|The Soul of the Rose by John William Waterhouse
The Accessible Yoga blog will be taking a holiday this year from today until the end of December. We'll resume posting on January 1, 2020. In the meantime, I thought I would share a beautiful quote with you from my long-time teacher Donald Moyer. —Nina
"In the practice of yoga, as in any other spiritual practice, there are many kinds of awakening. There is the sudden awakening that comes out of the blue and is filled with the wonder of discovery. I remember the burst of joy and sense of liberation I felt after my very first class with Penny.
"Then comes the everyday form of awakening—the quiet Ahas! the small but significant insights, the brief flashes of understanding—which, added one to another, mark the incremental growth of awareness, the way a plant forms a bud before it comes into flower.
"Further along comes the awakening to your own nature, to your own potential, the rite of passage that confirms that even though you may benefit from the guidance of a teacher, you have the courage, the integrity, and the sense of responsibility to find your own way out of the labyrinth. This stage of the journey initiates the awakening of the inner body, when the body reveals its secrets, one by one, just as a flower unfolds, petal by petal."
—Donald Moyer, from Yoga: Awakening the Inner Body