as a yoga teacher, i seek out opportunities where i am allowed to be a student. mostly because i really do get tired of hearing the sound of my own voice telling other people what to do. and because learning new things keeps the mind young, and teaches humility, observation, awareness and gratitude. and the role reversal is a nice way to turn me on my head. i am, however, a horribly stubborn, irritating student as many of my teachers have told me.
i started to blog as an outlet (perhaps vent is a better word) for my internal observations on my own learning processes and experiences. i usually laugh at my failings as much as i do at my successes and learning new things has both; so there’s always a reason to laugh. i will try to write here about inspiring interactions that i have every day with students all around me. if your experience is mentioned here, it is because it inspired me or made me think about something in a new or different way. and that’s cool.
in addition, i have a great need at this point in my yoga practice and life to cut through the layers of horsesh!t and hypocracy that i see in the greater (global) yoga community and present yoga as i see and experience it: a practical philosophy that allows you to enjoy your life now. yoga is a platform and a support, not a soapbox.
Put simply, to the tune of Patanjali:
1.2 Yoga is the suspension of the fluctuations of the mind
1.3 Then the seer abides in his/her own nature