How can a middle aged white woman be a Yoga master?
What is a Yoga master?
If you look at this on a superficial level, we would simply be talking about the amount of hours someone puts in to attaining a masters level of proficiency. 10,000 hours of practice, is the widely held view of someone that would attain mastery.
An ancient concept, and challenge, by Rumi, to "stop playing small", was the spiritual message that hit Brenda in her core. She realized the value of her life long practice and commitment. She realized that the fullness of her life experiences were not to punish but to propel her to a higher state of consciousness, of being in the world. And now to teach.
However, Brenda views mastery on all levels.
You don't have to have been born in the Himalayas to be "titled" a master.
You don't have to be male.
You don't have to be Hindu.
You don't have to be able to recite The Gita, or Sutra's...but you should study them...or not.
You don't have to have 50K followers on instagram. Or, a fancy studio.
A master is about experience. It is not a title of certification.
It is simple.
You just have to do the work. Every day. All day.
Yoga is not about physical postures in a cute outfit and a nice address.
Yoga is not sitting in a cave or removing yourself from society, so it easier to practice a Yogic lifestyle. You can opt for that, but that is not the only way.
Yoga is being present with what is, wherever you are, and responding to daily triggers, stressors and change in a more elevated and elegant way.
Yoga is about being highly conscious and accessible to all, for all.
Yoga for a master, is no longer a practice, but a way of life.
All facits of life are under the umbrella of Yoga: how to speak, move, eat, live with intentionality and purpose.
Being a master Yogini, and living through the most challenging times, Brenda has accumulated deep wisdom and skill. This, she now shares with respect and humility towards her own teachers.