I was thinking about this as I left the gym, and started wondering how I could go about teaching the soul aspects of yoga to other instructors. (Someday I intend to lead teacher trainings. The mid-west is definitely lacking them.) I do believe part of it comes from study of yoga philosophy, but I also think there is more to it than that. You cannot just study it, you have to internalize it, believe it, and do your best to live it. (And just as a side note, I do not consider yoga a religion. I believe whatever religious beliefs you have, yoga can be easily integrated into them and help you live a more loving life.)
Here are some of my yogathoughts & beliefs that express the heart and soul of yoga:
- We are spiritual beings living a human life.
- We are full and whole and well and nothing is lacking in us.
- We are love.
- We can be in the midst of challenge and still be relaxed, calm, and peaceful.
- We are connected: What we take from others, we take from ourselves. What we give to others, we also receive.
- We can and must shed our labels (wife, mother, sister, daughter, husband, father, son, student, teacher, lawyer, etc.) regularly and get in touch with our truest selves.
- We can accept ourselves just as we are and trust life. And with this acceptance and trust, growth always follows.
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