It’s a common question when meeting someone—“What do you do?”
This was easy to answer when I had a regular corporate gig as a director. But now, when I respond with “I teach yoga,” I’m often met with confusion and occasional discomfort.
So people ask me the same question again in case I didn’t get it the first time.
The interesting thing is that as a yoga instructor, what I do is also very much aligned with who I am. To be honest, it took me most of my adult life to grow up and allow myself to be who I really am. Before then, I was mostly just pretending to be what everyone else wanted me to be.
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – e. e. cummings
Give yourself permission to be authentic.
While Lao Tzu’s sage advice, “Be simply yourself and don’t
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Practicing yoga helps us remember to celebrate life. During class we burn off, sweat off, twist off the spiritual amnesia (forgetting what fires you up!) In a nutshell it reminds us about what we love about our lives: Dancing, hiking, playing piano, running, cycling, painting, traveling. Forgetting what you love to do is a form of self-sabotage. For instance, if you forget about your dreams, then you never have to risk failure. However, just because you’ve decided to ignore your passions doesn’t mean they no longer exist. Besides life is too short to stop doing what you love.
So today invoke the Fire Element, known in sanskrit is AGNI.
Fire is the energy of transformation or change. If you think about the power (Shakti) of fire it can take metal and change it into any shape. Fire is also symbolic of rebirth. It cleanses, burns off the negative and energizes one to light the path forward. Then we move confidently in the direction of what we love with great PASSION.
It is visible to everyone. You can see it. In the words of Philosopher Hebbel, “Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” And no one else can tell you what fires you up, only you can decide “how to set your life on fire” -Rumi.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
~ Harold Whitman
Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it and hold true to your biggest dreams! Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia @inspiredyogagal