In traditional yoga, bhava (or bhav) is a way of seeing god or an attitude of devotion. During practice, you can cultivate five types. All of them are, basically, different forms of love – peaceful, humble, friendly, maternal and passionate.
So you have to smile when you realize that the Bhav Brigade is building an army of love and positive vibes by offering donation-based yoga classes in mostly public places.
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They turned on their love light
Throughout their yoga teacher training at the former Satya Yoga studio in Norfolk’s Freemason district, Jessica Johnson, Danielle Stern and Jeff Villanueva’s yoga teacher trainer, Logan (Taylor) Tymoff, told them to “always bring the bhav wherever they go.” When Satya shut its doors in April, the students picked locations outside of the studio to teach their graduation yoga class.
For Danielle’s graduation, she led a class of 16 students through a sun salutation sequence on a sunny day in April at the Pagoda in Norfolk. A musical duo – mostly likely hired to play for Pagoda patrons – kindly synced their music to the flow of the class – even blessing the class’s savasana with an instrumental version of “America the Beautiful.” It was as if the fates had aligned to make the day worth repeating. Danielle’s experience and the trio’s hope to continue to “bring the bhav,” despite the closing of their home studio, gave spirit to the Bhav Brigade.
And they let it shine
They actually did continue to host classes at the Pagoda throughout the summer and much of this fall. Other locations include and have included the Slover Library, The Plot and GreenLife Adventure Sports in Norfolk. Offering donation-only classes gave them a chance to reach a diverse audience.
“Studio classes can be expensive for some people,” said Jeff. “This opens yoga up to people who might not find themselves in a yoga class. It makes you happy to know you can help people this way.“
Most people do give. Those who don’t. “Maybe they will one day,” said Jessica.
And shine and shine and shine
Soon students will be able to practice with the Bhav Brigade at home. With the help of Eva Fuze, a friend Jessica met while teaching this summer, the Bhav Brigade will–in the near enough future–offer a meditation and yoga video. Here too they will give what they get. Part of the proceeds will go to St. Jude Research Hospital.
This weekend they’ll continue to let their love light shine. Jessica and Danielle will lead a GloFlo yoga class 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday during the NEON Fest on the lawn of the Harrison Opera House. Expect black lights and glow sticks. If you want to make it even more fun, bring your own neon body paint.
For more information and updates on their upcoming classes, follow the Bhav Brigade on Facebook.