Spent the last week with these two beauties ... @twee.yoga & @soniabach108 (pictured here at our wedding, Twee actually was our officiant!) Twee & Sonia have known each other for many years as friends, yogi's, creators.
Last Saturday, at the Open Up Festival here in Cologne, the passion project of @dwayneholliday, they co-taught one of the most powerful yoga classes I have ever taken in my life. The festival as it is named, Open Up, was a fund raising event to raise money to bring art & movement to the refugee children of Germany.
There is a political reality & history here in Germany that I am beginning to understand.
There is a rich artistic community here in Germany that I am beginning to understand.
There is a culture here in Germany that I am beginning to understand.
When we flew to Bali, I was shocked to see on the flight map that after dinner and (1) movie --- like 4 hours into the flight --- that we were flying over Aleppo. This is the equivalent of flying from New York City to Austin, TX. Can you imagine if there were 4.8 million refugees forced to leave Texas? And, 6 million more internally displaced inside Texas?
Perspective is everything. Can you imagine NOT giving aid to your literal neighbors?
Class was gorgeously sequenced; a true collective prayer - a soulful, authentic offering that felt guided as Twee said by our ancestors, those who have stepped before us, and gotten through difficult times - perhaps where we walked by choice, or walked by force to a new land.
These spoken words gave us courage, by Twee & Sonia:
"It doesn't matter to me how far you can stretch your body, I'm more concerned with how far you can reach with your heart." "We may look different but our spiritual DNA is the same." "You cannot let someone in, if you are not home within yourself." "You can #openup and yet still have boundaries." "Can we wave the welcome flags high enough for the next generation to see?" "We don't need to have all the answers, but we are out here in the LIGHT trying to find the way." And, we were in the light together last weekend.