I'm a libra, according to my zodiac birth chart, which is the only sign that is represented by an inanimate object- the scales.
The scales represent balance, justice and order. This is ingrained deeply within me, and why I will overlook political eloquence.
Thank you for your understanding my nature.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
It seems that division is occurring more and more in our society, and in our world. I have always believed firmly in yoga and its abilities not only to heal at the individual level but at the collective level as well. Yoga derives from a word that literally means to bring together. Yoga is unity and I believe one day yoga will play a major role in what brings us together.
But what do yogis do when it comes to politics? When we see our country and our world literally being torn at the seams, what do we do? Do we stand and speak up? or do we sit silently?
Unfortunately I haven't uncovered anything in ancient yoga text that gives us a clear cut answer. A lot of people say that as teachers and entrepreneurs, we need to be neutral and not express views politically. I can completely understand this, especially from a business point of view. But is that really why we teach? Just to do good business?
I feel as a yoga teacher and someone who has a voice that people listen to, it's my duty to stand up for the greater good of all humanity. I cannot (and will not) teach people about unity, all the while sitting back and watching everything become more divided. I feel that as students and teachers of yoga we need to take responsibility of what happens off the mat just as much as we do on our mats.
We need to engage in conversations. We need to stop avoiding the topic because its "uncomfortable." If you are a practitioner of yoga, you know well that not every pose is comfortable. Some poses cause discomfort and bring up lots of sensations and emotions. In practice we learn how to observe these feelings and accept them. In regular life, we have to do the same. If we don't give ourselves an opportunity to observe what comes up, we will never have a way of overcoming our issues.
Yoga as a belief system is useless, as any religion focused solely on beliefs is. Action matters. Policy shifts are part of an action that can affect positive change for the greatest number of Americans. Cultivating a more humane and conscious citizenry that respects all forms of life and the world we live within is a direction yoga points towards. We just need more yogis to take that knowledge off the mat and into office.
Political eloquence is not the most important thing to me, but staying truthful to myself is. I finish my yoga classes saying Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu. It is a beautiful sankrit text which translates to: “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all”. I hope that you are inspired to always speak and follow your truth, whatever it may be.
'Be the change that you wish to see in the world.'
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“But what now? What am I supposed to do with all these feelings?”
This whole year has been a lot of ups and downs for me. A lot of it centered around uncertainty, and its left me feeling in a nauseated state of limbo. I have been thrown so many emotional upheavals that I just never imagined I would have to prepare myself for.
It's been so hard to maintain my physical yoga practice and meditation. I'm doing it, but barely, And that's really how it feels, like I'm barely scrapping by. Physically, mentally, and emotionally I'm drained.
I've realized in the last couple days one of the problems that has been causing most of my suffering, and that is letting myself be driven by fear. There is a deep fear of the unknown, and sometimes its hard to overcome.
So I turn to one of my favorite spiritual books that has guided me through trivial times, the Bhagavad Gita, and already underlined on the page is:
Don't yield to impotence!
With a newfound passion for life and a deep interest in the connection between science and art, this is where ideas develop and blossom and are shared with you, my friends. Thanks for stopping by and joining me on this journey.