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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Teaching yoga?

Teaching yoga is not just about leading a group of people doing some yogic cleansing practice, breathing exercises, concentration exercises, chantings, meditation practice, yoga exercises and yoga poses, and teach about the essence of the teachings of yoga. But all these actions are being performed without egoism of identification, attachment, judgment, comparison, expectation, personal likes and dislikes, and with compassion coming from the realization of unconditional peace from within.

As there are many people interested in learning and practicing yoga from all over the world, but not many are interested in letting go of the ego and worldly attachment or identification. Many people who are interested in joining yoga classes and doing certain style of yoga exercises are only interested in attaining some sort of pleasurable sensations and good feelings to satisfy the desire of craving and aversion of the ego.

There’s nothing wrong with people only interested in performing the yoga (asana) practice to attain physical good health and fitness, and mental good feelings, to enjoy a better quality of life. But there will be strong resistance coming from the ego towards the unpleasant experience of the mind purification and the process of depriving the ego when come to serious yoga and meditation practice.

Even some people who came with great expectation hoping that yoga and meditation will "get rid of" or "solve" all their personal "problems", they are reluctant/unwilling to let go of the ego, to go beyond the body and the mind, to remove the root cause of all "problems". This resistance is coming from the ego. They expect just by doing the yoga (asana) practice an hour a day for a few times a week, or being blessed by the so called 'Guru', can make all their "problems" disappear. But after many years attending daily yoga (asana) classes regularly, or coming in contact with certain 'Gurus' here and there, they are still troubled by "worldly problems", "life problems", "financial problems", "relationship problems", "health problems", "unhappiness", "disappointment", "dissatisfaction", "hurts", "fear", "worry", "anger", "hatred", "pride", "arrogance", "doubts", and etc…

By allowing everyone to take their time to work on eliminating the ego, through their own freewill and self-discipline, without judgment, comparison and expectation, but at the same time, the yoga teachers have to practice and propagate the essential teachings of yoga when they conduct yoga asana exercise classes, without swaying away from the fundamental teachings of yoga (the annihilation of the egoism and ignorance), is also allowing the yoga teachers themselves to purify their minds, to realize unconditional peace, compassion and wisdom.

There’s no attachment towards success and failure, praise and criticism in the action of "teaching yoga". There’s no looking forward for some sort of satisfaction, meaningfulness, achievement, good feelings, acknowledgment, praise and compliment, self-confidence, self-image, and so on, where all these names and forms are actually empowering the egoism, instead of eliminating the egoism.

Om shanti.

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