Many people practice yoga as their fitness
regime – which I believe is totally fine, if this is what they want. However, yoga
shouldn’t be placed in the fitness realm. Getting a strong and flexible body
might happen through regular practice, but yoga isn’t just moving from one pose
to another. It’s about ourselves, establish a deep connection to the self and
learn on the way.
If you’re after competition and judgment, the yoga
studio is the wrong place to be, as yoga isn’t competitive at all, it’s not
about can or can’t, it’s not about the student next to you. We are using asanas
to quieten our mind, to slide into a moving meditation.
That doesn’t mean we can’t do some of the fancy
stuff that is popular right now! Go, try everything that catches your
attention, but also understand there is more.
When attending a yoga class, be prepared that
you might not get what you want. Instead, be open to receive what the teacher
is ready to give to you. Encouraging and guiding you to look inward, and become
rooted in the deeper sense of yoga.
It’s a slow process, there’s no rush.
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We rise by lifting others!
Three of my students decided to do a teacher training and the first one will be on her way soon. Honestly, I couldn’t be more proud! It’s fantastic to observe their paths, their interest beyond the physical practice and their openness for the yoga way of life.
A friend asked me recently, if I won’t be rather offended as they will be competitor teachers? Not at all! Yoga isn’t a competition. We serve each other, we lift each other, we spread the love. This might sound a bit like phrases from the sixties, but we’re quite aware about the business behind. Teaching yoga is business, but it works slightly different. Yoga teaches us about oneness, a quite unusual approach when it comes to business – read more about this in one of my previous posts.
Teachers are students, students are teachers. I strongly believe, that we don’t meet by default. We have to learn from each other, no matter which role. We are mirrors for each other or to put it another way: “recognize, the other person is you”. Give and receive, teach and learn, recognize and change, release and grow.
When my student becomes a teacher, I also see my journey. I see the excitement, the fear and the believes, particularly the limiting ones. I see me. I know there are a couple of things I can help with, but there are others that everyone has to experience and go through themselves, it’s part of the game. Finally being a teacher all of a sudden is a milestone itself. Standing in front of a class, developing one’s unique style…. Hesitating, struggling, and same time enjoying…. It’s beautiful, touching and yes, I’m damn proud! You so rock!
Om Mani Padme Hum