I teach a yoga class at a place that is up in the hills in South San Jose. We start at 9am so today I had this pleasant post rain drive up the hill to the center. While it is an urban drive, a frontage road paralleling a major freeway, there is also a pond with egrets,ducks and ducklings and rushes along the side.
The road winds along side of the hill with cattle and calves in the higher ground and deer wandering the fields bordering the blacktop. With my windows rolled down I can hear the cheeps and chirps of the birds over the hiss of my tires on the pavement. Flocks of them fly up when I pass too close to a shrub that provides them roost. Redwing blackbirds pose on the fence and electrical wires that line the gullies on the side of the road.
I park at the side of the building – grab my chime and my mat and close the door of my truck. A flock of wild turkeys complain and rush up the hill away from the structures. The trees are in bloom, the sky a brilliant clear blue, the breeze bring the scents of spring and hope. The growth all around me, the newness that is born after a long barren-seeming winter.
I go into the hall and the women are waiting for me on their mats. What I joy it is to roll out my mat, and after the long barren expanse of active addiction we move, and ground, and grow. With hope we move into the spring of our recovery; awkward like the foals, needy like the chicks, and bold like the mother ducks protecting her young.
Roll out your mats, your dreams, anywhere and bloom.
Kyczy Hawk E-RYT200 is a yoga instructor specializing in teaching yoga to people in recovery and the creator of the SOAR(tm) (Success Over Addiction and Relapse) certification program. Find more about her and the SOAR(tm) program at www.yogarecovery.com