“When we start to find that integrity we find grace. When we allow ourselves to soften and be supported in that pulsation of life and body we tap into the subtleties and step into our truth. The clearer we can get the more effortless that experience of grace.”
~ Tiffany Cruikshank
My yoga journey came full circle this week at The Bali Spirit Festival. My first yoga class was with Tiffany Cruikshank over six years ago at Yoga Pearl in Portland Oregon. Here we are across the world in paradise.
I had the pleasure of taking three of Tiffany’s super fun classes this week and writing some articles about her for the Bali Spirit Blog.
Tiffany has been a major motivating force and inspiration for me throughout my yoga journey. Her ability to holistically and harmoniously integrate her technical expertise and training into all aspects of her life inspired me to get back to my mat, and integrate yoga more deeply into my life, time-and-time again. I love that Tiffany is a kick-ass yogini, Chinese medicine practitioner, author, model and a driven businesswoman. The fact that she dominates the global yoga scene with a girl next door, approachable attitude makes her all the more adored.
Tiffany opened the festival with characteristic spunk, style and vigor. Her Awaken Your Core Potential spiced up the morning with an invigorating, unique vinyasa flow. Tiffany’s movement as medicine mantra and lighthearted attention to alignment kicked things off with a bang.
Tiffany closed the class reflecting on our ability to be committed with integrity to our bigger purpose in life. Her words of wisdom resonated with the sweaty global Bali Spirit yogis. They found their way into Savasana a bit perplexed at the rapid and unique flow they had just experienced.
On day three of the festival Tiffany twisted, inverted and modified us into unconventional configurations. Tiffany’s creative and daring approach to contemporary vinyasa variations kept festival-goes on their toes. Teaming up in partners for alignment cues and support allowed students to defy gravity.
Stay present and detach from the outcome.
Tiffany explains that inversions have the tendency to lure our ego in. We want the pretty picture. We want the perfect pose. Yet, the essence of the inversions is really about detaching ourselves from that outcome. The pose becomes easier as soon as you detach from the outcome. Then you can enjoy playing with the advanced postures.
The process of getting there is interesting, entertaining and fun when you let go of the results. Tiffany’s emphasis on taming the ego when attempting advanced postures grounded participants during this gravity-defying session. Students pored forth from the Main Pavilion following the workshop oozing off their mats at the end of this sweat soaked practice.
Tara Judelle joined Tiffany’s final Bali Spirit class. The Yogaglo duo wrapped up day four of the festival by kindly reflecting on their most transformational experiences along their respective yoga journeys.