Do you remember last January when I invited you to pick 'One Word' for the year? Something-a quality, or desire, or contemplation-that had meaning for you and which you wished to expand this past year? Over 100 of you posted your word on the bulletin board outside the yoga studios. I still have them! Just in case you forgot what you posted...

Well, how did that go for you? I'd love to include some stories of what it was like for you to live your word, in our next newsletter.

I'll tell you mine. My word was "clarify" which at the time I found interesting that I chose clariFY instead of clarITY. But over these months I have perceived the difference. Clarify is something I do. It is a skill, a gift, that I cultivate. I do believe there is an element of Grace in there, for Grace is the divine energy of revelation. To clarify is to make more clear, comprehensible. I have certainly had experiences this year in which I was confused, and through my yoga practices I watched them clarify. Clarify for me to see deeper into the divine purpose for them or the opportunity for spiritual growth for me.

Another reason I believe I chose clarify over clarity is that I make ghee, an Ayurvedic fat, which in the west is called clarified butter. I love the process of watching the butter clarify as it cooks. The toxins and the milk solids separate out and I am left with a clear, pure fat, considered in Ayurveda to be the most potent fat for cleansing, for oleating, and for longevity. Every time I make the ghee I am struck again with the profundity of that process of clarifying. The Ayurvedic masters call ghee 'love'.

I love that my mind is now functioning with greater ability to clarify situations- to separate out my ego and my reactions, and to be left with the purity of the situation, in the moment, as an expression of my sacred path.

What's your One Word story from 2017? Email it to me at and I'll share them next month.

And- it is time to pick and post your One Word for 2018. One Word that has a lot of meaning for you. One word that is a quality which, if increased in you, would lead toward the physical, financial, and personality changes you want. One word that will help you be not a BETTER you, simply MORE you, more of who you know in your heart you really are. More of you as divinity expressing into this world, into this lifetime.

You can think of someone you know who inspires you and pick a quality they demonstrate. You can pick a historical, fictional, or religious figure and emulate their greatest quality. Your one word might be something like gentle, generous, peaceful, faith, courage, joy, confidence, balance, surrender, grace, love, and so many more.

In each yoga studio there is a holder with slips of paper and pens, on which you can write your one word and post it on the bulletin board above the shoe holder in the hallway. You can put your name or initials on the front or back, or you can post anonymously. We will keep the words up through January then take them down and save them.

Commit to your one word. Commit to living it out during the coming year. I assure you that countless opportunities to do so will present to you. Like striking a tuning fork, as you repeat your word, as you contemplate it, you will be to vibrate more with it, more AS it.

This is a simple way to do more yoga.


Maureen Shortt, Yoga Director

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