You may have heard the old adage, “when the student is ready, the teacher appears”. This is often apparent in yoga. When we are practicing in a yoga class, we may not always hear what our teacher shares with us. But then, when we least expect it, we actually “hear” the same teacher or another teacher, either because they have said the same thing a bit differently or because we are finally ready to take in what was said. And sometimes, it is a reminder of something that we have heard before, but we get a little refresher.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking an inversion workshop with Eric Love, with whom I have studied in the past. He was one of my teachers when I went through my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training up in Amherst, Massachusetts in 2004. He is a gentle, kind, and unpretentious yoga teacher.
During class, one of the students inquired about how she could continue to practice with a chronic injury she had sustained. His response was very much in line with what he said in class many years ago. “Yoga is basically for meditation. The fancy poses simply feed our ego.” And then he suggested she consider why she continues to do the same poses if she always gets hurt. Hmmmm.
Moral of the story is… Don’t worry about the fancy stuff. Just keep it simple, and breathe… After all, it’s a lifelong journey. 🙂