If you hang around Yoga Teachers at all, you’re apt to hear us ask each other, “Who’s your teacher?” My official teacher I would say is Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. That probably is quite evident by now as she is frequently mentioned in my blog posts. Gurmukh often tells her students to try to expose themselves to people that demonstrate “god/Christ” consciousness such as the Dalai Lama or Amma. Well, Gurmukh does that for me.
What I should add however is that my real teachers are the people in my daily life that present me with challenges to rise up to and overcome.
I always tell my yoga teacher training students that it is easy to be serene in a yoga studio. There is soft candlelight, ambient music, aromatherapy burning, and a welcoming community of like-minded students to practice with.
The real test comes outside of the studio. What did you learn in your practice?
You’ve probably learned some funky poses by now but did you learn how to breathe deeply during an argument so that instead of lashing out you can create peace? Did you learn to stay calm when your child is acting up because you can see that they are really just reaching out for love? How did you react when that driver cut you off? Every time we experience anger, we trigger a chemical reaction in our bodies that quite simply poisons us. You may feel better briefly by exploding but you have quite literally poisoned yourself.
How we treat people inside the yoga studio has to spill over into our lives.
Our most personal relationships are the most challenging. The people in our lives are there to help us grow. If we can start to use our yogic tools of deep breathing through uncomfortable situations we can learn a lot about ourselves and how we keep recreating drama in our lives. Once we learn the lesson, the drama can end. There might be a new drama right around the corner, but as we continue to practice, the dramas become less intense and more short lived.
Breathe deeply, live fully, love unconditionally.