The past year of my life has been a remarkable journey. I discovered the world of Yoga that took me on a path of self discovery that I can not quite put in words.
The saying goes as follows: “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Indeed so. My teacher Sandra Smith, has guided me in deepening my understanding and experience of this sacred practice. The teachers training course assisted in intensifying this disciplined practice of yoga on a mental, physical and emotional level.
This inner science has touched me in so many ways. When taking your position on your mat in front of a group of students, you are encouraged to go beyond all your limitations. You literally turn yourself inside out, and become a channel – assisting your fellow companions on this noble path of life.
I was very blessed to attend a workshop here in Cape Town yesterday, held by international teacher, Aditi M. Gaur. She lives in Mumbai, India and is the founder of Yogalaya. She teaches a traditional Hatha Yoga practice. She believes that her practice is about worshipping the divine within and this is what she offers to her students as well — the ability to switch off and discover who they really are. She was taught that this process requires a quiet mind hence her class focuses on bringing stillness in the body and mind through asana, pranayama and relaxation. She shared and provided us with traditional and ancient yoga teachings that were passed on through many centuries. We were even blessed my the presence of a feline friend:-)
What I brought home from yesterday’s workshop is that your breath carries your life force and leads your movement. A steady breath cultivates a steady mind. The answers that we seek lies in the stillness within.
A humbling experience…