At Yoga Home, we are committed to creating a safe and inclusive space for all. As you may hear some of our teachers say during practice, our collective intention is that all beings, everywhere, experience happiness and freedom; and that our own thoughts, words and actions contribute to that happiness and freedom for all. The yoga practice teaches us that that which we wish for another must first be expressed for ourselves. We must, in fact, take care of ourselves to be able to take care of another. We are reminded that all life is interconnected – on a micro level, optimal well-being consists of our own personal physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health; on a macro level, all life across the planet weaves together to create a collective experience. We are all connected.
“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” ~ Desmond Tutu
Our country is moving through a difficult moment. You may be feeling concerned, confused or challenged. You may be scared, sad, angry, fearful or shut down. You may also be feeling inspired, empowered, hopeful or engaged. All of these feelings are welcome. They must be, as they help us navigate our way through, as opposed to around, our experiences. This is necessary so we don’t get stuck, so tension and stress don’t build up. The practice of yoga supports this process. We welcome and move through all the different aspects of the human experience, so that way we can come out on the other side – more grounded, more empathetic, more present. So we can show up more responsive and less reactive.
Our core values at Yoga Home are connection, acceptance, community, love and growth. We use these values to guide our decision making process, from the most mundane to the most profound. This is what we stand for.
This month, we will introduce a weekly offering at the studio: Souper Sundays (see next blog for full details). We believe in the power of yoga. We believe in the power of moving the physical body. We believe in cultivating connections within the community. We believe in nurturing relationships, with ourselves and each other. And we believe in the power of a shared meal to nurture both the body and soul.
Yoga is universal. Yoga is for every body. Yoga is equality for all. Yoga is staying open when it would be easier to close. Yoga is standing up and speaking up. Yoga is listening. Yoga is being present to another’s experience even if it’s not your own. Yoga is courageous and brave. Yoga is choosing love over fear.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
As always, we will continue to be a lighthouse for those seeking refuge from the everyday. We will continue to lead from a place of love and connection. We will continue to create programming that is encourages growth, conversation and healing. We will continue to cultivate and welcome a diverse, beautiful community. And we will continue to empower you to show up as your best self.
As always, we are grateful for your support but most importantly your shared vision not just for our community, but for the world. xo, Maura Manzo & Kerri Hanlon