You house the Divine Spark

It’s early. I woke up at 5am (2am according to my internal clock) to drive to Boston to teach. While I was ready to take a break from my busy teaching schedule for the Holidays, I’m inspired by this unexpected opportunity to teach in the state I called home for my first 16 years. In this familiar context, I’m already seeing teaching with new eyes.

Every time I come home, I immediately feel a sense of grounding. I attribute it to the unconditional love of my family and lifelong friends. Home offers us steadiness despite imminent change. It’s like I have a higher tolerance for anything that might go wrong because I feel secure in that foundation.

After relocating four times in the last eight years, home is a cherished concept for me. I’ve found a home in yoga and CorePower’s community that has been my constant through those life changes. And gratefulness for my body and spirit for carrying to each new landmark.

The third limb of The Eight Limbs of Yoga found in the Yoga Sutras is Asana, or posture. It’s the physical practice of yoga that promotes health as well as physical and mental steadiness. Iyengar elaborates: “The yogi realizes that his life and all its activities are part of the divine action in nature, manifesting and operating the form of man. In the beating of his pulse and the rhythm of his respiration he recognizes the flow of the seasons and the throbbing of universal life. His body is the temple which houses the Divine Spark.”

One of the beautiful things about yoga is that it brings awareness to the home of our soul and this Divine Spark. In our practice we come into our home. We pay attention to how we’re breathing. We perform maintenance. We also come into a higher level of awareness that’s key to leading a fuller life.

Having not been home to visit my family for a while, I noticed some things. Like I no longer knew where my favorite foods were kept. Or which light switch to switch on. This morning, I even set off my family’s security alarm and woke the whole house up at 6am.

Today, my class will bring awareness to those light switches and alarms, with gratitude and honor for the home of our Divine Spark.