June is PRIDE month. Here in LA, West Hollywood hosts its annual epic Pride Parade this weekend. The word pride has several meanings. Two of the meanings are a group with a common purpose and a reasonable and justified sense of self-respect.
I love that the meaning of the word pride refers to both a group and to the individual. According to tantric yoga philosophy, EVERYONE (not some of us, not only cis gender folks...EVERYONE exclusive of sexual orientation) at their essence is divine. So, if divine consciousness resides in everyone, well, then pride is a great way to describe how we should all feel about being embodied. The message of the yoga practice is that you have a responsibility to celebrate your own unique manifestation of consciousness and then in turn, by celebrating who you are, you encourage the people around you to do the same.
May the spirit of the LBGTQ community inspire all of us to feel pride in all the parts of us that make us unique (even the shadowy parts that we might not like so much).
Through the practice of shoulder loop, this sequence guides us into the deepest places of our heart. Our peak pose is a "flipped" version of Vasistasana aka Wild Thing, Have fun!