic is unshared. So instead of waiting for that huge chunk of free time when I can dig deep into each and every quote, I’m just gonna share them with you as they are and let you take what you want from them.
So here you go…overheard by yours truly at Wanderlust VT:
Yoga is a necessary tool for the survival of myself and others. I need to get on the mat every day – it doesn’t matter how long – 15 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours…or else I’ll pull the head off of someone I love. -Seane Corn
All yoga, in essence, is about raising the kundalini energy – awakening our own highest potential. Every time you get on your mat, you are strengthening the discernment that helps you sort through the soup that is your emotional life. – Kia Miller
Don’t dance around the perimeter of the person you want to be. Dive deeply and fully into it. -Gabrielle Bernstein
Go into your pain and see who you become. -David Romanelli
Life will bring you to your knees and rip you open in ways that will allow you to love. It is your heartbreak that will teach you compassion. -Seane Corn
Create the life you want to create. It takes discipline. Activate your energy every day. Be a lighthouse. -Kia Miller
Redirect “I need to be seen” to “I need to serve.” The inspiration will come through you naturally and will be far greater than any outline you could have ever planned. – Gabrielle Bernstein
There’s a bridge between you and another person. Do everything you can to open and love them. -Elena Brower
Being able to live in awareness of divine timing is one of the greatest skills in this lifetime. – Kia Miller
The balance effort and surrender: when you’re strong but still allow yourself to be supported, open and vulnerable. -Tiffany Cruikshank
Vibrate with the cosmos, and the cosmos will clear your path. When we’re being irrational, we’re not vibrating with the cosmos. Are we gonna go to crazytown or are we gonna open up to our creative capacity? -Gabrielle Bernstein
Sacred partnerships occur when you find the harmony and union that elevates both of you to the next level. -Kia Miller
That’s all I got for now. If you like these quotes, you’ll LOVE my Quotes from the Yogis blog from last year’s Being Yoga Conference at Omega. Tons of good stuff there…
And if you STILL want more (I see, you’re a junkie like me, aren’t you!?), check out a couple more of my recaps full of super legit teachings:
Hanuman Festival, Boulder CO
Yoga Journal, Estes Park CO
Bhakti Fest, Joshua Tree CA
Wanderlust in the City, Los Angeles CA
Being Yoga, Rhinebeck NY
Wanderlust, Stratton VT ’12
Mark Whitwell Workshop – San Diego CA
Also, totally unrelated, but I just feel the need to add that this song is totally owning me right now. It’s getting some serious action on my Spotify. Thanks to my homie Waylon for tipping me off to it. SO GOOD!
So, which quote here did you identify with the most? I really like the one from Kia about sacred partnerships.