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What I Have Learned About Finding Power in Your Yoga
by Jeni James

 

 

The city of New York and surrounding areas have had a couple of weeks of challenging times. We prepare again today for another storm. Fortunately, not another Hurricane, but rain, wind, maybe snow at a time when many are just getting settled back into their homes, many are still without power, and many without their homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

Last year, while living in Hartford, CT, I experienced my own version of this when an early season snowstorm hit the area and we were without power. It was nine days for me and even more for some to have the electricity back on and with nights being very cold, I packed up my kitty and we headed to a hotel and then a friend's not knowing when our "normal" would be restored.


I remember feeling very displaced, stranded...powerless! My apartment was not the only thing that was without power, I myself had to completely let go. Which is why my yoga practice became more important at this time. Whether at my local studio, my hotel room, or a drop in class near the hotel, that mat was my lifeline for the day. It felt like the only place I had where I got to call the shots, make choices for my body and breath and movement. That hour and a half on my mat, back to a place of comfort and familiarity allowed me to get through the day, knowing that what ever happened, I could always go back to my mat.

I was reminded of this last week when the class was full, overflowing with students that had come up from the downtown areas, powerless, themselves just wanting to feel a little normal. To the instructor that rearranged the students making room for each and every may, I say, "Namaste".


This is what I love about the practice of yoga. It bonds the community, it humbles us in ways we didn't understand, and it gives us a place to be comforted. That paired with the synergy of powerful loving intention can truly make a difference when it feels like so much chaos is around us.

Natural disaster or average everyday, find room for neighboring students, trust you always have a place to be safe, and dedicate your practice to something outside of what is sitting on your mat.

 

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About the Author


After 15 years of Corporate experience in Project Management, Finance, and Procurement, Jeni James has traded in her nine to five for her yoga mat full time. After starting to dabble in yoga in 2003, she committed to a consistent practice and a yoga mind in 2009. The practice has transformed her physically, emotionally, & spiritually. Yoga has and remains to be a tool to maintaining a healthy body, mind, & spirit, and is a place to work through issues, become inspired, & get the answers to continue on the journey of life. It has changed her way of thinking and guided her to start living her passion. Now, she wants to teach you what she has learned, so you can manifest all of your dreams!

In 2012, Jeni became a certified Yoga Instructor. Trained by Rodney and Colleen Yee, the basis for Jeni's studies has been B.K.S. Iyengar. These studies, mixed with her love of Vinyasa flow and Power yoga create the daily practice for the retreats. The retreats also include the practice of YIN yoga to balance the movement of Vinyasa with meditative qualities of a more passive practice to help you go within.

Trained by Hila Kadem Ferguson in 2008, Jeni is also a Certified Reiki Master. This healing mechanism is what helps her connect people with their passions, determine next steps towards making a plan to move them along their path to pursuing their dreams.

Her love of yoga, travel, and helping people connect to key resources come together to create Tadasana Travel LLC.


 

 

 

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