Mindful Monday: Happy MLK Jr. Day 

Happy Mindful Monday, friends, yogis, deep thinkers and not-so-deep thinkers, too! 

Most of us have the day off today – from work and our children –  from school. Except us yoga teachers and staff. Yoga doesn’t take federal holidays! 😂

But how many of us truly know exactly WHY the third January of the month is a federal holiday? We all know Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speeches right? And that he was a champion of non-violence. We may know that he gave his very life for his beliefs in racial equality, freedom and justice. 

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of a great American whose inspiring words, vision and the way he lived  continue to uplift us.  He taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.

Many of Dr. King’s beliefs and morals mirror the teachings of our Yoga Sutras. His steadfast belief in non-violence aligns with our very first Yama – ahimsa. 

Dr. King dedicated his life to the service of others. And we practice yoga specifically to strengthen mind, body and spirit precisely to be of service to others off of our mats. 

We commemorate his guiding principle of unconditional love and equality for all. Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation mirrors the highest ideals we seek when we step on our mats. Yoga becomes the great unifier for us all. It doesn’t matter what your racial, economic, political or social status and beliefs are when we practice moving together,  breathing together, focusing in the same direction, sharing energy as we all move to embody our highest and best manifestations. 

Today, let’s practice yoga together in honor of one of our greatest leaders. If you can’t get to your mat today, make a personal committment to serve and uplift humanity in some small way – karma yoga.  Or practice your breathing while stuck in line or in traffic. Meditate for five minutes today. As we elevate ourselves, we cannot help but to elevate humanity. Move with love. 

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