My goal in teaching yoga is to help my students to live their yoga beyond their mats. Yes, yoga will make you stronger and more flexible. A regular practice will help you to heal the pains of your body. A regular practice can help you to overcome illness and recover from injury.
And, I firmly believe that yoga is more than just an aerobic practice. It is more than just exercise. Through yoga we learn to reach deeper into our true selves. We sweep away the fog from our awareness and find our own paths to strength and truth. We allow ourselves to soften so that we may ease our way into the fundamental strength of our core of true being.
If we allow ourselves to become more flexible upon our mats, then don’t we also find a way to be more flexible in our daily lives? If we allow ourselves to become stronger on our mats, then don’t’ we also then find more strength to live our daily lives? If in our practice we find we have more endurance, more will power, more self-awareness, then don’t those also walk with us beyond the studio?
- What is your dream?
- What are you willing to stand up for?
- What are you willing to sacrifice for?
- What is your truth?
- Where is your strength?
- Where can you be more flexible?
As you practice today, let these questions be at the forefront of your awareness. As you step onto your mat, ask yourself, why am I here? What is important to me? What truths do I hold to be self-evident. Where am I willing to apply my strength? Where am I willing to soften and be more flexible? What can I give to bring peace and healing, not just to my self but to my greater community.
As you practice today, reach out to the strength and vision of those who have come before us and shared with a vision of peace and community. Allow yourself to be inspired.
Shalom & Namaste,