Yoga in Response to Tragedy. ~ Laura Plumb

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How do we, as yoga teachers, show up in the face of national tragedy?

In a forum we have for graduates of our yoga teacher training, one of our students posted on Saturday, “Having a hard time planning my class for tomorrow morning. I know people will be coming to class looking for guidance into light and love, peace and forgiveness, but I am having a hard time just breathing right now. Guidance and words of wisdom anyone?”

The truth is, how do we show up in the face of national tragedy? Who are we, as yoga teachers, to play God, or priest or medicine man or shaman, when that is exactly what is needed and no less?

I just offer you this: Trust the Yoga. Yoga works. Let it lead. Let it be the healer, the guide and the wisdom.

Never forget that something great and mighty, eternal, infinite, all-loving and all-healing is encoded in the practice. Just come to your mat. Offer grief, confusion, turmoil, anger, darkness to your practice. Yoga will find its way through, bringing you back to the light and home to the heart.

In tragedy, people need to feel: connected, in their bodies, safe. Yoga gives that. All you need to do is to show up.

For that, for showing up with willing hearts, in a world that needs you now more than ever, thank you!


Laura Plumb
first I fell in love with Yoga, then a wild and wise Yogi, then Jyotish and Ayurveda, followed by India, an ashram and a certain saintly Swami. Now I live in a place called “awe” because I never thought I could ever fall so deep into love, or that the world would rise up with so much vigor and heart. I teach in order to sustain.



~ Ed: Kate Konieczny

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14 Responses to “Yoga in Response to Tragedy. ~ Laura Plumb”

  1. shaydewey says:

    Words of wisdom, sometimes the answer really is simple, breathing and allowing ourselves to reconnect is so important. Shared on the ej fb main page.

  2. What a beautiful gift to share with the world. Thank you Laura.

  3. David Clark says:

    Beautiful, Laura. We are a channel for Yoga and even in challenging times, we can show up and let it lead as you so eloquently expressed. I appreciate your wisdom, your beautiful heart and illuminating smile. Happy Holidays! Namaste. Much Love to You and Bhava, David

  4. Suzie Dussault says:

    Thank you for the “light” Laura.

    I have shared this with my FB community

    In hopes that it reaches those looking for a beacon.

    Hugs, love, & light,


  5. Bhava says:

    Laura, you are a truly sacred soul who holds the Vidya, the deepest wisdom that Yoga has to offer. Thank you for these healing words.

  6. Tracee says:

    thank you for this wonderful of trusting our practice

  7. Dear Laura, so great to after a few years away from San Diego rediscover your work! In relation to what you have written just here: I do know that things will shift if I just show up to yoga. It’s said in other situations as well, that 80% of success is showing up. (In life, entrepreneurship, with friends…). When building my business, or launching something for a client, I recently reflected over that “the showing up” isn’t much worth, if I don’t also follow up.

    When it comes to the impact of yoga on a national tragedy, I would encourage everyone to consciously follow up, and bring the impact of yoga from the mat, to the world. At least a few more people. With what you gained from yoga – how can that benefit others?

    Much love,


    • lauraplumb says:

      Thank you for this thoughtful reply, Johanna. The world does need more and more of us to weave our practice throughout every aspect of our life. One breath at a time. Love to you!

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