TODAY’S YOGA Nowadays, Yoga comes in so many different styles, shapes, definitions and focal themes, that I thought it would be important to briefly mention how I study this deep and ancient philosophy.
TEACHER – STUDENT Traditionally, Yoga has been taught teacher to student, one-on-one. As Yoga was transported to the West, this changed, for the most part. Most of the millions of Yoga practitioners in the West attend group classes, anywhere from 2 – 200 people in a room. Once again, I consider myself to be super blessed in finding a teacher who belongs to a long lineage of students who study one-on-one. That means that even when a student becomes a teacher, they still have a teacher, therefore every teacher is also a student. I have found that through this teacher – student relationship, much growth and healing has occurred.
YOGA’S BIGGEST PARADOX The need for a teacher is emphasized in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali because even though we all have the potential to inner peace and the answer to all of our questions, we have something called the MIND, which for most of us is blurred, and prevents us from understanding that this potential even exists. The image below hopefully clarifies this concept: Sun = inner peace, Cloud = confused mind. We therefore need a person we trust to offer tools so that we can slowly remove the clouds and see the sun’s rays, feel the warmth of our inner light.