Ramadan - a time to shift perspective
Born and raised in the UAE, I was fortunate enough to have seen many months of Ramadan come and go. The lights changing colours and shapes with each year passing, big white tents and late nighters. The holy month quickly became part of my yearly routine; friends and their families fasted and feasted.
However, the older I get and the more connected I am with spirituality through yoga, many layers of the external celebratory facets of Ramadan peel away - and I slowly begin to truly witness one of the most beautiful spiritual and religious practices.
Yoga teaches us that we are all one, that we all breathe the same air- hey, we are all literally made up of the same stuff. This idea of compassion, understanding, empathy and universality takes the stage time and time again, and during the holy month we see it light up even more. We are all equal, right? But we are not. Millions around the world remain hungry, ill, oppressed, or in areas of war. We are sometimes blinded as we drown in our busy, hectic daily routines that we forget to think about the bigger picture.
We are but a drop in the ocean.
Sometimes bad things in our life have to happen for us to move our attention away from the material and look towards the spiritual. To feel that we are part of something greater, and that every action we have has a reaction. So how are we choosing to act in a way that positively shapes the greater whole?
It's time for a shift in perspective.
For those participating in Ramadan this year, then practices such as fasting, giving back to the community, prayer and purifying the soul are incredible ways to help us reflect and reconnect to humanity. And if you aren't, then we encourage to find your own practice of self reflection, of finding ways to do good, to say what you mean and mean what you say, and make extra room for compassion in your busy schedule.
Ramadan Kareem lovely humans, may all beings be happy and free.
Join our Ramadan clothing drive
From May 27 - June 25, join our clothing drive in partnership with Pre-Loved Yogawear - a local initiative that engages local businesses as well as encourages community members to help reduce waste, give back to others and foster a more sustainable lifestyle.
Here's how it works...
Gather together as many articles of activewear that you'd be willing to donate! Grab those Nike sports bras that don't do it for you, those Reebok shoes you've grown out of, and that pair of Lululemon leggings that you never wear anymore and bring them in to our store.
For your amazing efforts, we'll reward you with a discount voucher valid for any purchase at yApparel until the end of the year. We'll take your regular clothes too if you'd like, but only fitness or sports apparel will count.
- 5-10 articles: 10% off
- 11-20 articles: 15% off
- 20+ articles: 20% off
We really hope you'll take part in this campaign, but the real challenge is whether or not we can continue to give back in other ways outside of a limited timeframe or event. We encourage you to continue your act of giving for the rest of the month, and months to come. This may mean getting up a few minutes early to make that cup of coffee for your partner, putting in a favour for a best friend, or volunteering at your favourite local charity.