Under the law of giving and receiving, there is a dynamic exchange where we keep the flow of energy circulating in our lives. The most common ways we think of “giving” is to offer a gift, pay a compliment, provide advice, volunteer our time or donate money. On the other hand, “receiving” is often much more challenging. Perhaps because we believe we should be independent and that somehow receiving exposes our vulnerability, or perhaps because we are wary of other people’s motives.
Giving and receiving are like yin and yang. There must be a balance. You cannot give without someone to receive your gift. Similarly, you cannot receive if nothing is given. You must have both.
Just over 6 years ago, I had an epiphany in my former career as an advertising executive. I was at the top of my game in an industry that I worked extremely hard in for over 10 years, yet I didn’t feel happy. I was giving way too much of my time and energy, yet I rarely had the pleasure of receiving fulfillment. Ultimately, for me, being financially rewarded wasn’t a reason to stay, and I knew I craved a more meaningful daily connection.
In my current day-to-day as a thriving yoga teacher in NYC, I feel truly blessed to have chosen a career where I am able to experience both aspects of giving and receiving. Giving has been proven to improve not only your health, but also your community. Receiving IS yoga in itself, as it demands a high degree of self-awareness, sensitivity and even skillfulness with the body, mind and breath.
In yoga, we use our senses to receive information based on an inner experience rather than an outer experience. The outer experience is where we spend most of our day as human beings living out in the world. In yoga, we start to tune-in to a wealth of inner knowledge, ultimately resulting in the therapeutic benefits of yoga – both physical and mental.
What a gift to be able to offer life-changing principles of yoga to students and to help folks tune-in for, perhaps, the first time in their day!
What small (or big) shift can you create in your own life that might allow you to connect more fully to yourself and those around you? How can you keep the flow of energy by serving and being compassionate to yourself as a personal practice, and out to the common thread that connects us all?
If you are curious to learn more about how to balance your life and give the gift of yoga, I will be leading a YogaWorks Teacher Training in Washington, D.C. from July 13 – August 7, 2015. Click here to find out more and apply!
Angela Botta is a YogaWorks certified 500-Hour RYT, Yoga Teacher Trainer based in New York City. Her teacher trainings travel her around the country and are focused, fun and refreshing. Angela lives her own mantra: to trust, surrender and simply enjoy finding her place in the rhythm of life. With this, she is empowered to help create real change in the world. To learn more visit angelabotta.com