“My soul honours your soul. I honour the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honour the light, love, truth, beauty & peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.”

A common greeting in the yoga community is palms together at the hearts centre or third eye, a slight bow and the word spoken, ‘Namaste’. Shared between two or more people, the term translates to ‘the light that resides inside of me, sees and honours the light that is inside of you.’

This simple, yet powerful gesture invites us to become aware of the people and experiences around us. In turn, it encourages us to share our gifts or our light with the world. Shining our light and honouring others occurs in those moments where we are completely present.

Have you ever noticed in the space after a yoga practice, whether that be walking out of the studio or following that moment of mindfulness in your day, you feel more in tune with yourself and attuned to those around you? The simple act of connecting breath and movement, or allowing space and stillness, strengthens that awareness of ourselves and our ability to connect with others.

What is one of the simplest ways we can shine our light?

Bring more moments of mindfulness into our day. Also being conscious of the people and experiences that fuel our light and choosing to spend time in these experiences to lift our own energy and vibration. Likewise being conscious of your influence on others and their ability to shine their light.

Light on the mat.

Dedicate time to our practice. Whether that’s a regular yoga class, rolling out your mat at home or stealing as many moments of mindfulness throughout your day as you can, consistency is key.

“You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.”

You can’t share your light when there is no energy left, so look after yourself first by dedicating time to selfcare. Through your practice, and thus a deeper connection with self, shine the light on the areas of your body that need most care. You’ll find when your own cup is full, you’ll be better able to share this energy with others.

“The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.” ~ Jason Crandell

Light off the mat.

A regular practice strengthens the mind-body connection. When we strengthen this connection we lighten the load, allowing more space for love and acceptance. A good way of bringing our focus on shining our own light is to ask ourselves, “what is going well in my life?” The power of positive affirmation has huge ramifications on our ability to not only see our own light, but to shed light on others.

‘Light’ is your power.

This month focus on on shining your light through your practice on and off the mat. Set yourself up with a positive affirmation. This could be one for the month or a different positive statement each week or day. We just encourage you to keep it consistently on the theme of ‘Light’. An example is ‘I am a beautiful soul and I shine my light for all to see.’ 

Explore and create your own.

We look forward to seeing you on the mat this month where our teachers will weave our theme of ‘light is my power’ into their classes and teachings.

Sweat, stretch & smile!
Team Kula

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About the author: Andy is a qualified Yoga Therapist & Teacher. She is Communications Manager at Kula Yoga, co-founder of YogaMamas and runs her own small Yoga Therapy business on the Bellarine Peninsula. Andy is also a health & wellness blogger, hobby photographer and mama of 3!
Photo credit: Kula teacher Sacha Flanagan by Andybbear Photography

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