Am I the only yoga teacher who questions my worthiness to lead others in the beautiful practices of yoga? Do others ever wonder if their dedication to the ancient teachings is lacking? While leading a class, has anyone ever thought to themselves, “how did I ever develop the audacity to believe I am knowledgeable enough to lead others in these practices?”.

 

While I do my best to share interpretations of the ancient yogic texts, I understand that if I live another 100 years, I will not fully grasp the intelligence and depth of spirit underlying foundational yoga teachings.

 

As a new Pranakriya Board member, I’m writing to introduce myself to the Pranakriya family. It might seem odd to do this by sharing deeply personal doubts about my role as a yoga teacher, so I’ll share a bit of my story.

 

As I was preparing to retire from a career in business, my youngest daughter gifted me with a paperweight that read, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?”

 

With those words in mind, I took the leap into Pranakriya Yoga Teacher Training led by Yoganand Michael Carroll. I entered the training with minimal knowledge of yoga and its fundamental philosophy. Surprisingly, yoga philosophy along with the ancient practices have become my favorite part of yoga. From my perspective, exposure to these teachings is a gift.

 

The Eight Limbs of Yoga based on Patanjali’s sutras are essentially a guide to enlightenment.   Although few will reach the stage of enlightenment, all can benefit from the practices of yoga.

 

There is a beautiful book, “The Spirit of Yoga” by Cat De Rham and Michelle Gill. It’s creative use of writing, poetry and images guide the reader toward enlightenment. I would like to share just one of the writings in this book. Under the title, “Original Goodness – The Self is Divine”, the words speak of the inherent goodness of man and how yoga opens the doorway to the nobler parts of ourselves.

 

Original Goodness – The Self is Divine

“The Self is at the core of every being as a lake is hidden in the mountains. Therefore, such attributes as kindness, compassion and selflessness need not be learnt. They come from within. From the Self. They are already there. All that needs to be done is to clear the dirt that hides them.

 

I am blessed to have been exposed to the tools that yoga provides to clear the path to the “true” self. In gratitude for these gifts, I’m honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the Pranakriya School of Yoga and Healing Arts.