Sometimes writing a blog post is hard. I want to say something meaningful and impactful. I want to offer something that is worth taking the time to read, and though my mind and intellect constantly churn ideas, capturing one to bring to you is sometimes like trying to catch the wind on paper. So, this month I’ve been thinking a lot about where we started. Vira Bhava Yoga was born out of a desire to revolutionize our study of Yoga to be relevant, modern, and most importantly applicable to the lives we desire to live without watering down the enormous power of the spiritual roots and practices that make up this immensely powerful life path.
We didn’t want to teach yoga as fitness, we wanted to teach yoga as a path to embodying our innate power and potential. We didn’t want to teach a script, we wanted to teach yogis to PRACTICE and share the insights they discovered in the process. We didn’t want yogis to all sound the same, we wanted yogis that were cultivating their own unique voice through experience. We didn’t want to strive for perfection in anything, we wanted to create a safe space for everyone to be right where they were in their practice and their lives, and know that where you are is OK. After participating in the Yoga industry for over a decade, we knew back then that we wanted to do it differently, and we were guided by our hearts through countless mistakes and redirections to find the path that was uniquely ours, and to this day, this is the path we continue to walk and to refine. Each experience, each interaction, each training helps us to understand ourselves and the needs and desires of our students more and more.
We are, and will always be a work in progress. We are learning our lessons moment to moment, making adjustments, refining our processes, adapting our procedures. Vira Bhava Yoga is not a static system. We DON’T have all the answers, and we don’t have it all figured out, but we DO feel great about what we’ve discovered and we LOVE sharing it with people who are ready. We hold fast to our own foundational principles of catalyzing Authentic Yogi Warriors, by continuously challenging ourselves to WAKE UP in our lives. To be in alignment with our deepest truths, we will move toward discomfort in our lives and our practice. These discomforts are the source of friction for sure, but this friction lights the fire that burns away our confusion, that catalyzes our determination, our will, and courage.
We know that Yoga can sometimes feel like another goal to achieve, another thing on the ever growing list of things. We want Vira Bhava Yoga to feel like a homecoming rather than a striving. We want to encapsulate the truth that one of my teachers, Angelea Farmer, shared so eloquently, “Yoga isn’t something you do, it is WHO YOU ARE.” We want to come back to the place where Yoga feels like arriving home rather than working to succeed. And, we want to teach how to share that experience with others. The striving to achieve levels of excellence in our Yoga practice can often leave us feeling disconnected or isolated. These feelings become enhanced when the common yoga vernacular speaks of the oneness, the love, the connection that we desire to feel, yet at the end of our classes we feel guarded and alone. Maybe through our practice we get a glimpse of something more, but no one can seem to explain what we saw or how to get back there. At Vira Bhava Yoga, we walk beside you on the path. We know that Yoga is a solo journey, but we cannot do it alone, so we work to bring the personal back into the universal. Making our etheric experiences tangible, giving them voice, and sharing them with others.
It’s been almost 8 years since Vira Bhava Yoga went from a dream to reality, and we are still dreaming it into being. We are committed to the work we do, and we are so very excited to share it with you. And we want to know about YOU. What are your feelings about Yoga, your connections, your challenges? What do you want out of your Yoga practice, and how can we work with you to make these desires accessible? Our evolution is guided by you. We want to listen and stay connected. We want to grow with you in your yoga journey. If you haven’t checked out one of our programs yet, take a few minutes of your day to explore this practice (link), and check out one of our upcoming workshops or Trainings in your area.
Vira Bhava Yoga is not just for Yoga Teachers, we are a company committed to practicing our LIVES as YOGA. If you want to explore these possibilities yourself, then join us. There is still space in our upcoming programs in ATL, our advanced studies program beginning in NOVEMBER and our intro level program starting in January 2019. We also have only a few spots left for our Advanced Studies Program in Sacramento, CA starting in January 2019. We also have opportunities to join the Vira Bhava Yoga family by running programs in your area. Contact us directly for more details.
Finally, you can join our Director in Costa Rica in April 2019 for an exploration of Deep Ecology and Wellness with Yogatrade.com.