Every breath is a gift. This exquisite life is nothing short of terrifyingly beautiful. Not beautiful in the sense of pretty and nice but beautiful in the sense of pure beauty like an artist might try to depict: mysterious, transcendent, light, dark, abject but alluring, true. True like the dying process. True like the only thing we will ever know for certain, that we will all one-day die.
We’re in the midst of a blossoming of interest in yoga around the world, but especially here in the U.S. For some practitioners, yoga will become a framework for their lives and through which they will relate to the world. For others, it will be a fad, a temporary stop in their quest to find something that’s missing in their lives, but ultimately, one which requires more effort and commitment than they are willing to put in.
What is that thing that makes you come alive? In the case of master teacher Kathryn Budig, it was the story of the Greek goddess Artemis that served as a powerhouse for her life. In tomorrow’s episode of Talking Yoga, Kathryn tells host Colleen Saidman Yee about how she grew up loving Artemis – the “Tomboy of the gods” – who defied all the rules, never married, and became an inspiration for generations of empowered women throughout the ages.
Very few of us will ever get to study at the University of Virginia’s Contemplative Sciences Center, founded by master Ashtanga yoga teacher Dr. John Campbell, Ph.D. But in this episode of Talking Yoga, we get the chance to sit in on one of his classes, so to speak. It’s as if the very questions host Beryl Binder Birch asks John were asked by his students, rather than members of the Talking Yoga community.