After leaving the world of touring in a punk rock band, stumbled through the next several years of my life consumed with anger & a feeling of being lost.
I thought that my anger and outrage was actually a sign of strength and that it was an inherent weakness to express any love or compassion.I found myself spending a lot of time in the gym…but feeling horrible.
My body was stiff and I could barely touch my toes. I heard about the benefits of yoga for gym rats like me and thought, “Well hell, maybe I can learn some cool handstands and sick arm balances, too”.
Not long after I was enrolled in a 200-hour training, followed by a cultural immersion, training and pilgrimage in India and became completely immersed in Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of love and devotion.
Bhakti cracked me open and led me to see that there is so much in our world to be grateful for, but only if we can take ourselves out of the center of everything.
Bhakti taught me that real strength is not defined by just physical power or mental discipline.
Real strength is defined as a willingness to risk our own vulnerability to find the good in everyone; a willingness to love others regardless of their shortcomings or our own.
This is the strength I intend to pass on to my students. Whether its loving yourself through the courage to risk falling out of an arm balance or showing compassion and understanding to someone who has a completely opposite opinion from yours, the ability to reach a truly fulfilled life starts with love…and every soul has that capability.
We just need to move through our own obstacles to find it.