Lift Your Spirit Workshop

Call me crazy. 

But I think I feel so much better these days! Of course, there is the wackiness of the warmth and sun and fantastic weather like it's springtime in Santa Barbara here in Mississippi in the straight-up middle of January. I've never had an MLK day like this. 

(Happy MLK Day! By the way.)

But then, there's also the pleasant, loving feeling of something else, something entirely different from gorgeous weather. A sense of peace, of peaceful yet exuberant gratitude. Oh I feel it. And I'm feeling good. Birds flyin' high, you know how I feel. Sun in the sky, you know how I feel. Sing it, Nina. 

Anyway, the reason I'm feeling so high is because I taught such a beautiful workshop on Saturday. Not because of me, but because of the people who showed up. People completely new to yoga, people just getting started, people who are advanced. Friends, strangers. Other yoga teachers. The room was just about full. The Lift Your Spirit Workshop (or as I like to call it: the Most Depressing Time of the Year Workshop). Yoga, nutrition and other tools to accept and rise above negative energy and raise the frequencies of our energies or souls. 

It was another unbelievably awesome day, weather-wise. God gave me a boost, partnered with me to lift spirits. It feels so good to be in cahoots with God. The sun streaming through the windows in Studio A, I got started feeling giddy. Feeling so happy, I couldn't stop smiling.

Fun - it was fun. That's all I wanted. For them, for me. Fun. I wanted to lift them up truly. To give them tools to lift themselves up. Because we all get down. But we just need to know how to pick it back up. How to raise our frequencies when it drops too low. How to lift our own souls when we have lost touch. We're human. We get down. But man, when we get up, we get on up! 

My students were so great. All of them. They all showed up with enthusiasm and kindness. They showed strength and courage. They rocked it. They bolstered my teaching, my passion. I'm grateful to every one of them for practicing and learning with love for themselves, for their lives and the people in it. 

And it's all so natural, so simple. Little things we can do to pick it up. We have to acknowledge the tools that were bestowed upon us by our Creator. We have so many ways to rise, only to name a few: yoga, pranayama, meditation, food (healthy and energy-enhancing), creativity, consciousness, compassion, service. 

So in honor of our man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I say take action. Educate yourself. Help yourself. Keep moving forward. Because if you're not moving forward, you're moving backward. Do it out of love. Don't do it out of fear. Move forward in the direction of your dreams with only love for everyone and everything. 

And gratitude. 

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior