AUGUST 7TH, 2008: Generosity in yoga is really an interesting learning. To be generous asks that we be open but with a really focused effort. In our Western world we get caught up with the idea of doing more for the sake of more, this more is better idea (even if quality perishes). In the corporate world I used to rage against the machine when it came to an ever increasing aspiration towards mediocrity instead of excellence like when I first entered the workforce 15+ years ago.
However in yoga if felt like I was coming home, how generosity meant a conscious action of doing more but in the RIGHT WAY. QUALITY VERSUS QUANTITY, you know? Giving what is needed when it is needed rather than just what makes us feel good. We recently had our community give to the Iowa Anusara studio that flooded out and I honor the studio owner that set forth for us what they actually needed most so we could then be the MOST generous. I love that! Thank you for setting the example. May we all find ways to take that first step. How can you be more generous with yourself today? As I often say at the end of class: as much as I want this practice to be everything you want it to be I hope more that it be everything you NEEDED it to be. Peace. Silvia