Atha Yoga anusasanam roughly translates to “Now the practice of Yoga begins.”  This is the first sūtra, or “thread,” in The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, widely considered the most important text on yoga, which lays out the practice from its physical foundations to its philosophical implications.  I thought this sūtra would be appropriate as the title of my first blog post, which I have been meaning to write for some time.  And today, when I am home sick for the first time in what feels like a couple years, I have finally found the time to write this.  What I am noticing today, as I sit with having to miss teaching three classes already this week, is that I’m thinking about my students and wishing for them to still get their practice in.  Teaching yoga for me is about being a vessel, or a conduit through which my students can find their own unique connection to the practice.  In fact, the more I can stay out of the way of their process of finding out what yoga means to them, the better.  But right now I’m not too happy about staying away from my classes.  The relationship between me and my students is a practice in and of itself.  We learn and grow from each other, in different ways each time we meet each other on the mat.  Being sick feels kind of like pressing the reset button.  With ample time today and yesterday to face what I am missing on these days off, I am reminded of how important yoga is to me, and how much I enjoy sharing the practice with others.  I’ve also come to terms with the fact that I am NOT immune to cold viruses, which having not been sick for so long, I was starting to think I was.  Yoga is incredibly good for keeping the immune system in shape, but alas, I too can fall victim to imbalance.  So, here I sit in my imbalance, hoping I am well enough to teach tomorrow night, to meet my students and myself on the mat again.  Being sick is no fun, but at least I got this time to reflect and finally get my first post up.  I intend for this blog to be a place where I can share with you my personal applications and interpretations of the practice of yoga, as well as share some yoga-related happenings in my life.  Atha Yoga anusasanam, in sickness and in health 😉

© Stephanie Stolorow