No one is sure about William Shakespeare’s birthday, but it’s usually celebrated on April 23.
I’m a huge Shakespeare fan. Twelfth Night is my favourite. One item on my bucket list is seeing every play he wrote – performed live. I’m making progress and giddy that I will cross King John off my list when it’s performed as part of the 2014 Stratford Festival.
What kind of a yogi would Shakespeare be?
At 21, he had a wife and three children to support. He left for London to pursue fame and fortune. As an actor, poet and writer of scripts, he amassed enough prosperity to buy the second-largest home in his birthplace, Stratford-on-Avon. He became financially secure through his real estate holdings and financial interests in London.
Clearly an adventurer and a go-getter, I see Shakespeare as a Vinyasa fan. This vigorous yoga practice moves with the breath. Five rounds of Surya Namaskara A, followed by Plank, Crow and Wheel could clear Will’s mind for writing.
And, his writing shares yogic themes. Many of Shakespeare’s characters seek answers and change.
How do humans change and grow? In Twelfth Night, the heroine Viola is shipwrecked and without identity. She must quickly assume a boy’s identity to survive and by the play’s end she is not the only one transformed!
What does it mean to live a meaningful and authentic life? In Hamlet, Polonius says, “To thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man”. In the 21st century, finding out how to be our true selves is more relevant than ever.
I came to yoga and yoga teacher training to heal and find personal change. Neither has disappointed me. For thousands of years, yogis have come to their mat, practiced and pondered life, authenticity and how to find joy.