This practice is inspired by my sister, who is truly flipping Feb this year - she’s going on an African Safari for the whole month of February! This is not just on a whim. This is a lifelong dream, ever since her first stuffed animal as a kid. She’s worked hard, saved money, saved all her vacation days at work, and is flippin DOING IT! When I spoke to her before she left, she said she wanted to feel what it must have been like at the beginning, before civilization, to walk the land, be among the animals. Her love of animals and kinship with them has always been inspiring to me - for years now instead of Christmas presents she’s asked for charity donations to sponsor orphaned rhinos and elephants. And she will truly be walking the land, not just driving a jeep into a game park. She and her husband are taking a walking tour, hiking to each destination and camping for weeks.
Which is awesome. And when she told me, I thought, a bit scary!
I said, “Don’t get eaten by a lion! Please come home safe!”
And her response? “Even if I don’t, just know that I was sooooooooooooo happy!!”
Wow. Thanks for the reminder, Katie.
Abhyasa - Practice, discipline
Vairagya - Nonattachment
Isvarapranidhana - Surrender to a higher source
To see the divine in all living beings, to practice with discipline towards your goals and in service to others, and then knowing you’ve done what you can, let go, and surrender without attachment and rejoice - that is yoga. (And then lather, rinse, repeat).
So in dedication to my sister and all of you
Lovers of the Earth
Friends of animals
Let’s go on a journey of self-discovery. Let’s feel the earth, see the light in others, experience kinship with animals in each asana, get in touch with your own internal compass to guide your actions in service to others, build strength through practice, let go, and feel it ALL from beginning to end and everything in between.
Let’s go on a flippin African Safari tonight!
5:45 - 7:15pm at Yoga Lab
See you there