There is a children’s book called The Quiltmaker’s Gift. It’s about a King who was always asking his people to bring him gifts. Even though he had so much, he still wanted one thing – a quilt made by a grandmother in town. This women agreed to make him a quilt, under the condition that he begin to give away his possessions, and for each possession he were to give away, she would sew one patch of the quilt. As time went on, the man started to feel a bit lighter, having given something away to another person. Eventually, he realized that giving was one of the best ways to be happy and become humble, so he gave away everything. By the end of the story, he was no longer a rich king, he was a poor man in rags. And from this act of generosity, he was given the one thing he could never receive before, a beautiful quilt.
This story comes to mind when I think about yoga in action. What a beautiful time of year to start this journey if you haven’t yet. I am sure that if you practice yoga, you have begun to feel that shift within yourself. It may not be recognizable, but it’s there. The need to scale back, to focus more on what your body needs, that desire to give back to a universe that has fully supported you all of these years. It is when we bridge our solitary practice of yoga with our relationships, that we really see our yoga merging into compassion. When we step off of our mat and bring that practice into our everyday, we literally have the power to transform our environment, our community and our world. It is a series of simple, joyful acts.
Bringing your yoga off your mat could be as simple as smiling at people as you walk by, opening a door, donating to a worthy cause, or simple taking your talents and offering it up to someone else. As with everything in life, simplicity is key. When we hold on to the notion that something has to be done one way, we aren’t servicing ourselves. Allow yourself to find a way to live your yoga in a manner that it will move into your everyday with ease. Once the King discovered the impact that giving made in his life, he opened himself up to a whole new world of happiness. This is my wish for you.
After learning first-hand the impact that yoga can have on your life, Olivia knew she wanted to explore this path further. She is a mom to two boys, and because of them, she wants to make the world a beautiful place. She strives to lead by example, and do her best to maintain a yogic lifestyle. She has dedicated a large portion of her life to empowering others, especially some of our most vulnerable members of society. It is her hope, that she can help others find their authentic selves. Olivia believes we all have an important role to play and that being able to bring her passion for life and yoga to a greater audience is her own contribution to society.