Returning home to Canada after being in India for 7 weeks is like entering another 'world' of understandings, customs and thinking. Something of a shock with North Amercia's overemphasis on material goods versus India's more deep-rooted tradition on the G-word (God).
In India, spirituality tends to permeate through the air like the aroma of a good cup of coffee. People talk openly about God and it is not meant in a literal way. God means the blue sky, eternity and a beautiful sunset. It is generally understood and assumed that God created everything. Hinduism itself gave birth to many different faces of God, but because of this it is hard to know as a Westerner which one is being spoken about in a conversation to a devotee. However, this is precisely the point.
God's image is not fixed on an exact form or vision like many Western images of God tend to be. God is everywhere and everything.
The Journey So Far
Life is an adventure and yoga is the greatest one of all. Here I share my love of Yoga, travel, practice and becoming a part-time cook. My life adventures have taken me from growing up in Toronto to living and working in South Korea to studying in India, marriage and finally closing my Yoga school of 15 years.
What I can say so far is that I truly believe that it is necessary in life to let go of one dream in order for another to be born. This might be painful to do so but it is the only way to move forward. We often believe that if our original plan does not succeed it is the recipe for failure. But what if it is the door to something new and great? The horizon is wide and life is not a straight line. This is the way I see it and my journey so far. Having also recently given birth to my first child and at 43, it is another new beginning.
- Heather Morton
- is a perennial teacher and devoted student of yoga. Having made 18 extended trips to India she studies with her teachers annually. In 1997 she founded and directed The Yoga Way (TYW), Toronto's only school for 6-week yoga programs and not drop-in classes. For 15 years, TYW was a part of the growing Toronto yoga community and supported many charities by offering karma classes. As a teacher she holds many academic degrees including a BFA (Fine Arts in Theatre) and a Masters of Education. With a published thesis on Yoga for Children in School, her post-graduate work was a 2-year ethnographic project in the Indian school system. Heather has produced 2 dvds, meditation cds, a backbending manual and podcasts. Freedom of the Body DVD is the first of its kind as an instructional practice to the backbends of yoga. Heather has been featured in the Toronto Life magazine, The Globe & Mail, Yoga4Everybody and other on-line sources. She contributes to MindBodyGreen, Hello Yoga in Japan and Elephant Journal. She writes to inspire and share her experiences with others on yoga as a life's practice.
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