The Source Yoga Studios
Source Yoga is a place to simply be, accept ourselves as we are in this moment, and connect with our innate wisdom.
Through the cultivation of present moment awareness through yoga and mindfulness practices, we discover and nurture our inner resources for self-care, ease, peace of mind, and compassion.
Through integrity and healthy business practices, we create a safe foundation for all of us to learn, grow, teach, and lead from our heart.
In each class at Source Yoga, you can count on the following qualities/attitudes to be present:
Equanimity/Patience – Equanimity is the state of being balanced, calm, and at peace, no matter what arises, and fosters wisdom and patience. In yoga practice, it is important to see that your practice will unfold in its own time, will ebb and flow, and change over the weeks, months, and years. This is a lifetime practice, not one to perfect today. Your teachers will remind you to greet your practice, your body, and your mind from a place of patience and balance, open to this moment as it arises.
Trust – Trusting yourself in your yoga practice is important in taking care of yourself and moving within a range of motion that is safe for your body. At Source Yoga, we will always encourage you to trust yourself. Self-trust is also about examining each teaching for yourself, taking a look at it, trying it on, and not taking one teacher or method as the truth. We are only here to become more fully ourselves, not to be like anybody else. In practicing yoga and mindfulness, you are practicing taking responsibility for being yourself and learning to listen to and trust your own being.
Beginner’s Mind – Beginner’s mind is a mind willing to see everything as if for the first time. It frees us from our expectations based on past experience. An open “beginner’s mind” allows us to be receptive to new possibilities. No moment is the same as any other. Each is unique and contains unique possibilities. Approaching one’s yoga practice from beginner’s mind allows each class, practice, posture, and moment to be new.
Non-judging – in yoga and mindfulness practice, we become aware of the constant stream of judging and reacting to inner and outer experiences, and learn to train ourselves to simply notice our judgments and let go of them as best we can in each moment. Our yoga practice is a great place to practice training our attention and letting go of judgments. At Source Yoga, you will be encouraged to let go of judgments about your practice, your body, about what you can and can’t do, and be present with the body and the practice that you do have on that particular day.
Acceptance – Acceptance means seeing things as they actually are in the present moment. This could be acceptance of a headache, an illness, an injury, or simply tight shoulders, or a life circumstance. We often waste a lot of energy denying and resisting what is already fact. We may be so busy denying and forcing and struggling that we have little energy left for healing and growing. In mindfulness practice, we cultivate acceptance by taking each moment as it comes and being with it fully, as it is. In a mindful yoga practice, we encourage you to accept your body, your mind, and your practice as it is today.
Non-striving – Mindfulness is not about getting any particular place. It’s not about reaching a goal, an effortful pushing or pulling toward something. This is essential to understand within our yoga practice and our teaching here at Source Yoga. We are not a studio that is about improving, advancing, or achieving something, be it a pose, a level of practice, or even a particular spiritual state. This does not mean that your yoga does not develop, or that you can’t grow and deepen into a more physically challenging practice, or that your spiritual practice doesn’t grow. It is just that we do our best to let go of pushing or striving to get there. It also doesn’t mean that we can’t have goals in life or in our practice. With patience and regular practice, movement toward your goals will take place by itself. This movement becomes an unfolding that you are inviting to happen within you.
Letting Go – Cultivating the attitude of letting go, or non-attachment, is fundamental to the practice of mindfulness. In mindfulness practice and in yoga practice, we can begin to let our experience be what it is and practice observing it moment by moment. In yoga practice, we observe the mind, body, and emotions as we practice. When we find ourselves holding on – tension in our body, a judging mind or thought about ourselves or what’s happening, we practice letting be and letting go.
Self-compassion – This quality of awareness cultivates love for yourself as you are, without self-blame or self-criticism. At Source Yoga, we encourage you to have compassion for yourself in your practice, and in your life.
I am so thankful for the quality of the teaching at Source Yoga and for the sense of community…It is such a beautiful, clean and well-lit space. A great place to travel the yoga path.Susan G.