I want to talk about going for excellence. We sometimes settle for mediocrity, only doing the minimum in order to get by. Especially when no one is looking, we feel we can get away with doing less. But we come from an excellent universe, a universe that rewards those who strive to be the best they can be and make the best out of whatever they’ve been given.
Shri means auspiciousness, alignment, or divine beauty, and is the yoga of excellence. When you live a life of excellence, you honor Shri. Shri is the highest intention of the universe. To align with Shri is to create order, clarity, and beauty in order glorify the gift of life.
I hadn’t washed our cars for about 4 months. The beautiful silver color of one of our cars was looking like a 2 or 3-tone car. I’ve been so busy teaching and traveling, I haven’t had time to keep the cars clean like I usually do. One day I looked at the dirty cars and said, “Okay. That’s enough. I must wash the cars today.” Once I began washing, I saw how beautiful they look when they are clean. While I was at it, I also decided to put a coat of wax on them. The whole time I was washing and waxing, I felt as though I was honoring Shri. Three hours later, both cars were squeaky clean inside and out. This freed up amazing energy for me. I rode on a natural high for days afterwards. And, as we all know, cars drive better when they are clean!
Just like taking care of your car or your house, to honor Shri, it’s important to take care of your body. You want to take care of your health, feel your best, and look your best. When you are a person of excellence, a person of Shri, you won’t ever stay stagnant. You are always seeking to grow, improve, and expand your capacity for creativity and beauty, not because you want to show off or make an impression, but because you are honoring Shri, honoring the divine in all things. The divine is in you. When you honor yourself, you honor the divine. The universe takes care of those who take care of themselves.
Be excellent not because you think you should, but because excellence is the nature of Shri. Don’t do it for “should”. Do it for Shri.
To align with Shri, this fall I have made a commitment to clean up several areas of my life that need re-organizing. This includes taking care of my health better and deepening my practices, as well as, organizing my office drawers, updating manuals, and getting our house in order. It feels good to re calibrate and bring all of my systems, internal and external, to the next level.
I believe we were all born with seeds of excellence inside of us. We need to stir up those seeds on the inside in order to offer excellence on the outside.
This fall brings amazing opportunities for me to teach, travel, and see the world, starting with the first Ashaya Yoga Teacher Training in September in Great Barrington, MA. We have almost a full house with only a few spaces left. I’m so excited for this auspicious experience of in-depth study and teacher training. I’ll be teaching for the month of October in Asia for the first time. I am overflowing with gratitude for all of the support overseas from my hosts. Then in November 1-3, I co-teach with Ellen Saltonstall in one of my 500-Hour modules in Lenox, MA, “Refining Your Yoga Anatomy”. I’ll be teaching for the first time in Baltimore, MD, Nov. 22-24. Then in December, I have Part 2 of the 4-part TT, and I’ll be teaching in Daniel Orlansky’s 500-Hour TT in Arlington, MA, Dec. 13-15, another first time. The year ends with my annual 5-day Illumine Your Soul: Holiday Yoga Retreat at Kripalu, Dec. 27-Jan. 1.
I wish you a wonderful new season of excellence and Shri. I look forward to seeing you at a workshop or training with me in the near future.