I begin my day
in the Shadowbrook Room
at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Healing.
Just before 6:30 am, the room fills with soon-to-be
Let Your Yoga Dance instructors
who take their place on the mats
in front of me.
I guide them in a series of warming, and then strengthening, poses
before inviting these warriors onto their backs,
into the 4th chakra,
the sweet pause,
the heart–of a Let Your Yoga Dance class.
They bring their knees to chest,
roll to one side,
and breathe deeply, in and out,
In and out.
When I look out over the room,
I tell them that I see in them a sea
“Let Your Yoga Dance babies–
Readying to be born,” I say.
There are a few giggles in response,
and then these expand until the laughter
rolls across the belly
of this room
in a joyous chorus
We lift our legs into the air,
just as the sun lifts over the mountain
birthing a new day;
and later, Pam tells me
what she now knows
(and what we all long to remember):
“It doesn’t have to be so hard.”
(Kelly is a certified Let Your Yoga Dance instructor, and serves on staff with founder Megha Nancy Buttenheim; she’s also on staff at Solar Hill Yoga Center in Brattleboro, Vermont, with founder/director Scott Willis, of Hits the Spot Yoga.)