The idea of Independence Day always resonates with me because the first week in July is also when I declared my independence and stopped teaching yoga in someone else’s studio. But well before that, I was always on a quest for freedom. That’s why I named my business Yoga Libre.
People come to yoga for freedom – freedom from pain, stiffness & suffering; freedom of thought, belief, movement, & expression. I personally need yoga to free me from my tendency to brood. By getting out my head and into my body, I can become centered in happiness and joy. This is the meaning of the Sanskrit word sukhino.
One of my favorite yoga chants is “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.” 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.
This chant reminds us that our relationships with all beings and things should be mutually beneficial if we ourselves desire happiness and liberation from suffering. No true or lasting happiness can come from causing unhappiness to others. No true or lasting freedom can come from depriving others of their freedom.
I invite you to notice how the practice of yoga brings you a bit more freedom. Once noted, see how you can share it with the world.
In that spirit, I'd like to extend you all a gift. For the month of July, If you sign up for a monthly or annual Yoga Libre Membership, you will receive for free my 6-part guided series “The Office” Collection #1: Practices to Relieve Work-Related Pain and Stress.
May we all be as blissful as happy babies.