Yatra is a beautiful sanskrit word describing yoga as a journey, a process.
This is a journey I have been on since 1989. It has not been a linear process; more like upward trending spirals or long switchbacks, moving me along yet returning me to beginnings at the same time.
Along the way I have had opportunities to completely recalibrate my way of relating and practicing yoga. I engaged these new beginnings readily because I had an early teacher who told me to watch for those opportunities to "grow and discover" something deeper about what I think I already know; "it's a gift to dissolve fixed ideas into fluid knowing", she said.
After more than a decade of ashtanga and hatha practices, I decided to embark upon a Hatha Beginners 10 week class exploration in 2001. The opportunity to empty the cup and flow with new concepts, approaches, sensations, inspiration.....I learned that yoga is constantly updating itself as an intersectionality of disciplines, philosophies, and practices. There was much to discover in what I thought might be old ground. To keep the practice relevant and fresh, yogins are encouraged to have a dedicated and sustained relationship with yoga. Inquiry, movement, education, breath, meditation, all methods for emptying the cup of discovery.
This new calibration led to the first Yoga Training I had encountered which was dedicated to Yoga teaching, designing classes and curricula as an extension of a personal relationship with yoga. In my experience, the 2000s introduced trainings designed to become a yoga teacher. Before then, most trainings were explorations for growing a personal yoga practice, through the lens of education and community. This container was rich in sampling ways to relate to yoga. It was here I found somatic yoga, EmbodiYoga, in 2004.
I am of many opinions regarding the subtle but profound shift of purpose and intention in yoga trainings that I experienced in my field of yoga involvement. I believe the root of any teaching practice is the cultivation of the personal practice; it's the pulsating heart which keeps the teaching alive and relevant.
My yoga journey has been electic, lead by my spirit of adventure. Yoga learning was becoming more accessible then ever by 2005. Online trainings were becoming more available and of course in-person trainings with international and local wise teachers were offered in major studios. I flew, drove, and even took trains to study with teachers who offered teachings in my scope of interest. And I offered these teachings to my students, as a conversation of discovery, clarifying and dimensionalizing my relationship with yoga. My teaching is a part of my learning, supportive and guiding new questions and discoveries.
In 2012, I had my daughter. New body, new mind....new everything. Look for next week's blog for how I found yoga again in the context of at-risk pregnancy, emergency c-section, and on-going recovery.
"Yoga is a uniting of consciousness in the heart". Yoga Sutras 1.2, Nischala Devi Translation, The Secret Power of Yoga
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