Words of Wisdom:
“Where there is love there is life. ~Mahatma Gandhi” tweet=””Where there is love there is life.”
Thoughts for February:
The month of February can often bring up a mixed bag of emotions, as we approach the infamous “Hallmark Holiday,” known as Valentine’s Day.
While growing up and going through High School and College, I can remember people strongly disliking this holiday if they were single, or it even bringing up emotions of mourning, as people were sometimes reminded of a loved one who is no longer here. But, why does society compartmentalize celebrating love into one day out of the year, and why do we as human beings place so much importance and weight on this specific day? Why is it that if we are single, Valentine’s Day is often viewed as a day of gloom and doom? Can’t we love and be loved, even while single? Love our family, our friends, our neighbors?
We often attach so much meaning and weight to the “commercial aspect” of love. Love is an everyday type of thing. Love is everywhere. It’s in who we are and it’s in what we do. While there is nothing wrong with celebrating Valentine’s Day, love is not designed to be compartmentalized into one day, but to be celebrated everyday.
“Love is an everyday type of thing. Love is everywhere. It’s in who we are and it’s in what we do.
As we journey through the month of February and beyond, I encourage you to spread love in everything you do and everywhere you go. How can you show up as “love” even more? In your your yoga practice, as well as your life off of the mat? How can we carry love with us not only on Valentine’s Day, but on all the other 364 days of the year?
Love life, love your practice, and most importantly, love yourself and others this Valentine’s Day. Lead with a heart of love and see how this can transform you.
Love & light,
About the Image:
Marina Mukandala, is featured in this newsletter issue in Warrior I (Virahabdrasana I). The benefits of Virahabdrasana I:
- Stretches the chest and lungs, shoulders and neck, belly and groins
- Strengthens the shoulders and arms and muscles of the back
- Strengthens and stretches the thighs, calves, and ankles