As a Yoga teacher do you find yourself judgmental against other Yoga traditions different from yours? Do you feel like another style of Yoga cannot be called Yoga and you struggle to accept it?
Let’s consider a couple of scenarios:
Marc has been practicing for a few years the same Yoga tradition oriented to a lot of meditation and just a few Asanas, then he decided to become a Yoga teacher. The more the years pass, the more confident about the effectiveness of his style on him and on his students he becomes. He hasn’t been to a class of any other style of Yoga for a long time.
One of his regular students, Vanessa, told him about a new type of Yoga that she experienced a week ago. He had already heard about that Yoga among his Yoga teachers circle. He heard that "it cannot be called Yoga in itself", "it is all physical", "it is like fitness " and "it has nothing to do with the 8 limbs of Yoga". Ironically Marc now finds more people talking about that new style of Yoga everywhere he goes and in every conversation. He now feels angry about it and every time he reads a comment on social media from one of those ‘fitness’ teachers he feels like he wants to argue and comment that it is wrong but he tries to restrain himself from saying too much in order not to look too invasive and aggressive.
Now Donna is the Yoga teacher of that new type of Yoga. She likes strong Asanas and believes they are good for her. She doesn’t like "those vegetarians", "Guru- like" type of Yoga teachers who have a "boring" practice. When she goes on social media and reads that people are talking about strong Asanas as ‘mindless practice’, she gets angry and frustrated.
Do you find yourself sometimes thinking like Donna or Marc?
Do not worry; even if you are a Yoga teacher, you are a human being! We all tend to disagree with different ways of doing things and defend our beliefs. Even so, those strong thoughts and feelings that we could have, are a gift from the universe and pointers for us to grow in peace and harmony with ourselves and the world.
Next time you feel a resistance inside of you in the form of strong thoughts or emotions, pause for a moment and ask yourself ‘why am I having these reactions?’ Often we see problems that do not exist or are not important; this clouds our judgement and drains our energy.
In his book "Life's missing instruction manual", Joe Vitale wrote: “You will find this hard to believe at first, but everything in your life is just a projection from the shadow side of your mind”.
I know that we all want to change the world and save it, and that Yoga teachers feel this passionately. The good news is that it is possible to create a better world. The other news is that we can only create a better world...for ourselves!
Taking a risk is an excellent way to measure where you are in your process of creating that beautiful world. So this week why don’t you take a risk for your mind and go to a Yoga class that you have never thought you would practice in your life? This experience will maybe teach you not only a few technical things that you didn’t know and that could inspire you to incorporate in your teachings but also a lot about yourself as a person! You can take notes which will help you to do some self-reflection and enhance your own Yoga practice. Sound can also help you to cut right through the layers of the mind and accelerate that transformation process through simple and efficient methods.
We all have different needs and there is no Yoga that can suit everybody’s needs. It is the same with every other thing in life. In Sound Therapy we understand it in terms of frequency: as human beings we all have different frequencies. If I chant a Chakra vowel for 2 people at the same time, one person could feel a resonance in his head; the other person might feel it in the base of the spine! Likewise there is a Yoga that works for one but doesn’t work for another. Instead of arguing, trust that the universe is perfect just the way it is.
I am interested in knowing your thoughts and I am willing to learn from your precious feed-backs.
Namaste and a lot of love and Sound to you.
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