Our final Shiva Power class at Haipoo Yoga yesterday morning! A deep Twisting class with extra core work to prepare for our afternoon Handstand Workshop. This was a really fun group to work with and I’ve enjoyed watching everyone grow a lot in just a few days. We managed to cover some yoga philosophy and I had the students read and discuss five of my published articles on different aspects of the practice as well. I am confident that I shared as much as I could in our 3 days together. I think the greatest thing we can do as teachers is share everything we have with our students. If we do a good enough job they won’t need us anymore. Ideally, we want to eliminate ourselves from the equation altogether. Everything I have is yours! The way we honor our teachers and pay back the debt we owe to them is to share the teachings and become teachers ourselves. There’s an old yoga saying — “He who teaches and doesn’t practice is a fraud. And he who practices and doesn’t teach is a thief.” Better not to be either one.Read More
There’s so many people helping me on this trip! I couldn’t do it without you. Thank you, Wendy for all your help seeing me off to the airport. Appreciated you waiting for me.
At the end of my class, I always encourage my students to give thanks for everyone who helped them on their journey. I always take a moment and thank my teachers and my parents during this time, and sometimes someone else who has helped me that day comes to mind and I make sure to offer gratitude for them as well.
We are never doing it alone. So many people to be grateful for! Sending you all gratitude now. Thank you for your help, big and small. Know that you made a difference and it didn’t go unnoticed. Namaste.
We finished up a beautiful 4 days here at the Yonion Festival! I had a lot of fun. I met a lot of new students. I made some new friends. And I got to connect with some old friends who I haven’t seen in years. Grateful to everyone involved who made the festival such a huge success. Grateful for the experience. I’m so glad they invited me to teach this year. It was such a pleasure being here.Read More
Really fun Shiva Power class last night at Siddhi Yoga Shala in Athens. Thank you @mariamaganariyoga for inviting me to collaborate and teach at your studio. Really nice group of students. Thank you to everyone who came to take my Shiva Power class.
I was talking last night about the shift of perspective in yoga, and how profound it is when we make that shift. The mind is constantly falling down. When we are governed by the ego we are constantly judging, criticizing and commenting on everything. The mind is never satisfied. But when you touch the deepest part of yourself and realize that there is a part of you beyond the body, mind, thoughts, and ego, you start to see the world differently. You begin to move through the world with more gratitude. Love, kindness and compassion automatically starts to flow from your heart. The question arises in your mind — how can I be of service? How can I help others? This is yoga! Take the journey. Shift your perspective. Experience the true nature of your Self.
Getting ready for the opening ceremony in the new beautiful new Namaste Shala here at the Elysia Yoga Convention. I forgot how special it is here. And what an amazing group this year! Wow! So grateful to be here with such wonderful teachers and students from all over the world. The feeling of community is so incredible. Wish you were here with me! It’s amazing!Read More
Yogis! This month’s YogaLife magazine has been released. I have a nice 4 page article on Shiva Yoga. The magazine interviewed me after the XYoga Dubai Festival last month. I was really impressed with the depth of their curiosity. Lots of great questions about why yoga is more than just exercise and the technology of the practice works. Thank you YogaLife for including me in your publication and giving me the opportunity to share the teachings of my teachers. We are all just walking the same path, helping each other along. I’ve been blessed to have some incredible teachers and I feel so connected to the lineage of my teachers. Get connected, yogis! You can’t do this on your own. It’s not about learning a fancy asana you saw someone do on social media. You also can’t learn yoga from a book. Find a teacher who is walking the path and follow them. They know the way. Namaste!
You can catch the whole article at the YogaLife website. Www.yogalife-online.com Check out the beautiful cover pic on this issue of @deepikamehtayoga - a lovely teacher who was also at the XYogaDubai Festival last month.Read More
One more day with this amazing woman who brought me into this world. I’m so grateful to have such an amazing mom. It’s been a really nice visit this year. Love you, mom! Thank you for making this such a special holiday.
A few years ago we learned that my mom has dementia. The last 4 years have been challenging. We have watched the disease progress. Slowly, my mom is fading away.
This journey has had positive elements, though. Each moment has become really special with my mom. The Universe has really reminded us all that this isn’t going to last forever. We are all just fading away. And it goes pretty fast. You better get present and breathe into every moment because they go by pretty fast.
One of the wonderful things that has happened with my mom as her dementia has progressed is that she has become so much more vulnerable and we have had moments of deep connection that I don’t know we would have had if she didn’t have the disease.
Going through this with my mom has also taught me so much about acceptance and surrender. This is happening. You can’t fight it. It’s happening. You have to accept it and you have to accept the situation exactly as it is. There’s times where initially I wanted my mom to be who she was before the disease - but that’s not show she is now - and that’s not about her - that’s about me.
Our practice now is to love my mom, exactly the way she is and exactly the way she needs to be loved right now. She’s a beautiful and amazing woman and I love her so much.Read More
My 97 yr old nana and all of us “grand kids” — all grown up! Merry Christmas!
I sometimes stop and think of all that has happened in my nana’s life. Imagine what incredible changes to the world she has witnessed being alive for almost a whole century.
We are living in this incredible time right now. There are so many amazing things. I’m excited to see what is coming next. What will be the next I-phone? What will be the next big technology that changes the way we move through the world?
When I spend time with my nana I always feel very grounded. Connecting with family is one of the ways to tap into the root chakra. I sometimes think of what a debt I owe to my nana too. Without her none of the people in this picture would be here today. We owe such a debt to our parents and to our ancestors. It’s easy to think of all the flaws we see in our parents but it’s important to remember the sacrifice they made for us, to give us a vehicle for our Soul to travel through this life.
Grateful for my nana. I hope my life is as long and as fulfilling as hers has been.Read More
Having a great visit in Canada so far. No snow but it’s cold! Dinner last night with my dad, my sister, and my sister’s boyfriend. Great food. Good company. Fun night. Wonderful to see everyone. So nice to reconnect, laugh, and share some stories. I ate too much, though. Lol.Read More
I learned so much this weekend from Dr. Arun Deva! I am doing another year of Yoga Therapy Rx training at LMU. It was a really informative weekend, focused on Āyurveda. I took so many notes — and this morning ordered some of the herbs and oils that we learned about and used this weekend. I was feeling a little under the weather but am so grateful I was still able to attend and soak up so much knowledge from such a great teacher. Thank you, Arun. Keep learning. Never stop being a student.Read More
The Sun Salutations are a big part of yoga. The Sun is another symbol of our inner Light. We connect the idea of the lightest and brightest thing in our world with the lightest and brightest (and most subtle) aspect of who we are.Read More
Grateful for each of these students! I learn so much leading these Teacher Training programs. Each of the students becomes my teacher too. And we all grow together. It’s a wonderful connection. The teacher/student relationship is such a beautiful thing. I’ve been blessed with some incredible teachers in my life who have helped me learn about myself. I try to copy them and hold the space for my students and help them learn about themselves. We keep passing it on and we keep helping each other along. Nobody gets there on their own. There’s always so much help along the way. Gratitude. Namaste.Read More
We have come together from as far away as Dubai, Japan and Brazil, from Los Angeles, the Bay Area, San Diego, Mexico City, and some of our group is from here in Cabo too! It’s been an incredible month. I will miss this wonderful group when our training finishes in a few days. Time is passing so quickly. Breathe into every moment. Enjoy this incredible time as much as you can. Love everyone. Life is too short. Hold space for people. Pass on what you are learning and keep learning and growing yourself. Anything that is not serving you — let it go. Anyone that is dragging you down — let them go. There are such amazing people in the world. If you start vibrating on the right frequency they will find you. Send out your signal. Yoga encourages us to change ourselves. Don’t ask the world to change for you. Shift your perspective and change your relationship to the world. Namaste, Everyone! Grateful for this amazing group that has come together for this training and for all the wonderful blessings in my life right now.Read More
We do a lot of studying in my Shiva Yoga® 200hr Teacher Training program and the students work on a lot of creative projects together. One of the chapters in the training manual is on Lineage and how important it is to honor our teachers in yoga. We owe a big debt of gratitude to our teachers and to their teachers and to the original teachers who were trailblazers. Think of how amazing it is that we just have to follow the path that someone else has already been down. It’s incredible! It’s like my teacher — Dharma’s teacher, Yogi Gupta said, “Copy the teacher, copy the teacher, copy the teacher!”Read More
We hold space as yoga teachers. We create a space where it’s okay to be vulnerable and to push out of your comfort zone. We offer encouragement and support. We push you hard when you need it and we remind you to back off when you are pushing too hard. We help you stand your ground in the middle of the fire and breathe. We teach you to welcome the discomfort. We teach you to get out of your comfort zone.Read More
One of the things that I loved so much about this past week at Baja Soul Yoga in Cabo San Lucas was revisiting the journey I’ve taken with my teachers. When I shared a story from Annie, Dharma, Mr. Ramaswami, or one of the other wonderful teachers who have influenced my practice, it’s like they were there in the room with us, and I felt transported back to the day they first shared that same story with me. I got to fall in love with their teachings all over again, reliving them with my students.Read More
Practicing gratitude is practicing yoga.
The yogis were very good at dealing with the mind. Most of our yoga philosophy is not about the body but about the mind.
The yogis realized that the mind was constantly falling down. The mind didn't automatically lift itself up and go towards the light. The opposite was true. The mind was never satisfied. Even brief moments of satisfaction were only followed by more dissatisfaction. The mind's natural tendency was to go towards darkness.Read More
Thank you to everyone who came out to practice with me today. Really nice to see you all.
Today in class, in my Dharma talk, I shared the story of the 3 debts, and the origins of the sun salutations in yoga. This story is from an article I wrote for LA Yoga, a few years ago. If you want to have a look at this article, or any of the others I have written, please visit the Selected Articles Page on my website, and check out some of the articles I've had published: www.garthhewittyoga.com/selected-articles.
My teacher, Mr. Ramaswami, told me this story in an advanced training program with him a few years ago. Whenever I tell it I try to get out of the way and imagine the students are hearing it directly from him.Read More
We started the morning with just sun salutations, a long savasana, and then meditation. Sometimes that's enough. My teacher's would say if you don't have time for a full practice, do some sun salutations. The sun salutation practice is a gratitude practice. Thank you to the sun. Thank you for this day. Thank you for this moment. Thank you for this life. You can choose what to focus on today. You can choose what to give your energy to. You can choose who to be around. Focus on the positive. Focus on the things you are grateful for in your life. Build on them. Shift your perspective.Read More
Early morning practice this morning! Up before the sunrise. Got to watch the sun come up on my walk to the studio to teach class after I was finished. Really nice practice. It's very peaceful here. These are some of my favorite moments. On my mat, alone, quiet, moving with my breath, stretching, opening up, finding balance, finding peace. And then savoring the feeling after I'm finished. Coming back into the world, awake, alive, aware, present, right here, right now. Why do I get on my mat every morning? Because it helps me to be right here and right now. Grateful for this beautiful start to this day! Thank you, Cabo San Lucas, for the beautiful sunrise this morning. Namaste.Read More