I love it when something that you read in a book brings you a moment of self-realization which ultimately changes the way that you move through this life.
In the autobiography that I’m reading, the author is sent repeatedly (and I mean over and over and over) by his guru to ask for a very specific job in which he has no reason to think he will ever be successfully employed. He has an “aha” moment when he decides that his guru is actually teaching him non-attachment to success, and allowing him time to build a measure of faith. I’m not ruining his story by telling you that he does in fact eventually get the job.
I don’t know what this says about me as a Yoga teacher but I find that I’m always trying to come up with something new to add into my Yoga classes. It may be as simple as a slightly modified version of a well-known pose, a new suggestion to allow my students to achieve alignment in a pose, or a slightly new take on understanding the ancient philosophy of Yoga. Whatever the “something new” may be, it gives me the feeling that my class is an offering to my students that is a little bit more valuable than if I just simply went through the same motions and thought-processes as I’ve done before. Obviously this is just my perspective as a teacher.
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Even though the snow continues to fall at my house, the birds know that Spring is here. As I watch them out the window, they seem oblivious to the cold, snowy weather that is keeping me from wanting to be outside.
Whenever I observe birds, the first thing that comes to mind is “freedom”. To be able to not only walk on the land, swim in the water, but also fly in the sky seems the essence of freedom to me. In Hindu mythology, birds often symbolize the soul and the form that it takes during reincarnation – when the soul is freed from one physical body and transferred into another.