I love new beginnings, don’t you? In the Hindu culture and yoga philosophy, the Goddess Saraswati is often associated with new beginnings. She is the Goddess of learning, music, arts, and wisdom. She is the feminine aspect (or consort) of Brahma, the Creator. Her name means “the essence of oneself,” (Sara means essence, and Sva means oneself.)
When we embark on a new project, we often do learn a lot about our own essence, our tendencies, our fears, our strengths. There is a feeling of potency at the beginning of a new endeavor, like anything is possible.
I often feel like this at the beginning of every yoga practice. When I step onto my mat, it can feel like anything is possible! When I practice at home, I will often begin in child’s pose and hold it for a while until something emerges from that field of potential. Some days, if I’m feeling tight or tired, a gentle, introspective practice will present itself. Other days, I might come to the mat with a previously thought out plan, particularly if I want to work on a pose that “poses” challenges to me. On those days, my practice might be more outwardly focused. Either way, I am honoring the potential of my body, heart, and mind in the moment.
I recently had the fun experience of helping to create this brand new website for the Garden of the Heart Yoga Center. (Special thanks to Karen Davenport for her help with the logo!) We took the best elements from the old site, gave it a fresh, clean look, and created a gorgeous new logo with a lucky bamboo flair. I know that just like learning a new asana, the website will continue to change, grow, expand, and become more and more comfortable as we all use it. In the meantime, please be patient with our growing pains. If you ever have trouble with registering online, feel free to call the studio or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I was also inspired this week to write a new kirtan piece dedicated to the Goddess Saraswati. It will debut at our Community Kirtan on November 6th at 7pm. I hope you’ll join me in this community-led celebration of life. We eat, we sing, we dance, we clap. All are invited to bring a drum or an instrument and help lead the music.
As a member of the Garden of the Heart community, I encourage you to share your thoughts on new beginnings, or on what inspires you, in the comments section below.