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The Roots of Our Tribes

May 5, 2018

Be the one who nurtures and builds.  Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people.  Leave people better than you found them.   - Marvin J. Ashton


We all have tribes. Some, like our families, we don’t choose but the roots of connection are clear. And others, like our partners, friends, and even some communities, we have chosen out of love or because we feel deeply what ties us together. In each of these cases, we are responsible for nourishing these connections for if we don’t, we cannot expect them to thrive. The truth is, we are all part of one unique and powerful tribe that binds us: humankind. 


If you’ve ever tried to develop a home practice and ultimately found yourself back in class, then you’ve experienced the joy of practicing in community. No matter how it is that we show up, we can expect to feel welcomed by our Bowspring tribe. Whether we are drawing upon our collective positive energy or we are contributing to the whole, we know that at our roots, we are all working toward the same goal of experiencing health, happiness and harmony. Our practice asks it of us! Through movement, we experience our own bodies interconnectedness from the roots of our feet and legs to the tips of our wings. And when we move together, we focus on the sameness of the whole rather than picking apart our differences. It is a humble experience that can awaken within us the joy of being connected to one another and finding community where we may have thought there was none.


We are each stewards. We take what we have learned and we share it with others that we may leave people better than we found them. We choose compassion over anger, joy over hatred and health over illness. We help to build up instead of tear down. We honor that at our roots, we are the same! We don’t always get to choose our tribes, but we do get a choice in how we help ourselves to prosper. So keep coming to your practice and may we inspire the world together.


I’ll see you on our mats.

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