About Leslie Snow
“Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way.” Al Franken
“Would you teach us yoga?” Melody asked. I was incredulous, as I couldn’t move my arm due to a fractured left collarbone, much less teach a Downward Facing Dog. I’d had a moment of unawareness, when I made a small but painful miscalculation riding my motorcycle.
“Robin can demonstrate.”
I consented to what became another awakening after another accident.
The first accident happened 35 years earlier, when I got in a pickup truck with a strange man who’d had too much to drink. I flew through the windshield when he flipped the truck, suffering a broken back. A moment of unawareness with a very high cost. How could I have been so stupid to put my life at risk? Why did I get in that truck? My long convalescence gave me time to contemplate this why. Did I have a death wish? I started to meditate to figure out what was going on inside me. And over the next 35 years, I started to understand why I was so unaware.
The Universe speaks to us and misfortunes are messages. This second accident gave me yet another opportunity to grow, and to go deeper. This motorcycle accident again gave me time for contemplation, and led me to teach the Wadesboro Woohoo Yoga Club.
We ended each class with a yoga cheer: "Woohoo!" The Wadesboro Woohoo Yoga Club was a group of mostly senior women in a small, rural community in North Carolina. I saw firsthand how yoga improved their physical problems, improving their osteoporosis and other problems with aging, helping their mental state, giving them courage to try difficult postures and improve their lives. Their success with yoga was my success; I wanted to go deeper into yoga so I could make helping others through yoga the focus of my life. To India for yoga teacher training!
Wanting to teach, I volunteered to teach yoga at the medium security prison. Waking up again to the benefits of a yoga practice—seeing that the physical and mental training of a yoga practice helps even those that live in stressful, unhealthful, and even dangerous prisons—confirmed that life lessons are learned the hard way. Yoga was the salvation for many; they had to accept the notion that good comes through suffering. It helped them deal with loss, boredom, guilt, and depression. It gave them courage and helped them understand the “why.” Some of them even gave me a yoga cheer at the end of class. My own suffering led me the most rewarding experience of my life. Woohoo! Is there a message in your own pain, whether physical, mental, or emotional, that life is trying to tell you?
In India, my fellow yoga students and I would laugh because the guru taught us that yoga was good for every malady! Now I know it’s true. If you suffer the affects of aging, or the misfortunes of living, stuck in unhealthy physical and mental habits that lead to suffering, a change is required. Don't wait for an accident. Let that change be yoga. Contact me for information on yoga programs for graceful aging.