Mudita = Altruistic joy
Mudita is one of the four qualities of the heart (along with friendliness, compassion and equanimity) that yoga suggests we nourish and grow. You know mudita is at work when you find yourself feeling delighted about the good things happening in OTHER peoples’ lives.
Sharing yoga gets my mudita motor running like nothing else. Just last week, a 98-year old student of mine remarked that he loves coming to class because he loves the experience of moving in ways he’s never moved before (at 98!), and that he ‘felt years younger’ after class.
‘How young do you feel?” I asked.
“34” he said.
I LOVE that for him.
And that is why I teach yoga. When students come to class and experience joy, inspiration, pain relief or have a breakthrough, it gives me SO. MUCH. JOY. #mudita
I don’t know about you, but I want to feel 34 when I’m 98 too! And I want to keep finding ways to move that surprise and delight me! I want that – for him, for you, for me, and for everyone! May we ALL experience the joy of movement at every age!
Here are some ways to play with Mudita both on and off the mat:
Intention/Affirmation: I am happy for the success of others
Breath: Breath of Joy (see video)
On the Mat: Do a pose or a practice that gives you joy
Off the Mat: Tell someone how happy you are to see them thriving at life
Amanda Tripp, Yoga/body nerd and woman of a 1000 opinions