“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity.”


In the 1950’s and 60’s when American’s first got a taste of yoga through westerners who had studied abroad and Indian teachers who came to teach in the USA, one could imagine that the practice was not unilaterally well received.   Many early American yogis were seen as grungy hippies by conservative culture and it took optimism, endurance, and faith for them to build the inviting studios we enjoy today.  While we owe a great debt to the early teachers who had the foresight to recognize the value in yoga, we can also look to them as example of visionaries who inspire our practice today.

Even during dark and desperate times there are certain prophetic people who can see beyond obvious challenges and fears.  Every Pulitzer Prize was won by someone who shut their complaining mouths and took the risk to follow the thread of instinct.  We can use the same principles today in our yoga (and life) practice.  If you asked the early yogis what drew them to trek all the way to India to study with a little-known guru, or quit their jobs to devote more time to their fledgling group of students, they were most likely motivated by passion for yoga and an intuitive sense of knowing they were pursuing something worthwhile.  Each one of us has certain doors of possibility that can only be accessed by allowing our internal daydreams to flow without restriction.

It’s easy to sit around paralyzed with worry about the future, but it feels really crappy. Take a minute to imagine your life exactly the way you like it to be today.  Then ask yourself what YOU can do to make things different. What’s your vision?