May 7, 2010

Gu-darkness. Ru-Light.

Guru. Bringing darkness to Light.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."

- Marriane Williamson
found on Lori Painter's Inspire2act blog, (click) a frequent read of mine.

When the student is ready the teacher will come.
Bhuddist Proverb

I often get inquiries from friends and family who are curious in starting yoga. I tell them the teacher is the most important element in the you-plus+yoga=equation. Some of them have been to a class and felt 'yoga wasn't for them.'
Trying one yoga class and dismissing the entire practice is like tasting a banana and declaring you hate all fruit (or even all food.)

It often takes a few or many drop-ins to find the teacher best suited to you. The teacher is far more important than any other factor, including the difficulty level and style. Often what you want is not necessarily what you need. (Injuries and other obvious physical boundaries excluded.)

I, for one have always been weary of the stringency and seriousness of Iyengar yoga, but Friday at 11am was such a perfect fit in my schedule that I showed up and my vision has shifted. This teacher does something to me; she changes how I look at things and how I feel. It is indescribable.

*A great great read: (I might even have to Amazon another copy seeing as mine is in Cleveland)
Has anyone read any of Geeta Iyengar's work? This is BKS Iyengar's daughter. I have not, so let me know.

Some tips from a teacher (yours truly):
-Introduce yourself to the teacher when you come in- we dig this!
-You do not have to be "good at yoga" to SIT IN FRONT. The more of a beginner you are the nearer to the teacher you should be plunking yourself. You'll get so much more attention and a little one-on-one in yoga is clutch. Don't be shy, get up there and get yourself more bang for your butt!
-There is no such thing as being good at yoga.
-Flexibility has nothing to do with your hamstrings.

90 percent of life is showing up
-Woody Allen

1 comment:

Astrid said...

I don't love using the word "teacher" but I feel it works for what I am trying to communicate. We are all teachers, students, yogis, yoginis...
there is no separation.