The rise in consciousness throughout the world calls for deep reflection and true revelation in order to create sustainable change.
Many of us are questioning previous standards of society and choosing to live more mindfully, from a place of compassion and love. With our advancements in technology and abundance of material resources, there is a deep desire for inner fulfillment and a call for spiritual awakening on a global level. We have reached a point where our connection to self in the safety of our yoga mats, may not be enough. In order to live more sustainably and protect the Earth, we must not only stand up for our authentic truths, but learn to lead with example and positively impact those around us.
Our individual efforts are 100% needed for a collective shift, however it is the collaboration through sacred community which will bring powerful worldwide change.
I began practicing yoga over 10 years ago as a disconnected and disillusioned teenager. Throughout my consistent practice and purification, I became more clear on my own authentic gifts and how I could best serve the world. While I am grateful to teach drop-in classes at studios, I have found that deep transformation arises out of experiences where you are deeply immersed in the teachings collectively with community.
In the same way a child learns when they are in a supportive environment, as adults we have greater success on our spiritual paths when surrounded by experienced mentors and like-minded community. There is a loving-kindness, strength and sweetness cultivated when we step into a challenge together as a group. Mutual understanding and compassion arises out of the shared experience and inspiration is gained as we literally hold one another up, through breath, advice or a helping hand.
Most important, ideas become are more powerful when shared, which leads to a greater impact in the way we live in society through right intentions and actions.
In community we encourage others to treat themselves with the respect they deserve through acceptance and self-love. We feel seen, heard and felt from a place of neutrality…
This is the power of kula (sacred community) - our sisters and brothers provide the platform for loving-kindness and a safe haven of support. They help us to shape-shift ourselves into better partners, employers/employees, mothers/fathers, daughters/sons. They remind us of our innate power and responsibilities within the world. They hold us accountable without shame or blame. They honor our uniqueness and help us integrate with tenderness…
Celebration of our unique gifts and collaboration to serve others is at the heart of sacred community.
When we understand that our brothers/sisters are our own direct reflection, we began to take initiative and start the process of healing for the benefit of future generations…we naturally rise into our highest selfs and invite others to do the same!
LAUREN LEE E-RYT 500 is passionate about living with purpose, exploring the world, and empowering others to live as their most authentic, radiant Self. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated teacher and forever student on the path of yoga, she leads transformational workshops, retreats and trainings to awaken the individual and collective consciousness. Read more about her here