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ZMao – Of Beginnings (1/6)

Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather, “I have found a truth.”
Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.” Say rather, “I have met the soul walking upon my path.”

Self-knowledge XVII by Khalil Gibran


Sometime in July 2019, I set myself along a new path – the path of training to be a yoga teacher. Although I was not sure if this was the right time given that there was so much in yoga that I had yet to “achieve”, I was pulled along to begin this journey with two of my best friends (read @okonomiyogi and @marotaro.yoga). We searched for options and spoke to various people, and fate led us to the Yoga Mandala.

Before I began on this YTT, I found myself suffering from pain in the lower back and in my left shoulder. But over these past few weeks re-learning the correct alignment and undoing bad habits, I find myself feeling more alive in my body, and moving with so much more ease. Without this YTT, the path I was on may have led me to more pain and injury, but in trusting my two friends that this is the right time for this commitment, I have discovered a whole new me and a whole new world of yoga.

Here, I uncover the roots of this ancient practice.  Here, I meet myself.