Somewhere between comfort and being overwhelmed is your yoga practice.

Somewhere between comfort and being overwhelmed is your yoga practice.

Adjustment Clinic! I think great teachers are really good at knowing when to push us out of our comfort zone and knowing when to tell us to back off. All of my teachers have been very good at this. They have also always encouraged me to take responsibility for my own practice. You know better than anyone else when you are out of your comfort zone and you also know when you are too far out and things are overwhelming. Somewhere between comfort and being overwhelmed is your yoga practice. Some hands on adjustments are corrective but hands on adjustments don’t always need to be corrective. Some hands on adjustments help you deepen your pose in ways that you can’t do on your own.

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Honoring our teachers.

Honoring our teachers.

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!”

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The Guru is the one who is heavy with knowledge.

The Guru is the one who is heavy with knowledge.

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.

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Happy Thanksgiving! The Story of the Three Debts:

Happy Thanksgiving!  The Story of the Three Debts:

Happy Thanksgiving!  

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.  

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We Are Each Born Owing Three Debts

We Are Each Born Owing Three Debts

Another beautiful day in our Shiva Yoga training!  Today is our last day of the first week.  It's been busy.  Long days, with barely time to eat and rest.  At the end of the day, I feel very satisfied and fulfilled, though.  I love sharing these teachings.  It is our responsibility to share what we are learning with others.  That way everyone can benefit from the teachings.  There's a story I shared with my students, that my teacher, Srivatsa Ramaswami, told during my training with him--

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Shiva Yoga

Shiva Yoga

We finished our second last weekend in my Hanuman Yoga 200hr Teacher Training Program last night. I can't believe there's just one more weekend left. I'm so proud of all of the trainees. What a special group. Their level of understanding of yoga practice and yoga philosophy is getting pretty incredible and it's been so inspiring to watch them each grow so much this past year.

This weekend we delved deeper into Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the Meditation Section of the manual. One of the things that I have loved about leading this training and that I love about teaching in general is that I am learning new things all the time along with my students.
The process of teaching is such a profound teacher in itself. My trainees have been doing exercises throughout the training where they are practice teaching, practicing their dharma talks on each other, giving presentations on philosophy, doing mock debates with each other,...etc...etc. This process of having to teach each other this material is such a huge teacher for them.

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You know who you are.

You know who you are.

You know who you are.  Who forgot?  The mind.  You know you are pure consciousness.  Who forgot?  The mind.  It is in the stillness where we experience the reflection of who we are.   There’s no distractions.  There’s nothing else there.  No ego.  No mind.  No thoughts.  No body.  There’s just you.  The witness.  Pure consciousness.   The thousand petalled lotus.   You are the thousand petalled lotus.  

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