When I started this blog, I hadn't paid for yoga in nearly five years. I studied with most of the best asana and meditation teachers in the world. In fact, amazing teachers came to my office to teach me (for free) every day. All I had to do was walk down the hall, and sometimes I chose not to because I didn't feel like it or because I didn't care for a particular teacher's specialty.
Basically, I'm a spoiled, bratty, privileged yogi.
Isn't that an oxymoron, you may ask? Ummm, yeah!
But then, I had an epiphany. As I was walking down the street to my cushy job, I thought to myself:
"Isn't the whole point of a yoga practice to live in the present? If you're a yogi, shouldn't you be content? You should be blissed out and healthy and praising Krishna for all your amazing blessings! What the hell is wrong with you? Wait, nothing is wrong with me, yoga philosophy says I am a spark of the Divine . . . so I'm kind of perfect. But really, I'm a total screwed up mess . . . Or am I?"
I'm human, which is what this blog is all about.
I decided to get back to the basics and approach my yoga as the gift I know in my heart it is. Each day, I'll commit to practice yoga—sometimes alone, sometimes in a studio. I'll meditate (a lot!), and I'll contemplate just what makes me really worthy to be a spark of the Divine. And I'll share with you things that inspire me to keep going even when it seems like everything in my life is conspiring against me. (Yes, I'm spoiled AND dramatic!)
Oh yeah, and I'll blog about it everyday, too. I'm tired just thinking about it. . .
About the Author
Erica Rodefer Winters is a writer and yoga teacher living in Charleston, SC. As the former online editor for Yoga Journal magazine, she lived and breathed yoga at work and at home. She practiced with amazing teachers every day, went to yoga conferences, and had a supportive environment to live her yoga. Now, she's trying to navigate yoga in the real world. This blog is about her journey to find contentment and live in the present, no matter what. Her loves and greatest inspirations include her young daughter Annabelle, yoga, writing, her dog Penny, and her cat Gracey.