How surviving breast cancer led me on my journey to become a dedicated yogi:
“I open my heart everyday to new opportunities and experiences. Going to yoga class is a way for me to reconnect with the flow of the moments of life.”
— Margery Gaffin
Over a dozen years ago I was recovering from my last round of chemotherapy for breast cancer. At times like these, small moments in life take on a different significance. You are ‘connected’ to the flow of life in a very different way. This came to me in an odd and unusual way:
After my treatments were over, One day I was chopping onions to prepare a nutritious soup and I suddenly was struck by the idea “how wonderful it is that I am just chopping onions!” That’s when it started for me. I began to realize fully how grateful and appreciative I am for my life and my health and how much “I love my life“.
This was when I began to explore yoga which for me has meant being in the moment and fully appreciating that – not worrying about what already happened or what might happen – just being. During yoga class, and in my home practice, I was at peace concentrating just on the moment, the alignment, and the breath.
Classes became a ritual for me. I experienced soulful introductions with emphasis on opening my heart, listening to my inner voice, inspiring chants, and soft, yet stringent adherence to alignment: alignment to the flow of grace, to my inner guru.
One of my yoga teachers said she is “dedicated to bringing spiritual awareness and joy to her students, in hopes to inspire them to live their truth.” I feel so blessed to have experienced so many inspiring teachers. I remain awed by the supreme significance of little things in everyday life.
Yoga is a major part of my everyday life and the phrase “I love my life” has fully sunk in and reverberated through me. I am, as my inspiring yoga teachers have said:, “grateful that I CAN practice yoga in this lifetime.”
The culmination of all this being, breathing and yoga have led me to express this sentiment in a very special bag called, The Love My Life Healthy Back Bag. It is an elegant and subtle version of our organically shaped Healthy Back Bag. It expresses the affirmation of the positivity in life; the appreciation of MY Life. Each and every one of you can feel the same way about your life. This bag is not only about just loving the obvious wonderful things that occur now and then, but the little ordinary wonderful everyday things – even chopping onions.
*International Yoga Day is celebrated each year on June 21st, the longest day of the year. It was initiated in October 14, 2014 by the UN General Assembly: Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day. — Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly