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はじめに

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ヨガを始めたからといって日々の生活が常に平和で、何事もなく、ハッピーに過ごせるかと言うと、そうではありません。私達の生活には常に喜びと困難が交互にやってきて、日々葛藤の毎日です。困難が襲ってくる時というものは、突然怒濤のように押し寄せてきます。そんな困難の中でいろいろ模索しながらできたのがこのプロジェクトでした。

思えば数年前、最初に私が友人と立ち上げたヨガ・プロジェクトは、ちょうど私が病気療養中に立ち上げた軽い気持ちからのものでした。時間が限りなくある時に立ち上げたものだったので、それなりに力も入り、レギュラー・クラスとともに海外からの先生のワークショップまでできるようになり、どんどん大きくなっていきました。そんなに伸びるとは自分達でも思っていなく、反響もそれなりにあり、日々でのたいへんなこともありましたが、すごく楽しくて幸せな時間でした。

そんな経験から、このSAKURA YOGAというワークショップ専門のプロジェクトを今年(2007年)の4月に立ち上げることにしました。国内にももちろん素晴らしい先生はいっぱいいらっしゃるのですが、海外で暮らすヨガの先生で旅をしながら、ヨガの教えを広めている方もいっぱいいらっしゃいます。そういった方達が、最初は自分のお友達のヨガの先生や、練習生などを頼って来日されたりしているのをずっと見てきて、「こういった素晴らしい先生方がワークショップをやりやすい環境作りはできないだろうか? 何かお手伝いはできないだろうか?」と、ずっと思ってきました。以前友達とやっていたプロジェクトでも、そういったお手伝いは多少できてはいたのですが、もっと
やっていきたいという気持ちが私の中で芽生えてしまい、ある意味で私に与えられた使命にすらだんだん思えてきました。「一人の生徒の立場で、ヨガを単純に楽しみたい」と思う一方で、どんどんワークショップを企画する側の人間になっていき、そちらの方に引き寄せられていくのです。

そんな中で、K氏と出会い、彼に背中を押され、このワークショップ専門プロジェクト、SAKURA YOGAが誕生しました。いろいろな方とヨガ談義をして、プロジェクトのコンセプト作りなどを話し合いましたが、結局こういったものは、頭で考えるよりも実行して形にしていくしかない。とにかくやるしかない、と。結果的に、K氏の経営するUTL(Under The Light)さんとのコラボレーションという形でスタジオを使わせていただき、私がプランニングするワークショップをやらせていただく、という形で運営させていただくことになりました。

そういうわけで、最初に声をかけて、このプロジェクトの第一回のワークショップをやってくれたのが、私の友人でもあるLucy Robertsでした。Lucyのワークショップは結果的にソールド・アウトになり、ウェイティング・リストが出るぐらいの大成功をおさめることができました。Lucy Robertsのワークショップへ足を運んで下さった皆様には、本当に感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです。

こうやって、ワークショップも順調にスタートすることができ、ブログも立ち上げることができて嬉しく思うと同時に、それを可能にしてくださった方々にこの場を借りて感謝の意を表したいと思います。

まず、私のモティべ―ションをいろいろな意味で高めてくれた、以前のプロジェクトに来て下さった多くの生徒さん達。最初のワークショップを成功に導いてくれたLucy Roberts。そして、私に数々のインスピレーションを与えて下さった多くの偉大な先生方。そして、なによりも、私に活きる活力をくれるヨガそのものに感謝したいと思います。

日々の生活の中での困難も、後から思いおこせば、来たるべきことにつながる教訓だったりします。ヨガに出会って、そういう事に気がつくことができて良かったと思っています。私にとってヨガの練習とは、日々の生活を見直したり、自分の心の中を探ることなのです。

これからもいろいろ面白い企画を実現させていきたいと思います。そして、私がかつて、そして今でも、ヨガの教えを通じて感じているように、この企画を通して多くの人達のモティべ―ションが高まり、ヨガにあらゆる意味でインスパイアーされることを願って日々頑張っていきたいと思っています。

これからも、SAKURA YOGA をよろしくお願い致します。

2007年7月

SAKURA YOGA:ひとみ

Introduction

Yoga is not a solution to our everyday problems. Everyday, we experience hardships as well as happiness. When we experience these hardships, we feel overwhelmed. I came up with this yoga project in the midst of such hardship in my own person life.

A few years ago, when I was recovering from an illness, I decided to organize a yoga project with a friend of mine. It was our first project, so we were extremely excited and dedicated to make it successful – we organized weekly yoga classes and even invited some instructors from abroad to participate in our workshops. It was a huge success, and despite all the hard work, I felt extremely blessed and satisfied with the outcome.

After such a rewarding experience, in April 2007, I decided to start Sakura Yoga, which focuses on organizing yoga workshops. There are wonderful teachers in Japan, but there are also teachers that travel all around the globe to introduce yoga. I had heard that these teachers from abroad come to Japan, seeking assistance from other yoga instructors and yoga students. I had always thought that I could be of assistance to these instructors by creating a more easily accessible environment to teach yoga in Japan. I am interested in learning more about yoga and its practices, but on the other hand, I would like to help these instructors and organize these workshops as well.

That is when I met Mr. K. We had discussed some ideas, and that was the beginning of Sakura Yoga. After extensive discussion with other individuals as well, we had decided to proceed with the project. Ultimately, we had decided to use Under the Light yoga studio that Mr. K manages as our main location, and I would organize the details of the workshops.

Lucy Roberts, a good friend of mine, was the instructor for our first yoga workshop. The workshop was completely sold out, and we even had a waiting list! We all greatly appreciate all of those who participated in our first workshop.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who had been supportive during this whole process. Our first workshop was a success, and we now have a blog for those of you who are interested. First, I would like to thank the students that participated in my prior yoga projects. I would also like to thank Lucy Roberts for teaching at our first workshop, and, of course, the other yoga instructors for continuously inspiring me. And finally, I am grateful that yoga is part of my life. The principles and practices of yoga give me energy every single day.

I believe that problems that occur in everyday life are just lessons in life that make us stronger. Yoga has helped me realize that.

I am looking forward to organizing other exciting projects. I hope these projects will motivate the students that are participating and inspire them as well. We hope to see you at Sakura Yoga workshops in the near future.

Sakura Yoga,
Hitomi

July 2007

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hey hitomi,
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i like the way you think and I totally support your new venture
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love,
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dear hitomi,

it is so inspiring to see sakura yoga blossom, wonderful!
be in touch!

joy!
ange.

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