Do you ever wonder what your Yoga teacher worries about? What does she say to her other Yoga teacher friends when they sit over their green tea soy lattes? What insecurities and worries do they share when in meditation and Yoga workshops and there are no students around? Well, the answers may (or may not) surprise you.
We are like everyone else. Are you shocked? We have insecurities. We have body issues. We wonder what the line is between being open, kind and loving and just plain getting walked on by those around us. We are perfect just the way we are. And so are you. Like everyone on the planet, we have real lives with real problems… and like you, with Yoga, we have a place to go. Within and closer.
The Yoga Sutras give us all an outline of how to live our happiest life and how to let the problems we all have not overtake us. Yoga teachers succeed in following that path to greater and lesser degrees—just like the population. We just seem like we have a secret (sometimes) because we believe that within all of us is light. The closer we get to that light the happier, better and more secure we are. The more we love ourselves and others, the more we serve, the less that we dwell in the “supposed to” or “how things should be,” and the more we thrive. Every time we come back to the mat, we find focus. We find peace. Even if it is just for a minute, we see the truth of what every moment of life can be if we can just be in that moment and use our breath like we are taught in our Yoga classes. This is not magic and it is available to us all. That which we give ourselves to renew us translates into being better at serving others. Serving others in kindness is what in turn gives us more calmness and happiness because it is our essence. The Buddha said:
“In the end only three things matter: how much you loved; how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
Can you use your mat and join us in pursuing these three things?
Namaste (“the light in me sees the light in you!”).