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“Self-knowledge or knowledge of truth is not had by resorting to a guru (preceptor) nor by the study of scripture, nor by good works: it is attained only by means of inquiry inspired by wise teachers. One's inner light alone is the means, naught else. When this inner light is kept alive, it is not affected by the darkness of inertia.” Sage Vasishtha
To some, yoga can seem like this mystical, unknown practice. For others, it is a way of life. A yogi can be a person who is able to put their foot behind their head while standing on their hands. A yogi can also be someone sitting in silence in a far away land for days on end. Many times, a yogi is someone who quietly attempts to be kind, compassionate, and caring on a daily basis as their practice. Yoga is simply the practice of self-exploration and connection with a divine source, and this manifests very different for each person. There is no right or wrong way. There is only your way. It’s truly as simple and beautiful as that.
Yoga is an ever-changing and evolving exploration into the self that has managed to enrich my personal life in many ways. It is a vehicle to help me quiet my mind. Plain and simple, I practice yoga to feel good in my body. I practice meditation to feel good in my mind. These two practices sustain me and nourish me so I can move through life more relaxed. They also help me gain clarity as to how to realize my full potential in this life. Yoga and Meditation make me stop and listen.
These are just my thoughts, my interpretations of yoga. Every student, every teacher, every guru can and should have a different understanding of yoga. That is a beautiful thing. Just because I feel something in my practice, doesn’t mean you will. Just because you experience a moment of zen during a backbend, doesn’t mean I’ll follow you there. And that is okay. There is something truly glorious about this individual freedom within yoga. Yoga just feels like the wheels that can take us on this journey through the self.
I find it disappointing that many feel the need to judge the path other’s are on. Ultimately, we are (hopefully) all doing the best we can. We are all on this individual journey that has no map. I know in my practice, as in life, I make plenty of mistakes. So who am I to think I know what’s best for you? Who are you to judge the person next to you in crow? All I am really qualified to do is celebrate your effort and journey through love and kindness. I hope you will do the same. Think about the power in the simple act of practicing love and kindness to others.
Smile, love, give, serve, show up fully, be present, speak with truth, find your light and let it shine.
Many Blessings and Much Love!