by Tanis Morris RYT 200
Over the past fifteen months I’ve taught over 400 yoga classes, at a number of different locations. I have worked with students of all ages, shapes and sizes. I have tried to learn from each class, from each student. I’m constantly trying to improve as a teacher, as a practitioner and as a human being. Teaching yoga has been a true gift to my soul, on multiple levels and in ways I am not sure I completely understand, but that are constantly being revealed to me. With deepest gratitude I thank all of you whom have helped shape me as a teacher and person.
This is the time of year that we sit down and think about our goals for the months ahead. What do we hope to accomplish in 2017? How can we better our lives this year? While I’m sure each one of you has your own personal list, I would like to talk about a collective goal we would all benefit from taking on.
In my role as a yoga teacher, I have the opportunity to witness people’s attitudes towards their body, and much of what I’ve observed is saddening. So often we see our body as an enemy that we must conquer. When we look in the mirror, what do we first see? Is it our own flaws? Students who are loving and supportive towards their fellow yogis are intensely critical of themselves, and to what end?
Our bodies are our constant companions in life. Yours has carried you and grown with you from before the day you drew your first breath, and it will be with you when you take your last. Yours has walked with you through every experience you have undergone- the good, the bad and the ugly. It allows you to experience all of life’s pleasures, and has also borne all of the pain, worry, fear and disappointment that life brings. Your body is a living map of every experience you have undergone, and is a complete miracle in its complexity and design. If you had an amazing friend who knew you so intimately, and with such longevity, would you treat him or her as you treat yourself?
This year I hope we see peace, kindness, love and forgiveness manifest in bold and broad ways in the world. Let’s begin with ourselves.
Namaste and Happy 2017
About the Author
Tanis Morris has a passion for energetics, anatomy and inspiration. Her flows will challenge your body and your mind, but you will be having too much fun to notice. She weaves her knowledge of yoga, energetics and nutrition into all of her classes and she loves supporting her students as they become more aware of themselves and begin living a more intentional life.