17 Sep No Comments Jackie Edgington Uncategorized


Phew! I’ve adopted an attitude of gratitude now Irma has blown by. Four generations of us, my husband, myself, my near daughter, granddaughters and great granddaughter, along with our extended family of a cat and a dog, headed to north Georgia. In over sixty years of living in Dunedin, my husband has experienced many hurricanes and has never boarded up or evacuated but this was different. This is where my husband’s intuition said it makes sense to heed the voice of Mother Nature. Mother Nature; our mother for as long as we walk her pathways on Earth.

As a young child, being very introverted, I was aware of Mother Nature when I looked at the blue skies, colorful flowers and humming bees or the surf along the shore. I was a quiet child and grew up without a mother so was always drawn not only to nature but to the song sung by Neil Reid called “Mother of Mine.” I decided to post the lyrics below:

Mother of mine you gave to me,

all of my life to do as I please,

I owe everything I have to you,

Mother sweet mother of mine.


Mother of mine when I was young,

You showed me the right way things had to be done,

Without your arms where would I be,

Mother sweet mother of mine.


Mother you gave me happiness,

much more than words can say,

I pray the lord that he may bless you

every night and every day.


Mother of mine now I am grown

and I can walk straight all on my own,

I’d like to give you what you gave to me,

Mother sweet mother of mine.

I find these lyrics to be so beautiful, especially the line, “I’d like to give you what you gave to me.” But what is it that I give back to Mother Nature?

Mother of Mine, I am honored that you share yourself so freely to enhance my life with shelter, clothing, sustenance and family. You have shown me the wonders of your world and the beauty of opposites in balance. You provide the life in my breath, the heart in my consciousness and the pathways for me to experience.

“I’d like to give you what you gave to me.” I will honor you with the teachings of the Eight Limbs of Yoga. I will refrain from violence, stealing and hording. I will practice honesty and moderation. I will endeavor to remain pure in thoughts, be contented with what I invite into my life, and zealously devote myself to self-study. I will position myself comfortably so I can practice the breath of life and energy you provide, turning my awareness inward so I can concentrate and meditate in order to join with you. You… my Mother.

I realize my Mother and I are one and the same. With this realization comes the understanding that mothers raise their children with roots and then give them wings to fly. We all have the foundation of our mother, her strength and the freedom to soar. This is what yoga reinforces, from the Eight Limbs of Yoga to yogic asana practice and philosophy. This is what A Yoga Village offers in their Teacher Trainings and studio classes.

An attitude of gratitude. I will always be grateful to A Yoga Village for bringing me home and reminding me of my Mother. Mother Nature. Reminding me of myself and the observer within. Reminding me as I inhale that the hurricanes in life are but an exhale, a surrender.

The Hatha Teacher Trainings enable me to respect the nature of life and the nature of who I am and who I am not. You can join the 200-Hour Teacher Training now or the 300-Hour Teacher Training at any time and journey along the path embracing Mother Nature from the outside and within.