Independence Day, Inspiration To Go.

You:                 Why do you teach yoga?

Theme:            What are you willing to fight for?

HOV’s:             Freedom, Courage, Choice, and Fight the Good Fight.


This theme can be modified and used for July 4, Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo, Bastille Day or any time you want to talk about freedom gained. Always relate your anecdote to life, and to yoga, for example, the freedom found in our poses and our bodies. For this theme, I usually talk about a time when I had to fight for something, or stand up for someone important to me.


This is space for your personal reflections on why the theme is important to you. My reflections are about choice. Choosing is an act of creation and independence. Learning from mistakes, fight for what’s important. My most important battles were not for me, but for my loved ones, children and family.Yoga is also a “fight,” or skill in action from the Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna had to decide what was worth it. Being lackadaisical won’t get you into the arm balances. You have to be all in and committed.

Golden Nuggets

  • What are you willing to fight for?

  • What is important to you?

  • Choose freedom.

  • Choose you. Choose love.

  • Do the thing you must do.

  • There are no guarantees.

  • How much do you want it?

  • Do not be afraid.



  • “Better to fight for something, than to live for nothing.” General George Patton

  • “Freedom is a chance to be better.” Albert Camus

  • “Those who wish the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” Voltaire.

  • “Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” Jean Paul Satre.

  • “Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of an intention.” Sharon Salzburg.

Based on “Theme Weaver: Connect the Power of Inspiration to Teaching Yoga”Michelle Marchildon is the Yogi Muse. She is an award-winning writer and the author of Theme Weaver:Connect the Power of Inspiration to Teaching Yoga. You can find more at on this for a PDF.Independence Day