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It’s Been A While

It’s been a few months since we’ve sent out a note, but we haven’t gone anywhere.  We have been here the whole time.  Pulling in our resources, refining our vision, strengthening our team.  Vira Bhava Yoga is so much more than what most people see from the outside.  We are a small business with a big vision.  We are a Yoga company, but we are trying to do it differently.  We are not trying to fall into all of the norms of the Yoga Industry: flexibility (61 percent), stress relief (56 percent), general fitness (49 percent), improve overall health (49 percent), and physical fitness (44 percent) from the 2016 Yoga in America Study Conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance, instead we are attempting to return to the authenticity of yoga and share that with the world, we are working to empower other people who feel similarly about yoga to share their voices in their communities, and  we are working to make it possible to thrive while following the path and practice of Yoga.

What does this mean?  It means that we are rebellious in our process.  We spend countless hours observing ourselves and our place in the industry and adjusting continually to meet the path of Yoga regardless of the world’s expectations and desires. This looks like disappointment to some, that we unwaveringly follow the path of practice even when it doesn’t fit the popular norms.  We don’t heat up our studio, or dumb down our language, we don’t hide our reverence for the practice’s spiritual roots.  We also create space for everyone’s unique voice to be heard, allowed, and honored in the context of the business vision.

And you know what, it’s hard work.  So many days, in so many situations, it would just be easier to fold.  To reduce our work to the popular common denominator, to let go of the integrity on which we have build this business for the last 5 years. Instead we stand steadfast, often at the expense of being “liked” or “understood.” We are determined to stand in the truth of our vision, transforming the challenges into lessons, and refining our systems by learning from our mistakes.

We have said for years that we want to be the training that people “whisper” about instead of the training that people shout from the rooftops.  Does that mean we don’t want to be seen? Emphatically, NO!  It means that we want to be seen for what is real and true, and are willing to be patient for those who align with what we are offering.  If you are curious about what we do, then reach out.  We are so much more than a Yoga Teacher Training, we are a company that serves to catalyze communities of Authentic Warriors. Vira Bhava Yogis are willing to embody the essence of a warrior, and to live a more fully authentic life. Our teacher training programs are designed not only to teach yoga, but also to support students as they take their practice off their mat and into their lives.

Vira Bhava Yoga also offers opportunities for our Advanced Level graduates to create lucrative businesses in their communities. We offer a turn-key yoga teacher training license program to our graduates, 84% of whom are women. Our licensure provides ongoing revenue to our license holders, so they can make a sustainable living doing what they love.

Learn more at http://www.virabhavayoga.com/vira-bhava-yoga/

So, while it may seem like we’ve been gone, we’ve just been busy supporting Vira Bhava Yogis in the world; The Golden Mandala Donation Yoga Studio in Nevada City, CA, Rishi Yoga in Reno, NV, The Breathing Tree in Canton, IL, Whitetop Yoga in Abingdon, VA, Brevard Yoga Center in Brevard, North Carolina, Pure Motion Yoga in Atlanta, GA and a special shout out to Rochelle Trudo, who will be bringing a Vira Bhava Yoga Teacher Training to Austin, TX in 2018. Each of these studios is an expression of the unique vision of empowerment that Vira Bhava Yoga offers to those who seek us out. We are so thankful to have found you all and to be working together to co-create a vision of the future that we believe in.

Dear Yogi

Dear Yogi,

You already know that the world is changing.  I don’t have to tell you how important these moments are.  I know you feel it in your gut, your bones.  I know when I look in your eyes that you are ready to rise up, to turn toward what you’ve always known, to honor the deep wisdom that has been pulsing inside of you for as long as you can remember.

You already feel the pull, the call to expand beyond what you’ve spent years trying to fit into.  The uniform of society doesn’t fit you, maybe it never has, and you are finally ready to admit that you’ve outgrown it.  So what do you do?  To strip away the mis-fit, you will be left raw and naked.  Exposed and vulnerable. And you know it’s time.  

I see you on your mat.  The practice is your homecoming.  You feel right when you are there, you feel whole.  You come to this practice to refill when life has left you empty.  You come to Yoga to remember what you have spent a lifetime forgetting.  That YOU are the point.  YOU are purposeful, potent, and beautiful.  What you have to say is important. You already know it’s time to claim your voice, your birthright, yourSELF.

I see you because I am you.  I have climbed uphill until I am exhausted.  I have sat in the depths of loneliness. I have laid in the floor and wept thinking there is no way anyone could understand.  Until someone did.  

I don’t have to tell you that it’s time.  You already know.  I don’t have to tell you that if you are ready to be supported by a community of like minded people, that we are your people.  What I do have to say is that you don’t have to do this alone.  You don’t have to struggle in silence. You don’t have to sacrifice your path for ANYONE else.  I want to see you, and I promise not to look away. I already know you are beautiful, and I can’t wait for you to see it too.

I want you to know that the reclamation of your PURPOSE is the most powerful action you can take.  When you fully claim your RIGHT to be YOU in this world, you are creating a wave of powerful change that will ripple outward infinitely.  If you can’t wait any longer to make the impact you were BORN to make, then join us.  We are more than just a Yoga Teacher Training, we are everyday people choosing to step toward each other for the better good.

If Yoga is your path, and you are ready, then we are your people.  We are waiting for you.  We can’t wait to see it all, the light and the dark, the beautiful and the wretched  We welcome every piece, and we will keep showing up.  We will keep challenging you to show up for yourself.  We will offer you tools and practices to support your growth and expansion.  We will help you gain the skills to share your power with others.  We will do all of this, and more.  

If you are ready to step in, the door is open. Check out our upcoming programs in your communities, and our online offerings.  We look forward to your arrival.

In love,