“Serve with a full heart. By making others happy, you make yourself happy.” – Swami Kripalu 

Wow, what a fitting quote to be asked to reflect upon for the PK blog!

I’d like to address Swami Kripalu’s quote from a couple of different perspectives.

First, I love to teach yoga. And after 8 years, I’m still amazed at how gratifying this endeavor is. I may from time to time be disgruntled about some thing or the other at the spaces where I teach, but once I’m on my mat in the studio/classroom, I devote myself fully to the time and students at hand. There continues to be something magical about leading students through a practice, whether it is a gentle, restorative or workout one. Many times I have driven to a studio feeling not quite right in my own body – achy joints, headache, etc. – and found that upon completion of the class, I felt better. By giving the gift of yoga with a full heart to those who choose to practice with me, I too am enriched, fulfilled, and happy.

In a second vein, I’ve served on the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts board of directors for 5 years. I’ve attended 3 in-person board meetings, one directors-at-large meeting, and many monthly/bimonthly conference calls and also volunteered to serve as the point person for the PK teachers association and incoming email requests of the school for two years. Because I believe so strongly that Pranakriya and the mission of the school are vitally needed in our current world, I stepped in to serve when I saw a need to provide some assistance to our Executive Directors at the time and to help keep the school’s expenses to a minimum. Over the next two months, I will be transitioning the treasurer’s duties to Patricia Yonchek in Pennsylvania, and I will step down from the board on February 29.

But I really want to give a shout-out to Emily Gretz, who truly has served the School with a full heart.

Emily, along with Shelbi Miles, sold Crofton Yoga 9 months ago and was expecting to spend more time with her husband. Instead, Emily recognized the need and volunteered to become president of the board of directors and has been the force who kept the school going forward in the face of adversity/turnover in personnel. In essence, Emily has been serving as the school’s Executive Director, gratis, since June, devoting at least 10 hours per week, if not twenty, to honoring and advancing the school’s mission. I am in awe of her drive and generosity to the school and our Pranakriya community! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Emily!

I don’t know if Swami Kripalu was aware of the expression “do what you love and you’ll never have a job” or not, but by sharing what lights you up with the others around you, you will be happy and so will those whom you encounter.

Jai bhagwan and Happy New Year!

Jodie Padgett

Santa Fe, NM