My favorite universal phenomenon is when someone appears on your doorstep exactly when you need them to. This happened this week when I met, through the amazing Internet, Luke Cassady-Dorion. Luke is a filmmaker and yoga teacher living in Bangkok, Thailand. He found me through my writing and sent me a short film he thought I would enjoy.
What I saw moved me to tears.
This film is about a yogi who truly embodies the yogic spirit. Her approach to her Ashtanga practice is an approach to yoga that I have been teaching and practicing now for over 2 decades. It has four key components:
- Listen to your body.
- Quiet and calm your mind.
- Do what feels good.
- Be in the moment.
Trisha Cassady is 68-years-old, and as you will see in this film, she is a true practitioner of the art of yoga. Her practice is to let go of the outcome, let go of achieving, and simply do what her body wants to do. As you can see in the film, her mind, body and attitude shine brightly from her grounded approach to life. Her practice embodies everything I have been trying to teach my own yoga students for the past 10 years.
Her son, Luke, inspired her practice. While she had a yoga practice earlier in her life, it was after a trip to India to visit her son in Mysore that her daily Ashtanga practice took off. Luke found his path in life after a bout of deep soul searching. He followed his heart from LA to India and finally Bangkok where he teaches 3-4 yoga classes a week as well as runs a film company called A Single Production Company. He created this film about his mom, Trisha, because she brought a new perspective to the practice that he believed other yogis could appreciate. This perspective is acceptance, presence, and appreciation for the present moment.
Please watch this film. Take Trisha's approach to heart. It may just change your practice forever.