Lauren Toolin, Sue Neufeld, Katy Park in the background & I are ParaYogis, here at the NYC Yoga Journal Conference.
NYC was a blast. A tiring and lovely blast. Working with the Three Minute Egg yoga prop was better and easier than ever. We had fantastic help this year with rock stars Sean, Katy and Josie. Our commanding officer, Jason, was in great spirits, despite his chest cold.
I studied with my yoga teacher Rod Stryker and Lauren Toolin and Sue Nuefeld were assisting him. I was surrounded by wonderful yoga teachers, people who dedicate their lives to practicing and teaching authentic yoga. Wisdom, inspiration and joy emanate from these peoples' pores. They glow with vitality, warmth and authenticity. I don't know if I'd use those words to describe any ol' group of human beings or even yogis. ParaYoga people are special. This approach to yoga works. It really does. It changes people for the better and brings out the absolute best in them.
NYC was all the more great because I spent time with this sangha, this community of yoga people whom I adore, respect and want to be around all the time. Bonus: we filmed a promo video for my teacher's book, The Four Desires! I can't wait to read this book and see the video that Lauren organized.
I'm looking forward to working with commanding officer, Three Minute Egg Jason, this weekend at the Midwest Yoga Conference, but -straight up- it won't be as fun as NYC because my main sangha of ParaYoga peeps won't be there. Yes, it's all yoga, it's all love. But the special love was last weekend and I'm so happy to have tapped into that.
The Yoga Journal Conference in NYC is upon us. I leave tonight for the Big Apple to visit family and work at the Three MInute Egg booth in the marketplace.
I'll for sure see my ParaYoga friends (woohoo!) and my teacher, Rod Stryker (WOOHOO!), but this will be a very loooong weekend. It's 10 hours of talking to people and demonstrating this clever yoga product. I love doing this job - it's my 5th time in three years working with Jason from Egg central - but, like any other trade show I've worked (over 40), people are CHALLENGING.
People in general can be demanding and high maintenance. Often, yoga people are also demanding and high maintenance, but are more passive aggressive about it since we're yoga people who are trying our best to be "balanced". Ugh. I do my best to be direct, compassionate and friendly. I'm super high maintenance sometimes and when I realize it, try to reel myself in. Maybe these anxious, needy yoga people who are curious about the Egg are also about to ground themselves and calm down.
We're all on the path, we're all journeying our way towards the best we can be. So, off I go to NYC to celebrate all of us on the path to enlightenment at this yoga conference, one foam Egg at a time.
Mia Park is a ParaYoga teacher in Chicago, IL, specializing in teaching Basic Yoga for Advanced Misfits, as well as teaching people how to cut through the junk to shine on.