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Sva-dharma

Sva-dharma

Over the last few months, I’ve been collaborating with the wildly talented Sarah McVean of Fever Pitch Creative to develop a fresh and more user-friendly website. It has been an insightful experience, on so many levels.

This process has been an unexpected exercise in helping me get clearer about my ‘sva-dharma’. Sva-dharma, as shared in the Bhagavad Gita, refers to our individual, unique paths. In the text, Krishna teaches that each of us are born with our own set of unique gifts and our purpose is share this with the world.

He says to his disciple, Arjuna:

“It is better to do thy duty, even if it be humble, than the duty of another, even if it be great.”

The teachings invites us to work with our unique gifts, in a way that is authentic and resonates with our hearts. When we uncover what it is that we are ‘meant to do’ in this world, we can then offer it up, with great love, in a way that serves humanity.

My personal contemplation around sva-dharma has brought more clarity on why I love to share yoga: I am surrounded by people, like yourself, who are also walking this path and willing to listen deeply, love fully and live whole-heartedly. My hope is that by getting clearer inside my own self, I can then be of greater service to each of you.

As a token of gratitude for walking with me on this path, I have created an interactive e-guide called “5 Tools to Cultivate a Meaningful Practice.” I have gathered tools that have helped me stay connected and inspired over the years. You can access it free by signing up for the Live Your Yoga newsletter at the bottom of the page. I hope you enjoy it!

May each of us dive into what makes our heart sing and share it with the world.

with warmth,

Alice Hong

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