|You’ve heard the phrase or seen it on social media:
“When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence.” The consistent practice of yoga (whether it be postures, breath awareness, meditation, or living consciously), over time, renders us with more than we need. What do we do with the stability, the ease, the [insert yours here] benefits of our practices? Here’s what the Yoga Sutra, a foundational text of the “big Y” Yoga, states in Sutra 1.33:Infusing the mind with friendliness, compassion, cheerfulness, and uninvolved observation in relation to those living a happy, miserable, virtuous, and non-virtuous life respectively, results in reclaiming a pristine state of mind.
In short, over time, our yoga practices support us to build a longer mental & emotional table. We welcome not only those we care about or who make us feel good, but also those who get under our skin, who are on a different path, or who create misery for themselves. Not to say we erase our personal boundaries of protection — it may be appropriate to sit someone at the veeeeeerrrrrryyyy end of our proverbial table for our personal safety & mental stability. Rather, we are able to meet others with equanimity of mind, allowing neither their joy/misery, success/challenges, or ups/downs affect our own happiness or ability to serve.
Your yoga practice matters beyond your mat.
Thank you for building longer tables with me. It’s been 6 months since we began our yoga community at The Ave, and almost that long at The Yoga Garden, & our St. Peter’s Lutheran yoga classes have been going for almost 2 years! Every time I see your soul walk through the door, it makes my day.
I hope you’ll check out my teaching schedule, & if you know someone who’d like to join our yoga “table,” please share this post and/or invite them to class. Namaste.