Local businesses are the lifeblood of any community, and as small business owners ourselves, we make it a point to support local everything. This weekend, Ted, our friend Danielle, and I tried a new Thai restaurant that I’ve wanted to check out, Kao Mun Gai,. We love Asian food, and OKC has some of the best Asian restaurants in the country. This was a small place with only one table, and literally only 5 things on the menu. For me, I truly appreciate a restaurant that has a limited menu – one that does a few dishes, but does them amazingly well. The food was fantastic! We chatted up the owner, and had a great conversation about Thailand, and then of course, food. He lamented that people here were more interested in Chick-fil-A than eating food made with passion, tradition, care, and personal investment.
What does this have to do with yoga, you may ask? The four words I listed above – passion, tradition, care, and personal investment. These are only some of the qualities that define our 18+ year old business. We offer a limited menu, in that we are not trying to please everyone all the time. The “food” we create is like a recipe passed down from grandmother to daughter to granddaughter, honoring the original recipe, adding in some personal touches, while staying true to the flavor and tradition that was handed down to us from our teachers. We have a passion for what we cook, because we know that this food can be an awakening for our students. We care about the finished dish, because Yoga deserves to taught with respect, integrity, and meaning. Our personal investment runs long and deep over decades of training, experience, and commitment to our art.
You can eat fast food if you like, but you probably won’t feel as good or as nourished as you would from eating food that someone put care, nutritious ingredients, and attention into making. When you support local, you build the strength of your community, and help real people instead of corporations.