Monday, November 15, 2010

I can't teach Yoga

I'm starting to realize that it's impossible for me to teach Yoga. Yoga is its own teacher. The yoga practice teaches me. I can't teach you what yoga can teach you.

However, what I can do, is share my practice with you - in the hopes that your practice will deepen to the point where yoga will reveal its secrets and teachings to you.

Verse 1:26 of Patanajli's Yoga Sutra says:

"Sa esah purvesam api guruh kalena anavacchedat"

This translates as:

"God is the ultimate guru and teacher - unaffected by time and space."

So where does each person's best teacher reside? Deep within each student's heart resides the ultimate teacher for that student.

Later on in the Yoga Sutra - Verse 2:47 states:

"Prayatna saithilya ananta samapattibyam"

This translates as:

"Perfection in the pose is achieved when the effort to perform the pose becomes effortless and the infinite being within is recongnized."

The infinite being within - the teacher - the ultimate Guru - undistrubed and unaffected by time and space.

Who really teaches yoga? Who shares his/her practice?

Yoga is an "inside" job. Find your teacher deep within every pose.

Namaste -

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