A new teacher arrived at my yoga studio. First of all, most of the teachers are female. This teacher is a male. English is his second language, so he can be hard to understand. He is from India. His yoga teachings are authentic. Chanting OM and Hindu prayers, we began class. Feeling unsure, I followed instructions to the best of my ability. The class was challenging. Losing focus at times, I became impatient. The next day I was sore but happy that I was able to experience this form of yoga here in the USA. It was a gift.
Learning that this teacher is starting a yoga teacher training class with the owner of the studio, I was intrigued. Having considered yoga instruction as my next step, I started to inquire about the details. Asking questions of the studio and myself I pondered the idea of receiving authentic knowledge and ancient wisdom from India. Is this the right time and place for me to begin this journey? Am I up for the challenge? It would require a large time commitment. Pushing my body, mind, and spirit to its limit would be the reward.
We can become complacent with our lives. Once certain abilities are mastered, it is easy to remain in the comfort zone. The constant push and pull between ease and challenge, is the “yoga of life.” In poses, there is rest and effort. Some asanas are easy, others require extra endurance. This is the Yin and Yang of yoga called balance. Yoga teaches us to go beyond the confinement of our perceived limitations. A yoga practice is about personal growth and expansion, literally and figuratively. Some days, we exert more effort, while other days we might need to take it slow. Where are you in life? Is it time to challenge yourself? Authentic challenges can bring freshness and vitality to your soul.
Susan J. McFarland
February 21, 2019