Follow Your Dharma

Updated: Jan 23

Yesterday was a weird day for me.

I was already stressed, like from my waking moment, and then I tried to create an event online and nothing worked right. It was a Sips and Savasanas class that I initially wanted to host for fun on my birthday as a way to share an asana practice and some delicious organic tea.

Then I began questioning myself and doubting my idea - “Who will want to have tea? They’ll think it’s lame. You should have wine too!”

Fact is, I didn’t want to have wine. For one thing, I’m abstaining. For another- I don’t like the idea of blending yoga and alcohol. Yoga has been a major factor in my avoiding wine and getting healthier in mind, body, and spirit.

Also, I want to hold space for anyone who enters my studio. I want the space to be safe for everyone and well, having wine when many people I know are in recovery seems in complete contrast to what I believe.

In spite of all that, I eventually went along with my negative inner talk and posted the event stating we would have tea and/or wine, and all last night I couldn’t sleep. Then, at church, I got a deeper message about what I did. While I’m not anti-alcohol, I realized I was not living my dharma. I was ignoring my Truth and doing what I thought would please others. I refuse to live that way anymore and I refuse to operate my yoga studio in that way.

Maya Angelou said that we should ”Do your best until you know better and then do better.” Well, I know better. I may have fewer people show for the event, but that’s okay. At least I am living true to who I am as a yoga teacher.

It can be easy to fall into temptations that distract us from our purpose. we are constantly bombarded with images of perceived “perfection,” ads that suggest that alcohol is key to fun and relaxation and even self-care, that women aren’t quite women if they don’t have their breasts, nails, eyelashes, makeup, etc done, that men aren’t men unless they have a 6-pack and a 6-pack. All of these lies fool us into thinking what we want and who we are falls short. That we’re not enough.

I certainly face-planted into that and am owning it. I want to hold space for people to feel okay to not be okay, but I never want to play a role in helping them to NOT feel okay.

So tea it is, my friends and cheers to that.


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