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Be a YES!

3.12.15 | By: Callie Smith

Hello :) Happy Thursday Big Rock Yoga CommUNITY! I'm excited that you are visiting the Big Rock Yoga webpage and that you are reading the first of many blog posts to come. My name is Callie. I hope that I have met you, but if I haven't yet, I am looking forward to seeing your smile. I am currently in the 200 hour yoga teacher training program here at the studio. I am a 22 year old, recent college graduate from UALR with a degree in English Secondary Education. I am a lover of many things--poetry, travel, culture, languages, religious studies, music, visual art....and of course YOGA!

When I first came to the studio last fall (2014), I knew that I had found something special. I didn't know who Baron Baptiste was or anything about the Baptiste methodology, but I knew that something was happening to my body and my spirit every time I was on the mat in class. I became stronger, not only in my arms, legs, and core, but mentally. Suddenly, I was able to come into poses such as crow, tripod, and many others that seemed unattainable. I was also becoming more aware of my life off the mat as well.

Yoga, particularly, the yoga teacher training program has provided me with a sense of purpose and focus during an otherwise transitional phase of my life. Regardless of where we are emotionally, physically, and spiritually, I believe that yoga, particularly the Baptiste methodology of yoga, offers us something valuable. This value is created and supported by the three main themes of Baptiste training:
1. Be a Yes.
2. Give Up What You Must
3. Come From You Are Ready Now

An example from my yoga practice of how these three themes can be applied is when I feel resistance to ab work during the sequence. Instead of saying "No, I don't want to do these next five leg raises." I shift my mentality to "Yes, I will do this." Instead of saying, "I'll take a water break." or "I'll fix my hair." I give up my desire to make excuses. Instead of saying, "I'll do all of the ab work next class." I put effort into doing my best in the current class. This is a small and seemingly trivial example, but the underlying ideas and principles behind these three themes are essential for transformation and growth.

I tend to be a skeptic of ideas, programs, organizations, or books that claim to lead me to transformation or some kind of self revelation. Even though I love Baptiste yoga and all that I am learning, I am the first to admit that no single program or idea is going to be THE golden ticket to a "new and improved self." Any idea, program, etc. is useless without application just like the best, most expensive yoga mat, is useless if the owner of the mat doesn't commit to a yoga practice. However, I know that by scaffolding my awareness of my intentions and my actions with the three themes of Baptiste training has definitely strengthened my mind, heart and body.

On Monday (March 16), I am flying to Jordan. I will be away from Arkansas and the yoga studio until I return on April 22. Over the next month, while I am traveling, getting to know other beautiful hearts in a place far from the world I know, I invite you to share in my adventure through this blog and in your own life. If I hadn't said YES I am going to take advantage of this opportunity to travel, if I hadn't GIVEN UP my doubts or excuses, and if I hadn't decided that I AM READY NOW to take this adventure, I would have oppressed my inner spirit and voice—and missed out on a really special experience.

For this week, I wish to leave you with a quote from Khalil Gibran, "No one can reveal to you anything but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge." Every moment is an invitation to bring energy and action into the sleeping and buried spaces inside of us. Whatever life may be like around us, we each have infinite potential within ourselves. I invite you not only to follow my journey, but to set your intention and start your own awakening. YES, you are ready now. ;)

All Good Things,