What is Yoga, and Why Do You Practice? Is the first assignment at CorePower Yoga Teacher Training. It’s a reflective entree to your journey to become a yoga teacher. I shared my thoughts fourteen weeks ago on this question when I began my Hot Power Fusion Teacher Training. Yet today I tackle the question anew.
Yoga is a sanctuary where I meet myself. Coming to my mat each day brings me closer to myself. As I strengthen my body the outer shell of my being more closely resembles who I truly am. When I practice yoga the anxious toiling of my mind quiets and slowly ceases leaving space for calm creativity and a blossoming of gratitude. When I step onto my mat and leave the world behind I find a respite from what was and what could be. In those moments I am now, and the present envelops me in an embrace that nurtures my soul.
Alone, yoga lets me see closer who I really am.
Yet through my experience in teacher training I discovered two new aspects to my yoga practice.
When I come to my mat in community I am no longer alone. I leave behind the solitary struggle through life and my heart lifts allowing friendship to germinate. When I practice together it is easier to extend the moments of being myself beyond the studio. When I yearn to know someone as dearly as I open myself to them I discover that life is a union of us, and that the spaces between are only imaginings.
Together, yoga lets me see others as they really are.
Yet in the seat of a teacher yoga gives me more.
When I invite others to their mat the hopeful future inside me ignites their radiant beauty. When I guide them further on their journey I discover that our paths have intertwined. When I honor the divine light in them I can finally see the divine light in all of us.
As one, yoga lets me see our enduring union.