I invited a friend to come with me to yoga. The teacher of the class is 20 years my junior. When I invited him, he said,
“No, I won’t go to her class–what can I learn from her, she is too young.”
I sure am glad I didn’t have that attitude when I first met her years ago. The moment I met her, I knew she was someone I wanted to spend time with–see previous post: (https://naturegirltara.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/a-magical-age-25/)
At the same time, I can understand his sentiment because I too have held this belief at times. My belief was a bit scattered and depended on what the subject was. Here I am, a woman who has already seen so much in life, experienced far more because of the extra years I’ve lived, yet–
I strive to find ways around that limiting belief–to stay open to as many people and paths I cross–regardless of their age.
Years ago even when Brigitte had just begun teaching–I was simply going to be a support for her as a teacher. Yet, every time I attended her class, I always experienced some kind of illumination that thrilled me. It was always a loving, healing experience for me. Brigitte will say a phrase that can tap you into your own spirit in an instant. Her spirit and energy alone, are worth your time.
My personal yoga practice has been going on for about 15 years–just because someone is new to teaching doesn’t mean there aren’t things I can learn from them!
Brigitte has been teaching for more than a few years now and as time has gone on, I see that I have learned more than I was even aware of at the time.
I still think about the interaction with the friend that is close to my age. I can’t help but think of the confucius saying–“he who thinks he knows it all has a lot to learn”. It’s not that he thinks he knows it all, it’s just that he thinks he knows more than her because she’s so much younger.
Don’t let those narrow-minded beliefs cut you off from amazing people that just happen to be younger than you!
As I reflect on how Brigitte has affected my life, I’m pretty blown away at the things I’m doing today that she is responsible for. She urged me to start writing this blog. I vividly remember the day–we had just completed a gorgeous hike. We sat together and she helped me form my first words in my first post! Who knows how long it would have taken me without her guidance.
When I met her, I had just ended a 20 year marriage that had me pretty darn isolated!
Brigitte has opened up my world in ways that were so necessary for my growth as a person and in my profession. She really helped me to see the power of being involved in community and in creative collaborations of all kinds. I’ve since started my own Meetup.com hiking group and have met and remain friends with so many amazing people who I’ve met through that group.
Brigitte has organized and led workshops on various topics–one of my favorites was
The Artist’s Way Workshop.
A group of women met for 12 consecutive weeks practicing the topics together as a support system for one an other. It was a powerful process and Brigitte is a myriad of things to me and to the people who know her–she is a nature lover, she seeks out adventure and wonder, and she is a master facilitator on so many topics regarding personal growth and finding ways to claim the life we were meant to live. She has been invaluable to so many charities throughout Los Angeles that empower children through creativity and the performing arts.
As a yoga teacher, Brigitte’s classes have always evolved.
She is the consummate professional–she has a sense about her and she knows how to address whatever your needs may be.
Emotionally, she has that same sense. She can tap into what you may have locked away for years and get you looking at it and responding to it.
If you have the chance to attend a class here in the Santa Monica area or even travel with Brigitte to a far away yoga retreat–take it!
The chance for an intensive week of that “Gigi Yogini” energy should rock your world in ways you can’t even imagine now!
Visit http://www.GigiYogini.com for the latest schedules and updates.