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MITO AVILES, RAPHI KAMMER, JERICA LAMENS, DAVID YOUNG-WOLFF, MARA SARAPREET LUTHANE, FELICIA TOMASKO.
Everything we have to give arises from our practice.
I’m paraphrasing a bit from words that Guru Jagat,
Kundalini Yoga teacher and founder of RA MA Institute spoke in a recent morning class at her studio.
Featured in this month’s teacher profile, Guru Jagat
was commenting on the gift and the power of practice, reminding us why practice is so important in our
This practice begins on the mat. The mat is a conduit
for how the teachings permeate our lives. According
to Ayurveda, life is a series of cycles: throughout the
year, the day, and our lives. As we practice and live
within these cycles, we both give to ourselves and take
the time to give way, to cleanse, to purify, to balance.
Within these cycles, there are times to give and to give
up, times to sort through the various aspects of our
lives, re-evaluate, and let go of anything that no longer serves us. Spring is a natural season when we engage in the releasing and replenishing. Dr Siva Mohan
explores our cycles of shedding, offering questions we
can ask to invite this cycle into our lives.
All the ways we give and let go are as close as our
breath. Every inhalation is a chance to take in energy that nourishes us; every exhalation is a chance to
release. In this daily give and take, I’m reminded of
words by Lorin Roche in this month’s discourse on the
Radiance Sutras, “One principle to keep in mind is to
balance purity and strength.”
Our strength comes in many forms. We can tap into
our strength in how we express ourselves, even in how
we dress ourselves. Our fashion is both statement and
protection; practical adornment accessorized with a
sense of fun. Here, we share a selection of clothing
for the festival season, suitable for practice sessions,
singing, dancing, and celebrating.
This month, we also celebrate Earth Day; Natalie Pace
shares suggestions for how to live for a day without oil.
Explore what you can give and what you can give up
with the attitude of connecting with a feeling of loving compassion to the Earth. With each season and
every cycle, may we benefit more from our practice
and have more to give.