A few decades later, after returning to China as a graduate student from the University of Chicago, covering long distances on foot and by train, living in Kyoto in Japan, the West Coast and Mid-West in the States, I now live with my husband and our son in Jacksonville. I love the blue skies and the water of the gulf and the ocean, and the sands that lay the beaches in Florida.
Terri is the one who led me onto the yogic path. I was first attracted to Mindful Motion Yoga Studio because of the word “mindful.” I had taken some yoga classes before and enjoyed doing the poses. Yet, I had never paid attention to the process of going in, holding, and coming out of a pose. Terri’s belief and practice on “acceptance” also relieved my anxiety about lacking in perfection. In addition, I had the good luck of meeting Carolyn Dehlinger, who reminded me that there are bones under muscles.
I graduated from MMY’s teacher training in 2012. The training opened my eyes to the deeper meaning and the history of yoga. I have been able to apply the knowledge I gained from the training to my daily life. On a practical level, I have successfully gone through challenges with a calm mind. On a spiritual level, I have arrived at the realization that I am only one part of “Ishvarapranidhana” (Oneness) and am connected to every being in the universe. With this understanding, I have an offering to you all:
“May the true light in you shine bright and far, warm the hearts of many and lift the spirit of many more. Love and be loved.”
I completed the Mindful Motion 200 hour teacher training in 2011, which truly opened me to the power of yoga. Three months later I became certified, through the CPF, to teach yoga to the cancer community. In the fall of 2012, I attended a week long Yoga as Medicine seminar taught by Dr. Tim McCall at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville in Virginia. Then in 2013, I completed 100 hours of yoga therapy training in Jacksonville.
When not in the yoga studio, I can usually be found out in nature looking at birds. My birding has taken me to nine countries and almost every state in the union. Being in nature and focused on finding birds is like yoga, one must be in the present moment to be successful.
I am honored to share yoga with you in this beautiful and compassionate studio. It is my goal that my students leave class relaxed and renewed. I hope to see you soon.