When you show up - Show up!! Don’t lay your cute outfit out the night before, figure out your strategies, make your lunches, broker deals to be free for two hours, and then drive to the studio to talk about being tired and “oh my day!” only to have the end result be half-asana’d and therefore, not a celebration of yourself.
Big news, no hate, just reality – maybe some good tough love, bright souls! You are not showing up for the teacher; there is no Yoga Journal in the corner, you’re not getting video-captured; we don’t have gold stars or cookies, in fact, we have challenges and mirrors to your truest self – the one that emerges in the focus of practice. We’ll commit to holding safe space for you to look in the mirror, to face the challenge, but no one said it would be easy. In fact, to paraphrase Talking Barbie, “Yoga is hard!!”
Show up because you are worth it, not to prove it, not to show me, or the other yogis (“what will they think if I don’t come?) Not the ego, think with the Vessel that is you and the essence it holds, that is more truly you. What do you need – listen up, sweets sukhinis – not what you want, what do you need!!?? We all need focus, clarity, discipline and discernment. This asana practice promises each of those if you promise engagement and perseverance!
Do the work, not for accolades, not the checklist nor the “good jobs!” or even the grunt and glance of ‘so what’ from me – close your eyes and show up for you.
I will, I love to. I feel the bond. I think you are worth it. I show up, crack of dawn, 4 days-a-week, because I believe in YOU. Not expect you, not require you, just praise, push, validate, humble and elevate. It’s a blessing in my life, I give you thanks and praise – however, I hold you to the social contract; this is what you came for, be present to it.
That’s what I understood the social contract to be… so when you just show up, dressed pretty but half-asaning it… I will ask you to show up! If you have to project discomfort on me, do so. I accept it, and let it slide. I know it takes passion, when you don’t have it or can’t light it, I’ll be your catalyst. I thank you for that privilege, but the catalyst isn’t the fire, just the agent… I can’t do it for you, but I will do what I can to show you how worthy you are!
Because… it’s lovely to see you – thanks for letting me bear witness to the greatest gift of all… watching you, as You improve you, and You love you, for who you are, and what you do.