Why do we practice?

What is the point of self care? Have you thought about that?

Why do yoga?

Why meditate?

Why take a bath? Or relax? Or play?  Or eat clean?

Why?

It makes us feel good. But that’s only 50% of the work. Taking responsibility to do what makes us feel the best in our bodies is the first half. Afterwards, it’s how we can resonate and share that positive feeling out. Truly share it.

Truly offer it and help others feel a little more inspired. A little more able to take on the reality of today: that we live in a world full of light, yes. Full of love. Yes, and amidst this wonderful beauty there’s a surplus of prejudice, intolerance, hate, violence, oppression in the form of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism.

If you are one of the people who are able to practice yoga in a studio, that likely means you are affluent, able-bodied, privileged and probably white which means you do not have to deal with issues of oppression simply because of where you were born.

So the practice becomes a process of dispelling what is blocking you from being in awe and bewilderment with this amazing fortune. Dropping the drama that the mind loves to chew on. The second part is how you can make the practice an offering. And offering for healing. For peace.  A practice of self-care to feel grateful and be in community, which charges our batteries to then go back out into the world, having processed what is difficult and show up in service.

We serve the highest good.

When we set intentions for the practice, ask that the practice help you live in a way where you life was useful. That you contributed to the people around you.

This is the power of embodied prayer.