The passing of BKS Iyengar is momentous to so many in the world today. Millions of people around the world are feeling the effects of this event and reflecting on his influence in their lives. Mine, for one, would not have any resemblance to the life I have had without this man's inspiring practice and teaching.
I cannot honor him enough except to continue to fan the flame of yoga through practice and teaching.
"Yoga is a light which, once lit, can never fade off. The more you do, the brighter the flame burns in you." BKS Iyengar
Jai Guru and pranams,
TRUSTING In THE PROCESS OF YOGA
Awareness and understanding of yoga, or of anything that is important, grows at a unique rhythm and pace for every individual. Trying to force a shortcut to maturity results in resistance, confusion, and separation. This is the antithesis of yoga, since yoga is the unity of heart and soul from which trust and respect arise.
Approaching yoga as a process, more akin to falling in love than to working toward a promotion, will make the experience one of expanding freedom. Mastering technique and striving for accomplishment give way to joy and wonder. In gaining trust in yoga's process there is a loss of trust in old responses that once may have "worked" to attain position or favor. Relationship takes priority over results. Trust is gained in the the kind response, the compassionate response to bring about deep and enduring supportive connections that are divinely human.
The new blog post, Trusting in the Process of Yoga gives a few more thoughts on this topic. We will be exploring this process in classes and workshops. I look forward to seeing or hearing from you, my friends in yoga in the coming year.