Casandra Barnes - The Blooming Yogini
Earlier this week i happened to overhear a conversation regarding a yoga class being offered and as a "sell point" the pitch was:
" we teach Christian yoga, meaning it's Christian based, we don't do any of that Namaste stuff".
A rose by any other name, would still smell as sweet...
The divine in me, honors the divine in you.
My soul honors your soul.
I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides.
I honor the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within you, because it is also within me.
In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one...
And aren't we all divine?
Your maker is also my maker.
My "stuff" is the same as your "stuff"
and for a touch of the dramatic, i quote:
"Hath I not hands, organs,
dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with
the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
to the same diseases, heal'd by the same means,
warm'd and cool'd by the same winter and summer?
If you prick us, do we not bleed?
If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us,
do we not die?"
- William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice -
Yeah well "i think the lady doth protest too much"...
All right, all right here is where I am going with this. Yoga is yoga. Meaning to "yoke" or bind body and mind. It is designed to make us feel good and in feeling good you naturally do good and by doing good we become good.
be good. feel good. do good
When people ask me "oh you practice yoga, I thought you were a Christian"? it boggles my mind. Like i said, I do yoga because it makes me feel good from the tip of my brain in my noggin' all the way down to the piggies on my feet, and by feeling good i am happier, when i am happier, i am nicer, when i am nicer i spread love, when i spread love, hopefully the world becomes a little happier too and creates this groovy little cycle.
And isn't that the golden rule for all of us anyway? Love thy neighbor as yourself.
So if you ask if I am a Christian, "Love is my religion", but i would hope you would know from my life, my words, and my actions.
"They will know we are Christians, by our LOVE"
"One who is not envious but is a kind friend to all living entities, who does not think himself a proprietor and is free from false ego, who is equal in both happiness and distress, who is tolerant, always satisfied, self-controlled, and engaged in devotional service with determination, his mind and intelligence fixed on Me—such a devotee of Mine is very dear to Me." (Bhagavad-Gita 12.13-14)
We are all works in progress, my hope is that we may all bloom to our full potential, to be our radiant selves, so that our light may brighten others.
A Blooming Yogini is someone on a journey to their authentic self, a union of mind, body and spirit to a more healthy, thriving , and vibrant you.
Live. Love. Bloom.