Anyone who has ever taken one of my classes will tell you that I end all of them almost exactly the same way. There is a three part honoring including touching our throat chakra so that we “may always practice Satya, the art of True Speech.” This is a little deal that I learned from my mentor and the first time I experienced it, it changed my life. I use it now every class, partially as a Carol Burnette inspired nod to my teacher (CB tugged on her left earlobe at the end of every show to tell her Mom she was okay,) but also because I think it’s beautiful and transformative.
I managed to get to one of my teacher’s classes last night and, again, she brought Satya to me in a new way. Sitting in Sukhasana with wrists on knees with palms open to the sky, we brought our thumbs to each of the 4 fingers on each hand. With each touch of thumb to tip of finger, we said a syllable of a 4 syllable mantra: Satya Name (SAHT-yah NAH-may,) meaning “Truth is my identity.” Healing energy and affirmation ran up and down my spine, tickling all 7 chakras and resonating truth out of my throat. Truth is my identity, indeed!
As a yogini, I am a teacher, but I will also always be a student. The truth is that the more I know the less I know. The truth is that I am always seeking, always learning, always hunting for the next layer of my identity and learning to accept that, whatever it may be. May we all walk this journey together.