Intentions come from interesting places sometimes. If you’re a yoga teacher reading this, please stay open and when something feels right, run with it. Last night I was trying to show an iPhone app called Text Grabber to my friend Erik. You can snap text from a book and send it right to Evernote. Our homie Mohamud was with us and he was reading. So I asked him if I could use his book to show Erik the power of this app live.
Moh had this huge ass book called “The Sense of Unity: The Sufi Tradition in Persian Architecture”. I”m not kidding when I say it was big. He turns the book my way and says hit this page. I snap the photo and the text I grabbed was total yoga. I loved it. So yesterday in our Modo Flow practice it guided our class.
Light is a spiritual presence which pierces the heaviness of matter and transforms it into a noble form worthy to be the dwelling place of the soul of man/woman, whose substance is also rooted in the world of light, which is none other than the world of the Spirit.
ON THE MAT
What I got from this is that YOU ARE LIGHT. You are a spiritual presence. You are worthy in every way circumstances, and some people make you feel that your not. YOU ARE WORTHY.
As they lay in opening Savasana I said to them, "In todays class let’s root in our own light. Today let’s take 60 minuets to shine in a way that reminds people that "I am worthy". It's not bragging. It's accepting. Accepting is an act of humility."
In our practice today, we can shine in every upward dog. Every one of them. We can shine in every sweep up to heart center. When we get to our heart center we can feel bright, we can feel powerful, we can feel valuable. And we can shine after the half lift when we bow to the earth. In zen tradition Bowing is deep form of respect. We honour our light. You are light. Today we honour ourselves.
As we moved through the class, at certain times I reminded the students to let those words enter their bodies, “I am light, I am worthy.”
OFF THE MAT
This is powerful work. To take 60 minutes to honour ourselves. To cultivate acceptance, to be humble. Most of all this work of shining and being light. It naturally invites us to leave our mat and use our spiritual presence to ‘pierce the heaviness of matter and transform it into a noble form.'
When we see how valuable and worthy we are, it opens us to see that the person next to is just as valuable, just as worthy. The person next to our yoga mat, the person driving slow in front of us, the person struggling with their kids at the supermarket. You get the picture. This work invites us to reduce our judgements of others and it gives us permission to not compare ourselves to others. We are all light!
All this from trying to show a friend how to use a dope iPhone app.
The Music We Dropped In Class was pretty sick too: