Especially as a yoga teacher, who finds so much beauty in the teachings of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita (and dare I say, they have actually expanded my belief in G-d?) I find it quite challenging to teach in a way that reflects but doesn’t dictate my, or any, particular faith. As I see yoga as a practice designed to get intimate with your highest self more than a way to get a cute tush, I feel a sense of responsibility to learn more about my faith before I share it with others. I know how much my teachers spiritualities have impacted me, and I would feel quite unsure about sharing my own beliefs when they have been so changeable over the years.
However, on Friday nights, that all goes out the window.
Shabbat (or watermelon votive) candles
On Friday nights, I slip out of my yoga pants and into my Jewish heart. We light candles, we drink wine, we eat (gluten-free) bread (some things can’t be exceptions, even on the holiest day of the week!) We take moments to honor the holy Shabbos day, and to thank G-d (or my favorite, most Jewish definition of that word: “Was, Is, and WIll Be”) for all that we have, and for the opportunity to relish in the beauty of the world as the world is, not what I would have the world be.
Gold Coast, in Queensland
As of now, while I don’t know where my path will take me, I know that I want to bring more of my old Jewish faith back into my daily life. I’m not quite sure how that will evolve, but I know that getting closer to G-d has never made me feel anything less than more empowered, more alive, and more awake. I look forward to seeing how it develops, and getting a bit comfier and cozier with not knowing exactly what that faith looks like right now.
Question of the Day: How has your faith developed or changed over the years? How has your faith, whatever it is, impacted you in your day to day life?