Mostly, I practice yoga for myself. Of course the effects of my practice trickle down to those I come into contact with in my daily life (I'd like to think that I'm a kinder, gentler person thanks to my regular practice). Still there are times when I consciously devote a yoga practice to someone else, whether it be someone I know who's struggling in life or a complete stranger who needs a little extra love and caring.
I see this more and more in the world of yoga -- devoting practices to honor people or causes. It's a beautiful thing. With the anniversary of 9/11 fast approaching, I've been thinking about how I can best transform my yoga practice into one of devotion and honor. Usually I start thinking big -- fundraiser, awareness, etc. Then I wonder if a simple thing -- me, practicing and sending out love to others -- can make a difference.
Simple can be powerful. If you opened your heart to others during your yoga practice and then went out into the world with the intention of being loving to those around you, what would happen? Maybe you'd make one person's day better or maybe you'd make 100 people smile. Regardless, isn't the effort worth it?
If you're in NYC or Denver, here are two notes of interest on this topic:
- NYC -- Local non-profit The Libby Ross Breast Cancer Foundation (LRBCF) and downtown Manhattan studio Yoga Vida NYC are proud to announce Pose for Pink - Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors. Commencing Sept 10th at 12:30p.m., these specialty classes will be held twice a month and are free for women cancer survivors. Click here for more information.
- Denver, CO -- With the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01 upon us, Denver’s yoga community is planning a one-of-a-kind tribute and fundraiser with a very special edition of YOGA ROCKS THE PARK. The event will be led by rising star Scott Anderson, founder of Denver’s Warrior Academy Yoga, who is encouraging participants to make a donation to the Fealgood Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing advocacy and financial support to 9/11 first responders.
Held at City Park on Sunday, September 11 from 9:30 to noon, the event will feature a fun, high-energy yoga practice with a live soundtrack provided by national club hero DJ Mada. Kids 5–10 can join in the fun with CAMP YOGA ROCKS: an interactive program featuring yoga postures, hula hooping, free snacks and other surprises. A lively vendor area completes the festival atmosphere with sponsors like Maui Shaved Ice, Cows Gone Coconut, Rudi’s Organic Bakery and more. Warrior Academy Yoga will be giving away t-shirts and water bottles. Click here for more information.
If you're intrigued by the idea of devoting your practice to others, check out this wonderful Metta yoga practice.
Here's this blogger's final thought for the day -- regardless of whether you're practicing yoga for yourself or another, it's all good.