by | Dec 26, 2011 | Living Yoga, On Love | 9 comments

Before class one morning, a yoga student shared with me that she was decidedly nervous about a flight she would be taking that day.  It was snowing like crazy in Albuquerque and temperatures were dropping.  From behind troubled eyes she asked if there was some way I could work the class to help her.  I nodded in acknowledgment and in that moment we recognized yoga’s best gift:

  It can soothe us or jazz us; it only depends on the story of the day.

On 3rd Street looking north toward Downtown Al...

I shared with the class about teaching high school in northern New Hampshire, and how the students would run to the windows to watch the snow fall each time a storm opened up above us.  I loved those moments.  Teenagers who could be so swag, hadn’t lost their child-like wonder watching the snow fall.

When I moved to the desert, the high school students had their own ritual, only their sense of wonder was for the rain.  Here the change in barometric pressure is almost palpable, and inevidibly a student would say out loud, as if wanting to be the first to say it, “Can you smell the rain?”  and that same sense of wonder would light up everyone’s eyes.  It was only minutes before a clap of thunder seemingly opened up the clouds above us.

Remembering these stories to my yoga students warmed them as they warmed me,  just like they did each time my high school students ran to the windows to witness the snow up close or to be the first to smell the rain.  The remembering  of an experience brings the feeling of the experience back, in all of its same intensity.

Remember someone who has supported you, held your hand along the way, or set you free.  In sanskrit, it’s called maitri, an elevated love for a friend, teacher, family member or hero.  Their remembrance brings your love for them to the forefront.  Offer your class to them today.

The class  developed around inner strength and referencing inside.  Sun Salutes opened up into standing poses and then the focus turned to shoulders and heart in a practice of handstands.  Integrate and soften, remember your connection to your loved ones. 

I offered to assist the before-class-nervous-airplane student in a handstand.  She floated up and was so balanced, she was weightless.  She stayed there, aligned and free.  When she came down, she clearly was empowered.  All I had to say to her was remember this feeling…

English: Yoga session at sunrise in Joshua Tre...

When we remember an experience, we feel it as we felt it previously. 

Choose to remember what supports you. Let it carry you through snow storms, through downpours and weightless handstands.  What remembrance has supported you?


  1. Kerri Wormwood

    Lovely writing, Bea. I will never take my life for granted – I like that mantra a lot. Many blessings to you in this coming year.
    Love, Kerri

    • Bea Doyle

      Thank you Kerri. Gratitude is where it's at, eh?

  2. meryl333

    My friend Mark Steele shared this on Facebook. I see why he did. What a lovely way to soften during difficult moments.

    • Bea Doyle

      Thank you for your comment. Many Blessings to you!

  3. Maya

    Bea, your writing is so moving… so readable. Thank-you. And for tuning into us on the mat in every moment of your teaching. I always feel like you know where I am. Big hugs and gratitude. xxxxx

    • Bea Doyle

      Thank you Maya for being the sensitive, awesome yogi that you are. Much Love!

  4. Susanna Harwood Rubi

    Bea – this is truly wonderful & wise in SO many ways – it is hard to pick out just one phrase! I particularly liked 2 things: the way that you offered the parallel experiences of wonder – the rain and the snow & then I loved the way in which you flowed so effortlessly from physical movement into underlying significance. Really beautiful!

    • Bea

      Thank you for your comments Susanna, and for being an inspiration and such a catalyst for the unfolding my writing!


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