More Yoga

by Julia Gotz September. 21, 2007 12088 views

Toni was a driven athlete - runner, skier, mountain biker - who pushed her body hard. Over time, damage accumulated, first in her knees, followed by a back injury. This lead to limitations - no more high impact, no more mountain biking. It was a story I had heard from other athletes as well - how injuries lead to a period of despair and loss of identity. Toni first came to Yoga because it was about the only thing left that she could try.

Yoga was a turning point. Her physical gifts met with an expanding awareness. The constant drive to excel at the expense of her body gave way to acceptance of the new reality. Challenged by her teacher, she let go of her frustration at not being able to perfect a particular Asana, and discovered that her practice was her own, not about meeting someone else's standard. That understanding was so freeing, it was then she thought ‘I want to teach this!’

That's a simplified outline of one transition in her life which took place years ago. I feel this story, even in it's bare bones, says a lot about the potential for loss to be a teacher.

I think about people I know who were already so injured by the end of high school from football or basketball that they gave up on all forms of exercise and athletics after that. Toni found a way back.

toni teaching [photoblog.com]
her website [butterflyoga.com]

Labour is blossoming or dancing where
The body is not bruised to pleasure soul

W.B.Yeats

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Mariovirga 13 years, 12 months ago

Great story and beautiful set!

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Taifallos 13 years, 12 months ago

Beautiful set!- and the story is the perfect complement. Intense, rounding, gentle qualities of life. (Doesn't always make living enjoyable but it is the reward of overcoming and learning to smile in a new way that keeps us on the right path). 1,2,3,6,7 are my favs.

13 years, 12 months ago Edited
Hal Studholme 13 years, 12 months ago

change & transformation

13 years, 12 months ago Edited
Miclaud 13 years, 12 months ago

Woah!!!!

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Andrea Motroni 13 years, 12 months ago

no preferences I like them all maybe number 1 and last one my favs

13 years, 12 months ago Edited
Reeta_Beeta 13 years, 12 months ago

5 & 6 are fantastic!!!

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Gary 14 years ago

Yoga getting very hot in Hong Kong and Asia too. It is because girls in Hong Kong don't like exercise but Yoga is just more quiet and simple.

Me too ... swim and run hurt my knee too but I do not dare to give up.

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David Cardona 14 years ago

gOrgEOUs! Marvellous serie! Pic number seven has added to my favorites. Cheers!

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David 14 years ago

Splendid shots! The human form is always a good subject.

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Michelle 14 years ago

Have always wanted to try yoga. Great set..

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Bhim 14 years ago

thanks for share
no dought,yoga makes healthy life- physicaly n mentally.

14 years ago Edited
Tortoise 14 years ago

Astonishing. Images, story, woman. All inspire.

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Abraham Baqerian 14 years ago

well done

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Carley 14 years ago

Absolutely lovely.....Toni, the photos, her story.....

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Emme Tan 14 years ago

i like her face in no 4

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Tim 14 years ago

Excellent shots to complete the story, Toni found her way and you give us a wise message to go on today, ty

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Soyam 14 years ago

amazing set...

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Jorge Cardoso 14 years ago

just beautiful... a few more are going to the fav list.

Yoga is also very demanding phisicly and long time yogis and even more so teachers have their own share of problems

that's why it was so important that you mentioned that sometimes you cannot make a certain asana perfectly...

but as you said, and all yogis and yoginis should keep present, each of us has his/her own path of improvement and that's the goal :)

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Abe Jackson 14 years ago

..surely one of the most important messages that I will receive today..

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Alexandra Pechabadens 14 years ago

it s a great story.

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Txerra Cirbian 14 years ago

Wow! Great work! Una sèrie realment excel·lent. El blanc i negre és magnífic!

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