Photo of Simon Park by Bob Neroni
Courtesy of Liquid Yoga
Yesterday I drove up to Aspen to take a yoga class at one of my favorite studios in town, King Yoga. Since quitting Bikram’s I haven’t been able to keep up my yoga routine and I miss it, the stretching, the meditation and the peace, that we all need so badly.
The classroom was overcrowded and I felt myself retreating. Ever since living in New York City I don’t do very well with crowds and I worried that this was exactly what I was not needing.
Looking over at the man next to me I asked if the studio was always that crowded on Saturday mornings. What a peaceful face he had! He looked at me with his soft, warm, brown eyes and beautiful silky silver hair that was gathered up in a ponytail, loose strands falling around his face, “It’s just grisel for the mist.”
The door opened and in the silhouette of the bright rays of the sun, in walked Simon Park, a guest teacher. I was mesmerized. He was a beautiful, peaceful man, radiating light. In the beginning of class he lead us through eight Oms that filled my body with and energy that brought on tears. Whether it was residue from my cleansing, Simon’s energy or the sadness that I had been experiencing from many of my friends and their struggles or whether it was my own sadness or complete happiness, I couldn’t place it but it was real and flowing.
After an hour and a half of thumping around my mat while watching a true yogi flow effortlessly into beautiful postures we lay down and relaxed into Shavasana. Simon quietly brought us out of our meditation and while he said his words of peace and thanks I began to silently cry again and had to bow my head for he was sitting directly in front of me and I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. I felt annoying like Julia Roberts playing Liz Gilbert in the movie Eat, Love, Pray, “For God’s sake, get control of yourself,” I said…to myself.
After class I waited for everybody to leave so that I could meet Simon. “I know that this sounds crazy but I have my video camera in the car and I would love to interview you and tap into your incredible energy,” I said and surprisingly he agreed to five minutes of my time before he went off to play in the mountains with a friend.
Simon didn’t say much but what he did say was so simply profound. If we could all live with a little more light, yoga, mediation, caring and love for each other the world would be a much better place to live in, “It’s easy!”
Enjoy the video.