It always seems to be during the holiday season that we wake up to truly recognize and count our blessings, and to acknowledge the beauty, love and compassion that we have for ourselves and for another.

No matter where you come from or how you grew up, blessings are essential to fully understanding the moment – that moment-to-moment stream of thought that feeds our ability to stay balanced and honest.

Recently I read some works by Pierre Pradervand who has spent much of his life writing about personal development and social justice. He has come up with personal development tools enabling people to help strengthen their own potential. Pierre provides a great definition of what blessing means.

“To bless means to wish, unconditionally from the deepest chamber of your heart, unrestricted good for others and events; it means to hallow, to hold in reverence. To bless is to invoke divine care upon, to speak or think gratefully for, to confer happiness upon, although we ourselves are never the bestower, but simply the joyful witnesses of life’s abundance.

To bless all without distinction is the ultimate form of giving, because those you bless will never know from whence came the sudden ray that burst through the clouds of their skies, and you will rarely be a witness to the sunlight in their lives.”

When you step into BYMV, I hope that you feel the blessings bestowed upon you by not only the staff and teachers, but also by the space itself.

What a blessing it is to have the opportunity to take care of your body, mind and soul in a studio built with sincere passion. This nurturing takes the practice of blessing to a whole new level when you go home to your loved ones and even when you meet new people.

When you honor and take care of yourself, the blessing that you have created, that unknown ray of light, will undoubtedly be felt by others.

Your yoga practice is in itself a blessing. The connection and full consciousness of what you do on your mat is a profound form of giving. You are able to live to your potential and to own your greatness, simply because you are ALIVE. And with that realization, you can continue to inspire and connect.

May this holiday season chase each and everyone of you with divine blessing, light and love. Remember- it is what you are.