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Reflections

Supporting Your Soul

By August 20, 2019 No Comments

I stepped back from posting for a few months as I settled into life in Kitsilano, and because of it I’m clearer and more content than ever.   

Over the past year, I’ve practiced leaning into the creations I’ve put in motion with less force and fewer expectation than ever before. Teaching has continuously taught me to yield to unknown outcomes as there are always a multitude of forces beyond my personal control at play. When we practice sthira and sukha (effort and ease) we find a balance that keeps us from swinging too far to either end of the spectrum. Relying simply on willpower alone produces both tension and pressure that ultimately takes the joy out of your journey. On the other hand, lacking the conviction to fully invest your energy, doesn’t allow you to fully engage your potential.

One of the biggest challenges when bringing your dreams to life, is putting your agenda aside so your creative energy can flow. 

I’ve never known where my path in teaching would lead me and running Retreats was never high on my radar. There have been and still are times when marketing the practice of yoga is painful for me. Instead of ‘convincing’ anyone to blindly follow my guidance, I hope that my love of the practice and sharing my own truths and the universal truths that unite us, is what draws each student to reach their own destination. To give others the opportunity to explore and experience other sides of themselves through my creative offerings, brings me joy.

About a year and a half ago, I was teaching a meditation that has stuck with me…. A question that resonated and awoke a different tone within me.

Who am I?

Without hesitation…. I am connection; a clear cue. My passion is to bring people, on and off the mat, closer to their truths, hearts and one other. Though my daily life continues to challenge me at times, I’m aware that any efforts I put forth with the intent to create and foster connection, I am the happiest.  Dreams don’t often arrive in a day, but each day there is plenty of room to remember to dream. 

Nathalie

Author Nathalie

Nathalie Saunderson has spent over a decade exploring the world of yoga and teaching classes and retreats in the Vancouver area. With a background in the classical Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions, she offers her insights from this journey, to further inspire the deep spiritual inquiry that arises from practice.

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