"The light in me sees and recognizes the light in you." Traditional Yoga Greeting
Namaste. It's the traditional greeting you will often hear in yoga classes at the end of practice. But many people don't really understand what it means. It's all about connecting, acknowledging, and respecting the beauty of another person. It's about being present and saying I see you and you are beautiful!
It's profound and it's one of the things that really captured my attention when I first began yoga. As my practice has developed, so has my understanding of this phrase and all that it encompasses. When I say it - I mean it. I see you for the beautiful and amazing being that is you!
"Nothing can dim the light that shines within." Maya Angelou
This week I reached out to someone I knew and asked them to share why they chose to do yoga with me. What is it about me and my teaching that really inspires them to keep coming back? I wasn't looking for affirmation, I was genuinely curious!
Her response was from the heart, deep, and beautiful to read. What she loves about my yoga and my teaching is my authenticity, my realness, my accessibility, my vulnerability. I read it and cried. All of us - and I can say that without hesitation - undervalue who we are and the effect we have on the world. We often don't know who we really are and most of the time don't "feel" that way about ourselves. I know I don't.
This month is about changing that. This month we are focusing on looking at ourselves with love, admiration, and respect the way we would look at another beloved friend or loved one. This month we are all about giving ourselves the BIGGEST HUG and saying - You are AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, DIVINE and your light is BRILLIANT!
"It only takes one spark to light a fire within you." Unknown
ILLUMINATE Reconnect to the light inside. Feed and nourish your light. Help it grow and give it what it needs. Illuminate. Shine bright, shine your light, illuminate yourself and your world with your beauty!
Join me this month for our very first annual SELF LOVE SEPTEMBER celebration! Connect, explore, shine.
See you on the mat!
P.S. If you are looking to dive deeper, we have a beautiful @ Home Illuminate Self Love Yoga Retreat available on https://theyogaranger.vhx.tv along with a lovely self love practice calendar + journal prompts! I would love to have you join us!
I have been "playing" and experimenting with yoga, aromatherapy and healthy living since my late teens - researching, testing, reading, investigating, and learning anything that would make my life - and the lives around me - better naturally.
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