Does the World Need Another Yoga Teacher?

“The world does not need another yoga teacher.”


This statement was the beginning of an Instagram post by one of my favorite teachers, Yogarupa Rod Stryker. I thought, wait a second! But … but … but …

The post goes on. Here’s a snippet:

However, the world desperately needs, true, authentic yoga practitioners — whether you teach or note, the right kind of practice will bring more patience, insight, kindness and wisdom into this world.

And so it is.

I have the privilege of sharing yoga with a group of amazing, unique, strong, dedicated women in a beginner’s series at The Yoga Garden. We’re into week 2 of a 6-week series, and Yogarupa’s words come at the perfect time — for me, for our group and in our world today.

I believe the more people who are on their mats, their meditation cushions, or simply being present with their BREATH (life force) … the better our world becomes. Who doesn’t want to be part of THAT?!

So my goal is to encourage more people to START … or keep up with … or even DEEPEN their yoga practice. Do I need to be a yoga teacher? No. But I need to practice my yoga in daily life with authenticity, with the knowledge that I will bumble through it most days, and knowing that MY practice brings more patience, insight, kindness and wisdom in the world.

Anyone can practice Yoga — there are eight aspects of Yoga outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, only ONE of which is the physical poses. The other just-as-important aspects of yoga include: daily living principles (restraints & observances), breathwork, drawing the senses inward, meditation, concentration, and higher consciousness. (Any Sanskrit scholars & senior teachers out there, forgive my roughness in translations!)

I encourage those of you just beginning a yoga practice to choose just ONE place to start, and go for it. If you have a yoga practice in one area of the eight aspects … maybe consider branching out in 2019. Deepen your practice.

Wherever you are on your yoga path, remember Yogarupa’s closing words from his Instagram post:

If Yoga is going to lift this world, it’s going to need real practitioners to keep the torch of Yoga lit for the generations to come.

YOUR PRACTICE MAKES A DIFFERENCE. Thank you for making the world a better place, and let us continue to widen the circle of compassion, kindness, insight and wisdom.

Published by ericaengel42

I practice & share Hatha Yoga for a simple reason -- it works. Hatha Yoga in the Himalayan Tradition is a holistic system of philosophy & practices passed down through an unbroken 5,000 year lineage of Himalayan sages. What Hatha Yoga is not: trendy, bendy or one-&-done. What Hatha Yoga is: a systematic approach to uncovering the real, authentic YOU in body, mind & spirit. Hatha Yoga cultivates well-being, stability, clarity & ease in modern life through traditional, time-tested practices. I also recognize both our shared humanity & our differing privileges & barriers -- I am a cis-gendered white female with a graduate degree, who has dealt with family trauma & an eating disorder. My goals in my own practice include to cultivate awareness of my own privileges & social conditioning, unlearn & re-learn in order to be mindful & take compassionate action toward a more beautiful, just & peaceful world for ALL humans, creatures & our Earth. I'm making mistakes daily, & hopeful that I'm falling forward toward these goals & vision. I hope we can walk our paths & support each other along the way.

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