Yoga has the power to change people. Until Monday we had big plans to build onto my parents home. We have been talking about this for over a year and were all very excited about the concept of extended family living and its benefits for all of us. Plans were going to be designed yesterday and construction would have started in January. In his wisdom, my dear dad called me on Monday with concerns about how much it was going to cost my husband and I financially as we were adding onto and already big house and the cost of running the house would be great. I know that this was an extremely difficult call for my dad to make for two reasons: One is that he and my mum would give anything to spend more time with my daughters and two, he would do anything not to break his daughter’s heart (moi). The “old” me (pre-Yoga) would have been very heartbroken that my dad was changing his mind, I would have been angry and very disappointed as I would have surely had my heart set on this one plan. The true me (the one uncovered by Yoga) was not attached. Admittedly, I even surprised myself when I simply responded with, “Let’s not do it then, it is not worth worrying about.” All I know for sure is that we have outgrown our little starter home and need to move. The good news is we won’t have to wait for construction to be done to do it now.
Speaking of money… My dad was absolutely right (don’t tell him I said that). The cost of running a substantially bigger home would have been a strain on my husband and I financially. After all, I quit my high paying union job with all the bells and whistles to follow a dream. As a Yogini (translation: yoga girl) and a Christian I am dedicated to living the teachings of Patanjali & Christ. These teachings include truthfulness, non-competitiveness, non-stealing and non-attachment. These virtues shape my choices. As a business owner I recognize that it is important that I make enough money to have the means to keep in the business I am in and be able to do my part in supporting my family. I didn’t get into this business to have fancy cars, expensive clothes or an enormous house. I do what I do so that I can provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for people to uncover their true selves. When they do, they begin to positively affect their personal relationships which inevitably alter the world around them. Change spirals out from each person who is touched by the transformative power of the practice. Through the dedication of the amazing team at ALL YOGA we have created a space that is just that. Through the communications we receive we know that what we do is making a difference. I don’t believe that you should have to consider coming to class a strain on your budget. Instead classes should be priced so that the most people can benefit from the practice and therefore have the greatest impact on our community!
One of my most favorite artists (Ian Hoge) sings, “I’m letting go of fear, moving into love. Letting go of reasons that aren’t from above. I’ll keep my eye on God, let His truth flow. I’m done fighting you my ego, so I’m gonna love you until you let go.” Now I’m not sure if God is male or female (that is another post) but I do know that attachment to money is always ego driven. I am choosing to invest my time, my money and my efforts in my business. I will no longer be concerned with what “everybody” else is up to at their studios because, quite frankly, it is none of my business. All I am concerned about is how I can keep ALL YOGA inspiring, growing and transforming our students one breath at a time.
I am committing to the practice of Yoga. Are you ready? Stay tuned for big news from ALL YOGA on December 25th! It will surely make committing to your own practice an easier choice for you (and your budget).