Almost three years ago, I walked into a yoga class not knowing that I would leave with a gift. This gift would not only be felt by me, but would reach into the future and impact the lives of those I would one day have the honour to teach and work with.
On a warm autumn Sunday, I took Graham’s class, thinking I was there to stretch and release tension in my body. What I did not realize was that as I prepared for Savasana, Graham would gently place a blanket over my grieving body, and in that moment, feeling his warm presence and kind heart, the strong emotions flowing through me would stream out and tears would drop to the ground, as I received this most beautiful gift- the tender care of another human being.
Since that time I have gone on to complete my yoga therapy and meditation teacher training as well as healing relationships and restorative yoga training. One of the greatest things I have learned is the giving of this gift- the simple and genuine gesture of tenderly placing a blanket over another in a time of need, in a time of vulnerability and openness, is a profound act of compassion.
This simple act reminds me how one small thing can make a difference and especially within the power of relationship. The authentic connection between two individuals ready to give and to receive, is where the magic happens - where the healing flows. It is this reminder I take with me into each and every session I teach.
So last week, somewhat by happenstance, I came across one of Graham’s classes and decided I would share with him the impact this small gesture has had on my life. Like the first time we spoke, he took the time to sit and talk after class. I shared with him how his genuine act rippled through time, how it impacted my life, my teaching, and has touched the lives of many more. And in that moment, nearly three years later, I was able to give back.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you Graham. Your heartfelt gift continues to give.