To bring the authentic teachings of yoga back to yoga; both on and off the mat. And to create a physical and virtual place for a conscious community to practice the art, science and philosophy of authentic yoga.
Our Business Mission is to make The Practice the preferred yoga-training centre in South East Asia by delivering outstanding yoga, high quality & transformational presentations, workshops, and courses through physical and virtual platforms, and serving our local & international community in the greatest way possible.
And yes. It is a mission that both excites and scares us.
(That’s how we knew it was right for us)
The 9 Principles of The Practice by Octavio Salvado
Before we opened the doors to The Practice, my Business mentor Carl asked me to develop the ‘Guiding Principles’ of the business, the things that The Practice will live and breathe by, so naturally I went straight to the underlying map of everything to construct a game plan.
Here they are, the guiding principles of The Practice numbers 1 – 9. The first 6 relate more to our everyday operations and motivations, the final 3 are loftier, grander intentions. We may not post these on Facebook or paste them on the studio walls, yet you can count on them being there, as a part of the environment, as a part of the atmosphere that we breathe together.
Principle 1: Integrity
You can have confidence in the integrity of what we offer. We are dependable. The yoga system from which The Practice springs is connected to a lineage unbroken for thousands of years. Everything we do, from teaching yoga to cleaning floors will be infused with this same integrity and respectfulness.
Principle 2: Community
We are open-minded and community spirited. Our doors are wide open to everyone. Look forward to free Community classes and regular events beyond the yoga schedule that bring people together to share ideas, laughter, music and more.
Principle 3: Leadership
We strive to be positive role models within the local and global communities. We are leaders in the field, risk takers, freedom lovers, doers that make shit happen. We want to contribute to raising the bar in regards to practice and teaching standards worldwide.
Principle 4: Service
The currents of compassion and generosity will carry us out into the world. We are here to serve. Community outreach programs and charity events will be a focus.
Principle 5: Studentship
We are progressive because we are always learning and growing, never satisfied that we have all the answers. We are humble truth seekers and transparent truth speakers, no bullshit, no fluff. We own our flaws and strive for growth in all areas.
Principle 6: Mindfulness
Bringing both perspective and awareness to everything we do. At all times we endeavor to respond from our highest place, where our hearts and our minds connect.
Principle 7: Harmony
Within our self, with each other, with the local Balinese community, with the environment, with the planet, we work towards sustainable, harmonic relationships in every way.
Principle 8: Gratitude
We recognize the incredible privilege that it is to be here – to have these bodies, to have these lives, these finances, the gift of yoga, all of our teachers and the opportunity to serve and make a difference in the world. Every moment we are giving thanks for these opportunities and gifts.
Principle 9: Universal Trust
We surrender. We trust that we are here for a purpose and that we are guided along the way. We trust in our own and each other’s capacities and when things get challenging, our trust in the universe will keep us positive, calm, grateful and in harmony with ourselves and all those around us.
These principles will be our measurements. They represent both our support beams and our guiding lights as we bring forth our vision into the world, keeping it safe as it blooms open towards fruition.
There is nothing new here, as Carl says, “No point reinventing the wheel”; because after all, there is only one system to govern everything, our business lives, our personal lives, our spiritual lives, everything. This is why you can affect your kidneys by pressing parts of your foot, or points on the lobes of your ears. Everything that exists in one place, must as a byproduct of reality, also exists and be accessible in all other places. Like a child’s ‘colour by numbers’ activity book, all we have to do is learn the codes, grab the markers and create our own picture of beauty, because the reality is, life was always meant to be that way.