Snow Day


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It is March. The vernal equinox is in exactly 15 days. And yet, New York City found itself blanketed in snow today. The snowfall was exquisitely beautiful. I found myself vacillating between becoming mesmerized by the beauty of the snow and feeling downright depressed because this has been a bitterly cold winter.

This afternoon I taught a class held in a studio that has floor to ceiling windows. I felt like I was teaching in a snow globe. The beauty of the snow and the amount of focus each student in class had kept me fully present. I started class by asking the students to find the beauty in each moment, just as it was. We were all itching for spring, and yet, snow, beautifully pristine snow unsullied by the city’s hustle and bustle dirt, was piling up outside. There were several moments in class when I gave verbal cues and everyone adjusted into poses with greater clarity and safer alignment. There were several moments when I paused and asked everyone to breathe together, which created group cohesion reminding me we truly are all connected. It may not have been a perfect day, or a perfect class, but there were definitely moments of true beauty.

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About DjunaPassman

I practice and teach yoga. I attempt to carry what I learn on my mat and through my students into the real world. Sometimes I am successful and sometimes I am grumpy and less than kind. I started life as a dancer, moved on to choreographing, worked as a dance/movement therapist, then realized the wonders of a regular yoga practice. I am a realist - whether the glass is half full or half empty you are bound to spill its contents if you are wearing white (this is why I wear black so often). I am not an expert on yoga, life, or anything else for that matter. I do my best to keep my mind and my heart open every day (some days are better than others).
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