Practice, Practice, Practice….

Ashtanga Yoga – I Love it!

There is so much to say about this practice. For some it means to ‘practice, practice, practice and all will come’. I wonder if everyone understands what this ‘all’ means.

1. the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration): all the cake; all the way; all year.
2. the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively): all students.
3. the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree): with all due respect; with all speed.
4. every: all kinds; all sorts.
5. any; any whatever: beyond all doubt.
6. nothing but; only: The coat is all wool.

‘All’ is pretty much. Why do i have the suspicion that many Yogi friends think that only the ‘good’ will come after practice? I personally don’t like the words ‘good’ and ‘bad’ and i think ‘All just is’. All really means everything. I believe that if you practice, practice, practice.. many great things will happen in your body, mind and spirit. But also less pleasant effect can occur. I am sure any Ashtangi who reads this, knows what i am talking about. I think we need to be mindful about our practice. On and off the mat. See, feel, experience what happens. Embrace it ‘all’ with Love. All is needed to balance and to grow. We all know that Yoga is non judgmental, remember that. Don’t judge yourself, because there simply is really no reason. If all will come… than trust that. All will come. Don’t rush and enjoy the ride!

Today i start teaching the ‘Wazungu’ (white people) at the Serena Hotel. I am teaching every day except Saturnus day (which is today) but start to teach this day as well. All the other days it’s teaching for Project Air, but on Saturday i will be teaching for Project Anneke. Hotel Serena is a very luxurious hotel with luxurious facilities i am able to use freely by being a teacher here. And you know, Rwanda is very beautiful but pretty hot and dusty this time of the year… so how nice will it be to jump into a swimming pool after teaching?
Also today is the second day..home alone! This mansion here is only inhabited by me right now. Thank Lord Shiva there is a guard! Damescene is his name and he’s a very nice man. Besides his guard duties, he does much more… well, almost ALL actually (and we just learned that all means a lot!) He cleanse, wash clothes, makes every-day-fresh-fruit salads, hangs up mosquito nets, makes up the bed, does the dishes, does groceries and even picks fresh flowers every day to cheer up the rooms. He’s a humble nice man, i wish i could speak Swahili and/or Kenyarwandan a bit more.. would make conversation with him much more easy.
Deirdre left for America. She will come back before i leave. It’s quite without her. Soon, in a few days, a new volunteer is arriving.

I will to get ready to teach now… more to come!
Oh yeah… easily bored (or creative restless in my head) as i can be sometimes, i was putting on my website, a new jacket…
check it out: You like it?

Love, Anneke