By Erin Anderson
Posted in The Real Deal, on March 09, 2013
I'm passionate about teaching yoga. More than that, I'm passionate about speaking the truth. I love Power Yoga for simple reason that it's more difficult to hide, pretend or fake it. Teaching Power Yoga and asking people to step up and face their edge takes something, and how could I do it if I lulled them there falsely. No, that would be trickery. I need to step up to the edge and curl my toes over, reach my arms up and gaze to the vast sky above.
I came across this poem and it spoke so perfectly to how I feel about yoga and teaching. I'm burning up with love and enjoying a daily practice of clearing out my "sooty knowledge". I hope you join me, on your mat or otherwise, it's a very fun ride.
“If you prefer smoke over fire
then get up now and leave.
For I do not intend to perfume
your mind’s clothing
with more sooty knowledge.
No, I have something else in mind.
Today I hold a flame in my left hand
and a sword in my right.
There will be no damage control today.
For God is in a mood
to plunder your riches and
fling you nakedly
into such breathtaking poverty
that all that will be left of you
will be a tendency to shine.
So don’t just sit around this flame
choking on your mind.
For this is no campfire song
to mindlessly mantra yourself to sleep with.
Jump now into the space
and exit this dream
before I burn the damn place down.”