What is “real” Yoga anyway…

When I graduated from my Yoga Teacher Training, I thought that I needed to be more “Yogic” before I can teach. Many of my fellow friends and teachers agreed with this feeling of doubt or unworthiness. How can I teach if I can’t do this pose, or how can I talk about the scriptures when I don’t “live” it fully myself?

I think Mark Whitwell, a man who spreads the word of his teachers: Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar; is so powerful. What I found, is that he shares his message with such simplicity. It’s clear and direct, he absolutely believes in what he says.

I think the important piece as a teacher, a graduate, and everyone walking this planet is to strip everything back, until you feel a real connection to that ‘something true’ for you. Just share that. Don’t share anything more, you don’t actually need to. The most simple things – like breath – are so powerful, when you can deliver them with authenticity. Don’t be overwhelmed with cues, emotive guidance, and descriptions. Just talk about what it’s like to breathe.

You know that feeling when you lie on your mat and you sigh relief, like you’ve just returned home. That’s how simple and effective things can really be.

We don’t need handstands, we don’t need celibacy, we don’t need Kombucha, to share something genuine and authentic. But it must be true for you.

Get out of the funk, feel the Yoga, get outside of your usual routine, out of your usual studio and try a new place or a new country and be with your Self. Do things that you think have absolutely nothing to do with Yoga. In the end, they always are, but not in the way that you might have thought. You’re not here to try and be ‘Non-Harm’ or ‘Compassion’, because you already are that.

Don’t talk to me in Sanskrit, talk to me in a language that I understand. Listen to me, Accept me, Love me. These are the principles I live by when I teach and relate. Personally, I think they have everything to do with Yoga.

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I want to share Mark’s latest post. His words inspired this blog and I hope they inspire something in you too…

“How do we measure a person’s yoga practice? What does ‘being good at yoga’ even mean?

What if it’s not how long they hold a handstand…
Or how deep their forward bend is…
Or if they can balance on one arm…
Or if they can power through 108 sun salutations without breaking a sweat…
Or how tight their ‘yoga body’ is…
Or if they can sit on their bum doing nothing for hours at a time…
Or if they can see pretty blue flashing lights above their crown….
Not even if they can manufacture bliss-states from time to time.

What if a person’s yoga practice was measured in how good a listener they become…
In a lessening of reactivity to other people’s bullshit…
In their ability to see the best in others and love it… even the most annoying people…
In their kindness…
In their capacity for sincerity…
In their naturally reduced need for stimulating pleasures that were adopted to compensate for the eclipsed pleasures of breath and being…
In their ability to say things clearly without fear of what people will think…
In their perspective on the world.

If this stuff isn’t developing naturally — not as a fake performance — then it could be that our yoga isn’t actually yoga. Awkward.

Real yoga is about clarity of mind and perception, by linking the dissociative and solipsistic brain back up with the whole body, which is already nature, the power of life.

And it does matter, not just as pedantry, because we urgently need more love and less reactivity, and more clarity and less consumerism.” – Mark Whitwell, Heart of Yoga

 

– Erin Docherty facilitates colour therapy sessions using Aura-Soma®, she teaches Yoga, Meditation and positive ways to think and see. Her Retreats, Workshops and Private Sessions are truely a soulful experience, with a lot of magic in between. Stay in touch with her on Instagram @colourmyspirit.com.au / on Facebook @ErinDochertyYoga / via her website http://www.colourmyspirit.com.au

 

 

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