I dwell within the senses but they are not my home:
Ever serenely balanced, I am neither free nor bound -
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss is where I am found."
- B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Yoga, Song of the Soul
Awakening to the eternal bliss is being of service. Being of service is being in connection. It is connecting with truth, honesty and openness. An openness to both give and receive without any expectations or judgements. I vision being of service as connection with family, friends, co workers, yoga students, and people I meet with day to day. Every time I connect I am waking up to my eternal bliss.
No right or wrong way, Being of service is being you, full on. The only rule is to give up what you must - labels, judgments and constraints. I connect in service with all of my senses.
Listening from my skin, to my muscles, to my bones. Listening is a full body experience. I am open to listening to joys and fears.
Seeing with my eyes and being with another. Being with vulnerability and letting my guard down to experience and share feelings and emotions. Connecting eye to eye with a stranger for 3 seconds as a means to exchange gratitude for simply being. Gratitude for sharing a space of bliss.
Being undefended. Open body language. Arms by my side. Allows the space for another to let their guard down and remove masks.
Even, tasting the traditions and culture of family and friends food. I am being of service to their history, past, and what makes up their bliss. I remember a few weekends ago, hearing my boyfriend's mom saying to her grandson, "try a 'courtesy bite', even if you don't want to" In other words, be of service to what makes my heart skip beats - preparing a meal to nourish you.
Sharing my words. Voice. Speaking powerfully and impeccable with my word. This one speaks volumes to me. Solely by my voice, I can create change. When I am of service, I speak with intention and a realness from my heart. I am vulnerable to what I am experiencing. Dropping the concern of looking good - no cover ups or quick fixes. When I go below the line in fear and doubt, I freeze and I lose my power to connect. I get stuck in my head. My thoughts call the shots. The moment my brain goes to "If I say this or that, they will like me or think better of me" - I lose service and connection. When I speak from this place of getting it right or should sound like this, I am being everything but authentic. I don't see eye to eye. I can't hear what the person in front of me is saying, and I can't even taste the food I am eating or experience the space in between a vinyasa. When I am not connecting, I am not being of service. I stand authentically for what I believe, what I question, and what I am curious about. Using my words powerfully to create a ripple effect of change. I believe every time I don't speak up and share my vision, I am not existing. When I am not existing, I am not being of service.
When I am above the line, I am open to connect. Joy connects joy. Freedom connects freedom. Love connects love. Possibilities connect what's possible. Every moment, we can create a ripple of being of service. I am of service by sharing and being bold in my own skin with no masks. On the last day - last hour - at closing of Art of Assisting my teacher, Kiersten Mooney, shared "The biggest risk is not taking a risk." Everything led up to that very moment. Light bulb. A-ha. Cherry on top. Extra special sauce. In that moment, the reason why I practice and teach Baptiste Yoga. The biggest risk is not connecting. The biggest risk of not loving, is not being loved. The biggest risk of not being open, is not connecting. I risk full expression.
The biggest risk of not being of service, is not living, creating, or standing for what is possible. I am the only one who can hold myself back. I create the stories. I create the risks. I create the visions and the goals. I create what is possible.
AND I am possible.
When my new way of being is of connection and service, connection and service is possible.
As a yoga teacher, I create possibilities for students to access connection to their full expression. To access dropping the concern of looking good and being an I am possible too. By standing in my true north as a teacher, students access their true north. The practice of feeling their feet at 12 o'clock, all four corners of their feet grounded, inner ankles back and outer ankles down becomes a new way of being for them. I am of service with my words, hands on assists, eye to eye connection, and open body language. The moment a student leaves class, my intention is for you to access being of service with their words, touch, eye connecting, and open body language with your relationships off the mat.
As a yoga teacher, not only am I service through connection but integrity as well. Integrity to always bring a student back to Tadasana - back to true north. I teach that we achieve balance by coming out of balance. We access place of bliss by meeting life as it meets us. Integrity and vulnerability to my word allows students a space to open to new pathways. Pathways of dropping a lie and getting possible.
One of my students is an athlete. He is a runner. He is a swimmer. He is a biker. He is friend. He is a goal setter. He is parapalegic. He is a yogi. Drop the labels. He is a being of service. A being of service to me and everyone he connects with. He is a visionary of what is possible. A month ago, he exited the yoga studio saying "I am living the dream." A dream to be. Be full expression. Full on. No labels. Nothing to experience everything.
I am making a declaration. Today and everyday, I am of service.
I create the space for you to feel your dream. A dream of union with self. No beginning or end. I will share tools to support stabilize, and deepen postures. We will access twists and forward folds deeper. Some days 10 steps ahead and some 5 steps back, but always in service to feel possibility and openness in your life. I create the space for you to hear, see, taste, and feel bliss in your life. Together we will feel the shift from doing yoga to being yoga.