What is a Guru? What does 'namaste' mean?

What is a Guru?  What does 'namaste' mean?

Every morning for the past 4 weeks I’ve started teaching my classes with a long Dharma talk before each class. This is definitely one of my favorite parts of leading these Shiva Yoga® 200hr Teacher Training programs. We have extra time and I can take the time to share some of the stories that my teachers have shared with me that have helped me understand yoga, and break down and talk about some of the common terms we use a lot in yoga but may not fully understand.

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Take a journey to the center of your Self!

Take a journey to the center of your Self!

Take a journey to the center of your Self! Walk to the center of your wheel. Yoga is a shift of perspective. The ego says, ‘I want the world to change for me!’ Yoga says, ‘change yourself and your relationship to the world will change too.’ What’s left over when you peel off the layers and let go of your body, mind, thoughts, ego, and emotions? What’s left over in the stillness, in the silence? What does at feel like to sit at the center of the wheel? Look at all the drama, all the noise, all the thoughts, way out at the outer edges. What’s left over in the stillness and the silence? You. The most subtle aspect of who you are. Sit in the center of your Self. Look at your thoughts. Look at your mind. Experience the true nature of your Self.

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Take a Journey to the Center of Your Self

Take a Journey to the Center of Your Self

This past week I've been talking a lot in class about taking the journey to the center of your Self. This is really the journey we are taking in our yoga practice.

Do you know those wheels on the playground, or in a park? The ones for kids to play on, or that you used to play on when you were a kid? You get on the wheel and someone spins it and you are flying around on the wheel with the other kids. It's fun! It's exciting. There's lots of drama. Sometimes it's scary. You're out of your comfort zone.

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Yoga Is the Journey to the Center of Your Wheel

Yoga Is the Journey to the Center of Your Wheel

Yoga Is the Journey to the Center of Your Wheel

So much of our practice is about getting to a place where there is more peace and calm, a place where we can be of service to others, a place where we can hold space for others, a place where we can support each other, a place where we can empathize and have compassion for each other and a place where we can love each other.

I’ve been talking a lot in class about how the practice is like one of those children’s wheels in the park that spins around.  The children laugh and scream, holding on tightly, as the wheel spins faster and faster.  

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