Teacher Training - "The Journey of 1,000 mile
By contentment, supreme joy is obtained.
Yoga Sutra II: 42
Contentment in our bustling, overly busy, conversational milieu is difficult to sustain. Sometimes it's even hard to experience. Yet contentment is one of several states of being that yoga can bring into our livesâ€”if at first only for a few moments.
At the end of an asana practice, during sustained pranayama or meditation, losing ourselves in the gong or yoga nidraâ€”we are extricated from the grip of the ego and we feel a sense of AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!
It's relaxationâ€”but more. As muscles release the tensions of habits and reactions to life experiences, so too do our minds become more peaceful, more spacious. As we tone and strengthen during our practice, we feel more confident to meet the challenges of daily life. As we connect to other yoga practitioners both in and out of the classroom, we find community. All of these experiences are antidotes to the stress-filled lives many of us lead.
Sometimes, when we look at the chaos and suffering that are ever brought before our eyes, it's hard to believe that we can make a positive impact. There's just so much doom and gloom everywhereâ€“in the media, in our personal lives, in the political situations and in natural disasters. Yet, while bringing order into the chaos or alleviating suffering on a grand scale may be out of our immediate reach, there are small but profound things we can do to help make the world a better place.
Yoga is one such thing. Practicing yoga helps us become an island of calm for those around usâ€”maybe not consistently, but often enough to make a difference. TEACHING yoga, that is sharing what yoga means to and has done for us, multiplies the effects of our practice.
If you would like to make a difference, consider becoming a yoga teacher. It's one of the best things you can do for yourself, for those you love, and for the planet.
Karma Yoga's Teacher Training, which begins in October, is unusual in that students will benefit from the combined expertise of three seasoned instructors, each with a unique set of skills and a perspective that complements the others.
Katherine Austin, founder of Karma Yoga, brings visionary energy and a deep understanding of Yoga's potential for personal and global transformation. Lynn Medow's talent for nurturing individuals to be and do their best is coupled with a deep love of the body's potential. Nancy McCaochan's eclectic philosophical interests and former college teaching experience enable her to communicate complex concepts in simple, easy-to-understand language.
"The journey of a 1,000 miles begins with the first step." Won't you consider joining us in making the world a better place?
by Nancy McCaochan