This is why I practice & teach yoga

Since I have started practicing (in 2005) and teaching Yoga (in 2006) my relationship to the world has become more peaceful. Through the Yoga teachings, I have realized that by calming the mind and having unconditional faith in the “divine plan” above, we will end up where we are supposed to and everything will, in the end, be ok, therefore my interactions with the world are simpler and problems vanish as they seems to appear.
There is defiantly more compassion in the way I see myself treating others.
There is less judgment and more love to share because ultimately, I understand that by giving good and serving that “divine force inside us” we will reach a more unified universe and therefore create a more welcoming environment for our followers.

The Yoga teachings that “everything is an offering” if applied to an every-day life can improve the quality of each day for you and for the people you will have the pleasure of encountering on your path. But, all this said, it does not mean I did not have and still encounter days in which applying such teachings is more challenging that others. Days in which I feel lost inside the “divine plan” and I feel as if I were drowning in the unknown. Those are the days I reach out to Yoga asana and meditation more. Those are the days in which reading the scriptures are more productive. Those are the days I feel if I can get through the challenge then I can serve God the best I can and others will benefit from my efforts as well. This is ultimately why, five years ago, I choose to become a teacher.

And since then, I try to convey to others (by words and actions in my Yoga classes and among friends and family) that via the Yoga practice we learn to live without expectations and in pure acceptance of self and others and therefore our relationships with the self and consequently with the world can benefit enormously. We can be more respectful of one another and more understanding of others’ problems. As one explores and pushes their self, they are better able to be empathetic and supportive of others who are trying to grow and explore the deeper truth in the self.

Yoga helped to learn how to see the world as not only “a place to live in,” but also a “place to be part of and help to develop.” Of course, by teaching Yoga, I am not trying to better every single human being on planet Earth, but I know I can pass along to others the tools they will need to discover the TRUTH within them so they can unlock the doors of their heart and feel that the “Divine” is indeed inside them all time to lead their way and they should not fear it.

Kahlil Gibran in “The Prophet” best explains the kind of teacher I emulate and hope to continue growing into: “The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”

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