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Finding Refuge in Your Teacher

March 21, 2010

My brother and me.

One of the things I love the most about taking a yoga class is that it’s time when I can listen and be receptive.  I don’t have to tell myself what to do or think about the next moment.  Rather, I can listen to my teacher and take refuge knowing that they will be guiding me for the next little while.  And it is such a relief to not have to think about what to do next.  To be a student, to have the opportunity to listen to a teacher, to be led.  I was glancing over Autobiography of a Yogi, which is an amazing book that you should definitely read if you’re into yoga, and kept finding these wonderful quotes about the guru.

“A lifelong shadow lifted from my heart; the vague search, hither and yore, was over.  I had found eternal shelter in the guru.”

“Now I have reached the harbor of my divine teacher.”

“A healing calm descended upon me at the mere sight of my guru.”

Think about this the next time you are in class, and elevate the divine mood.  Take shelter in your teacher, let them guide you, and feel the relief of being receptive.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Peace4@all permalink
    March 24, 2010 6:39 pm

    I have been reading your blog for, well as long as its been here and you’ve inspired me. So I’m taking bikram yoga and I was wondering if you have any tips, because I’m freakin out.

    Love & Peace

  2. March 25, 2010 11:08 am

    Oh my god!! Hi Spencer! This is too sweet, thank you so much for reading. Don’t freak out, you’ll be totally fine. Bring a big water bottle to class and drink coconut water after. And during, just remember it’s over soon and you are going to feel amazing when you get out of that hot room, like a whole new person. xxxxxxxxxx

  3. April 5, 2010 11:46 am

    I just came across your blog and had to comment because I’ve been feeling like this for a couple of weeks and couldn’t put my finger on what I was experiencing until I read this post.

    I’ve only been practicing yoga for about a year, but when I read this it really resonated with me. It’s only when we open ourselves up to be receptive that the true change can begin. Teachers are amazing.

    Thanks for the post, and the blog, the inspiration and the journey.


  4. April 5, 2010 8:25 pm

    Lisa, Thank you so much!!!

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