Kindred Spirits

Arati Lane and I have a unique way of seeing the world. Not so coincidentally I can describe both of us with these traits; free spirited mothers, flexible, optimists who are non-fancy and no nonsense with room for play.

We both have grown to know ourselves over the oh so many years of teaching Yoga, there is nothing like teaching time to  develop the inner landscape. Add self awareness with the inner confidence of experience to back it up.

She is my co-teacher for our Healing Touch Vinyasa Fall yoga teacher training at The Little Yoga Studio in Downtown San Diego California.

Recently we spent a few hours (during a stifling heat wave I might add) with our sons at our local and prestigious San Diego zoo. My 7 year old son, Jaden, and I got there an hour and a half earlier than Arati and Sailor her teenager. My energy was fading since we had previously rendezvous-ed with Tarzan on a dog walk and an early lunch with Jaden's 25 year old sister. 

Kindred Spirits at the San Diego Zoo

Kindred Spirits at the San Diego Zoo

Yet somehow with Arati's presence I immediately perked up. 

Arati has a vibrant zesty Aura about her that not only woke me up but stimulated me with a hefty spark of curiosity. She is a teacher's teacher to the core of her being. Her archive of wisdom exudes from her every pore. And today was no exception-for my eager brain was a willing conduit to all that she had to offer. 

As we meandered by the elephants in between drips of sweat off our bosoms-her light cotton dress clinging and my loose flowing blouse grasping for a stray breeze-she begins reminiscing about Elephants in India. 

With a sweet smile of a precious memory, Arati Lane proceeds to tell me stories of tusks and blessings.

I will spare you the tusk part even though that too was of interest. The Blessing part is by far the most touching. Arati begins by sharing how Elephants are revered in India and the deliberate tap of an Elephant's trunk is an auspicious connect from the divine.

But of course it would cost a Rupi. An exchange of resources, a sacred request for balance, in this case an abundant supply of peanuts.

A flying coin for a jolt of Ganesh a Hindu god!  God of wisdom, knowledge and new beginning.

 Elephants symbolize wisdom, loyalty, strength, fidelity and longevity.

 Elephants symbolize wisdom, loyalty, strength, fidelity and longevity.

I ask Arati if she has been blessed? With an absolute glimmer in her eye, "of course" she says. Amazingly the blessings of an Elephant lasts, you walk a little lighter and giggle a bit more, saying, "I have been blessed by an Elephant". The feeling lasts all day!

The Ceremony and rituals surrounding this auspicious tradition has continued for centuries. The Royal Elephant instilling a symbolic sense of power, wisdom and good fortune. 

Arati brings this knowledge of ceremony and ritual to her teaching and to our trainings. We are incredibly fortunate to have her lead us in both the opening and closing ceremonies of our yoga training. 

If you have any interest in being certified in Healing Touch Vinyasa Yoga. Please join Arati Lane and I for 10 weekends only. We open our hearts to new beginnings with Ganesh

Healing Touch Vinyasa 200 Hour YTT Starts Aug 25th at The Little Yoga Studio

Healing Touch Vinyasa 200 Hour YTT Starts Aug 25th at The Little Yoga Studio

Arati is one of our mentors for Breath To Success membership site. 

 

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Tah has been involved with Yoga most of her life. She started practicing as a teenager. Inspired by a mentor to join a class at 16 sparked the yoga fire which has been burning ever since. After launching a sportswear line with her then husband in the late 80′s and becoming a mother of two daughters, it was time for a healing change. Trusting in the age old adage, “Do what you love”, was the consistent echo in her mind. A pivotal time of transition, a powerful period in her life as she realized the path that called her. Do what you love clearly meant that she become a teacher. In 1996 working simultaneously within the health food industry as a reliable source for nutritional council and support, Tah’s yoga business grew. She was able to open one of the first yoga studios in La Jolla. Shakti Yoga was born. After enjoying this prime location for a handful of years she realized the benefit of being a mobile instructor. This was the next logical step for her since the established client base was corporate and private. As she teaches she shares her healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy. Tah lives in San Diego with her partner of 15 years; and besides her two daughters who are in their 20s, has a rambunctious 5 year old son, who instead of a dog to follow him around has a loyal Bengal cat named Jagger.