Clap Hands, Today is All Happiness

My favorite Rumi poem begins:

“Come for today is a day of festival,
Henceforward joy and pleasure are on the increase.
Clap hands, say, ‘Today is all happiness,
from the beginning it was a manifestly fine day.”

It reminds me of when we were kids and we would spontaneously clap behappyour hands together to celebrate ourselves. How great was that! To clap and celebrate ones own life is Yoga! The Dalai Lama weighs in when he says “the roots of all goodness lie in the soul of appreciation for goodness.”

When we symbolically clap hands by saying nice things to ourselves we are appreciating our innate goodness. Healthy self-esteem grows from recognizing our own gifts, unabashedly celebrating them, therefore making today a day of happiness, a really fine day.

On the other hand, if we seek approval and happiness outside ourselves, it sets us up for life-long disappointment. As Dr Wayne Dyer says “Every moment that you spend upset, in despair, in anguish, angry or hurt because of the behaviour of anybody else in your life is a moment in which you have given up control of your life.”

Today focus on how amazing you are, join me in clapping hands (even at the end of your next yoga class!) I know you might feel self-conscious at first, but I trust you can let go of any pretense and share the beauty and humor of your real self. Just try it, spontaneously increase your joy and appreciation for your life by clapping hands. I’m quite certain it will make you smile!

Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia


Take Pleasure in Yoga

When I think about the main message I want to give folks about yoga it’s this: JUST HAVE FUN. Find pleasure in the practice. ENJOY IT! I don’t want you to get all worked about about what you look like, how you practice and whether you’re doing it perfectly. I really don’t want your yoga to be another opportunity to practice the self-abuse of perfectionism.

havegoodtimeJust be YOURSELF. This means if you want to cry or laugh or both at the same time, that’s just you being you without conditions. Just like your breath is unconditional. It will breath us no matter what. I remember a time in my life where I was not given permission to breath or to be myself, flaws and all, and it felt like I was a prisoner. YOGA SET ME FREE. I want it to do that for you too.


So while I know you will find deep benefits from the practice including greater clarity and a more peaceful demeanor I hope this is achieved while you are enjoying your time on the mat. That it becomes for you what it is for me, FREEDOM, LIGHTNESS, RECESS FOR ADULTS. Let the yoga work for you, takes its lessons to heart but most of all HAVE FUN!